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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5 miles

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2004 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles


The 2004 Honda Accord I leased brakes are too sensative. According to the dealer and Honda corporate, they have had numerous complaints but tell me it's the way the car was designed. In my opinion, it's a huge safety issue, as the car jerks to a stop the moment the brakes are touched. This morning again, the dealer told me I simply need to get used to the brakes. We have been driving the car for almost 10 months now and we are not used to it yet.

- West Nyack, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 182005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On March 18, 2005, I was driving my 2004 Honda Accord ex V6 on I 680 when my tcs and ABS lights illuminated. I got scared and released the accelerator but since the exit I needed was approaching, I slightly depressed the brake pedal. Immediately the steering wheel jerked out of control and I slammed into the right guardrail extremely hard, causing all driver's side airbags to deploy and I continued spinning out of control and the car felt like it was not stopping as it crossed two lanes and continued driving onto the median, eventually stopping as it hit and rode up on the guardrail on the median. The brake pedal went all the way to the floor and there was absolutely no braking present in the car. The car was deemed totalled by insurance. Honda was called but todd (svc rep) said that "we dont like to hear that about our cars."

- Poland, OH, USA

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