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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,667 miles

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2004 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

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2004 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 122011


  • miles


The windshield wiper motor went out in my 2004 Honda Accord. I have had older cars and never had this problem. Not to mention, I live in the desert, so it wasn't due to overuse. After replacing the motor, it went out again within 2 weeks! the 2003 Accord had a recall on the wiper motor and I feel they are very similar to the 2004 model. The 2004 wiper motor should be recalled as well.

- Moab, UT, USA

problem #2

Nov 112009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph in rainy weather conditions and the windshield wipers began to operate intermittently. The failure occurred at various speeds. On a separate occasion the windshield wipers became inoperative. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they stated the windshield wiper motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 052010


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Accord. While traveling at 35 mph during rainy weather, the windshield wipers would not engage. The vehicle was taken to a local repairs facility where the contact was informed that the windshield motor would need to be replaced. There were no prior warnings of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 119,000.

- Bessmer, AL, USA

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