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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.

9.3

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
89,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2004 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 122010

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

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

  1. Acceleration resistance with abruptly response and then..

    2. . Transmission liquit in the coolant system.

- , Gurabo, PR, Puerto Rico

problem #2

Jul 012010

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

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coolant in transmission

My transmission began to slip one day. Before I got home my Honda wouldn't take off from traffic lights so me and my buddy had to push it off the main road! I pulled out the dipstick on my transmission and it was filled with coolant! Oil cooler failed and I had coolant entering my transmission for days or maybe even weeks!

At the same time transmission fluid was entering my cooling system. It took me days to flush the whole cooling system (additionally oil destroyed all rubber gaskets and hoses in the system) + transmission...

- , Orland Hills, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 012010

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

My transmission began to slip one day. Before I got home my Honda wouldn't take off from traffic lights so me and my buddy had to push it off the main road! I pulled out the dipstick on my transmission and it was filled with coolant! Oil cooler failed and I had coolant entering my transmission for days or maybe even weeks! Fortunately after manually draining and refilling over 5 gallons of fluid it's clean and car shifts smooth. I bypassed oil cooler for now but will have to replace it sooner or later...

- , Orland Hills, IL, USA

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