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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,467 miles

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2004 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 162004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. The contact stated that after six months, his legs would become numb and he felt pain while driving the vehicle. The dealer was notified of the issue, but did not assist. The contact bought a therapeutic pillow for the driver's seat, which resolved the pain. He also stated that there was no tint on the windshield to block the sunlight. The current and failure mileages were 36,000.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 312004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
I have hd two three problems with this Accord purchased in January 2004-windshield rubber bacame detached and scratched windshield--paint-dealer says acid rain wax vehicle-airconditioning system neede a new part and had to be recharged-emissions control light now on as of 10/31/2004-intermittenant air bag light on passengers soide-dealer serveice rep states it is ok-if you put your purse in the passengers seat it will cause it to shut off airbag-I own tnother Honda Pilot which also had a safety recall and continues to have a slow gear turmn over and also the Honda Accord seems to be the same. I have contacted fox Honda several times regarding the consistant problems with these vehicles and have recieved no satisfaction--I wonder why I am making car payments -on vehicles that have had and contine to have problems--Honda told me if you do not loke the answers we are giving you trade the vehicles --I do not feel this is a satisfactory answer after all the vehicle is the problem of the manufacturer.

- Waterloo, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 032004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
There is a defect in the windshield that makes objects appear distorted. The dealership had ordered 4 windshields from the factory, all had the same distortion. The manufacturer indicated no further action could be taken. The consumer will have to drive with the defective windshield.

- Mishawaka, IN, USA

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