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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,050 miles

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2005 Honda Accord miscellaneous problems

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 232007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,990 miles


I have a Honda 2005 Accord, just took it in to the dealer earlier this morning, and the service advisor looked at the condenser right away and shown me the "dent", probably from a pebble. And that he said it is a very common on the Honda Accord. I definitely believe that this a design flaw if there are so many incidents on this. The warranty does not cover road debris.. they are going to give me a call and give me a price estimate for the repair.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,400 miles
The air conditioning on my 2005 Honda Accord hybrid failed while on a new year holiday visit to Arizona. When I took it to my local dealer for repair under warranty, they told me that it is due to damage from road debris making a hole in the condenser, and that it would cost me $875 to repair. This would seem to be a design fault, putting something so apparently fragile at the front of a car, behind an opening 28 1/2 inches by 5 with only one horizontal bar under 1/4 inch wide and 3 verticals less than 1/8 inch wide. For a few dollars, they could protect it with a mesh grill and save what internet research seems to show happening to more than a few people on several Honda models.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 262005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
Ac condenser prone to damage. With the placement of the condenser, it is easily damaged by flying objects hitting it during the drive. I went to the dealer to drop off my car earlier today to check on the ac problem and the first thing the service advisor did was look at the condenser and show me the many dents and marks. He said likely, it was hit by a little pebble while driving on the freeway and that it is a very common for the condenser to be damaged small flying objects. I only have had the car for 1.5 years. I did a quick check online and someone else also had the same problem and she only had the car for less than 3 months.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Vehicle purchased 8/1/2006, passed safety inspection by Honda dealer. Beginning on 9/1/2006 air conditioner returned no cold air. Honda dealer claims a rock impact caused a hole in the air conditioning condenser, leading to a leaking of refrigerant and loss of cooling function. I believe this is a design flaw, as the problem is well-documented by many consumers. Honda refused to cover the repair under warranty, instead charging the consumer $750.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #2

Nov 292005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2005 Honda Accord ex has three features that compromise my safety: 1. the right-hand corner of the sun visor, when in its fullest position (not at an angle), obscures nearly half of the rearview mirror. This has caused a number of "near accident" events. 2. the Honda is designed to downshift when going downhill. Not only does this diminish gas efficiency, but can cause skids in icy weather. 3. the brakes are extremely sensitive. I have spoken to two area Honda service centers and a service representative at Honda headquarter. The area managers say that "they're all like that; there's nothing we can do, " and the Honda headquarters rep says the same. She even went so far as to recommend I get the lower half of my windshield tinted to prevent sun glare! what about night driving" I can't believe that solutions to this problem cannot be found. Can you help in any way"

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 212005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,909 miles
The contact stated after purchasing the vehicle he began to notice cracks in the steering wheel above the air bags. He contacted Honda and spoke with a representative. The representative had someone else to call him back. The representative told him that this problem was his fault because of the way he was pressing the horn. Both times the airbag were replaced by the dealership under warranty. He went to a body shop and saw two other vehicles with the same problem, and they told him if the air bag deployed then it could cause injury to him. Updated 12/27/05.

- New York, NY, USA

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