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Honda Accord Coupe Transmission Problems



  • sky16sky16 Posts: 20
    Hi Manuel,

    Thanks for this website I forwarded it to the dealer so they can see this problem also first hand.

    The video shows the same exact problem I have had with my Accord for 10,000 miles and has continued even with the attempted fix by the wonderful dealership mechanic.

    So far Two very exciting happy dealership visits to the dealership for more excitement than your regular oil change to the mechanic shop to replace gearbox problems; thus, the first fix almost lasted one week for 3rd gear but the rest of those happy gears decieded to take a vacation on me. How about for a "quickie" until the whole gearbox decided to fall apart on me leaving me almost stranded on the roadside. Thanks for my early birthday present I really wasn't wishing for a geabox to fall apart on me.

    I barely made it to the dealer without all the gears falling on the roadway.

    Hope to pick up the car tomorrow on Monday and have this whole nightmare 100% fixed by the dealerships mechanics because I bought a car to drive at least that was my intention when I listened to the Honda Accord commercial on the internet for the 2008 Accord Coupe it said "You Are More Than A Driver" I guess your right about that statement from the commercial so I am thankful about that, since I have been a spectator from the sideline not a driver maybe I should be catching the city bus or something.

    I really have enjoyed having my car sit at the dealership mechanic garage for 9 long days along with having a crappy rental car to drive around with poor crash rating provided at the expense of my wonderful dealer. II am so elated about this whole experience that it is really better than an all expense paid trip to Hawaii for the week seriously it does not get any better than this.

    Halloween must have come early this year because I sure feel like this has been some "Tricky Treating" at my expense thanks a million :P :) :) :) :) .

  • sky16sky16 Posts: 20
    So are you the happy owner of an Accord Coupe V6 6 speed manual?

    Are you more than a Driver Like the commercial says about this car?

    The car is great with styling inside and out A+ to those engineers that worked on those areas they just need to get the transmission group and tell them half time has ended and its time to get back on the field for the 3rd quarter thats all I am really asking for, since I would like to be a loyal Honda fan for the next 30 years.

    This game can still be won, but the transmission group at Honda needs not to wait until the fourth quarter with 2 seconds on the board to win my customer confidence back please do it now.... seize the moment.

    They replaced my 3rd gear two weeks ago the fix lasted for one week until the whole gearbox feel apart so it was in the dealer for 2 days the first time.

    Now my car has been in the dealership for 7 days and will pick it up on Monday and hopefully no more dealers garages are in my future since I am tiring of my vacations on the shop floor there is only so much to see there.

    If it looks like a lemon, feels like a lemon, tastes like a lemon its probably not a lemon so don't be concerned after all my dealership told me this is a problem that normally goes away after 10,000 miles. Now how convenient are those statements since a car is usually a year old after 10,000 miles so if the problem is not fixed correctly I can live with it for the next 2 years/24,000 miles I am jumping for joy right now I can hardly contain myself.

    I can soon look forward to another 2 years of wonderful ownership if not fixed with hours inside a pile of junky rental cars provided by the dealership and taking my vacations at the waiting room to suck down some diet cokes, have some cookies, or maybe some good gourmet coffee while I am at it and I will feel like Christmas came early this year.

    I can plan my fun vacations with my accord coupe looking through the dealership mechanic garage to see how great it looks being taken apart again, then I know like the commercial I am more than I driver, I am very elated customer sitting in the service waiting room at a 5 star Honda Dealer with comfy chairs, big screen TV and snackes a plenty to last the whole day.

    I just want Honda transmission group to "MAN UP" on the V6 6 speed manual and fix it for real this time please that is all I am asking but don't waste too much time doing it either.

    Keep in mind fewer people have manual transmissions these days and the ones who do may not know about this site or may have bought the line from the dealership that "Oh that 3rd gear problem will go away after 10,000" well it sure did not and like a bad dream it has been reoccuring as well.

    Seems like there are people out there like yourself that are having the same problem as me; thus join the club fasten your seatbeat grab some diet cokes and cookies at the delearship and enjoy every varieity of classy rental cars and the big screen TV at the dealership well try to make it a smooth ride for you but I can't promise you there will not be any turbulance along the way unfortunately.

    By the way Half times ove, its time for the transmission group of engineers at Honda to get back into the game in the 3rd quarter and put the popcorn down.

