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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2004 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 102009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


The sunroof in my 2004 Honda Accord SHATTERED while I was driving! Nothing hit just shattered!

- , Lutcher, LA, USA

problem #2

Mar 072007

(reported on)

Accord EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

sunroof shattered while driving

- , Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 052006

(reported on)

Accord EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

While commuting home from work, my sunroof just shattered thru no fault of mine or without having a brick fall on it - it just shattered.

- , Bridgewater, NJ, USA

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