Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2004 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure & problems with the stereo backlight failing. We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

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 has been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accord as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.

The stereo backlight problem has been an issue ever since these Accords were only a few years old. Honda eventually issued a recall which covered the repair for 7 years/100k miles, which was nice while it lasted but now that period is over. Honda initially replaced the entire radio ($800) but eventually began replacing just the PCB which at ~$300 is much cheaper. That sounds like a deal, but keep in mind we're talking about a backlight bulb that costs $2 to fix in most other cars.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
78,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2004 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 152008

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,000 miles


No radio, no idea of heat, time, cannot use CD. Used it very little anyways and that is why I never really looked into it once I read online that it was a good $600-$800 fix. Not worth it to me, but since I paid so much for the EX with the bells and whistles, this certainly should not have happened. And then less than 10,000 miles later the engine seized!!!!!!!!!!! Hondas are crap!!!!!!!! And no one seems to stand behind them, certainly not Honda or any of their dealerships.

- , Dover, NH, USA

problem #2

Sep 252008

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

Took my car in for its scheduled check up and the dealer didn't re-connect my battery right. When I reconnected the battery, my CD player would not come on, no matter what button I pushed and doesn't recognize the 6 CDs that are in it. The radio works, but the CD player acts like it doesn't exist. Of course, the dealer won't take care of it.....

- , Oro Valley, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jan 092010

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

The CD player all of a sudden just stopped working, spitting out CD's or saying disc error or mech error. I bought a cleaner for the CD player, but it keeps spitting that out as well. Car just came off of warranty too!

- , Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA

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