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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
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,708 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 282007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

- the contact stated that while driving the 2002 Honda Accord at 30 mph and slowing down to 20 mph to make a right turn the steering wheel locked. The contact tried to step on the brakes, but the pedal would not move, the vehicle lost power. The dashboard warning lights turned on. The contact turned the key to the off position then restated the vehicle, but the vehicle drove like it had not failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealership, but the problem could not be duplicated. The enging shut down while driving. Updated 03/15/07.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #9

May 252005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,077 miles
While driving, the vehicle ran great until 57000 miles, when the ABS system failed. When driving 55 mph, came to a railroad crossing and applied when the brakes failed. Brakes pressure was felt but brakes did not grab and extended stopping distance was needed, and driver to engage the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. This occured on dry pavement on flat surface. Brakes were applied under normal braking conditions. The ABS system is 4 wheel antilcock. There was no warning prior to failure. No problems with brakes before. When brakes were applied, the brake pedal did not feel any different than normal. Has had an estimate from a dealership, dealership reports that entire system must be replaced and all lines flushed at a cost of 2,300. Vehicle is regularly serviced with records available.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 032004

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brakes vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer applied the brake pedal, but it failed, and vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle. It was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 072001

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The first incident happened as I was proceeding through a yied sign, the vehicle which preceeded me had come to a complete stop. When I applied my brakes, the car did not stop. The brake pedal was all the way to the floor. The only thing stopping the car was the impact with the other vehicle. Because everything happen so fast, I assumed that I did not react quickly enough. On 1/24/03 was the second time this happened, there were two passengers in the car with me who witness the brake incident again. This time as I tried to vere to the right to avoid an accident, the steering column was locked and I was unable to steer the car. Again the only thing that stopped the car was the impact. In both situations I was not traveling at a high rate of speed and there was ample time for the car to stop had the brakes worked. When I took it to the Honda dealer, they said they had never heard of anything like that happening before. I insisted they check the vehicle out anyway and, of course, they couldn't find anything wrong. This is a great safety issue and under other circumstances the results could have been more serious or even fatal.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

problem #6

Oct 182002

Accord

  • miles
Initially my father borrowed this car and claimed the brakes were not working properly and he had difficulty driving the car. I did not believe him as I had not had any problems. Then on 7/20/02 when I applied the brake the car did not stop and I went through a red light and was unable to stop the car when I wanted to make a turn. I took the car to Honda and they replaced the master cylinder. This happened again on 8/12/02 and the car was taken back and Honda claimed there was air in the brake lines which they claimed to fix. On 8/26 the brakes totally failed on the highway and I refused to drive the car. They picked up the car on a flat bed and vacuumed the brake lines. The brakes are still spongy and there is long play in the brake pedal. When the brakes engage they do not engage totally. Sometimes the brakes engage and then disengage totally. I have seen the Honda rep who says there is nothing wrong with the brakes and that it is my driving. I refuse to drive the car and traded cars with my husband. Yesterday 10/20/02 my husband went through a stop sign when the brakes did not engage. We are terrorized to drive this car as we feel we may kill someone or ourselves.

- Washington, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 112002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While braking and with no warning brake pedal will go to the floor, and it will be hard for consumer to stop. Dealer notified. The brake problem began right after the vehicle was purchased. The consumer returned the vehicle to the dealer four times for brake service but the dealer was unable to correct the problem.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012001

Accord

  • miles

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

My wife and I each separately encountered issues with steering and brakes possibly not working as intended. First occurred in October I believe, only couple months into the lease. I was almost run off on a highway, as I swerved to get out of the way..I lost control and spun out(did 360) and hit the right shoulder barrier. I didn't think anything of it at the time. Chalked it up to bad luck. Then may of this year, my wife on highway, braked hard to avoid hitting traffic in front of her that had braked hard as well. Lost control of steering and again, did 360 spin and crashed into center divider. Now I'm a little leery, 2 incidents in less than 9 month span. Both times it seems that we should've not lost control.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 222002

Accord

  • miles
This is the 3rd brake failure (2 partial/1 complete) that we have had with this vehicle, all of which have been reported to the dealership(technicians, management and owner), american Honda, and NHTSA. On 4/22/02, odometer 498/traveling 25mph/dry pavement/smooth road, the ABS and tcs warning indicator lights came on and remained on. I immediately pushed the brake pedal which had softened to a little less than half before engaging. Frightened, I pulled over using my emergency brake to safely stop the vehicle. After stopping, I placed the vehicle in park and pumped the brake several times in an attempt to get the brake pedal to re-engage properly. It did not and both warning light indicators remained on. Because I was 1 block from the house and there were no other vehicles on the road, I decided to coast home at 5mph using the emergency brake. At my house, I placed the vehicle in park, left emergency brake engaged and turned off the vehicle. I immediately called the dealership with a detailed description and a tow truck was dispatched. It was determined to be a disconnected left ABS sensor. I do not believe this is accurate nor is it consistent with the braking (and electrical) issues that we have experienced and previous repair attempts made by the dealership. I refused to pick up the vehicle on the grounds of this safety defect and the dealerships inability to accurately diagnose it. The vehicle was taken back by the dealership and we were placed in another new Accord. I aggressively stated to peter heuy, his sales manager, service manager, and technician and american Honda, that this vehicle contains a major safety defect in its brake system that an engineer from american Honda needs to isolate before placing the vehicle back on the road. Anything less than that is gross negligence. The dealership indicated this would not be done and the vehicle would be used as a demo.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #2

Apr 262002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake was applied at 35 mph, pedal went to the floor, no braking action. On second attempt brake grabbed. Dealer replaced ABS modulator. Servicing dealer claimed this happens to other vehicles as well. Driver very frightened.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 152001

Accord

  • miles
My wife and I purchased a new Honda Accord to be used by our 21-year old son who is attending college at brigham young university. On Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001 he along with 3 other college students were in the car on the freeway. They were traveling in the fast lane at around 70 miles per hour., another car going the same direction lost control (reason unknown), spun out across the freeway, hit the center divider and stopped directly in the path of our son. Naturally he hit his brakes, but it happened so fast that there was nothing they could do except hit the other car head-on at about 60 miles per hour. All four of the parties in our car were wearing their seat belts, which probably saved their lives. However, the air bags did not deploy. It is a miracle that someone wasn't severly injured. While all of the parties had some whip lash, no one had to go to the hospital. Someone told my son that because he hit his brakes the front end of our Honda was lowered and went underneath the bumper of the car they hit, which was a larger SUV and thats why the airbags didn't deploy. I thought airbags deployed on impact to provide the protection they are designed to provide. The police report indicated that the driver of the SUV who spun out was at fault. While we are really glad that our son and his friends were not severly injured I have concern for someone else who may not be as lucky. I hope this information is helpful. I did contact Honda motor cars to file a complaint. About all they did was take my information, send me information on airbags and tell me to contact my insurance company. Should you like additional information please feel free to give us a call. Thanks for your assistance.

- Rialto, CA, USA

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