Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
128,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012012

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


The paint has been peeling for the last two years and my car looks horrible. I mean 10 years later, that's ridiculous. It started with the roof, now it's even on the top of my doors! The rust is horrible by my wheels. I just wish I brought my car back within the 30 day period!

- , Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #1

May 292014

Accord 3,2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

1.5 million Honda Accord owners had this problem I found out but nothing has been done,,,,I bet if they got 1,5 million lawsuits they would listen.

- , Kent, OH, USA

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