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:
No data
Average Mileage:
58,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2004 Honda Accord wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 152008

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


Whatever happened to Honda quality? This is my fourth and probably last Honda. I have convinced my relatives and friends to buy many of them, but no more! Hybrid and and elsewhere are full of complaints about quality and service. The rear tires-expensive Yokohama TRZ tires- are badly cupped. Sounds like mud grip tires! None of my other Honda's (86,89,93) did this. Is Japanese quality no more? Very few are happy about how Honda is treating them, and they seam to not care! What can we do about it? Do not buy any more, and tell everyone we can about what they are doing to us!

- , West Monroe, LA, USA

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