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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,952 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.

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 122012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 94,100 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. While stopped at a stop light, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal and noticed that the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the an independent mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic stated that the transmission would have to be overhauled. After the repair, the contact noticed a vibration in the transmission. The vehicle was taken back to the mechanic. The mechanic installed a new clutch. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 94,100. The consumer also stated the front hydraulic and side motor mount was replaced. Two weeks later, the consumer was informed the motor mount was broken. Updated 06/04/12

- Elmwood Park, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 222008


  • 74,000 miles
Oil consumption burns oil & engine clatters noisy valves & minor problem front end feels un stable Honda Accord 2004 V tech while I brought concerns to service I requested engine compression test and check spark plugs for any oil leaks inconsiderate of problem service dept did no compression test for engine only did a oil consumption test which I was told to pay for I still have papers of test the engine problem technician is only is willing to road test my automobile and tell me he feels no problem I know very well when I've been given the run around after that tech says compared to his 94 pathfinder it feels great !!! I don't like my time to be wasted but these tech's are pros at getting their clients frustrated to the point they know you will never be talking to them about that problem again. In my opinion they are so well versed at this type of professional job description ( con) this practice commonplace in the trade and compensated at the end of the month I know well after the fact its 2010 and the automobile has 122,000 miles and now consumes almost 2 quarts every 1000 miles and the engine is probably going to die soon and I believe your dept has many complaints of this nature. And as the freedom of information a.C.T. please disclose how many autos that match the make & model have these issues thank you

- Pomona, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 232007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My husband and I purchased a 2004 Honda Accord. Before bringing the car back to autofair Honda in manchester, New Hampshire; we reported numerous times of a burning smell coming from the car. The smell was so bad that we called our city's fire department. The firefighters could see and smell the smoke coming from the engine. We made the owner of the dealership aware of the problems with the car and never once did the dealership put the car up on the lift or do a computer test to find the cause of the problem. However, with knowledge of the problem they resold the car to another party without fixing the problem.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #5

May 152006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the engine stalled without warning. Afterwards, the engine was easily restarted. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who was unable to determine the cause of the engine stalling. Afterwards, the problem persisted and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer to await further inspection.

- Far Rockaway, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 282005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
A fire started underneath the vehicle while driving 40 mph. The location of the fire was a little behind the right front tire area. Other passing by motorists were flagging down the consumer to make her aware of a fire. Vehicle was pulled over, and the consumer got out of the vehicle. Local fire department arrived to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire had not been determined. Prior to the fire the brakes function was reduced while the consumer was trying to stop in an intersection. This was immediately followed by the ABS light illuminating on the dash.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 102004


  • miles
While driving vehcile caught fire. Deadlership found that the sound deadening material came too close to the heat of the engine.

- Wynnewood, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
Car hesitates on start up, takes two times to start car on numerous occasions. Dealer states that can not duplicate the problem and system checks fine.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 032003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a loud noise coming from the front of the vehicle. Suddenly vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the catalytic convertor and exhaust needed to be replaced, and replaced them. However, the problem recurred eight times.

- New Kensington, PA, USA

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