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:
6 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,818 miles

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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 steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #7

May 022010


  • 60,000 miles


While driving on a rainy day the battery signal flashes for a couple of seconds and the steering gets locked for approx 3 sec and after 3 sec it gets back to normal. It usually happens while turning and on a rainy day. This could result in a situation of life and death. Initially we thought it is just one off situation but these days the problem is increasing. We have got it checked at 2 places including pepboys and they could not figure out the problem.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #6

Mar 242009


  • 50 miles
I bought my car new from the dealer. It is a four door, within a month of owning the car the cable to open the door from the inside broke on the rear left door. Today the cable broke on the driver side door so it is impossible to open the door from the inside of the car. After looking at the cable it doesn't look strong enough to last for any length of time and being unable to get out in an emergency could be very dangerous. The car has also pulled to the right since the day I bought it but after taking to the dealer more then 4 times with no results I just learned to live with it.

- Pipe Creek, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 182006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55mph there was a loss of the steering and the vehicle struck a guardrail which resulted in minor damage. No injuries were sustained. The police were on the scene and a report was taken. The vehicle was seen by the dealer. The dealer replaced the steering gearbox and tie rod assembly, but afterwards the steering made a grinding noise.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 222004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The steering wheel started jerking uncontrollably while driving, the consumer was unable to maintain control of the vehicle. The driver applied the brakes, but the pedal went to the floor. The vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle and it flipped over. The air bags did not deploy. The insurance company repaired the vehicle.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 062004

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
Newly purchased vehicle. Condition upon accepting vehicle was dealer to correct a steering problem with the vehicle (car constantly pulls to the right). Dealer has had vehicle for two weeks now, telling us numerous times the steering issue was fixed, however each time we find the problem still exists.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 312004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering pulls left/right while driving. Took to the dealer. Dealer found the problem and did an wheel alignment. But the problem was not resolved. The car still drifts.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 342 miles
Steering pulls to the right while driving. I have taken vehicle to dealer several times, but still is not correct.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

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