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:
18 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 2
Average Mileage:
52,643 miles

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #26

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 #25

Dec 172011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning and the brakes would not engage. The contact also stated that he had to engage the parking brake in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 85,000.

- Berkley, CA, USA

problem #24

Oct 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 93,241 miles
On Saturday at 11:50 pm, I was cruising at the 169th & maple rd, omaha, ne parking lot.. at a front parking junction, I made a right turn at about 2-3 mph speed. I slowed and braked for a pedestrian walking across my path. My car started revving and accelerating rapidly. I immediately pressed the brake pedals harder. The harder I pressed, the harder the acceleration became. I became very concerned and scared that the car might accelerate suddenly and may cause a terrible accident. I quickly move the gear hand pedal shifters foward to (P)ark. The car jerked forward a bit and then stood still; however, the engine started revving with a loud din and then back to normal.I started to slowly move the gear back into (D)rive mode. The car behaved normally and I parked my car in a available parking slot. Prior to this incident, I had a minor incident similar to this. This was a about 2 weeks back. I was slowed and stopped at a traffic light to make a right turn to maple. While in stop mode pressing the brake, the car started jerking and accelerating forward slowly. I quickly pressed the brake harder and it jerked forward and stopped. At that point, I just shrugged it off, thinking that was unusual but wasn't really bad to take issue. All this happened when I changed my Accord hybrid battery and a hybrid controller over a month back when I had a hybrid battery and the controller that needed to be replace on account of a safety issue with the car. The car felt ok after the change. However, I had the car since 2005 and never did I encounter a sudden acceleration on this car, not once until after the battery and controller change. I can only relate now to what actually has happened and is very concerned for my life and my family to whoever drives the vehicle.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #23

Nov 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While parked, the contact started the ignition while depressing the brake pedal and the vehicle jerked forward independently. The failure recurred intermittently when the gear shifter was placed in reverse or drive. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 11/01/11 the consumer stated on a cold start, with his foot on the brake, after the transmission was put into gear, there was a momentary pause before the engine revved. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for a transmission software recall. Updated 11/30/11

- Shawano, WI, USA

problem #22

Jan 112011


  • miles
I previously drove my aunt's 2005 Honda Accord hybrid on several occasions. Almost as soon as the vehicle was purchased, on more than one occasion, the brakes failed and caused accidents. The accelerator would also accelerate on its own. The car would simply speed up on its own. The car would also at times stop or turn off on its own. I assumed because the car was a hybrid or different that it was normal. At times when accidents would occur, I couldn't believe what had happened. The car literally drove away. A few times others drove the car and mentioned the same. My aunt previously tried trading in the vehicle, but it was too expensive to trade in. On January 11,2011. A fatal accident occurred while driving this vehicle. My mother, whom is a precautious driver was driving my cousin to school and were involved in a fatal car accident. The Honda struck a school bus right in the middle. I believe the car like on many other occasions accelerated on its own or the brakes failed. I feel devastated that I have lost my mother and cousin because of this accident, but feel that my mother was not at fault. She was always a safe driver and in this case I believe the vehicle was at fault.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #21

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

problem #20

Dec 152010


  • 27,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 20 mph attempting to park the vehicle, the contact applied the brake pedal it failed to slow down. The gear selector was shifted into neutral and the emergency brake engaged; however, the vehicle continued to accelerate. When the gears were shifted from the neutral position into the park, the vehicle lost control, struck a curb and flipped over. The contact sustained bruises, and the passenger sustained an injury to the bladder. A police report was filed for the incident. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The failure mileage was approximately 27,000.

- White Plains , NY, USA

problem #19

Dec 182006


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord hybrid. The contact stated that while engaging the brakes the rpms increased and the vehicle accelerated. The contact was forced to apply excessive pressure to the brakes and shift into neutral gear in order to slow down the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle could have crashed into another vehicle. The contact has not taken the vehicle to a dealer. The failure mileage was 47,000.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #18

Jun 252010


  • 29,788 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While the contact was driving approximately 50 mph in heavy traffic, there was an excessive increase in engine rpms. The brake pedal was engaged and the vehicle lunged forward and failed to stop. When the gear was shifted into the park position the vehicle was able to stop. The gear selector would not shift out of the park position, and the ignition key would not turn or release from the ignition. The police was at the scene and he was able to shift into the drive range after several attempts. The ignition key suddenly turned and the vehicle was able to resume normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the technician was unable to duplicate the problem. The computerized system was updated. The failure occurred on a separate occasion. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 29,788. Updated 11/03/10. Updated 12/7/10