    Make sure you have them fix it and don't settle for lame answers. I had a Honda Prelude that was made in Japan (1998 model) and it never ever gear popped in 2nd or 3rd gear and the gears never grinded in any of the gears now that is the quality I expect in this V6 6 speed transmission thats out there now, I really won't a genuine fix not a half botched fix like I've gotten. The weather should not make a difference it did not make any difference on my 1998 Prelude. The 1998 Prelude gets an A+ all the way around from styling to transmission/gearbox. I know Honda can get it together again thats all I want.

    Good Luck and hope it gets fixed or is already fixed so you don't have these issues anymore like leaky plumbing that keeps dripping all night long try to put a real plumber on this problem.

    Have a great day,


    3rd and 4th Gear Popping Accord EXLV6 6 spped manual

  • sky16,
    Today is exactly one year since I bought the 2007 Accord EX-L 6-speed sedan. The problem started about December and was in the dealership to have the tranny fluid changed with the reformulated honda tranny fluid. The problem went away for two weeks and promptly returned. April 12th, honda issued the long awaited TSB. In June the car went dealership. 6 WEEKS later the car came back after 4 tranny removal/installations. The details are ugly, reverse was lost, multiple 3rd gear kits were used. (Yes, I had a loaner that was a rock solid Accord 4cyl automatic. No, rattles, the honda I expected.) My car had rattles, the glove box, the driver door window rattle, the driver door lock area rattle. I got my car back. The rattles were not fixed. Back four more times for the rattles. The glove box was fixed, there is a solution dealerships can look up. The window rattle was gone with another well known fix using tape and not only lubricatiing the window. My door lock rattle is the most annoying of all. That stupid thing was gone when I got the car back... two weeks later it came back. ANNOYING! I'm too tired to take it back right now. This has been going on since August. Another thing, the interior rear view mirror stinks. It has a constant vibration even after it was replaced. I hate it.
    Anyway, those are my issues with the car. Now that it is getting colder, that will be the real test. The issue was much much worse when it was cold outside. Best wishes with yours.
  • sky16sky16 Posts: 20
    Hi Mdebrito,

    Thanks for writing back; thus, I am really sorry to hear about your experience with your Honda Accord, you really should look into seeking legal counsel it sounds like you have a lemon there. I know the rule usually states taking the car in for 3x for the same problem with having the car at the dealership for 30+ days within one year of having the car which is the case that you seem to have.

    I have a next door neighbor who won on the lemon law with the help of an attorney and received 1 and 3/4 value of his car w/attorney.

    Type in Lemon law on the internet and seek some counsel here.

    Your experience should be much better than it has been that is really unfortunate you have had this unpleasant experience.

    Its hard to explain the stress that this causes to other friends, family, dealership if they have not had this happen to them.

    If I were you I would be making some phone calls tomorrow find out what your rights are here.

    Good Luck and let me know what your outcome is and I will let you know how my car is from the dealer tomorrow when I pick it up.


    Gear Popping 3rd and 4th 2008 Honda Accord Coupe EXLV6
  • sky16sky16 Posts: 20
    HI Jbyrd008,

    Did you ever get the problem fixed with your accord?

    I have had the same 3rd gear popping out problem for 10,000 miles and it did not go away. They replaced the 3rd gear and a week later the whole gearbox feel apart.

    No on repair #2 for the same problem they are replacing the whole gear box.

    Several accord owners are having this same problem.

    I have been milking the clutch and shifting with the revs to get the best gas mileage I can and still have had the gear grind when you try to put it into 3rd gear and then it would pop back out into neutral again very frustrating and seems to be a design flaw here but no one at Honda really wants to do a whole recall on this problem.

    The last recall Honda had was a recall of 1/4 of a million 3.2 TL 2001-2003 Acuras with a shifting problem from 2nd to 3rd gear and the transmissions were failing in huge numbers.

    I hope you are remaining persistent with the dealer to fix this problem it is for real.

    Some Accord owners have video taped the gear popping by having a friend video tape the gearbox while they are shifting and has shown evidence of gear popping.

    I have been a Honda fan for 10 years but after this experience I am losing confidence big time in the product unless they can change things around.

    Good Luck on your situation and let me know how it is going with your problem and if they have actually fixed it permanently or just a quick fix that lasts a week like mine and then falls apart or for a few weeks like you have had.

