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.


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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

May 282004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2004 ex V-6 Accord coupe. I have had the vehicle in the shop numerous times. I had the car for 1 week it had 175 miles on it and the check engine light came on. All six pistons were misfiring. I have had the car in 3 times now for excessive noise on the drivers side window. The dealership fixed it once and told me that some noise is normal.. (my 76 Honda civic doesn't even make as much noise as this car does) the check engine light comes on and blinks and goes off has done this numerous times. Dealership resets it and says that it is ok. I have also had the car in 2 times because it won't start. Dealership says to turn key to first click to let the fuel injection lines fill with fuel. It doesn't work. I am taking it back to the dealership once again tomorrow because the trunk doesn't latch correctly.. what a dissappointment this car has been and its not even a year old.. I will never buy another Honda again. The quality has gone severely down hill.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

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