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:
Average Mileage:
73,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace timing belt tensioner (1 reports)
  3. replaced under warranty (1 reports)
2004 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 052012

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 160,000 miles


I took valve cover off to check lifters (had developed a little rattle an was running like $h!t!) So I checked all the lifters they seemed pretty good none very loose and none that were stuck, But I'm not done have it all apart. I just haven't had the time to finish but next week I'm gonna. k so feel really good that their not Bent? I will update this when I'm done ..

- , lawrence, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 022006

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 30,000 miles

My car began making an intermittent loud fluttering type noise. It sounds similar to a noise that would occur if you stuck a pencil or some other hard object into the blades of an oscillating fan while it was running. Eventually the car also started idling strangely like it was going to stall. I took the car to the dealer that I bought it from and they could not find anything wrong. They kept looking and summed it up to a lose part which they said they tightened. The car began making the noise again shortly after I left the dealership. I don't know what to do!!!!!!!!!!

- , Denton, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 202005

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 30,000 miles

Excessive noise and loose belts

- , Harleysville, PA, USA

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