Notes: The 2005 Honda Accord suffers from transmission failure. It's not a huge widesperad problem like in prior years, but definitely still something to consider.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000.

Transmission failure problems have been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda eventually extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accords as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,154 miles

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #43

Aug 012013


  • 99,999 miles


The back light where the radio is keeps coming in and out. The radio would work, and then not work. I can be in the middle of a song and it will go off. I can also be silent and it go on. The light with no letters would stay on the whole time. When I wanted the radio to sound I would have to disconnect the battery and connect it back up. At this point I will need to replace the radio. There is no recall for the 2005 radio, but there is for the 2003-2004. If its the same radio and people are having to replace a radio that should work, then why is there no recall. I am not the only owner of a 2005 Honda Accord that this is happening to. I replaced the fuse thinking it was this. It works for a while and then I realized that the fuses where no blown. Please have this as a recall and the people at Honda are not very helpful even when they admit to having other owners come in with the same problem.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #42

Mar 252005

Accord 4-cyl

  • 10 miles
There are no any illuminating lights on for radio and A/C back lights when we turned on the head light. It was reported same issue for 2003 and 2004 Honda Accord, and Honda offer 7 years or 100,000 miles extend warranty. We are not sure how many this cases for 2005 Honda Accord. It is really a big flaw related our safety, but we did not know that at all when we bought it. Let me make it clear: Our car is 2005 Accord LX has 53,000 miles on it, has been 8 years since we bought it. When head light is on, its radio and A/C back light is dark.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #41

Apr 122013


  • 105,000 miles
Airbags failed to deploy upon impact of collision.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #40

May 172013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


I was driving on interstate 20/59 near ft. Payne, Alabama with the cruise control set on 75 mph. I changed lanes to pass a slower car but did not touch the gas pedal. The car started to accelerate on its own. I tapped the breaks to turn cruise control off but the car continued to accelerate without touching the gas pedal. The acceleration was not a full throttle acceleration, just a moderate increase. I then shifted the car from drive to neutral and the RPM's jumped up to redline, again without touching the gas pedal. Luckily, a rest area was approaching and I managed to pull the car into the rest area parking lot playing with the drive/neutral of the transmission and using the brakes. Once I made it to a parking space I turned the car off and shifted it into park. I waited a few seconds and turned the car back on. The RPM's again jumped up to redline without me touching the gas pedal. I shut the car off again and put my foot underneath the gas pedal and pulled up. I cranked the car again and it acted normal. I checked under the hood and everything looked fine. After some deliberation, we decided to continue on our trip and the car was fine for the next 4.5 hours. We drove back Sunday, May 19 and the car again drove fine for 6.5 hours and hasn't had a problem since. The morning before the incident, I changed the alternator and oil. I strongly believe that this had nothing to do with the alternator or oil change. Also, I doubled checked the carpet mat in the car and it was not even close to the gas pedal. I am not sure if anyone else has experienced this problem with a Honda Accord. I am a mechanical engineer and I am dumbfounded by this. Being in a car with uncontrollable acceleration is quite unnerving.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #39

May 132013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 77,164 miles
Driving on the highway, there was a pop and the car lost all propulsion. An original factory installed spark plug had blown out of its hole, damaging the cylinder head and destroying several coils, rendering the car undriveable and leaving me with a $4,000 repair job. From internet Honda chat boards, it is apparent that this problem has occurred in as many as 1 in 600 Honda Accord, generally with the number 5 spark plug on the V6 models.

- Forest Park, IL, USA

problem #38

Dec 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
My 2005 Honda Accord LX V6 SRS light illuminated at approx. 63000 miles. The Honda dealer diagnosed the problem to dtc 71-10 (broken driver seat sensor harness). Honda had a safety recall (service bulletin 07-002) regarding this problem in January 2007. My vehicle was not included in the recall. Out of pocket cost $203.29. I have seen many other complaints lodged with the NHTSA on this matter. Why was this recall not expanded?

