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:
59,522 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 212012

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,655 miles


I am a single woman. About a month ago my car started bucking. I had just paid $700. to have my car inspected, new tires, blah, blah, blah., so I was surprised to see the drive light blinking and the check maintenance car blinking as well. After two weeks I asked a friend who is a mechanic for the FBI to drive the car. He said surprisingly it was leaking transmission fluid. The car ran okay for about 2 1/2 weeks then it would not go into reverse. I called him immediately and he suggested taking it to a reputable transmission place that he has used. I was not close to home or to the transmission place he suggested, so I was very nervous driving this car that was bucking and I knew I couldn't put in reverse. Very scary situation! I am the only owner of this expensive car and I have taken care and had all scheduled maintenance. Everyone always said "buy a honda" I am very disappointed and will not buy another honda. In fact, I am telling people about this problem and finding out about other people's problems as well

- , Elkins Park, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202012

Accord I=vtec 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,389 miles

I cant describe my feeling. I have to use my other car instead

- , Baguio, Philippines, Philippines

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