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:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,801 miles

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2004 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 8 of 8)

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problem #8

Jan 112006

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Consumers 2004 Honda Accord was not included in recall and has experienced the same problems. ** answer required*** the consumer had the transmission replaced under the extended warranty and was responsible for the deductible. The consumer believes Honda should reimburse him the amount of the deductible.

- Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 082005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while driving the vehicle there was a clicking noise in the transmission. The dealer refusd to address the consumers concern. Updated 11/29/05.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #6

May 092005

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
Per nhts recall results, I understand my vehicle (2004 Honda Accord 12,00 miles) needed to be recalled for an automatic transmission problem. I called Honda and was informed that my vehicle VIN # was not affected by this recall. I am confused and concerned since nhts stated my vehicle is affected by this recall.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 142005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


After starting vehicle surges forward when shifting gears intermittently. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Pen Argyl, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 012004


  • miles
Numerous problems, braking system, transmission, problem starting the car. Recall notice for a part to be changed in the transmission. Campaign id number : 04V176000 gear failure could result in transmission lockup, which could result in a crash. The consumer stated that underneath the car sounds like it going to fall apart. The vehicle sways while being driven.

- Bronxville, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 052004


  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
A recall for transmission second gear inspection was issued. The consumer called to set up an appointment, and dealer stated that next available date is not until December.

- Franklin Square, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles
Bought a Honda Accord 2004 V6 ex 3 weeks go. About one week after I had the car I noticed a humming noise from the transmission. Robertson Honda is jerking me around telling me they don't hear one. Now I find out from your web site there is a tsb about this very issue with at least one complaint from the prior year with the same issue. Last Honda car I buy.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #1

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

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