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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,270 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 022009

Accord 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


I purchased Bridgestone tires (4) April 2009 - replacing the same brand/type. They started out noisy and became progressively noisy. The prior set did not exhibit this problem. I have rotated the tires, but the problem continues and is far worse. This is an ongoing problem with the incident occurring upon purchase.

- Jamestown, RI, USA

problem #7

Nov 132010


  • 29,100 miles
Side wall separation on Goodyear Eagle rs-a P225/50R17 93V radial tubless 0729 dot M6ya cmer 3806 #T315763 #T313851 #T315764 gcw74M17mb.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 102010


  • 88,000 miles
2004 Honda Accord ex 5-speed manual: Dec. 2009 with 1st use of original equipment Goodyear (T135/90D15 part # 818216253) donut spare tire noticed rough ride to tire shop. Ask employee to repair my flat and look over the donut spare plus rotate tires. Nothing unusual noted on donut spare. Jan. 2010 hit pothole with repaired tire which causes it to go flat. Installed Goodyear donut spare. Next morning noticed spare was flat. Valve stem broken; added air twice in order to limp to tire shop. They wouldn't touch the spare and referred me to Honda. Left car at tire store. Next morning went to my Honda parts and service dealer location with spare. We noticed a hard bulge in spare sidewall. Said they don't warranty any tires only tire stores do. Only help they could give me was to send me to a local tire shop. Discount tire tried in vain to locate a new Goodyear donut spare and could only find a used (manufactured week 31 of 1996) after convincing Goodyear that spare was defective (air bubble formed inside spare tire then tore). How is it that Goodyear doesn't make a widely used product" or have these donut spares been fraught with such problems that the product is being outlawed"

- Nassau Bay, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 202009


  • 60 miles


I was driving the car when the tire was punctured and the puncture went through the aluminum rim. I took the tire and rim to sears and they advised that this was not normal; they thought that the rim was defective. It is one thing for a nail to go through a tire, but it should not go through the rim.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 012009


  • 133,000 miles
Pep boys, definity tires, HX700, size P205/60hr16. I have had 2 different tires on my 2004 Honda Accord just lose air pressure. The first one while just sitting in my driveway just go flat. Filled it back up to proper pressure drove for a week or 2 and same thing happened, it just went flat.....then it happened a third time and took the car back to pep boys and they replaced it and has not happened least to that tire and I have been closely watching them all. Until the other day.....when a different one went down on punctures were found and the tire was replaced. I personally believe there is a sidewall defect with these tires.....they are not strong enough and I mostly do interstate driving. Pep boys thought that there might be something wrong with my wheels, but when my first tire went down and I took it to them to be checked they dropped in the tub of water with no leaks......and 1 of the technicians mentioned the sidewall which makes good sense. So that is that and I have 2 more tires that I am watching closely.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 282008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
My 2004 Accord ex 4cyl hydroplanes in wet weather and the tires spin from a stop. Honda claims no incident was ever reported and my case number is N012008-10-2900938.

- S. Setauket, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 102007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Toyo tires, manufacturing company tires are splitting in the center of it, S tire after approx;6,000 miles of use causing it to be unsafe I contact them to report it to the company, and the company refuse to have them recall or investigated, this was verified by the company of whom sold me there product that there was a major problem, when this type of split occur directly in the outside center. This company is headquartered, in Japan and the product distributed in the U.S, and there consumer affair office is located in cypress California.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
When accelerating only on wet surfaces tires slipped and slid. Dealer stated that it was normal, and just to stop and apply the gas again.

- Keller, TX, USA

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