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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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,802 miles

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #83

Aug 102013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 162,000 miles

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

The subframe that supports the engine/transaxle and the front suspension is rusting through on the right side. This can result in a catastrophic failure during operation of the vehicle, and appears to be a very common defect in this generation of Accord. Most mechanics attribute the cause of the defect to the location of the airconditioner drain tube that drips condensation onto the subframe while it is running.

- Harper Woods, MI, USA

problem #82

Jun 222013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
When iam traveling with my and my wife because of transmission problem in my Honda Accord 2002 gears are not changing.as Honda company know abt this transmission issue ( like know issue) and for fixing this we need to spend almost 5000$.but we can't if Honda company know this is common issue why they are not recalling those types of cars.

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #81

Jul 292013

Accord

  • 148,761 miles
I was driving in traffic and my car's D4 light began blinking and when I would slow down to a complete stop the car would jerk before coming to a stop. I had to restart the car to get it to stop jerking. This has happened maybe 4 times before and I took it to someone and they said that the transmission could be going and I would need a new one. There are thousands of complaints about the transmissions on these older Honda Accord, and I think it is about time they do something to fix this issue.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #80

Jul 052013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles

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

Transmission is already jerking and slipping and out of warranty.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #79

Jul 102012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Transmission shifts slow or hard, or occasionally doesn't "catch"... then summer of 2013 at 73K on a very (first out of town trip in years) long trip the transmission wouldn't shift out of 1st or 2nd gear until the car cooled for a couple hours. Shifts alright most of the time for short trips down the street, but I can't drive out of town for fear of being stranded.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #78

Jan 292013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 119,629 miles
I was driving to work when the car suddenly stopped accelerating, the check engine light came on and the D4 light began blinking. I called the local Honda dealer and they told me to turn the car off and back on to get the car running again. This worked and I was able to drive home. Then I drove the car to the Honda dealer to be diagnosed. While driving my car on a very busy road with a 55 mph speed limit, it would not accelerate above 25 mph. It was a very dangerous and scary experience. After being diagnosed, Honda told me the car needed a new transmission for $4100. Honda replaced the transmission in December of 2008 at 79,945 miles for $2400. The car now has 119,629 miles on it and when I contacted Honda they told me that they would not help replace the transmission because the warranty period on the current transmission is 36,000 miles or 3 years. The representative from Honda instructed me to contact the NHTSA and better business bureau as next steps.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #77

May 012013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

My transmission runs fine but every now and then when I come to a come stop and have to press the gas to go the car will move very slowly and then jump to a high speed, this is happenning alot now. I checked the intenet and the are several others with the same year and model vehicle that are experiencing the same problems. The codes are coming back 700 and 780 with are shift malfunctions, this is very dangerous, please help!

- Sacramento , CA, USA

problem #76

Apr 222013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
While driving on the high way coming from work. My transmission went out. I contacted Honda dealership they said it would cost the sum of $400 to repair which I do not have. After reading all the complaints on this year Honda, I have realized that this is a common problem and needs to be addressed and recalled for faulty transmission by Honda. Please help with this issue. I am a us marine and I rely heavily on my car and transportation to work.

- Covina , CA, USA

problem #75

Mar 242013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 91,081 miles
Investigating some strange issues, pulling and clunks at speed and bumps, tranny issues and nose from the front of my car I decided to do an inspection. I took the passenger front wheel off and discovered rust holes right threw the rear beam of the front sub frame! is completely rusted out, this car is a safety hazard. It will not pass inspection in my state and my family and I are terrified to drive it. This Honda has been in my family since new. And has been dealer maintained for all the major service over the past 11 years and this was never seen" its not like it just happened today in March of 2013! I looked around under the car and under the hood, I see the drain tube for the ac drips right on the spot the frame is rusted threw! then I took the drivers side wheel off and there is no rust at all! this is a tragic defect. What if the passenger side frame is to snap when I'm driving it" this is unbelievable that car in other wise pristine condition with only less than 91,000 would have this kind of rust and would have to suffer such a hideous flaw like this. I cant afford to fix this now. Its going to be well over $1500 and not only that my life and my family's life is priceless. Again the rear beam of the front sub frame is rusted threw due to the fact the ac drain tube drips directly on this spot. No other rust on the rest of the sub frame. Potential death trap.

