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:
Average Mileage:
138,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. transmission and parts of shifter had to be replaced (1 reports)
2004 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 022009

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles


I have a five year old PAID for Honda Accord that I should NOT have to replace a transmission in.... I bought this car brand new just 5 short years ago and I have taken very good care of my car. Being told that AMERICAN made--NEWER Honda's are not made as well and that a pin in my differential shifter broke poking a hole in my transmission and that this is a common problem does NOT make me feel any better. If this is a flaw in the newer honda's then HONDA should have to recall it and fix the problem at NO cost to me. I bought a HONDA because of their reputation as being dependable and lasting so why I am having to replace the transmission already???? My sister has a 97 and has never had to do anything to her car so there seems to be some kind of flaw with the NEW "American" made Honda's. Maybe you should go back to foreign made Honda's if this is what happens when manufactured in America!!!!

- , Crewe, VA, USA

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