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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,410 miles

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2004 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 152015


  • 252,869 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. While the vehicle was parked, the air bag warning light illuminated and the radio failed to function. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake pads, dome light, and multiple parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 252,869.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #3

Jul 032006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Rear disc brake pads on 2004 Honda Accord ex wore down quickly and unevenly, within 30,000 miles. Replacement was at owner's expense. Such short brake life is indicative of a defectively or inadequately designed rear disc brake system and could potentially be a safety issue. Searched the web and found that rapid rear disc brake wear is common on late-model Honda Accord. This complaint is being entered on behalf of my roommate, who is the purchaser/owner/driver of the vehicle.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 132005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,271 miles
On June 13, 2005 my wife noticed a squealing noise coming from the right rear portion of the car. She scheduled an appointment for June 14 at desert Honda in las vegas. The service rep reported to me that the rear bakes were in need of replacement, this despite the fact that the car had only 16,271 miles. I find this issue to be unacceptable. We purchased a Honda largely due to a reputation of excellent reliability. Clearly we were mistaken. Either the dealership committed fraud by performing an unneeded repair, or Honda built a car with very poor quality. I do have the used brake pads, or at least what the dealer claims is the pads from our Accord.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #1

Mar 142005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,500 miles
Rear brake pad replacement at 14,000 miles. Service indicates 2 milimeters left on rear pads. Despite service stating 60% of braking is done by front brakes the rear need replacing. Additionally, driving habits also contributed to this. I own other Honda's and vehicles where my habits are the same and do not have this problem. Pads were replaced on rear.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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