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:
55,898 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 012016


  • 100,000 miles


I did tune up my car because is run not good. The ball joint get break dgoodthe happen on street in repair get new ball joint and new axle both thing for drdriving side used car had a good on gas mileage but after start giving bad mileages. Many time tune up. After that car not pick speed. One day I did google search. I find Honda recall for transmission over one million. I call Honda dealer about transmission recall he say need up date software but they don't have recall about this yet. But they have recall airbags was which haven already done. Now my car have problems with transmission, ball joint axle, smoking. Riado not works anth other I hope. I get recall soon. I wasn't know rhat to dile complaints. Now I know and I helps other

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #10

Mar 082016


  • 72,000 miles
2004 Accord transmission began leaking at the same time as ABS trouble, what seems to be suspension problems (bad springs?), hood struts failed. These all happened about a month after one dealer replaced an engine mount and leaking power steering fluid container. The trunk opening switch would not work but was too expensive to repair. I had the ABS looked at at another dealer and for $100 an "electrical switch" under the gas pedal was replaced. The power steering fluid was leaking again. They said that the transmission needed to be fixed for $2000 and that my car was not in the recall. I saw many complaints about transmission leaks online and about the gas door not opening. The dealer didn't want to hear about that. (engine mounts and hood struts are popular items on amazon.) I was lucky that my head wasn't under there when the hood fell. I had opened the hood to check the power steering fluid and went to the trunk to get some, when it fell. I was able to replace them from amazon. I had the engine cut out twice while driving in the rain after last inspection. I lost steering and saw the engine light come on so I quickly started the engine again. About a month apart. It didn't happen again. It seems strange to me that all of this happened within 6 months after an inspection.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 022016


  • 159,000 miles
Jan. 2015 traveling at 25 to 30 mph, driver front lower ball joint separated causing wheel to turn sideways in wheel well, which resulted in disabling vehicle, seperated cv shaft and fender damage. No injuries and had to have towed. May 2015 traveling 20 to 25 mph, passenger lower ball joint separated causing wheel to turn sideways in wheel well, resulted in disabling vehicle and damage to fender. Local police were called, no injuries and vehicle towed. July 2016 backing out of driveway, passenger front lower ball joint separated, causing wheel to turn sideways in wheel well, resulted in disabling vehicle, damage to fender, separated cv shaft, and dented the oil pan, no injuries. There is a fault in the design of the lower ball joint placement, the weight of the vehicle is naturally causing the ball to press against the retaining edge of the socket, resulting in metal on metal contact causing the retaining edge to wear resulting in separation of the ball joint. The only way to correct this would be to redesign the front suspension steering knuckle and lower control arm. The ball joint should be pressed into the socket with weight on the wheels not pulling it apart. My only suggestions until something is done about this, is go to a service garage and have them check the ball joints with a pry bar between the steering knuckle and lower control arm, if there is movement have it replaced and keep your receipts. Just shaking the wheel by hand isn't enough to see the movement. Do not pick the vehicle up by the lower control arm, it can result in control arm bushing separation.

- Bradford, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 172013


  • 119,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the steering malfunctioned and the passenger rear wheel seized causing her to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed into a ditch and the air bags deployed. No injuries were reported. The contact stated that she had recently received a notice for NHTSA campaign number: 12V222000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 119,000.

- Pendleton, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 052012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
Transmission has been accelerating very fast overheating, slipping, it appears the transmission fluid have been leaking however I took it in for service about a month ago and everything was fine. My dealership from February 13, 2012 September 28, 2012 commonwealth Honda has been claiming there is nothing wrong with this transmission the suspension or the timing belt. They performed service and all of them they claim everything is fine. Now less than 30 days later my transmission is broken. A vehicle with just got problems should not continue to be resold.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #6

Jan 022007

Accord 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
- the contact stated had a pulsating vibration when turning. The contact stated that weather and speed were not a factor when this happened. The contact took the car to the dealer, they recognized that there was a problem, but they could not diagnose it, they called the manufacturer, and were told that the pulsating vibration was normal.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #5

Apr 092005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Constant braking and steering vibration at speed 60-70 mph. Car has been in the shop 7 times since Dec. 2004. Dealer is unable to fix the problem. American Honda states that above described condition is normal for all 2004 Accord LX coupes. Info provided by patricia evans, american Honda Corp. Case manager. Case number N012005-05-1001024. Considering initiation of anti-lemon litigation.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #4

May 152004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
Numerous sqeaks, rattles, and vibrations in door panels, tops of windows, rear shelf, and in B-pillars around top seat belt anchor. I've taken my car into the dealership 3 separate times to have these fixed. They are able to make them go away for about a day, but then they all come back. The last time I took my car in, they said they have done everything they can and that these were "normal" sounds that the car makes. I have never had a car with so many rattles and squeaks. Poor build quality and construction. They all started about 4 days after I picked up the car and had about 300 miles on the odometer. Had problems ever since.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 022004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 580 miles
I took delivery of a 2004 Honda Accord ex with leather on June 25, 2004. Its been exactly a week. I have driven about 580 miles in a week. I have encountered the following problems and I did'nt see any recalls on the manufacturer's website. I am very disappointed after spending $24000 on a brand new car. 1) the check engine light came on and the 'd' light on driver side dashbaord is continually flashing. 2) I can hear some sliding noise from left to right and vice versa when making sharp turns (happens all the time). The sounds seems to be coming from under the glove compartment 3) after driving about 60 miles in one go in warm weather(temperatures in 80S), I hear a rubbing/squeaking noise when making turns. Becomes more audible when windows are rolled down. Sounds more like tires rubbing against the body. 4) passenger side floor is soaking wet and I assume it is water. I can hear water sloshing sound under the glove compartment when making turns.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 252004


  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving the suspension felt funny. The front wheels wandered. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer seven times, and each time dealer could not duplicate the problem, and stated nothing was wrong. Finally a representative from the Honda was called and drove consumer's vehicle. The Honda representative indicated that there was something wrong with front suspension. There was at least a 10% difference between the consumer's vehicle and another of the same year/make, and model. Consumer stated that the Honda representative promised to call him, but as of yet had not done so. Then, when consumer did get in touch with the Honda representative he was offered much less for the vehicle than what he paid for it. Consumer was afraid to drive vehicle because of the wheels.

- Yeadon, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 042003


  • 16,000 miles
While driving steering wheel intermittently pulled to the left/right. Dealership was notified, but the problem was not resolved.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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