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #37

Oct 202012


  • 76,000 miles


Door lock remote fails to open locks. If I'm inside the car, sometimes the driver's door lock will be jammed down, and key will not open from outside. Nothing worked, I had to crawl over the console and exit by the passenger door. Definitely a safety issue, since it could happen in an emergency.

- Salida, CO, USA

problem #36

Oct 132010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Supplemental restraint system indicator light remains (intermittently) illuminated beyond the normal time after starting vehicle. The problem appears to be the same as described in other "complaints" published in NHTSA recall campaign id number 07V001000. According to local Honda dealership, this vehicle is not part of the recall group and does not qualify for cost free remediation by Honda.

- Elm City, NC, USA

problem #35

Apr 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
My car started having issues with the lights. The indoor and outdoor lights would continually fade out and then return and then fade again. Often I had no lights on my dash or radio. My windows stopped working automatically on the right side. We could not lower the window. The locks stopped working occasionally. All of this is something I had a problem with my other Honda as well. It was the same make model and year!! I thought it was just a fluke but when I got this car the same problems started.

- Phelan, CA, USA

problem #34

Jun 042012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 70,961 miles
Radio makes popping sound and shuts off when ac is on and vehicle is in motion. System shuts down until it is turned back on problem is increasing with use. Radio has had turned off an on multiple times at different times of the day during the week. Radio is extremely hot on front face plate.

- Barstow, CA, USA

problem #33

Apr 032012


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord coupe. The contact stated that upon starting, the lights along the radio and air conditioner failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the electronic gauge module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 111,000.

- Apple Valley, CA, USA

problem #32

Dec 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My air bag light was lit, I took it to Honda they re-set something, 5 minutes later as I was leaving it lit up again. Took it back they said they had to do diagnostics, ordered a wiring harness, installed that. I drove to Florida and back 1300 miles round trip and the light is back on meaning my bags will not deploy. I have had a very difficult time getting this addressed. Honda (apple tree in fletcher, nc) had my car from tue-sat and I had to rent a car due to their negligence. Now I have to drive back over there 1 1/2 hour drive one way and see what is going on. I noticed there have been similar issues, but that my VIN was not covered. Please advise. I am still driving an unsafe car and have spent countless hours going back and forth and paying for a rental car.

- Bryson City, NC, USA

problem #31

Feb 252012


  • miles
I have an 05 Honda Accord coupe. Neither window will roll down, had the relay switch replaced but 6 months later back to the same problem. Radio would go on and off, even when car was off. Now the radio will not come on at all unless I unplug/plug the battery, then the result is only temporary. Now the cruise control button will not work. If I push it down the green indicator light comes on but the button will not stay engaged. I've seen so many of the same complaints I was sure there was a recall I missed but there isn't??!!

- Alma, AR, USA

problem #30

Feb 242012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 102,396 miles
My 2005 Accord had an illuminated supplemental restraint system (SRS) light. The Honda dealer diagnosed it down to a broken driver seat sensor harness; fault codes 71-10 (drivers seat pos sensor) and A2-10 (faulty pwr supply). This condition is exactly the same as described in Honda service bulletin 07-002, "safety recall: Driver's seat position sensor harness replacement." Just as described in the bulletin, the wires on the harness become damaged and in fact were completely broken away from the plug end. However, my VIN falls outside the affected VIN's listed in the service bulletin and is not covered under this action. Furthermore, I feel the dealer charged more than necessary for the repair: They charged 1.96 hrs of labor (at $97/hr), or $190, and $15.20 for the part totaling $205.20. In comparison, the service bulletin calls for 0.6 hrs of labor, which when added to the part cost would have totaled $73.40. Bottom line: Honda did not provide the proper fix for damaged driver's seat position harness's in later production vins. Since they continue to cause the same unsafe condition, Honda must be compelled to increase the scope of this recall.

