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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,064 miles

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #20

Oct 222018


  • miles


Went into Honda for a resistant power steering hose recall installation on 10/22/18. After looking up the VIN today on 10/23/18, the recall still exists. How do I know for certain the dealer actually took care of the problem?

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #19

Jan 012007


  • miles
Paint on the hood is peeling off, the light on the radio, ac. Cd steering wheel and doors are not working.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #18

Jul 022017


  • miles
Went onto highway at 60 mph suddenly car won't drive you can here when I put gas into it but wouldn't drive at all.

- Colton, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 012017


  • 175,000 miles


What is going on"?? how can Honda take zero responsibly for this" my car is in great condition mechanically but the outside is so rough. The paint is peeling everywhere, terrible on my hood, roof and trunk. This is not normal wear and tear. This is an issue! help please!

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #16

Feb 142017


  • 147,000 miles
We bought a car from a car dealer and after purchasing we got a car facts and it says the mileage is wrong and inaccurate in state of California it has a branded title but it doesn't in Oregon Oregon but it should the mileage is conflicting it's not correct according to multiple car history sites it says 147K but engine says 151K and car facts has mileage stated as high as 208K

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #15

Nov 242016


  • 229,959 miles
As im driving with my foot on the gas peddal I start hearing a sound like transmission is spinning and power steering nosie once it warms up the nosie stops while on the street and on the highway also.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #14

Aug 232014


  • 98,000 miles


While driving, I hear and feel a loud thump, the car begins to jerk, slows down, and three different lights appear all at once on the dashboard. It's beginning to happen more frequently. Problem has been ongoing for the past two years. No one can seem to tell me what's wrong. I am aware that Honda passed a recall on the transmission on the same year, make, and model of my car, but my car wasn't able to take advantage of the recall, because my VIN # didn't apply. I believe there is a problem with my transmission and all VIN #'s that share the same year, make, and model as I should be awarded the opportunity to take advantage of this recall option as well.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #13

Jul 232016


  • miles
Car is not starting we checked everything on the car.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 012016


  • 140,000 miles
The radio/cd player hasn't worked about 95% of the life of this car. When it does in fact decide to turn on out of nowhere, it creates an extremely loud static noise that greatly startles the driver, which could potentially be a dangerous situation.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #11

Jun 202015


  • 240,000 miles
The car radio does not work, it will turn off suddenly and then without warning at any time will come back on and the loud unanticipated noise startles the driver. This happens even if the radio switch is turned off.

- Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 042013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 115,657 miles


The gear shift release "button" dislodged from the shaft so you were unable to shift into a gear- it just fell out, never seemed loose. When I had the problem corrected I was told by Honda that this problem is very prevelant in the 2004 Accord (V-6) and that they sell many of these gear shift "buttons" a week! that tells me that there is a system-wide problem with this although I have never received a notification.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 142013


  • 118,000 miles
I purchased my used 04 Honda Accord ex V6 from midlands Honda in October 2007 with approx. 35,000 miles on it. Never had any real mechanical issues and always got it serviced by the dealer. Low and behold I recently encountered an issue with my transmission that gave me no warning. I appeared to be slipping or something, so I had it serviced and to no surprise, it is not fixed. The shop has advised that with only 118,000 miles that my transmission is shot. I researched a past recall on my vehicle after this happened and found that other consumers has the same issue with their Accord and had to replace the transmission. I feel that Honda has misled their consumers and that their products are not living up to their marketing and suggested quality. I used to own 5 different Nissan vehicles, but the last purchase was repurchased by the dealer as a lemon because it was a new vehicle with numerous issues from sudden stalling to electronic issues, but no recalls B/C it was too new. I left Nissan and welcomed Honda into my family at that time, but I feel that my kids and are not safe. I have to replace a transmission that should have lasted as long as my engine, which received her new timing belt at 100,000 miles. I may be submitting my issue with absolutely no resolution, since Honda did and is not really taking responsibility in their malfunction. I just want other Honda owners to know that this problem with the transmission still exists and probably will for years to come. I guess after this repair is done, I may seek to investigate Toyota or even and american made car. The amount of money it is costing me to repiar this used car is senseless and the transmission issue should have been corrected a long time ago. I pray that no one gets hurt or worse from this problem. Thankfully my children and I were able to make it home ok.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #8

Dec 302011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
On December 30, 2011 the back-light on my radio stereo as well as the A/C panel went out. This poses a safety issue because 1. during storms or bad weather, I cannot see what station to turn the radio for tornado warnings or weather updates. 2. to adjust A/C or heater settings, I must take my Focus off the road to turn on the overhead light and adjust settings. 3. in weather conditions such as high fog or where you need to use a defrost, I must must take my Focus off the road to turn on the overhead light and adjust settings.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Smells burning when use heated seats, something is burning. Passenger seat, we are afraid of fire, , we stopped using it.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #6

Dec 222010


  • 112,200 miles
2004 Honda Accord.

- Delano, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 202010


  • miles
I was driving on the parkway and the gas pedal engaged itself and accelerated by itself. I was trying to break but the break pedal also was locked and I had to move away from car to car so that I would not hit them and then finally the pedal released itself and reduced the speed. I took the car to Honda and I am waiting for them to tell me what to do next.

- Farmingdale, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 012004


  • miles
Complaint regaring window tinting.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #3

Jul 172004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 369 miles
On July 6th, 2004, I took possession of our new 2004 Honda Accord sedan with 132 miles on the odometer. I scheduled to have Honda accessories installed by the Honda dealership on July 15th-16th, and picked up my vehicle on July 17th. Upon picking up the vehicle (369 miles on odometer) the driver's side seatbelt would not retract. The seatbelt was completely pulled out and still would not retract. It took the dealership several hours, but they managed to replace the driver's side seatbelt which had failed. The replacement unit retracts very slowly and has to be manually maneuvered into place. Will need to schedule another appointment to have it looked at again. In addition to this major safety incident, the outside temperature gauge has malfunctioned and no longer reads the correct temperature.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #2

May 012004


  • miles
Possible safety hazard with 2004 Honda Accord. (nar) while driving on the freeway at night with the cruise control activated, as the consumer approached the off ramp, he attempted to deactivate the cruise control by pressing what the consumer thought was the cancel button on the steering wheel but was unable to view the three button that was in conjunction with the cruise control and accidentally pressed the (res/accel) button and immediately began to speed up. The consumer felt that Honda should add illumination to the three buttons on the steering wheel that activate and deactivate the cruise control.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 052004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I own a 2004 Honda Accord ex V6 sedan. I have approximately 9000 miles on the car. Since I have had the car it intermittently will not start. I have taken it to the dealer three times for this problem and it still is not fixed.

- Washington, PA, USA

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