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CarComplaints.com 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.

7.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
105,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

May 162013

Accord EX 3.0L Vtec V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My concern over reliability and Honda quality grows as I document problems that appear to be fairly standard for the model I own.

- , Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022008

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

This started out as the glove compartment just sticking occasionally when I opened it. Now it won't open at all. My car registration is in there and if I get pulled over, i'm screwed. My battery also went dead recently and the code to turn my radio back on is in my glove compartment. Anyone else ever seen this issue?

- , Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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