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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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 082008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Ignition switch interlock fails to engage making it possible to turn the ignition switch to "off" position without moving transmission to park. NHTSA had recalled the 2002 Accord nthsa campaign no.. 05V0025000; ac tilon no PE05002. Honda America refuses to pay full amount of repair. They say this car is not covered under the recall. This is the same part as on the recall.. Honda America has confirmed with dealer that this is the problem. Honda America rep - kristina griffin. Case no. N-012008-02--1400058 contac no; 10800999-1009 X 118039 what can I do to get Honda to replace? they are negotiating to replace at less than the $750. I think it should be done at no cost to me.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 012001

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Honda Accord developed problems with the transmission, and dashboard light sensors. The transmission was replaced 3 times. After the last visit to the dealer the ignition began to malfunction, after putting the gear into park sometimes the key would lock in, which would require the consumer to restart the vehicle, shift the gears place back into park and then pull the key out of the ignition.

- Fords, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 182004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles
I drive a 2002 Accord SE sedan 5 spd. On occasion, about 2 times a month, the car stalls when I downshift from 3rd to 2nd. On each occurrence, the gas pedal is released during the shift, and the RPM drops from its nominal position to zero. The dealership says there is no service bulletin item on this issue; however, the number of related complaints on mycarstats.com shows that this problem is not an isolated incident on this model car.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #2

May 052002


  • miles
Ignition coil shield was not properly installed causing a sensor to detect that the engine was too hot - the engine was automatically turned off - the problem showed up while driving at highway speed - the engine balked when the accelerator was pressed.

- Willowick, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 142001


  • miles
The immobilizer system has shutdown the vehicle 3 times. The first time was in September approximately 1 week after purchase. The second and third times were on October 14. While driving northbound on 95 on Oct. 14th the immobilizer light came on and the engine shutdown creating a very hazardous situatiion for me and other drivers. The immobilizer activated again, this time while on the capital beltway. On this occasion I was almost rear ended by an 18 wheeler. The very first time the immobilizer activated it was approximately one week after purchase. The mechanics at pohanka advised they could find no problem but, that they have seen this problem many times before. The vehicle is currently in the shop and they are running diagnostics, but I assume nothing will be found this time either. I have talked to other Honda owners and several of them have also experienced this problem. I believe something is drastically wrong with the immobilizer system and is creating a very dangerous situation.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

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