- Camden, DE, USA

problem #29

Feb 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Hello, I am very upset/concerned because I have an 2005 Honda Accord. I know multiple people with different years of an Accord along with one person with an 05. We are all having the same issue with our windows rolling up and down. I have been working on this issue sine 2010, and broke down and paid for the repair today. The main switch went out in the car. The main window works but the rest of the windows don't work. Why is this not considered a recall? several people are having the same issue. I don't feel like I should of paid for the repair today, however I had no choice. I think that this is something Honda needs to look into, also the factory stereos. My stereo went out a couple of weeks ago, I have only one person that experienced this problem, but I think it needs to be looked into.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #28

Nov 152011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Driving down the street when the malfunction indicator light went on. Within 5 seconds the engine stalled. Was able to pull to side of road and stop the vehicle. Turned off the ignition and was able to start the vehicle. This matches the scenario as outlined in recall #59558. Contacted local dealer and Honda America and was advised that my vehicle is not part of the recall.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #27

Nov 042011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
At first, when putting the car into gear, there would be a delay before the vehicle actually accepted that gear--anywhere from 6-10 seconds, along with a grinding noise when I would go from drive to park. I immeduately called my dealer and took it over there and explained to them what had been happening. Given the mileage of my car, the manager of the service dept took the car out for a drive on the highway (with me), and tried to see if the gears were in fact slipping and I would need tranny work. After the test drive, it was decided that they would drain all the transmission fluid and replace it with new. This worked well for about 2 weeks, and then we had a big cold snap here in Colorado. After that, it all went South. My car would no longer shift into 2nd or 3rd without a lot of noise. Called the dealer, and by the time we got it there, the car was barely moving at 40mph on a major highway. When I purchased this car three years ago, the odometer read 42,000 miles. Today it reads 67,000. Really" I have transmission failure at 67,000?????" thank goodness I have a highly competent service manager at the dealership who went to bat for me and called Honda directly. I received a "goodwill" repair, but am still forking over $1568 for a new transmission. Obviously, Honda has not fixed their transmission problems. I believe another recall needs to be issued sooner, rather than later.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #26

Feb 112011


  • miles
Over 6 months ago, I noticed that the light which shows what gear you are in on the shift column on the floorboard wasn't staying lit. Sometimes it would come on when I started the car and other times not. Sometimes if I thumped on the shifter on purpose, it would come back on. Then several weeks ago my radio stopped working. At first there was no sound but then a very loud weird noise started happening and it is extremely loud. The only way to stop the noise is to turn the radio off. Then at other times you turn on the radio and it works fine. Not long after that I was driving one night and all the lights on the dash flicked off and on again very quickly. It did it several times during my 3 hour trip and then stopped and I hadn't noticed it again until today. Today my husband was driving and the check engine light came on and stayed on. I know sometimes if you don't click your fuel cap three times after refueling it can cause the light to come on but I have not refueled in several weeks. A few minutes later the ABS light came on, went off and then came on again. Shortly after this, all the lights on the dash flashed on and off again several times very quickly. The battery is not that old and this can happen whether it's wet or dry conditions. The user manual said the check engine light is emission related but there are so many other things happening that I wonder if this is some sort of electrical problem. It is scary when it happens because suddenly all the lights on the dash cannot be seen so you can't see the speedometer needle or anything. It's ok if it happens in daylight but is truly unsafe if it happens at night.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #25

Jul 152011


  • 80,000 miles
Airbag light appears on the dadshboard intermittently. It only comes on if I start the car and do not have my seatbelt on. If my seatbelt is on, the light does not come on. Further, while driving and the light is not on, the moment I take my seatbelt off, while the car is running, the airbag light comes on.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #24

May 082011


  • 60,000 miles
Sudden acceleration of car. Pulling into a car bay, almost stationery. Accelerator appeared to be sucked away from under foot. Brakes applied, but car accelerated very fast over the curb and into wooden bollards (hitting so hard it ripped them out of ground, and broke in two), the car felt like cruise control had kicked in. I did not "accidentally" hit the accelerator, and my floor mats are no where near the accelerator (they are hooked down). VIN [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Western Australia, 00, USA

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