    I will be posting comments after I get my car back on Monday but if it still has that problem I will be leaving it with the dealer to get it right I'm getting sick and tired of driving crappy rental cars from the dealership.


    Gear Popping 3rd and 4th Gear Accord 2008 Coupe 6 Speed Manual
  • sky16sky16 Posts: 20
    I have had the 2008 V6EXL Accord 6M in the shop now twice and will not be able to possibly pick up until next week sometime. They will have had the car for a total of 18 days by the time it is all said and done within this last month. The 3rd gear was replaced with a new one and lasted one week now they are replacing all of the gears so hopefully it will be like new when I get it back; thus, the dealer is really doing their best to get it back on the road. Good luck with your decision but I would likely go with the automatic at this point. My friend has the 4cylinder automatic Accord Coupe and has had no problems at all with it with positve vibes about the vehicle. The interior inside and out is awesome with Accord Coupe with excellent quality along with the engine, they just need to figure out getting rid of the 3rd gear grind/pop issues on the EXLV6.
  • fredyofredyo Posts: 2
    I took my 2007 Honda Accord Coupe EXLV6 to another Honda dealership after the selling dealer's manager denied there was a defect. The second Honda dealer first tried changing the transmission fluid. The problem reappeared within a week and he then replaced the 3rd gear. The job took two days. Third gear still seems a little squirrelly for the first few shifts, but it has not popped out now for about six months and a few thousand miles. I think the new 3rd gear kit has made a difference but I also think part of it is the training I got over the first six months of anxiety and anger. Honda's rep for quality will never be the same for me. Fredyo
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 853
    .......the TSB will be a backup for the GM transmission goo (GMSFM) that all the folk over at Acurazine,com seem to rave about..............

    Other than the hesitation every now and then on the 2nd-3rd gear shift, a clutch with a vague friction point and a couple of window regulator motors replaced under the factory warranty, the 2005 6M coupe seems to be a first class mo-chine...............

    Plus on the freeway, the fuel efficiency is hard to believe.................

    all the best, ez..........
  • Followup on my first post.

    It took about two months for the dealer to get the parts in, and then two days for installation. They picked up the rental car cost.

    It took about three months total time to get this issue resolved.

    I've put about 6K on since then and have had no further problems with the shifting. However, about a week after the fix I started to hear some creaking from the front end. The dealer fixed it, saying a control arm bolt had worked loose. Since the transmission repair tech seemed somewhat embarrassed about it, I assume the control arm had been removed as part of the transmission repair.

    I notice that in post #50, EZShift5 mentions window regulators. Around the time of the shifting problem, I'd complained about noisy window operation and the dealer replaced both window regulators under warranty which fixed it. No hassle, but it makes me wonder if regulators are another chronic problem.

    Overall, I'm satisfied with the car and the dealer service.
  • I am looking at a 2005 accord coupe 6 speed. I am aware of the shifting problems and have test driven one that had the problem.the one i am looking at now drives fine and is being sold as Honda certified,the salesman says if i should have a problem after i buy it would be covered under warraty(as long as i can duplicate the problem) I told him about the tsb for 3rd gear set but he said they wont fix anything if its working fine now.I love the car but would not be happy if i had a problem down the road,Anyone have opinion or any experiences that might help me? Thanks for any help
  • The driver window regulator. If that's the worst of it. Call yourself lucky. To me, it took over 8 years for that to happen on my last Honda. I would call Honda and see exactly how long Honda Warranties for that issue. Also, the third gear thing happens when it's cold. You will wonder happened the first time. Then, you will know. Bring it to the dealer and then tell him to look at the issue in the morning. If you have a problem, it will be fairly obvious quickly. Check the VIN with Honda and see if it was done already. If you have no problems now, it probably won't have it ever. How many miles on the car?
  • I also have a 2005 Accord coupe with a third gear notchy/grinding problem. It is just barely out of warranty, and my dealership here in Vegas (Honda West) claims ignorance of the problem. This is fairly normal (the problem and their ignorance) from what I've read here. They will not fix it on their dime, but thier service rep was able to replicate the problem. Honda will fix in under the extended warranty I purchased when I recently bought the car. I will be bringing in the car for repair in a week or two once the holidays are over.

