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:
83,750 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace 3 engine mounts (1 reports)
  3. tighten engine mounts tsb 04-024 (1 reports)
2004 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 122016

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,251 miles


Had my car tuned up and ever since that every time I come to a stop at a light it is idling very ruff. When I use the ac it is even worse with the idling. The mechanic tells me, I now need to replace the motor mounts on my car as this is what is causing my problem. He tells me that Honda had weak motor mounts for this car.

- , Clovis, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 092009

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

Don't understand why a car with less than 105K and only 5 years old needs all 3 engine mounts replaced. They caught the 1st one before the warranty was up but now are saying I have to pay $600 to get the other 2 fixed because they broke after the warranty.

- , Lithonia, GA, US

problem #1

Sep 132006

(reported on)

Accord LX 2.4 I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Excessive vibration at idle from compressor. Problem became annoying starting after warranty expired.

- , New York, NY, USA

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