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.


hardly worth mentioning
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
60,894 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace short block and upper gasket kit (1 reports)
2004 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 172009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,894 miles


It was caught by accident, although I took the car to the same dealer for all regular scheduled maintenance. It was found when the manager turned on the car to check my heated seat that was no longer working, he heard the noise and remarked that the '04 V6 Accords seem to have that problem. then he said it was a good thing it was caught because we only had 2,000 more km. left before thw warranty is finished. How many other Accord owners have had to pay for this repair?

- , Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada

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