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:
32,496 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 222009


  • 40,000 miles


Brakes failed prematurely - at approximately 40,000 miles, parking brake locked/seized without brake light illuminating and caused $700 worth of repairs, including new rotors, pads, etc.

- Delmar, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 102007


  • 55,000 miles
I was coming down a hill and the anti-lock brakes didn't engage and I had not braking control. My speed was less than 20 mph. This has happened on flat surfaces as well as hills.

- Mission, KS, USA

problem #1

May 282004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,488 miles
(the vehicle is at D-drive gear) when I put my foot on brake pedal to slow down my 2004 Honda Accord ex-L for a red traffic light, when the speed meter was lower than 20 mph something funny with engine happened. The vehicle engine RPM jumped high to around 2000 then stayed at around 1300 even though it is totally stopped. Engine was still delivering extra power and making noise louder than it should be. I had to step harder on the brake immediately to stop the car to avoid hitting the car in the front. It wonT happen often but have already happened 3 times (May 28th, June 16th and June 18th).

- Irvine, CA, USA

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