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 1 of 4)

problem #63

Jun 162016


  • 132,747 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle shut off while making a turn. All the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was diagnosed and repaired with a new battery; however, the vehicle had to be placed into park before it would restart. The failure continued intermittently. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 132,747.

- Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #62

May 202014


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph and attempted to turn the air conditioner on, she noticed that the radio did not function. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed and replaced the on-off switch but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #61

Jan 052016


  • 112,200 miles
The navigation system on my 2005 Accord sedan is not working. The screen displays "check your disk" but it also affects the A/C-heater fan control, radio preset stations, clock settings, steering wheel controls. This to me is a manufacturer defect and should be recalled. Many people are having the same or similar issue. My main concern is the lack of not being able to adjust the fan on either A/C or heater, it seems to all be connected to the navigation system. Please help! this needs to be looked at as a safety recall, in case of foggy window I will not be able to increase the fan control. How do I know you took my concern in consideration? once again, please help!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #60

Dec 142015


  • 4,700 miles


Honda strung me a long for two years, resetting the electrical system to clear the engine light each time it was brought in for service. Since those two years the warranty has expired on my hybrid battery, which cost $3500 or more to replace. It is their product, and knew the problem was to replace the battery. They scammed my so now im stuck with a useless car. They would not even agree to assist me in buying another one.

- Jamacia, NY, USA

problem #59

Jan 012014


  • 90,000 miles
All of a sudden one day the gps navigation system stopped working completely. My car's make/model uses the gps navigation panel to manually change internal functions, access the trip computer, enter addresses, et cetera. Without use of the navigation panel, I have severely limited access to most of my car's electronic functions. The navigation gets stuck on the start-up screen (something that looks blue/black with words ┐Honda┐), and never gets to the second warning screen (orange text on black), where one can push ┐ok on the touch screen. When the weather is warmer, sometimes I can push this ok button to get into the controls. I usually have 30 seconds until it fails again. The following issues are present: 1) cds; I cannot select a cd to listen to. I can eject/put cds in, but I can only change songs using the controls on my steering wheel. 2) climate control/temperature control: I cannot switch from the A/C to heat. I can only adjust the temperature up/down, recirculate air, or turn on front/rear defrost. For any temperature setting, when I push the ┐off┐ button, I cannot turn the same setting back on with the ┐auto┐ button. If I push the ┐auto┐ button, it recalls some random last temperature settings, usually a very cold A/C setting (which I never programmed or desired). 3) maps; I can┐T enter any addresses, therefore, the navigation is useless. If it magically works, it turns off shortly after an address is entered. The navi ┐lock-up┐ situation I described here has been present for over a year or so. Weather does affect it. My research concludes that many other Honda owners had this issue. Many were told by Honda directly that Honda didn┐T know what the issue is, and to contact alpine, the manufacturer of the gps navi. Most customers who did this were told to send their whole cd/dvd reader unit to alpine for repair, which costs several hundred dollars.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #58

Sep 012014


  • 100,000 miles
Passenger side power window stopped working. Mechanic I spoke to said the window regulator is broken and needs to be replaced. Up until the day it broke, the window would get stuck and not roll back-up. This happened many times until it broke. The issue, in my opinion, didn't appear to be because of any weather. The car was never in an accident, nor was the passenger window ever tampered with or vandalized.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #57

Aug 162015


  • 0 miles


Without notice or cause the passenger window and both back seat seat windows stop responding to the power controls. This caused the three windows to not open, and has been consistent since it originally happened over a month ago.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #56

Mar 222007


  • 34,000 miles
My vehicle was parked in the parking lot of a grocery store. I was on my home from work and had stopped to purchase a few items. The engine was turned off. I had been in the store for about 10 minutes when I heard the loudspeaker asking for the owner of a 2005 gold Honda Accord to come to the customer service counter. When I approached the person behind the counter, he asked me to look outside to see if the vehicle on fire was, in fact, my car. Smoke was coming from the engine of my car and two vehicles from the fire department were trying to put out the fire. The car was totaled. Honda insisted it was my fault, but I found out much later that engine fires had occurred in other 2005 Accord. State farm gave me the replacement value for the vehicle, but it wasn't enough to purchase a car of equal value. The Honda Accord was still under warranty. I felt I should have been compensated for the entire cost of the car. Plus, if the fire had occurred while I was driving, I might not be here writing this letter to you. I was just recently made aware of some of the recalls from Honda for this exact problem. I believe Honda should take ownership of this problem and compensate me fairly for my loss. I have the VIN number and all of the paperwork from state farm, including photos of the damage to car taken after the fire.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #55

