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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,050 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace bulb (1 reports)
2004 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 002013

Accord EX 3.0L Vtec V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


My concern over reliability and Honda quality grows as I document problems that appear to be fairly standard for the model I own.

- , Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 032011

Accord EX 4 Cilynders

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,200 miles

radio light go's off and the brake light went out. A lot of people have complained about these problems. please fix this problem. This is a real pain in f ass..

- , Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 182010

Accord EX Sedan 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

replacement bulb was cheap, almost broke the dome light trying to pry off the cover

- , Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 152008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I am not sure what happened. It seemed that the dome lights would work. Then one would work and one would not. Then finally, none would work. I am not sure if it is a door switch, fuse, or simply that the bulbs are out. I do not know how to check the bulbs without breaking the lens.

- , Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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