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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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,444 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 042010

Accord

  • 66,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact was driving 30 mph when the transmission began hesitating and exhibiting an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure, but the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure or generate any failure codes. The transmission failed and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but not repaired. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not under recall and would not assist with repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact stated that she was able to remove her key from the ignition without the vehicle being in park. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 66,000.

- Columbia , MO, USA

problem #8

Apr 052010

Accord

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that she was able to remove the key from the ignition switch without the vehicle being in park. He stated that a relative was able to remove the key without it rolling forward or backwards. NHTSA recall campaign id number 10V364000, electrical system, ignition is related to the failure for the 2003 and 2004 model year but not for the 2002. The contact stated that his failure is exactly the same as the failure listed in the recall. The current and failure mileages were approximately 100,000.

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #7

Aug 012009

Accord

  • 71,000 miles
On August 1, 2009, our parked 2002 Honda Accord LX rolled off the parking lot and struck a vehicle parked on the other side before being stopped by the curb. There was an apparent failure of the ignition park switch interlock that allowed the ignition key to be removed from the ignition switch while the transmission was not shifted to park. The transmission was found to be in neutral after the crash. As a result of the crash, there was extensive damage to the front of our vehicle and lesser damage to the side of the vehicle. The total cost to repair the vehicle was $2609. The vehicle that was struck also needed repair. It sustained damage to the rear bumper and tail lights. Upon learning of other Honda having this problem and being recalled, I contacted Honda manufacturer whose representative checked the VIN number of our vehicle and informed me the recall didn't apply to 2002 Honda Accord. I then spoke to a NHTSA representative who informed me the recall did apply to some 2002 Honda Accord but that it was VIN-specific. I then spoke to a second Honda representative who agreed it applied to some 2002 Honda Accord but that it was VIN-specific and it didn't apply to our car. I am perplexed that my car was not part of the recall even though it has the exact same problem as other Honda Accord that were recalled. The ignition switch problem has not been repaired yet and is available for inspection. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #6

Jul 302009

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the key can be removed from the ignition without the vehicle being in park. The vehicle was repaired according to a recall in 2005 for this issue, but the failure still exists. The recall repair was performed again at the cost of $160. The contact stated that the failure was due to a manufacturer defect. The failure mileage was 145,000. Updated 09/11/09 updated 09/15/09.

- Taos, NM, USA

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

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

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

Accord

  • 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

Accord

  • 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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