CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2002 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). 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.

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad.

10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
89,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 242008

Accord SE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There is something loose in the steering wheel for the past two weeks or so that clanks around and clatters every time i turn the wheel (kinda like a pick in an acoustic guitar). Anoying as it is i got used to it, sorta. Now, however, the horn goes off randomly in traffic. I got the finger THREE times this morning on my way to work! what in the hell is going on??

This car is an absolute nightmare!! a list of electrical problems - but the worst. . .the Transmission SUCKS and is probably going to get me killed one day.

- , North Hills, CA, USA

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