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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
87,755 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced window regulator (4 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012016

Accord ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles


This is my third Honda Accord and it is the same problem I experienced in my previous cars. The driver's side window begins to have a delay problem in closing. You have to wait almost two-three minutes before it decides to come up. Finally, tonight, I held the button for the entire length of my travel home about ten minutes, and it refused to come up. I had to park my car with the front end so as to hide the fact that I have a window down in an area that most of the crime is with auto theft. So as a three-time Honda owner, I am not happy.

Update from Jan 3, 2016: Well, it was indeed the regulator in the driver's side window that needs replaced. Parts are being ordered now by my personal mechanic. But the problem I have is that this the second time and the second Honda Accord that this same problem has popped up, so it must be something that happens that should be addressed. I had just put out $500 last week for parts to be ordered, a thermostat and two other parts for the heat not working in the car.

I find it ironic that as soon as I am approaching my final car payment that I'm here putting out over $700 for things. I expected at least a year or two of smooth sailing after the car payments stop -- but I guess I'm wrong! But I'm going to still get things repaired and try to get at least two years out of the car and may just buy independently from my friend because the interest rate was too high when I purchased this car -- got to get more mileage from this car.

- , Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 222012

Accord CP V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

it started with passenger window rolling up at anytime it wanted to, not going down till i restarted car. Then one day... it rolls down. Never to be seen again. A few months later we smell something burning, we figure out it is coming from the car door. Now the driver window... is beginning the same behavior. I took to a shop for the left window- told him i figured the switch and a motor. He says there is a master on drivers side that must be dealt with first- it was crumbling- That cost me 325.00!! And my passenger window is no closer to going up. now he says its burnt you can smell it- why oh why do mechanics not hear what the 'girl' is saying??? Next quote I get is 400.00- just for the motor unit. I know the switch will need to be done too. WERE TALKING OVER $1000.00 JUST TO GET THE WINDOW UP?????????????? What is wrong with this picture? I have heard and seen other Honda's with power window problems... just not this year..... Guess what ?? this year too......

- , Santee,, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 102012

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Will not lock or unlock with remote OR door controls. Window rolled down and then would not roll up. After ten minutes of pulling up on the window the actuator finally kicked in and rolled it up. NOT touching the windows again for now. I know replacing that stuff is NOT cheap and am extremely torqued off that a car that is still young (should be by Honda's claims of quality and 1,000,000 mile cars) is totally crapped out.

- , Arlington, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 222010

Accord 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 121,773 miles

In a matter of three days my window first, grinded and slowly went up and down with command, did not go down more then 2 inches and had to pull it back up, and finally slowly slid all the way down window unable to come back up.

I immediatley drove to the local dealership to be told the Regulator needed to be replaced and the part was $202 and loabor and additional $228. Once the mechanic opend the door I was told the door cable was broke and needed to be replaced or else the door would not open. $430 spend just so I would not get rained or snowed during my first fall/winter in Kentucky!

- , Lexington, AL, USA

problem #1

Mar 042010

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 83,000 miles

I purchased this car used about a year ago. The previous owner had Dyno-matted the doors pretty well, so I'm not sure if this is the exact reason for the problem. But at first the window would take 5 to 10 seconds to respond to the power window switch(up or down) but it never really caused any true frustrations. It was merely an inconvenience if I were at a drive-thru or a toll. Right before it stopped working completely, it paused in its movement going down. Well after about a minute or so, tons of smoke came out of the door and I noticed I could not get the window to go back up. I had to take it to a friend to get the window back up because the motor in the window regulator was fried.

For people that aren't sure of what you'll have to do if this happens to you if you don't have the replacement or handly, you'll have to un-bolt the window from the regulator which will require taking off the door panels. Me and my friend were able to keep the window up with a piece of wood since the window glass itself was not on track. I found the part on ebay for 80 bucks, shipping included. For someone that knows how to replace this part, it'll take about a half hour to 45 minutes. Since I have to watch my money, I didn't even dare to find out what the dealership would've charged. Stuff happens, you deal with it, and move on.

Now less than a month later, the same exact thing happened on the passenger side, what a true pain in the ass. Both windows, a little over 83K mi and the same problem. Being realistic as well as unsure, the Dyno-mat may have caused the issue, but I've read this same exact problem for 03 Accord owners on this same exact website.

- , Richmond, VA, USA

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