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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,151 miles

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2004 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 24,453 miles


I leased a 2004 Honda Accord ex V6 in may of 2004, from rick case in miramar fl. On August 31, 2005, I had to have my O ring discharge line replaced, due to leaking power steering fluid and noise. Then, on April 3, 2006 I had to have my entire radio/cd player changed out due to led not working and both back window motors replaced due to loud noise and rolling down slowly. In July 2006, I relocated to atlanta, ga and purchased this vehicle via retail (transferred the title) in August 2007. Then, November 9, 2007, I had to have the power steering pump replaced due to leaking fluids and a loud noise. Today is August 6, 2009 and I am again having the same power steering issues!! other problems that I am currently having with my car: Had to get my battery changed August 9, 2007; window motor problems with both my front seat windows; internal lights not working on transmission gear-shift, over-head light. I am so unhappy with this Honda purchase as I thought that they were known for their longevity, especially since I have been the only owner and got the car brand new. The main thing is I need answers or directions as to what my next step. Please advise, thank you. I am still making payments on this car!! updated 08/07/09.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 102007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Stereo stopped working completely and has been draining the battery, even when the car is off. The battery has a 5 year warranty, but had to be replaced after only 3 years. After a mechanical diagnostic, it was determined that power is going to the stereo, but the stereo is not working. Specific cause for malfunction has still not been determined.

- Rancho Pv, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 282004


  • miles
Honda Accord 2004, noise from brakes while driving forward and reverse. After numerous times of trying to correct the brake problem, the consumer was finally told the noise was a characteristic of the vehicle. The battery was replaced.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

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