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #17

May 222010


  • miles
Service engine soon light comes on and it indicates that the throttle position sensor is defective I brought the car a month ago and it only has 64K on it. My experiences with this code are bucking and jerking of the car idling surges sudden stalling hesitation while driving and a sudden surge in speed while driving on the parkway also my fuel drops drastically. I called Honda and I was told by a service repairman that I need to change the tps sensor but I would have to buy the whole throttle body totaling 500 since the tps sensor($45) is not sold separately. Also this is causing my shifter to get stuck I cannot shift my car into drive.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #16

May 222010


  • miles


I brought the car in April while driving home from the dealer I noticed that when applying the brake (slowly) before coming into a complete stop the brake pedal would lock up, release and then come to a complete stop slow acceleration I wasn't able to pick up speed once it did the check engine light would come on code P0122 throttle pedal position sensor.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #15

Mar 212010


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact was driving approximately 15 mph on a slight incline; proceeding into an intersection. While braking there was a sudden acceleration. The vehicle failed to slow down, and crashed into a concrete block. The vehicle continued to travel on an upward incline and stalled. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The front end of the vehicle, the front and rear passenger doors were damaged. The cause of the failure has not been determined at this time. The failure mileage was 52,000.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #14

Mar 222009

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Honda Accord LX. Consumer states unintended acceleration causing a crash. While pulling slowly into a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The consumer immediately applied force to the brake as the vehicle broke through a wooden fence and crashed into a tree.

- Little Falls, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jan 182010


  • miles
I have a 2005 Honda Accord dx. I was driving the car on the highway at 55 mph and the car suddenly accelerated for 5 - 10 seconds to almost 95 mph. I tried hitting the brakes and would not work....eventually the brakes worked. This is the second time happening and when I had the car checked they said nothing was wrong.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #12

Feb 092010


  • 62,000 miles
I was at the wheel of my 2005 Honda Accord, slowly easing it in to a parking spot in a public parking garage when the car suddenly lurched forward, hitting the concrete wall. I put my foot firmly on the brake, put the car into reverse and attempted to back the car up a few inches to see what damage had been done. When I lifted my foot from the brake, the car suddenly and uncontrollably accelerated backwards at a rapid rate of speed and crashed into a concrete wall about 30 feet behind the spot. The left rear of the car was crushed inward about two feet, substantial damage was done to the entire rear, the side airbag deployed, and I sustained a number of injuries which have prevented me from returning to work three weeks after the event. My insurance company, state farm, totaled the car and is retaining it for investigation.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 012009

Accord 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord LX. The contact stated as she was driving 2 mph into a parking space the vehicle suddenly accelerated through a fence and into a tree. No one was injured. The police were not notified. The vehicle was driven from the scene to an auto body shop to be repaired. After the vehicle was repaired the vehicle was taken to the dealer at least four different times and they could not duplicate the failure. Letters were written to the Honda manufacturer and no response was received. The failure mileage was 44,000. Updated 4/12/10 updated 05/12/10.

- Little Falls , NJ, USA

problem #10

Mar 072009


  • 31,349 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle accelerated automatically and the brakes failed. The contact had to drive off the road and crashed the vehicle into a small tree. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to an auto body shop for repairs and to have the brakes inspected. He discovered online that other vehicles were experiencing the same issue. The contact feels that Honda is at fault and are not doing anything to correct the issue. The current mileage was 32,000 and failure mileage was 31,349.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #9

Sep 212008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact had a 40,000 mile repair performed at the dealer. Four days later, the gauge control module shorted out internally. The dealer attempted to reprogram the module, but was unsuccessful. The module was sent out to paolo alto, ca to be reprogrammed. Once it was completed, the module was returned to the dealer for installation in the vehicle. A couple of months later, while driving at an unknown speed with the cruise control activated, it would not disengage when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was locked in the cruise control mode and it continued moving towards oncoming traffic. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into two vehicles. The contact and another person were injured. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The investigator stated that the instrument cluster module caused the crash. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Sebastian, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 172007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I feel that the cold idle RPM on our car is set too high and causes the car to lurch when put in gear following a cold start. I have contacted both the manufacturer and the dealership and both say that the cold RPM setting on my car is within specifications and cannot be adjusted. There has been no failure or incident or consequences, but I feel that under certain conditions such as a cold start on an icy driveway with an inexperienced or elderly driver, there may well be a failure/incident/consequence.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 042006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was trying to maneuver through a crowded gas station and had backed up. When I put the car into drive, it lurched forward and accelerated. Pressing the brakes as hard as I could had no effect. The only way to stop was to hit something (which ended up being cars stopped for a red light, but it could easily have been a gas pump, pedestrian or personal property). My car had to be towed and is in the body shop now. I will have Honda investigate the engine.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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