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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
108,814 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 072011

Accord EX-L 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,814 miles


nice!!. Honda is like a very beautiful women who cheats on you whenever she can.

First the emergency brake cord broke, I fixed it costing me $$$$$ and now my ABS and TCS light comes on after noisy acceleration. At first I thought, my engine is BBQ -ed. Later on, following some research, it is either sensor issue or a broken ABS handler, which is $1200 dollar in parts + labor cost.

also there is always squeaking noise in the break which is unsolvable. I know it is an old car, but it just s*s .... just s**.

- , Halifax, NS, Canada

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