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:
36,500 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 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 292010


  • 41,000 miles


1) Honda Accord 2004 A/C compressor locked up /failed due to summer heat 2) pre-mature wear of rear brake pads at 30,298miles, 03/29/2008.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 132008


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. While performing a routine oil change, the mechanic spotted dried up antifreeze in the corner of the engine, where no fluid should be located. He advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The dealer stated that there was a pinhole crack in the engine that was allowing antifreeze to slip out. It has not yet been determined what the repair will be, but the manufacturer is already refusing to repair the vehicle. The contact believes that a recall should be issued. The current and failure mileages were 32,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

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