- Lake Grove, NY, USA

problem #74

Jun 162008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I was driving along, and my car started lurching and jerking, making a big thumping noise. I took it to a Honda service center, they said I needed a new transmission- the car only had 62,000 miles.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #73

Feb 232013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles

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

I was driving along, with my foot on the accelerator, but the car lost power, it stopped going forward. I managed to make it to the side of the road. The car would accelerate, and then stop accelerating, and then begin again. Going slowly, I managed to make it to the side of the road, and had the car towed to a Honda service center, where they said I needed a new transmission. I had already replaced the transmission back in 2008. The new transmission had only 53,000 miles on it before it failed. So, a 2002 Honda Accord, with 115,000 miles is on its third transmission. So the one I had installed in 2008 only lasted 53,000 miles, so Honda put a second crappy transmission in my car. They didn't fix the transmission safety problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #72

Mar 142011

Accord

  • 182,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that when the vehicle engine was started, the gear shifter became was inoperable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who performed a diagnostic test and advised the contact that the shift solenoid valve failed and the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 182,000.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #71

Aug 162012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
1.request for an immediately recall for Honda Accord LX 2002 models as having dangerous transmission problems, widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS ), and overall the car's safety or quality numerous concerns. Orderly problems occurred as it bulleted down: "got it with slipping and jerking gear. Within two days returned, but I was advised that there are no urgent problems and that only my imagination. ?key time from time do not starts or hard to remove. ?problem with a back window to close when opened it. The dealer closed it and recommended not to open it anymore. ?wheel bearings going out and car drags that cause to replace a few times tires and the brakes pads. Premature tire wear. ?ball joint it was thought in the beginning, but then a transmission or both. As of per carscomplaint.com January/2013 report it talks about subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel. ?change sensors but still ?check engine light remains? ? it shows P1166 and P1167 an air /fuel ratio sensor ? are generally wide band O2 sensor that could be anything. Smells. ?it could be this problem with sensor & check engine light as according to the Japanese automaker ?Honda said the sensor wire could break and cause the air bag warning light to be illuminated and prevent the sensor from working properly. When the sensor fails, the air bag system automatically moves to full inflation pressure, which could increase the risk of injury for smaller drivers in a frontal crash?. "finally transmission gone and my car now taking a long rest in someone's parking lot. I believe it is also a gear breakage! my core survival existence is in a great danger due to it, I have encounter numerous damages/injuries.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #70

Nov 132010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Your urgent response and an action needed 1.request for an immediately recall for Honda Accord LX 2002 models as having dangerous transmission problems, widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS ), and overall the cars safety or quality numerous concerns. 2.to fix the problems and refund caused damages and personal injuries due to it, refund paid purchase cost including damages, replace to a new car with included paid and damages occurred to whom it may concern, 2002 Honda Accord problems & complaints 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.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #69

Jan 212013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
Transmission began surging and tcs light illuminated along with blinking 4th gear light. Shut vehicle off and restarted with no issues. Two days later problem occurred again in traffic. Pulled to side of road. Limped vehicle home in 2nd gear.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #68

Jan 132013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 70,600 miles
The check engine light came on suddenly so I took it the shop to get it checked out. The technician said that the transmission failed and needs to be replaced. The car is a Honda Accord ex V6 2 door coupe and only has 70,600 miles. It seems like many Honda vehicles are experiencing early transmission failures that normal.

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

problem #67

Sep 112012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
My 2002 Honda Accord SE with 2.4 L 4 cyl has 95,000 miles. The transmission will sometimes slam into gear when going from park to drive and slips when the car goes from 1st gear to 2nd gear. When you roll into a stop and press the accelerator to go again the vehicle will slam into gear. When I do come too a complete stop, the transmission seems like it still wants to go and then hesitates and the slams into 1st gear again. Other friends of mine with 2000-2001 Accord with 80,000 to 100,000 miles are experiencing the same issue.

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #66

Dec 012006

Accord

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that when the vehicle was shifted into drive, he was able to haphazardly remove the key from the ignition, causing the vehicle to roll away. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis. The contact was unsure of the diagnosis however, the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The current mileage was approximately 199,000.

- Ridgefield, CT, USA

problem #65

Dec 122012

Accord

  • 116,000 miles
My car has roll-away problem. If the transmission is not in park and the parking brake is not set, the vehicle rolls away. I have noticed a recall on the similar grounds on various other vehicles (www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/us-autos-Honda-recall-idusbre8bb11220121212). my vehicle should also be included in this recall. Thanks

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #64

Sep 112012

Accord

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, a clicking sound was heard from the front end of the vehicle. The contact also stated that a grinding noise was noticed when shifting between gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and a private mechanic who both informed the contact that the transmission and bolt joints failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

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