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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,602 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 092005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles


When trying to stop the vehicle consumer had to put both feet on the brakes, and place the vehicle into neutral, the acceleration was so great. Dealer could not find any defects.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 212004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,410 miles
While releasing the brake pedal vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. Consumer was not able to maintain control of the vehicle, and it crashed into a garage wall. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection three times. However, the mechanic could not duplicate the gas was applied. Service manager didn't attempt tofind problem and attempted no repairs. Car was then taken to anther Honda dealer who found 2 faulty parts the first time they looked at car. All four incidents were reported to second Honda dealer.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 202004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30 mph vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer applied the brake pedal and the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably.consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and pulled over. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 272004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While applying the accelerator pedal vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. Consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle, and it crashed into a convenient store. Driver sustained minor injuries. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection.

- Laurel, MD, USA

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