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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,025 miles

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012010


  • 86,000 miles


I have a 2004 Honda Accord coupe. 3 weeks ago my passengers side door actuator went out on it. This prevents me from locking my car any way other than manually pushing the stick lock. It will not lock by pressing the key fob or pushing the lock button inside the car. I had the passenger's side replaced. Today (7/3/2010) my driver's side door actuator went out. After searching online, I see this is a very common problem with the 2003-2007 model Honda Accord. In order to replace one door actuator with the dealership it is over $200. I cannot speak for the other owners of Honda who have been having this problem, I feel it's so frequent, that Honda should be assisting their customers with this issue.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 242009


  • 50 miles
I bought my car new from the dealer. It is a four door, within a month of owning the car the cable to open the door from the inside broke on the rear left door. Today the cable broke on the driver side door so it is impossible to open the door from the inside of the car. After looking at the cable it doesn't look strong enough to last for any length of time and being unable to get out in an emergency could be very dangerous. The car has also pulled to the right since the day I bought it but after taking to the dealer more then 4 times with no results I just learned to live with it.

- Pipe Creek, TX, USA

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