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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,412 miles

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012012


  • miles


Please help me figure out what to do with this.I received a call from Honda approximately a year ago...for power steering hose to be replaced free of charge due to it over heating and deteriorating causing a leak of power steering fluid. Once I got the notice I went to have it replaced but I believe by the time I got the notice it may have been to late because now it has caused it to now leak power steering could into the rack and pinion. I have done oil changes and done a complete tune up to date but this is causing the power steering fluid to waste and is deteriorating the rack and pinion. Not having the proper amount of power steering makes it much more difficult to steer the car easily. I have to constantly drive worried that the car may lose control and I have two children I am driving with everest I cannot afford for me to lose control over something that should have been detected and gives when I went to Honda to change the hose. It is obviously not a problem with just the hose it is a problem much more profound then that which needs to be fixed. I have done my research and if the power steering fluid is flammable and can cause toxic fumes. This in my opinion is not to be played around with and is dangerous. It has also cause my brand new tires go bald.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 122013


  • 200,000 miles
My 2004 Honda Accord ex V6 has traction control. All of a sudden the tc light came on and pushing the switch it will not go out. When you start up the car the orange triangle stays lit and then when you are driving the tc comes on and stays on. Brought it to a mechanic and he put it on the diagnostic machine but he didn't have the Honda code. I called a Honda dealership and they "release" the code information and I have to bring it into a Honda dealer at $186 for the first hour just to run a test!!! the car does not even move in the snow here in the northeast without the tc. I heard that the Honda Accord was having issues with the traction control system.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 062012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Today was just another day to work. I have taken this road to work for past two years with me driving. First you get off the ramp, then stop at a stop sign, then you pass under the bridge to follow the straight road to work. However, today it was different. I first took the exit ramp and went to the end of it. Stopped at the stop sign. Checked both sides to see if it was clear for me to proceed and go ahead with making a turn. It was clear so I made a left turn and went straight. However, within next 5 yards after going straight my car's steering wheel started to shake and car pulled to the left. I could not control the car since all this happened so fast and my car hit the huge cement pole which is the base of the bridge. After talking with my husband and many others, they believe that car has somehow malfunctioned. The two theories we have is either steering wheel getting locked or left wheel giving out in some manner. This was not a new road for me. I was not a phone. I was not texting. I was not distracted in anyway. The car just had its own mind today and somehow it pulled to the left. I do not know if there are others who have had this problem, but I wanted to tell my story since I am not hurt as much. If this happened while being faster, this could have been fatal.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #2

Dec 202009


  • 60 miles
I was driving the car when the tire was punctured and the puncture went through the aluminum rim. I took the tire and rim to sears and they advised that this was not normal; they thought that the rim was defective. It is one thing for a nail to go through a tire, but it should not go through the rim.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 282008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
My 2004 Accord ex 4cyl hydroplanes in wet weather and the tires spin from a stop. Honda claims no incident was ever reported and my case number is N012008-10-2900938.

- S. Setauket, NY, USA

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