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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 192004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


A grinding and shaking when braking, was told by the dealer that I must not be used to the anti-lock braking system the roads were completely dry and no reason for the anti-lock brakes to come on, I called my dealership again, they proceeded to tell me it just needed a minor adjustment and it was all set. Back a 3rd time, they replaced the front brakes and realigned, to which I recieved the car again unfixed. Service manager was very arguementive and rude and told us there was nothing wrong with our vechicle and if we had a problem from here we would need to speak the Honda motor Corp. Service manager. He indicated that it was a problem that Honda is seeing in the Accord in states where the climates are varied and cold, also he said he would roll up his sleeves and get it fixed for us. After 13 days in the repair shop and new brakes, tires, rims and some other minor componets our car was returned to us with the original service person having a totally different tone to his voice and he also said he was not sure if they fixed it ! well, guess what they did not !!!!!!!! my car is just over a year old and they want me to fix it yet again and I feel like they should give us a new vehicle or buy us out of this one and they said no that they only obligation is to keep fixing it and that was from the dealer and the Honda consumer relations department also. The relations department offered to have a different dealer work on it but I just feel like this car is a lemon. In my own investigative work with a few people I know who have the same vehicle as me (3 people) 1 has had the exact problem (different dealer), 1 has had no brake problems and 1 has had brake problems but not exactly like ours. In addition when talking with the Honda motor Corp. Consumer relations it took weeks for them to contact me and when I finally did talk to them they said they would have it fixed 1 more time but could not guaranteee me that the problem would be fixed.

- Queensbury, NY, USA

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