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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,820 miles

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2004 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 082005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,820 miles


I have a 2004 Honda Accord LX with a four cylinder engine. Last year I reported a defect whereby the vehicle was attempting to accelerate while I was in the act of stopping. I had to use both feet on the brake pedal, put the transmission into neutral and kick the accelerator pedal to get the engine to come back to idle. When I put the transmission into neutral the engine RPM's went up to almost 6000. I had the vehicle checked by herb chambers Honda, in burlington, mass and they found nothing wrong. However, on Dec 8, 2005, I was making a left hand turn into a parking lot at a very low rate of speed and the vehicle did the very same thing! it took both feet on the brake pedal, put the transmission into neutral, the engine sped up to almost 6000 RPM's, kick the accelerator pedal and finally the engine dropped to idle. This concerns me greatly. I'm seventy years old and I recognized the problem, but my wife who is seventy-two and who doesn't use the car too often, may not recognize the problem, be able to think of the solution and handle the vehicle all at once. It could end up killing her or someone else! [xxx] thank you. Updated 07/17/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Melrose, MA, USA

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