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:
13,667 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 miscellaneous problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 062005


  • miles


I was driving down the road and noticed that the air conditioner was not cooling. I took the automobile to the dealership to be checked and was told that rocks had hit the condenser and damaged. Supposedly, it was replaced but less than 7 months later the same thing occurred (no cooling) and rocks had again damaged the condenser. Fall was coming up, so the A/C was not used again until April '06. I feel the car is equipped with a design defect that is costly and potentially harmful. The lower front grill bumper is designed in a such a way that any road debris can enter and damage a fully exposed and unprotected A/C condenser. The design of the grill and condenser material leaves it vulnerable to be easily damaged by small gravel. There is no screen or deflector in place for the condenser to prohibit any road debris from damaging the condenser: Therefore, the clearing and defogging of the inside window is difficult without the dehumidifier effect. An investigation should be conducted on the vulnerability of damage to the A/C condenser system. Honda should be held responsible for repairing the problem, especially if this part is inferior and/or defective.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Mar 242006

Accord 4WD

  • miles
I brought this car and the dealership lied to me. They told me that I would be making certain payments which at the end were not the payments that I ended up making. I went to the dealership and tried to talk to somebody about my problems but nobody would pay attention to me. Nobody would do anything to help me with my problem. The dealership is a fraud. I want to cancel the problem of this car.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 022005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Ac condenser failure - allegedly punctured by road debris. My wife was behind a truck carrying gravel traveling on an interstate highway. Gravel may have spilled out and entered front of car, puncturing condenser unit. Extended warranty will not cover - they claim issue was caused by road debris. I claim that if the car was properly designed, a simple pebble could not cause $500 worth of damage.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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