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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
67,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Honda Accord clutch problems

clutch problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 102008

Accord 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I have the same problem with my 2004 Accord. The clutch makes a screeching sound and rubbing feeling whenever it is slowly released. I never took it to the dealer yet but I plain to next week. I know there is a lot of miles on the car, but hey they say that Honda are though, but I hope it doesn't do this all the time.

- , Big River, NB, Canada

problem #1

Jul 102007

(reported on)

Accord EX 2.4L V4

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles

I had the same problem with my 2004 Accord EX. The clutch makes a very annoying screeching sound and rubbing feeling whenever it is slowly released, which is all the time in Atlanta stop and go traffic. I took it in to the dealer at 35,000 and 50,000 miles. They lubed the pivot points and said that's all that they could do. This is extremely annoying and frustrating. I purchased a Honda to avoid such poor quality.

- , Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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