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:
10,396 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Honda Accord wheels / hubs problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 312005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


I bought a new 2004 Honda Accord. I was driving it today when a softball size bubble appeared on the sidewall. A major Honda dealer said they had never seen anything like that. The local Michelin dealer said it was not a defective tire. How can a softball size balloon just appear all of the sudden on the sidewall. If I had been traveling at 70 mph it might have killed me and my daughter. I want Michelin to replace this tire and the other three free of charge and also inspect the thickness of sidewalls used on 2004 Honda Accord ex models. The tire had 20,000 miles on it. Speed rating on the tire is 91V size 260/16. I have digital pictures taken by the Honda dealer (hugh white Honda, columbus, oh.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 172005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,333 miles
Michelin tire mxv4 S8 developed bulge in sidewall on right front tire (205,60,16). Will hopefully replace the tire before it blows out. Tires only have 17K and are "standard" on Honda Accord V6.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #2

Mar 252005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver took vehicle to dealer for routine maintenance, and mechanic noticed that the left and right front tires had stress marks and bubbles located on the inner and outer sidewalls of the tires, and they needed to be replaced. Bridgestone Firestone P206/60R16, dotx3dv00T12.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 072004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles
While pulling into a parking space the consumer hit a curb and the front right tire blew out. The tire sidewall was ruptured even though the vehicle was moving at a very low speed. The dealer examined the tire and offered to pay for fifty percent of the damage.

- Berkley, MI, USA

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