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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,370 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.

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2004 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 232004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. The front passenger side windows has eight cuts and grease or glue stains on the inside panel of the window. The contact stated that the failures impede her side visibility. She was informed that the window tinting and too much lubrication in the lock mechanism were the cause, also the window was in too tightly, and the window strips needed to be replaced. She took the vehicle to the dealer six different times, but the failure has not been corrected. The dealer and regional manager informed her that she can do whatever she wants, but they would no longer assist. The contact has pictures available and records of the six trips that were made to the dealer. She also stated that her vehicle has been to the dealer 21 times for various failures. The driver's seat failed four times, the tires have been balanced and aligned six different times, and the tires were replaced due to uneven wear. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage was 50,157 and failure mileage was 1,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 262004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,110 miles
Rear window of my 2004 Honda Accord suddenly broke apart and landed in pieces in the rear seat after wiping the outside glass to remove the morning moisture.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #1

Aug 032004

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
Defective windshield. After driving the vehicle a few hundred miles after it was purchased, the consumer noticed that the windshield seemed to be distorted. The vehicle was returned to the dealer who agreed that something was wrong. A new windshield was installed and that one was also distorted. In total five replacement windshield were ordered but they all had the same defect. The consumer contacted the manufacturer who provided not furthger assistance. The driver's side exterior mirror was also distorted.

- Mishawaka, IN, USA

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