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Honda Accord Transmission Questions



  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Most of the problems with automatic transmissions were on the V6 models. Only a small percentage of Accords sold are V6 models. I have an 03 V6, and there was a recall on the transmission. The dealership installed a "jet kit" to prevent the 2nd gear from overheating. I now have 75k miles on the car, and the transmission is still going strong. There is no doubt, Accords have had automatic transmission problems, including the 2000 model, but Honda usually works with customers, and at least pays a portion of the bill. I think that's the main reason you haven't heard more about this issue.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    edited March 2010
    Hi Discofuel,

    My 95 Accord EX I4 ran until it reached 200K plus miles with no transmission issue. But my 2002 Accord EX V6 got issue with transmission at about 90K miles. But I fixed it. My other Accords V6, '03, '05 and '08 V6 EX-L (all V6 Accords) have great transmissions. I am mostly happy with the most compact transmission of my Accord '08 V6 EX-L. My next car will be another V6 EXL Accord (Contour) or Acura TL.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    edited March 2010
    If you are the original owner, and your Accord's transmission goes out on you, only after you have driven it 150,000 miles. You are more likely to pay for a new transmission, without too much grief. Thinking you got your money's worth out of that transmission. On the other hand, if you buy an Accord used, with 135k miles on it, and the transmission goes out at 150k, you are more likely to be disgruntled. If you have only driven the car 15k miles, you're thinking, I got screwed. Two cars, with trannys that went out at the same mileage, but two different reactions to it. You are also more likely to get help (good will) from Honda, if you are the original owner.
  • blue_boyblue_boy Posts: 52
    Our 1998 v6 Accord Sedan is still in our extended family and going strong. No transmission problem at all. It is a very dependable car. Actually, no problems at all with it.
  • joeaiutojoeaiuto Posts: 8
    I have a 1994 Accord manual shift that bucks when i get to 2500 rpms in any gear when the car gets warm. It subsides when i shift to a different gear but starts again when i hit 2500 rpms. I've changed the fuel filter, vtec solenoid and the throttle plate position air sensor.

    Any suggestions? thx.
  • For what its worth (most likely very little):

    Only car I ever experienced that with turned out to have a problem with the combination air flow / map sensor - and was a SFI four cylinder Ford.
  • hmcsfhmcsf Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 Accord SE. At 90000, my transmission died and Honda replaced it under the extended warranty. Now, at 133000 mi, I once again need a new transmission. The dealer says the 2nd transmission is no longer covered under the warranty, i.e, warranty did not reset with placement of 2nd transmission. I can't help but feel this is unfair. Am I only to expect my supposedly brand-new transmission to last 43000 mi? This experience has really soured me on Hondas. I thought after my first transmission was replaced, that I was going to be able to drive my Accord for a good long time but that's not gonna happen unless I fork over $3000. Do I have any other recourse or should I just let my Accord finally rest in peace?
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    So you expect your warranty to cover the car until when? Forever? 10 years, and 100k miles should be long enough, don't you think? After that, you should be on your own, IMO.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I think the OP's point was that the second transmission only lasted 4300 miles. A legit gripe, methinks. Maybe not if it was a rebuild or used.
  • jmillerjmillerjmillerjmiller Posts: 113
    edited June 2010
    While 43,000 miles is not a long life, it is true the warranty does not reset for the replacement.

    On that note, of company issued vehicles I have had over the years (hauling about 500lbs of stuff all the time):
    1996 Dodge Caravan - trans literally blew at 93,000.
    1998 Ford Windstar - first trans at 37,500 - second at 77,000.
    2000 Ford Windstar - first trans at 31,000 - made it to replacement Astro at 78,000.
    And all those Chrysler vehicle owners in the early 90's with the ultradrive unit (had a 1990 Dodge Spirit ES - 28,000miles trans failure - warranty.

    So, my argument is that a weak design, is still weak, even if rebuilt. So when you have a vehicle that has a known weak major component, that was replaced under warranty, get rid of it. Otherwise, be prepared to replace it again.

    I have a heavy footed driving style, so if something major like that is trouble prone, I expect it to occur.

    At the age and mileage of your car, it's a tough choice. If possible, find a cheaper alternative such a a private garage and a salvage yard trans. Then sell it. Otherwise the push tow or drag it promos start to sound good.

