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:
No data
Average Mileage:
143,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2004 Honda Accord AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 122016

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 200,000 miles


2015- Late summer a/c sopped working. AAA car care center found no problem except low on freon. They added freon and worked for a while, then quit all together.

They checked and found leak in compressor. Replaced compressor and a/c clutch. Got air variation from right passenger vent with air getting less cold as you moved left with the last vent on left blowing warm air.

2016- Spring original problem reappeared as compressor had died and they replaced it and a/c clutch again, free, as prior work still under warranty.

Vent temperature variance currently varies from cold to less cold to no cold, to warm across the vents from passenger side to driver side.

Will be taking it back in for evaluation!

- , Williamsburg, VA, US

problem #2

Mar 082015

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Do you know how hot it gets in Louisiana? Now imagine one vent blowing warm and the other blowing hot. Well it just so happens that the hot vent closest to the driver, which is me. Honda needs to do better.

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #1

Jan 112011

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

The AC has been intermittent since it was new. A few times it blew out a steam of sort, brought it into the Dealership ( U/W and Murphys Law it never duplicated problem so nothing was repaired. This spring the heater started blowing warm out of drivers side vents and cold air through passenger side. I have had freon/coolant put in, its not that. The fuses seem to be fine. Next stop has to be dealership!

- , Bakersfield, CA, USA

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