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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
45,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Honda Accord lights problems

lights problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 132007

(reported on)

Accord ES V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Honda recently had a recall on this model as the radio display lights were not working. Immediately after recall, while driving at night, another passenger let us know that our brake lights were on constantly, thus when we put on our lights, the brake lights would also go on, whether or not we were braking (a fairly dangerous situation). I find it hard to believe that the recall repair had nothing to do with this as we were told. What is best way to see if other Honda owners have had same problem? Could this be a "ploy" to drum up business for the repair shops?? We were charged $580 to fix the break light problem. After picking up car, I noted that radio code display light was flashing, and we had to enter new code to use radio. These two problems must be related.

- , East Williston, NY, USA

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