Sep 192015


  • 109,000 miles
I was leaving a store on hull St. And my car was at about 40 mph and all of a sudden stopped moving and I felt that it was something bad so I cut the car off and restarted my car and it started up nicely once I switched gears from park to reverse the car didn't move. So I went to put car into park and there was a really loud noise which scared me crazy. I cut the car back off and it began to roll backwards in the park gear so I had to put the car emergency break on to keep in place. Monday morning which I'd today I get my car towed to aamco and they diagnostic my car as a shaft failure which had broken which caused the car to make the loud noise when placed in the park gear and the car doesn't realize which gear it's in because it is broken inside the transmission

- Richmond , VA, USA

problem #54

Aug 012015

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. When the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V001000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000. Updated 11/04/15 the consumer also stated the seat belt light illuminated. Updated 11/8/15.

- Lyndhurst, OH, USA

problem #53

Mar 202011


  • miles


Windows wont come down, its a electric problem, certain lights in the car nwould go on and off example tale light. Tire problems, and other stuff

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #52

May 042015


  • 150,548 miles
May 4, 2015, 2005 Honda Accord V6 stalled and all systems non-functional while driving. Accord rear-ended a car at rest at a stop sign. In November 2011, the transmission gave out on freeway. Vehicle stayed on and I was able to quickly coast off the freeway, but drive train was out and needed to be replaced (105K miles). This transmission failure seems to be consistent with other NHTSA reports. In April, 2011 the Accord began stalling and all systems failed while the car was in drive and moving. In may, 2012 the dch Honda of temecula found faulty throttle sensor and replaced the part. The vehicle has not experienced this problem again until this failure and accident. I see several reports of Accord stalling on this site. Is this a known problem? my daughter was fortunate this didn't happen when approaching oncoming traffic or the freeway. This seems like a serious safety issue.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #51

Sep 082014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 79,500 miles
The car sporadically turns off while driving. Before the car shuts off sometimes the dashboard lights will flicker. The check engine light will sometimes go on for a day or two and then turn off. The car was checked out by three nys mechanics who all drove the car at length only to determine that nothing was wrong. One of the mechanics was from a Honda dealership.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #50

Sep 012013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I viewed NHTSA id number: 10653526 involving the red airbag indicator light that comes on and won't go off. Mine has been doing this intermittently for at least a year that I can recall. It is now on almost all the time. When calling a local dealer about it, they said that they would have to charge me to look at the problem and would be responsible for any work that would need to be done to fix it.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #49

Apr 012014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Radio, including cd, on 2005 Honda Accord will turn on and off intermittently for no reason while car is parked and locked with no key in ignition. If radio volume is high and/or cd was on when car was turned off, this will drain the battery, especially if the cd player comes on. Several times this killed the battery. Workaround solution - make sure volume is at zero and radio is off before parking car.

- Tallahassee , FL, USA

problem #48

Apr 012014


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the key turned but the vehicle intermittently failed to start. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was not able to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #47

Jan 282013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 112,997 miles
Car sat for 3 weeks in the winter of 2013. I was on maternity leave. I left for my first day of work and my battery was dead. I replaced the battery. All of a sudden it was a domino effect. Radio doesn't work. It circles through FM1 FM2 and am about 3 times before it rests on am. None of my windows roll down except my drivers side. I've checked all fuses.... I've replaced the master window switch and nothing... so many people are having the same issue but no one says how to fix it or why it hasn't been issued as a recall. Also my disk changer happened to eat my cd and wont cycle through aux or cd at all. I've taken this car to the dealership.. they told me to replace the master switch and I did... which was very expensive and it did nothing but cost me more money because now my auto key locks wont respond. Im pissed.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #46

Apr 122014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
Even though I regularly maintain my car, my car stalls at random while driving and the steering also locks up. This is extremely dangerous - the malfunction could have killed me or potentially caused a serious accident. This incident happened while I was driving down a busy street road - there was no warning, and no indicator lights went off prior to this happening - the car just shut off (stalled) and the steering locked up! luckily I was able to get to the side of the road. I will never feel safe in a Honda again. Updated 10/1/2014

- Milford, NJ, USA

problem #45

Oct 162013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the battery was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a second opinion, where it was stated that the failure was due to an electrical problem in the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 114,000.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #44

May 062013


  • 97,000 miles
The door actuators are not working, its the 2 left side only work on cold days. Now, don't use the back doors and mostly use the drivers side.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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