    My mother put 2200 dollars into her 1999 accord lx-v6 last year. At 90k it had a cracked head (never overheated). That was around 40% of its book value (private sale) at the time.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    edited June 2010
    I think the OP's point was that the second transmission only lasted 4300 miles

    I'm sure the replacement was warranted for 4,300 miles, but not 43,000. Unless I read the zeros wrong. Actually, Honda didn't have to pay for the first replacement. Give them an inch, and they want a mile.
  • wayne21wayne21 Posts: 258
    As one who had 4 transmissions in a 2000 accord 4 cylinder I can tell you that the replacement (rebuilt) transmissions come with a 36/36,000 warranty. You were very lucky to get 43k on a rebuilt one. At 123k miles my honda transmission is still under warranty. I look at the rebuilt transmissions almost like throw away transmissions, but honda keeps paying for them.
  • klov46klov46 Posts: 3
    i have a 93 accord and now my car is not shifting at ALL! it will start from 4th gear and take forever to accelerate and get to like 45MPH. i think the tranny fluid is low but im not sure. any help would be appreciated!
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I think the transmission fluid dipstick is located down low, on the radiator/front side of the transmission, and that it has a yellow handle. Is the D4 light blinking or on all the time? Here's a link on Honda transmissions (mainly 4th gen Accords). Read up, and good luck.
  • bamse39bamse39 Posts: 1
    My 2000 Accord LX automatic has had a clattering, thumping sound under the engine for years, and it's getting worse. It's more substantial than a rattle, but doesn't feel like a loose engine mount. It seems independent of the drive train and the exhaust system. Something in the suspension, I'd guess. It reacts to bumps in the road, but can occur on smooth roads too. My regular mechanic is stumped. Any ideas?
  • mzangel7mzangel7 Posts: 1
    Have had my car for 7yrs. now and noticed the transmission begin to slip bout a lil over a yr. ago and finally 2 months ago, it finally played, I brought a $1100 used one from a salvage and let my uncle put it in...after he put it in he said that it wasn't any good...he said it was barely pulling and straining to change, I took it back to the salvage, and was told that he wired it up wrong and that they will re-wire it correctly and I should be good to go....went to pick up my car and after driving it for about 30mins. or so, my speed broke down from 60mph to about 45mph on da highway, my idle needle went up to about 4 and the car barely wanted to, I took it back to the salvage the next day, then they told me, (after re-checking it for the 2nd time) that b/c he "wired" it up wrong it messed up the solenoid shift gear which burned out the transmission and if I want another transmission, I have to pay for another my question: Is it possible to wire a transmission up wrong and this will happen or did they just sell me a bad transmission and to keep from gettin me another transmission or taking the blame for it b/c they didn't put it in, so there wasnt nothing else they could do....need to know before I try to take them to small claim court....did I just lose out on $1100 in less than a wk????
  • wise1wise1 Posts: 91
    :mad: :mad: FWIW Honda does NOT put new trannys in your car. They put in REMANUFACTURED ones. SEE your Warranties book that comes with the car. Page 32 says: Starters, alternators, brake calipers, power steering pumps, ABS modulators, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS, and driveshafts. If it was really new it would be warranted for a longer period of time than 3 years or 36K miles. HONDA HAS NOT GOTTEN THEIR TRANNNY PROBLEMS RESOLVED!!!!
    My 2007 had a leak within one year and less than 8000 miles on the odometer. It was finally replaced at 21xxx miles. I had to go several times so they could "monitor the leak" when they should have replaced it. Finally they did, but now I only have a 3 year -36K mile warranty not the original 5 year 60K warranty. No the replacement tranny will not last so I plan to dump it well before it get me in trouble. I'M FINISHED WITH HONDA CRAPPY $%^&*((!!!!!!!
  • vbrownzvbrownz Posts: 1
    Hi I got a Honda accord Euro R 2001, 2.2 ltrs, 5 speed, 95000 k's done, couple of days ago I am facing problem with its transmission while reversing the car the reverse gear dislocated and slip and some time stuck and make crap noise. I have to keep holding the gear lever all the time while I am reversing otherwise it slip to Nuteral.When I took the car to the Dealer he said the gear box broken and I have to replace it, that cost me atleast $ 2,000.00. Can anyone suggest me what to do ?

  • Hello All,

    What model years for the Honda Accord have compatible transmissions with the 2002 2.3l I4 SE Accord? I am having the typical problems that Honda decided weren't important enough to address, and I'm trying to find out what omdels I can pull a tranny off of from the junk yard. Also, does anyone know the exact model of the transmission used in this particular model?

    Thanks much!

  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,041
    It LOOKS like 2001 and 2002.

    Try going to and put in the year, make, and model, and part you're searching for (transmission) then choose to search ALL US. You don't need ZIP or anything. When you see the list of available parts, you'll only get a list of items that work for your vehicle.


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  • Thanks so much, I appreciate the help!
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