    Just posting here so my situation can be added to the list in case Honda ever wants to own up to this pervasive problem. Great car other than this!
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 853
    I also have a 2005 Accord coupe with a third gear notchy/grinding problem.... service rep was able to replicate the problem. Honda will fix in under the extended warranty I purchased I will be bringing in the car for repair in a week or two once the holidays are over.

    Just posting here so my situation can be added to the list in case Honda ever wants to own up to this pervasive problem. Great car other than this!

    ......also drive '05 6M coupe with 3rd gear snag now and then. Also have Honda Care Extended Warranty. (Will try GM SynchMesh Friction Modified manual transmission fluid before any dealer work..............under the EW).

    There is a TSB out (08-020 April 12, 2008) which has the "symptoms can be intermittent" wording.

    Please post your impressions after your 6M goes under the knife!!

    season's best, ez....
  • james154james154 Posts: 4
    i have a 2009 v6 with a auto trans and how do you know when you are in 3-cyl mode or 4-cyl mode? i know that the eco light is on in this mode. my 09 accord coupe w/ the v6 auto "chug's" at 65mph like it is hunting for a gear with the eco light on. is the trans going from 4 to 3 cyl and back again when it is dong this?
  • I had SB 08-020 applied to my 2007 Honda Accord EX-L V-6. While it no longer grinds into 3rd gear or pop out of gear once engaged, there is still alot of resistance/notchiness when shifting into 3rd gear from 2nd. The service bulletin claims it's "normal", which of course, is a load of crap. Honda has essentially come up with a band-aid solution for am improperly designed transmission.

    I'm trading it in next week before the transmission drops out completely. After four Hondas and an Acura, I'll never give Honda another dollar.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 853, I am really sorry to hear that..........'s a tough choice - - others have reported positive on TSB 08-020 synchro replacement for the 6M.

    I see online (;DA) big time good about the GM SynchroMesh Friction Modified trans fluid.

    I picked up 3 quarts from our local Chevrolet dealer; the 6M coupe in my garage is paid for, gets really great freeway fuel numbers and the 3rd gear issue - random notchiness - apparently isn't anywhere near as bad as your is (was)..................

    Again, I feel your pain - maybe not as great. After 4 Hondas/one Acura, your chagrin must be huge.

    best, ez....
  • From what I've read on this and other forum--this problem seems to be nearly universal. I also had ths problem, and gave this fluid a shot. It worked immediately, and shifts smooth as butter now. It is an easy fix to a troublesome problem, and I whole heartedly suggest it. As far as long term benefits/problems--I cannot personally answer that, but a few have commented on forums that they have not had any long term adverse affects,
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 853
    ... I also had ths problem, and gave this fluid a shot. It worked immediately, and shifts smooth as butter now.

    ......GMSFM replaced OEM fluid 10April2009..........

    Like you said IL2D.....'worked immediately'.........

    Other folks have reported 35/40k on GMSFM - - with no return of the random 3rd gear shift glitch.............. Works for me!! (big time)

    all the best, ez...............
  • icyou812icyou812 Posts: 77
    Any of you 6 speed manual coupe owners hear of anyone with a 5 speed manual Accord sedan having basically the same issues with third gear notchiness, popping out and grinding on the upshift and occasionally grinding on the downshift into third (while the clutch is still depressed)? My 4cyl. 08 LX sedan has been doing this randomly since we bought it last Aug. Idiotic service department told me I wasn't depressing the clutch all the way while shifting. I asked why only third gear they told me it was at that "certain" speed. Well, I've owned countless manual transmission vehicles over the years and know how to push in a clutch. I was told Honda used to replace third gear when a customer complained about this, but they no longer do unless the service dept. actually gets to observe this happening.This happens so randomly they would have my car for who knows how long before they catch it. Asked about the GM syncromesh but was told no because it's not a approved Honda fluid. Anywho, I just wondered if anyone has heard of the 5 speed having the same issues as the 6 speed.
  • mppedersenmppedersen Posts: 25
    Yep. My 2008 Accord EX-L Manual Sedan has the same problem. I was told by the local dealership that I was making up the problem. I have taken the vehicle to another dealership and they are at least researching the problem, they listened to my complaints and have some theories to what is causing it.

    Like you said, it is random. And when it happens, it can be with soft gentle shifting or when you are trying to get up to speed quickly.
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