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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
26,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2004 Honda Accord fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 172008

Accord EX-L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


i took my car to the dealer to do a routine tune-up/service on it. after i got it back, the gas mileage went from 30 hwy/26 city to 21 all the time. i told them NOT to flash the computer eprom, and they claim they didn't, but i have no way of checking, b/c the other honda dealers in the area are just as bad on service, so i can't trust them to check it.

the problem is, after that 'service/tune-up', i checked the air filter and other components and they were UNTOUCHED: the air filter was caked with black gunk and dirt; the plugs were not even removed/checked; the oil and filter weren't changed; NOTHING was done to it - except they hooked it up to the computer and gave me the readout. they deny not servicing it and they deny doing anything wrong to it

the offending party was Regal Honda, in Lakeland, Florida. I want to fix the car so it gets the original mileage, but don't know who to go to, or what is broke, nor how to fix it. anybody have a similar problem and find a solution for it?

Thanks ... Chris

- , Seffner, FL, USA

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