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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,053 miles

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #15

Feb 012016


  • 118,000 miles


Headlights have top layer coming off the finish. The headlight then turns yellow and the clear lens becomes cloudy. This greatly reduces the amount of light on the road when driving at night. This causes increased danger of a car hitting an animal or pedestrian when driving at night. Aftermarket lens cleaning kits only offer a temporary fix. The only true fix is to replace the headlights, at a cost of almost $1000. The headlights are a safety devise that should last the life of the car, just like a seat belt or air bag. This headlight problem can be found on every car manufacture, not just Honda. Cloudy headlights should be replaced at no cost.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #14

Apr 262016


  • miles
My headlights appear to not illuminate very far in the night on the low beam. Additionally as a contributing the outer casing of the headlights are dull and the plastic appears to have deteriorated. While the dealership I saw 3 other Honda with the same clouded outer casings. On the hwy at night I notice nights are noticeably providing less light on the road - and I am not comparing to the new style type lights - just regular lights on other cars shine way further out. The dealership suggested at nearly $100 each I could have a body shop work on them. This appears to be safety hazard from poorly designed materials used for the headlights and it feel Honda should remedy this as it is making my headlight not perform as intended or expected. The dealers attitude ( beaverton Honda) was not to do anything but they did acknowledge the damage visibility due to this and said it was from being used outside in weather? it's a car not an indoor house cat!

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #13

Oct 152015


  • 120,000 miles
The head unit failed making the entire control panel dark. The only way to repair this is to have to purchase an entire audio unit which did not fail. Parts were the front panel for $243.44 and the head unit for $900.65 plus installation costs. As this was a safety issue we had no choice but to replace. The lights should not fail and the cost is excessive requiring replacement of working parts.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #12

Dec 212014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 115,683 miles


This is the second time that this vehicle causes an accident due to involuntary acceleration defect. I was coming to a complete stop to park the car when all of a sudden it accelerated on its own and sped into a building. First it hit an iron bench pushing it into the wall. The car missed hitting a young mother and her four little kids by mere seconds. My insurance company sent one of their own adjusters to inspect the damages, and determined that the car should be repaired. In the meantime the people at the body shop where the car was towed to kept telling me that the car was not safe to be put on the road again. I pleaded with my insurer to have it totaled as I was too afraid to drive it again after two accidents, and my conscience did not allow me to sell the car after the repairs putting somebody else in same kind of danger. I also called Honda, but their reply was that Honda was not going to do anything about it. Honda folks were even annoyed that I called them saying that my insurer was the one to contact them through the proper channels. Finally my insurance agreed to total the car. However, I saw that the car was sold to an auction dealer listing it as "salvage title/rebuildable." The car is for sale again stating that it will cost $4,872 to fix it. My insurance company increased my premiums considerably considering me the party at fault. I ask NHTSA to act quickly to stop this unsafe and unfair practice.....updated 08/20/15 updated 9/30/2015

- Valrico, , FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 112006


  • 9,119 miles
As I was coming to a complete stop, parking, the car sped up involuntarily. I kept pressing on the brakes, but it did not make any difference until the car was stopped by hitting a building. I was told that the dealer inspected the brakes while the car was at the body shop, and did not find anything wrong with them. The car was repaired, and I continued driving it. The involuntary acceleration occurred several times again, but I did not think anything of it because I was not coming to a complete stop, and it adjusted its speed again. Until...I had another accident eight years later due to none other than involuntary acceleration. See a separate complaint.

- Valrico, , FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 132015

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Front lights get dim inconsistently and cannot see at night.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 022013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


It crashed into a suddenly stopped car. Nothing changed.

- Riyadh, FL, USA

problem #8

May 012014

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
A few years ago I noticed the headlights on my car were developing an opaqueness that reduced the amount of light thrown onto the roadway, certain dangerous in the darkness of night and exacerbated when driving on an unlit road. Recently I have noticed more and more older cars of various makes and models with the same problem and I wonder if all these manufacturers have bought the same high impact [lexan"] lenses from the same supplier. Yeasrs ago glass headlamps did not suffer this aging process as does these newer plastic/polycarbon replacements. According to a report I read in consumers' report there really is no satisfactory way to restore clarity to these older lights. This problem begs the question "what to do?" should there be a recall or not...this is the auto companies' doing, not mine or any one else's driving a vehicle with reduced light from their headlamps. In case of a low visibilty caused accident whoo will bear the responsibility? isn't this as serious as other safety issues confronting consumers, e.g., GM's ignition switch, various airbag problems, brake pedal issues, et al>" updated 11/24/2014

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Oct 172011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Car was running fine. No problems. All of a sudden the airbag light came on. I stopped the car and checked the seat on the passenger side and seat belts trying to figure out why it was on. I got back into the car and continued home. When slowing to turn into driveway a loud banging noise occurred. The car was put in park and immediately started rolling backwards. This could have been a hazard if a car had been passing by or if this had happened in busy traffic. I could have rolled back and hurt someone, hurt myself or rolled back into oncoming traffic. Also if someone had been walking behind the car and gotten ran over and killed. Anyway it was later towed to a dealer and diagnostics ran. The dealer informed me that I needed a new transmission. That is not right. My car was like new with a little over 68 thousand miles on it. I still owe on it and purchased it brand new. Honda should be responsible for this. Since this has happened to me and I have begun to research this I found a ton of recalls for this same problem, yet I am told my car is a 6 cylinder and is not under recall. Please help. I was told it would cost me 4400 plus $ to replace the transmission. Honda should be responsible for this cost.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Sep 302010


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the headlights became dim when the cooling fan was on. The contact stated the cooling fan cycles in and out even if the air conditioner was not on. The dealer stated that they were aware of the failure and that the fuse box needed to be replaced. The article shown to the contact stated that the identical failure was related to all 2000 and 2005 vehicles. The repair did not remedy the failure and the dealer stated that was the best that they could do. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 46000 and the current mileage was 47700.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 122010


  • 72,000 miles
The airbag warning light on my 2005 Honda Accord ex-L was illuminated. I took the vehicle to my Honda dealer and they replaced the wiring subharness. This was the same symptom, issue and resolution as NHTSA campaign #06E064000. My vehicle was not in the included in the VIN numbers recalled per that campaign and I feel that Honda didn't resolve the manufacturing defect by the time my vehicle was produced. In other words, I don't think Honda recalled all vehicles affected.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 012009


  • 69,000 miles
Loss of lights on controls for heating, defrost and all other climate controls. Over a period of several weeks, I had an intermittent loss of backlight to the climate controls for my car. This presents a hazard during nighttime driving as the dome lights must be switched on and it takes longer to find the appropriate control for defrost for the windshield. This is also related to the backlight on the radio, which was a known problem with Honda Accord for a very long time. The lights would go out, then come back on again when I went over a bump or turned the headlights on or off (indicating an electrical instead of bulb problem). The loss of function increased gradually in terms of number of outages, length and duration. The car was taken in after two near accidents due to trying to turn on the defroster while driving. Despite a known problem with prior year Accord in the exact same system, for which Honda has issued recalls, I did have to pay for the repair.

- Prospect Heights, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 172008


  • 42,000 miles
While driving at night my 2005 Honda Accord LX both headlights went out.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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