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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,033 miles

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2005 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2005 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jun 112009


  • 74,000 miles


Because of the great reputation of Honda vehicles, I and my husband decided to buy a Honda Accord ex car 2005 two years ago. We have never had any problems with it until last Tuesday, when I was driving back to home when the engine stalled suddenly, after about two minutes I turn it on and it seemed fine while I was driving for less than a mile to get home. Two hours later on I and my husband were getting off he took the keys to drive the car and I did not tell him about the incident I simply totally forgot because I did think it was a problem and I did not expect to be a problem, so we got off we got in the car he tried start the car and it jerked hard and it wont start he tried again and we drove it but the car was cranking and it jerked hard and slowed down and it stopped and it did the same thing he was decreasing the speed. Our car is 74,000 miles we took it to a mechanic at Honda dealership and he said the transmission is failing a way he never seen before he checked and there are no recalls for that problem so to we need to get a new transmission and replace the axles as well which is going to cost us around 4000 dollars I don't think this is fair I believe in my hearth it's a manufacture problem and it should be a recall I did a lot researches and a lot of people they have the same problem. Please do your investigation we can not afford to fix the car we did not do anything wrong to this car but driving it to work and keep it maintenance till it start to act up we are leasing a car now to go to work to product please help us.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #16

May 262009


  • 67,000 miles
I was driving on interstate in my 2005 Honda Accord ex, driving 68 miles an hour and suddenly the car completed wigged out, the RPM's revved up in the red and the car would not maintain speed. It was sudden and super dangerous considering the circumstance. I called Honda care and arranged to be brought to Honda, they informed me I needed a whole new transmission. That it was internal. Thank god I service and may god be with Honda owners to protect them from this internal issue.

- Bossier City , LA, USA

problem #15

Mar 222009


  • 127,000 miles
Auto trans making noise, at 127kmi the speedo, odo stopped working - causing severe jolt/deceleration while driving. All warning lights went on tcs/engine/tranny/power steering. Auto went in for service, determined needed new transmission at cost of $4000. Motor mount also found broken. After multiple calls to american Honda - was told that 127K was a respectable mileage prior to tranny failure and there would be no good will assistance of repair costs! this car had long history of check engine lights due to faulty engine mgmt S/w which was resolved in late 2007. Also reported to dealer tranny light at 26K miles but was told nothing wrong. 3K miles after replacement I find the gas mileage has increased by over 3mpg which makes me wonder if the orig tranny was problematic since purchase of car?

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #14

Jan 162009


  • 48,750 miles


With little warning, transmission failed in car. Driver merged into traffic, car sputtered at 25mph, when it should have been 45mph. A tracto trailer slammed on its brakes and wound up gently tapping the rear bumper. This could have been much worse. Honda recommends new transmission.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #13

Nov 152008


  • 42,000 miles
On April 2 2005 I bought a Honda Accord. Recently I took my car to the ourisman Honda dealership for a routine maintenance. The previous day I heard a noise coming from the engine. I explained to the noise to the technician. He checked and found the car had a problem with the transmission. He told me that they were going to try to talk to american Honda to help me out with the cost because it is very expensive. It has been three weeks now with no response. I would like a solution to this as soon as possible. Any help from you would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your time. -martin quiej

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #12

May 152008


  • 52,750 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord. While driving 65 mph, the acceleration dropped to 25 mph and would not shift into third gear. When the contact depressed the accelerator pedal, the vehicle would not exceed 25 mph, and then began making a grinding noise. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic and he replaced a solenoid, but it failed three times. The vehicle was finally repaired and the wire to the solenoid was replaced. The repair cost $856. The current mileage was 52,850 and failure mileage was 52,750.

- Morris Plaines, NJ, USA

problem #11

Aug 012005


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda Accord hybrid. The contact stated that her vehicle accelerated when she depressed the brake pedal. She heard an unfamiliar sound coming from the vehicle. Initially, the failure occurred intermittently over the past three years, but has recently become worse. The faster she drives, the louder the failure becomes. When the brake pedal is depressed, the failure ceases, and when she releases the pedal, it starts again. The dealer stated that the failure may possibly be caused by a noise box. They further informed her that there were no other failures with the vehicle. The mileages were unknown.

- Aliosoviejo, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 212007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,100 miles
2005 Honda Accord V6 cp with only 37K on it, transmission failed this am and was towed to Honda dealership in sacramento, ca. So far there is no update. Car has been maintained and well taken care of. Its soo sad that a Honda car would brake down at only 37K when standard warranty is only good for 36K. I have no idea what will Honda corporation decide but I hope they will stand behind their product and take care of their customers.

