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.

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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
86,420 miles

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #6

Oct 032005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,390 miles

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

As I was pulling out of my parking spot at the local kmart, in my 2004 Honda Accord ex, I noticed another car backing out also. I applied my brake and put my car from reverse into drive to pull a little ways back into my parking space so I would not get into an accident, when suddenly and without warning (the blink of an eye) my car crashed into another vehicle. In shock, I pressed harder on the brake, but my car continued to accelerate and I could not stop it. I hit two other parked cars before the brakes finally stopped the car. Thank god it stopped as my car was heading toward the kmart store. One 85-year old lady was injured while in her car. The other two cars were empty. A lot of damage to 3 vehicles plus almost $7,000 damage to my Accord. After my car was repaired, I asked the Honda dealership to look at my car and they could find nothing wrong. I asked to have the cruise control disconnected as I have read that may be what causes "sudden acceleration accidents" and Honda refused saying if something went wrong they would be liable. This is a nightmare, just horrible, as I am being forced to drive my car and I am frightened another incident will occur. Something needs to be done!

- Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #5

Feb 262005

Accord

  • miles
Car struck deer, damaging front left headlight. Within minutes car caught on fire and completely burned out.

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 052004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Could not start car on 2 occasions months apart. Originally thought steering wheel was locked hard against switch. This time switch easily turned but car seemed to have dead battery. Both times no further indication of battery problems.

- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 182004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 202 miles

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

I had purchased my 2004 Honda Accord ex on 7-16-04 with 145 miles on it. Two days later I was attempting to accelerate and the car went dead, no power, steering or brakes. I hit the guard rail with my new car. It has about 202 miles on it. So far the dealer said this is the first time this has ever happened from other articles posted here, I see its not. Also on other sites, the end result is always Honda finds no problem. I am afraid to drive a car with 202 miles on it. If they choose to repair it. I hope not...

- Allison, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 182004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 202 miles
I had purchased my 2004 Honda Accord ex on 7-16-04 with 145 miles on it. Two days later I was attempting to accelerate and the car went dead. No power, steering or brakes. I hit the guide rails with my new car. It has about 202 miles on it. So far the dealer said this is the first time this has ever happened from other articles posted here, I see its not. Also on other sites. The end result is always Honda finds no problem. I am afraid to drive a car with 202 miles on it. If they choose to repair it. I hope not.

- Allison, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 252004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
Purchased car with 10 miles on it. Failed to start upon leaving dealership. Apparently loose wire. Salesman wiggled with cable and car started. Every day since the purchase of car, I would have a false start requiring a second or even third try to start the car. 25 days later, 1200 miles later, the car died and was towed to the nearest Honda dealer. Apparently, the battery was not installed properly and all cables surrounding the battery was loose and the headlamp cover was loose also. There is clunk noise when you initially put the car in drive and was told by the dealer that this is normal noise. There is a metallic rub when depressing on the brake and there is loud brake noise also. Dealer said this was normal also, but I'm not so sure of this.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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