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2005 Honda Accord, 80K miles, (have not test driven it yet myself) daughter describes the problem as transmission slipping, car will not get above 25 MPH. Check Engine light came on a few days ago, unknown if that is related. If I remember correctly, Honda does not have a transmission filter, just change the fluid. Owner's Manual says at 120K miles, but I know daughter has probably driven under "harsh" conditions. Plan to start with a test drive, change transmission fluid, any other suggestions?

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  • CarySchroeder Jul 24, 2009

    Thanks, am planning on a test drive this evening when I get my hands on the car, probably drive to Autozone to check codes.

  • CarySchroeder Jul 24, 2009

    It's an automatic, not sure you could get that one with manual, EX version, with the 6-Cylinder. No unusual smells. She had oil changed a few weeks ago, they told her she needed to get a bunch of other work done, like flushing out power steering, etc. like these places always try to do. She's worried they did something, especially since she's a "girl."

  • CarySchroeder Jul 27, 2009

    UPDATE: Autozone ran the Engine Check Code: P0741, means the torgue converter has failed.

    Had to tow it to Honda Dealership, where they confirmed the transmission is shot. $3700 repair bill.
    Seems Honda Accords with 6 Cyl engine have a problem with torque converter & transmission, Honda does not want to admit. As I understand, the 2003 models have even more serious problems, class action lawsuit filed.

    Thanks for all of the help.

  • CarySchroeder Jul 30, 2009

    Updated update: Daughter called & chewed out Honda Dealer Service Advisor, they had not started the repairs as of Wednesday morning (this all started on Saturday, she authorized repairs on Monday, needs her car.) He said he was waiting to see if Honda changed their mind. Few minutes later, Honda called, cost of repairs to transmission to be $1300, not the $3700, daughter is apologizing to dealer service advisor for chewing him out, saved her $2400.

  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    Sorry to hear the bad news, especially when it's a Honda with troubles that they don't want to admit are an ongoing problem. Thanks for the update.

  • Curt Downs May 11, 2010

    Check for engine trouble codes 1st- Free service at parts stores. Post codes here for more help and info if needed. 120k miles til trans fluid change is way too long, so yes, change fluid too. I've never changed fluid in an '05, but you are correct, older models anyway, do not have a filter.

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Is it manual or automatic. If automatic bands might need adjustment. If manual maybe the clutch disc is not good does she smell like if something is burning when car is running

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Check the BBB for any problems with the place where she brought the Honda for the oil change, just to see if they have any interesting info on them. Probably not, since it's so hard to prove, but worth a look anyway. I worked next to a 'quick oil change' place, and I can't believe the number of problems I heard about from just my co-workers. Didn't tighten oil filter, ruined engine and would not pay to replace, cracked a 4x4 transfer case due to over tightening the drain plug - solution? Bring it in every week, we'll top it off- etc etc. They don't make enough on an oil change to keep the business going, so as you already know, that's why they push other unnecessary services. They are the main reason I change my own oil, I don't trust them to do it. Good luck to you and your daughter, have her take it to the dealer next time for an oil change. I don't like going there either, but at least they should know how to NOT over tighten a drain plug. The quick change places seem to have a big turnover of employees, and no training.

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