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.

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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.

4.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,667 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.

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles

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

2002 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to airbag and safety campaign the consumer stated the air bag light illuminated. The dealer cleared the code, but the next day, the light illuminated again. The dealer informed the consumer the transmission was leaking and one of the drive belts were not performing correctly.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 222004

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
Recall 02V226000 concerning timing belt/water pump. Consumer contacted the manufacturer to see if this vehicle would be included in the recall. However, this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN.

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 092001

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was going approximately 60mph when battery light flashed on and off. Consumer was on a 3-lane interstate in middle lane when vheicle stalled. Consumer managed to coast to the shoulder of the road. Consumer got help to charge battery, but sparks started coming from battery and was told not to drive it. Honda dealer never heard of problem, and will be looking at vehicle. Vehicle was about 7 weeeks old new then, also note cd that was playing was burning hot when it was taken out. Dealer replaced alternator and battery. Dealer also adjusted belt.

- Troy, NY, USA

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