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:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 1
Average Mileage:
34,045 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.

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2004 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Mar 032004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,800 miles


My daughter was in an accident on 3/3/05 with her 2004 2 door Honda Accord. She was traveling 40 mph and hit a vehicle turning across traffic head on. Not only did her air bags not deploy, her seat belt did not hold her back either. I tried contacting Honda, and their answer was they will refer it to legal department. I want to know my daughter is going to be safe driving a brand new car and they don't even want to send anyone to look at it.

- Macedonia, OH, USA

problem #6

Feb 042005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,800 miles
Consumer's vehicle was involved in a frontal crash on the passenger's side, with a guard rail at approximately 50 mph upon impact, neither frontal air bags deployed. The dealer was not notified at this time.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 162004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The consumer was involved in a collision while driving 15 mph. The consumers vehicle was struck with great impact. The passenger side air bag deployed, however, the driver side did not deploy.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #4

Nov 182004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My wife was hit head on at an intersection in a 2004 Honda Accord V-6 (nav). The other person was at fault. She had her seat belt on. She fractured her L-2 lumbar in the accident but had "no" other injuries? we purchased this car for the safety factors and the name brand Honda. We were life long Honda purchasers as this was the 2nd brand new V-6, but we will never buy another Honda. My wife was traveling approx 35 mph and the other person (commercial van) was traveling approx45-50 mph. Why did she break her back, the airbag and seat belt should have prevented this!!!!!!

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 072004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
Vehicle struck a call box at an impact of 60 mph and none of the air bags deployed. The vehicle was totaled by the insurance company.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 132004


  • miles
During a 35 mph rear end collision, the driver's seat belt gave slack and did not retract/lock. The consumer sustained injuries. Evoq filed by: Janice levsen. The consumer stated the air bag did not deploy.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #1

May 052002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving SRS light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the clock spring needed to be replaced.

- Laurel, MD, USA

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