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 #2

Mar 282005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


On multiple occasions (the last makes at least three times, maybe more) the rear seat of the vehicle becomes soaked after rain. On the first occasion the dealer said they repaired some type of harness/gromet that wasn't sealed at the factory. Initially the water was only coming through the passenger side and the latest occurance happened on the driver side. This time they have removed the fuel tank to address the problem. The rear seat and seat belts have now been replaced multiple times. Waiting for the next rain...

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 142005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two known occasions the passenger rear seat of my vehicle is saturated after driving on wet roadways. I am usually the only passenger in the vehicle and both times this has occurred I was transporting other persons that noticed the problem. I took it in to be repaired and was told there was a seal that wasn't fastened properly at the assembly of the car. The service department mentioned, a harness, grommets and some type of seal. This second time I was told that they found the seal was again not proper. I have concerns of mold, mildew and other potential water damage. Especially since it is rare that I would notice because my vehicle mainly Transport myself and rarely others, that would notice the problem.

- Azle, TX, USA

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