- Loma Linda, CA, USA

problem #9

May 192007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,800 miles
1) the vehicle shakes at high speed. 2) the vehicle at slow speed sounds like the wheel bearings are grinding themselves down 3) the vehicle vibrates at slow and high speed but more so at high speed when pressing the brake peddle 4) the vehicle was brought to the dealership 3 times for these problems with the drive train and the brakes. Still after the third time of having new brakes and wheel bearing the vehicle continues to vibrate to such a manner as I feel it highly unsafe.

- Hillsborough, NH, USA

problem #8

Oct 042006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles
My car suddenly accelerated upon exiting a car wash as I changed from neutral to drive. The design of the exit lane from the car wash driveway and access to the four lane street where the car wash is located does not allow for any speed as there are two sharp turns. My car sped across the driveway, into a culvert and toward the heavy traffic. I applied the brakes immediately and steered the car away from the street, crossing several business parking lots and landscaped areas. My 2005 Honda Accord received several thousands dollars in damage. Honda denied it was warranty and did not show me the computer diagnostic evaluation. In fact, this information seemed to be closely guarded by the service department at Honda orr in hot springs, ar. I was told to contact my insurance company for repairs. This car experienced what I would explain as an open throttle which may be a new problem for computerized cars. I have taken several photos of my car and the scene, which shows several feet of skid marks.

- Hot Springs Village, AR, USA

problem #7

Dec 212005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles


When the vehicle is started with a cold engine the car will surge in gear, accelerating the car unexpectedly. The frequency of the problem is intermittent. The car will surge with enough force that the amount of pressure one ordinarily exerts on the brake pedal to hold a car stationary is insufficient.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #6

Aug 092005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Is already time for someone to take real action again Honda and the problem that a lot of 05 Accord owner are having with very strong vibration from under the car. Making any trip unpleasant. I have research the web and they are hundreds of Accord owner suffering from this problem with no answer from Honda. Only answer available is according to the dealers, that¿'s normal which is not. In my case my car is to the point that at any RPM you feel you are driving a car that has 300K miles on it when is a brand new engine. I really don¿¿T want to keep wasting my time with dealers because all of them tell you something different or that¿'s just normal. I am requesting that someone make Honda aware of this issue and to find out a solution because this vibration just seem to be getting worse everyday. -vibration happens at any time when car is idle and any gear is engaged. -when accelerating very strong vibration is felt from under the car and gas pedal and wheels. -(dealer have check alignment, rotates tires, and check pressure on tire still same problem just getting worse). This vibration makes car powerless. At point driving in highway that car becomes powerless. Gas pedal have to be pushed really hard just to get it moving. Had a few incident in which almost got hit by other car because car just wouldn't pick up properly.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 102005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Is already time someone take real action against Honda and this problem that a lot of 05 Accord are having. This problem with very strong vibration from under the car. Making any trip unpleasant. Have research the web and they are hundred of Accord owner suffering from this problem with no answer from Honda. Only answer is according to the dealer that is normal which is not. In my case my car is to the point the at any RPM you feel you are driving a car that has 300K miles on it when is a brand new engine. I really don;T want to keep wasting my time with dealer because all of them tell you something different. I beg that someone make Honda aware of this issue and to find out a solution.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Sep 152005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Contact stated that while sitting at a stop light on a hill and taking foot off the brakes the vehicle rolled backward. Dealer and manufacturer told her this was normal for this type of vehicle. She was told the idle was lower for a quieter ride, and it did not have the power the hold the vehicle on a hill.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 132005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles
Honda Accord ex was parked in a picnic area near a local river. The driver stepped out with three passengers remaining in vehicle. The vehicle began to roll after the passenger turned off the ignition. The parking brake was not engaged, however, the driver states that the transmission was in park. The vehicle then rolled approximately 10' forward and down a 40 degree slope leading to the river. The vehicle stopped in the river with approximately one-half of the vehicle submersed. Two passengers escaped prior to entering the water. Both of these individuals received minor injury in the process. The other passenger was pulled out the passenger window after the vehicle had entered the river. We made several inquiries with Honda corporation, local dealership, and our insurance company about possible mechanical problem. Our hope was to have someone explain the possible scenarios leading to this incident. No one could provide complete evidence to

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #1

Oct 052004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1. noticed when drove off of the lot of the dealer. I thought that it was just more power with the vehicle because it is a V-6, which I am not familiar with. 2. there is a hard shift from 1st to 2nd gear, which you can feel underneath your feet, almost like an annoying vibration. 3. I took it to the dealer and they had no idea what it was. They then wanted to disconnect the ABS to see if it could clear the problem, but it was just a test, I have no idea how that would remedy the problem.

- Tracy, CA, USA

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