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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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
65,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012008

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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

My 2004 Honda Accord, coupe that I purchased two years ago has huge holes in the two front seats. The leather is cracking and looks terrible. It makes the car seem much older than it really is. I took the car for service for another problem about a month ago and the dealer says that they will charge $2,000 to replace the leather on the two front seats. Wow! Thats alot of money for a problem that I don't think should have happened due to the age of the car. Before this car, I had a 1999 Honda Civic and the seats in it looked just fine when I got rid of it. I guess maybe as newer versions of the car models are made, the manufacturers try to save money by putting cheaper quality leather into the vehicles. I don't know but I am definately unhappy !!!

- , Sweetwater, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 022009

Accord EXV6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

I HAVE HAD MANY CARS WITH LEATHER SEATS AND NONE OF THEM EVERY WORE THROUGH THE LEATHER BUT THIS 2004 HONDA ACCORD. THIS WAS NOT A CHEAP CAR, BUT THE LEATHER SURE IS CHEAP. THE DRIVERS SEAT DOES NOT GO BACK FAR ENOUGH TO ALLOW YOU TO SIT IN THE DRIVERS SEAT WITHOUT RUBBING THE LEATHER, AND IN A FEW MONTHS IT LOOKED LIKE AN ANIMAL HAD CLAWED IT, i FIGURED IT WOULD BE OK, SO I LET IT GO, NOW IT HAS GAPING HOLES IN IT, DEALER AND HONDA WILL NOT FIX IT, TO ADD INSULT THEY WANT $600.00 JUST FOR THE TOP OF THE PASSENGER SEAT AND THAT IS JUST THE PART PRICE. THIS IS A DEFECT ON THE CAR AND I WOULD NEVER BUY ANOTHER HONDA, THEY JUST DO NOT TAKE CARE OF YOU. I HAVE A HYUNDAI AND THEY FIX ANYTHING THAT IS A DEFECT AND DO SO HAPPILY, I AM GETTING ANOTHER HYUNDAI THIS YEAR, WAS GOING TO LOOK AT ANOTHER HONDA FOR MY WIFE, BUT NOT NOW. BYE HONDA

- , Canton, OH, USA

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