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:
6,751 miles

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2004 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 102005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2004 Accord ex V6 and I having the same problem with my brakes popping and not wanting to stop they replaced my brakes last Jan 2005 the car wasn't a year old yet and still having the same problem now I have to replace my rear brakes and also when I try to start my car it stalls and makes this sound it doesn't start I have to turn off and try again this has been going on for about a year now I took to the deal about 4 times they found nothing wrong.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 052004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Could not start car on 2 occasions months apart. Originally thought steering wheel was locked hard against switch. This time switch easily turned but car seemed to have dead battery. Both times no further indication of battery problems.

- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 062004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,005 miles
I was driving on 1995 expressway at 65 mph, when the car completely died, I managed to coast it into a breakdown lane. I called the police thinking I had a computer chip problem that happened to a previous Honda. Finally noticed that the radio was working and there had been a key symbol on the dashboard before it went out. I was able to start the car up and then realized that the ignition key had slipped forward into the off position while I was driving. I had not touched it, nothing jarred it and I cannot repeat it by hitting or leaning on the other items on the key chain. I noticed that the key has a lot of room to jiggle in the igniition switch. Checked your NHTSA to see similar problems with Honda. Very concerned. Honda will not see the car until next week, they claimed of hearing about it in older cars but not newer.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 092003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Intermittently my V6 ex 2004 Accord is difficult to start, and requires several attempts to get started. The dealer tell me that this is "normal" for this make and is related to the computer chip in the car. It seems that this was also a problem with the 2003 Accord. It appears that no resolution is possible.

- Carmel, IN, USA

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