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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:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,493 miles

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Jan 152007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,981 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving in reverse at 15 mph, the vehicle began to jerk uncontrollably. The contact depressed the accelerator pedal and the vehicle lunged forward. The vehicle must be driven above 30 mph in order for it to operate normally. The dealer currently has the vehicle. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 82,000 and failure mileage was 78,981. Updated 06/08/07

- Grovecity, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 062006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,295 miles
2002 Honda Accord, automatic. Aug 2004 (32,733 miles) I pulled out of the driveway and went about 60 feet to the corner. Then I pulled out onto a 5 lane road, accelerating to 40 mph. The light at the next corner was red and I began applying the brake. The RPM's rose to about 5,000 RPM's, as though the throttle cable was stuck. I tapped on the throttle pedal and the RPM's went back down. I had the vehicletowed to the Honda dealer, they found nothing wrong. On 1/6/06 (58K miles) we had dinner at a restaurant. I pulled out the restaurant's parking lot, made a right turn and stopped at the red light ( approximately 100 feet). All of a sudden the RPM's went up to 4-5,000 rpms and the car wanted to lurch forward. I pressed the brake pedal as hard as I could and it felt like a big truck was trying to push our car out into the intersection. I had no choice but to try to go through the red light as I couldn't keep it from going forward despite my full pressure on the brake. I took my foot off the brake and the car shot through the intersection and I drove home without any recurrence. I took it to the Honda dealer again. Their inspection was to the throttle cable, throttle blade, rev limiter, throttle body and air filter. They could not find anything wrong. I called hond. They initiated a case and at my insistence scheduled an appointment with their district service manager. I met with him on 1/31/06. He spent about 45 minutes with me, discussing the problem and test driving the car. He could not find anything out of the ordinary with the vehicle and said the car "operated as designed." I received a copy of his report. Honda customer service contacted me by phone and reiterated almost verbatim what the dsm had told me and said in his report. Both occurrences were with me driving, the car sitting for at least 1.5 hours, and both happened upon braking. I am still concerned about the safety of this car, as obviously it is an intermittent condition.

- Oregon, OH, USA

problem #8

Sep 132005

Accord

  • miles
Ltr fm (md) experienced sudden acceleration in her 2002 Honda Accord causing front and rear damage to the vehicle, Honda will not look into problem unless insurance company file a claim.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Sep 132005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,900 miles

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

The contact stated while trying to pull out of a parking lot the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact's foot was on the brake pedal at the time of acceleration. There was a loud noise during the acceleration. The vehicle hit a fence after going up an incline. After the impact, the gear shift was placed into reverse and the vehicle began to accelerate uncontrollably again. This time it stopped after crashing into a tree. The vehicle was towed to an independent auto inspection station, and they were unable to determine the cause of the acceleration. They discovered the cruise control was turned on, even though the contact stated she never used the cruise control. There was frame damage and exterior lighting repairs made to the vehicle.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 182005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact states while stopping the vehicle surged forward. The contact was unable to steer or stop the vehicle at that time. The vehicle became wedged between a small tree and a fire hydrant. The dealership was unable to diagnose the problem. The vehicle surged forward again on way home from the dealership. Updated 12/27/2005 -

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 032004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
On Saturday July 3, 5004 vehicle lunged or accelerated into a concrete parking barrier. The consumer's foot was pressed light on the accelerator pedal when her felt the pedal go down on it's own. The cruise control was not on.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 272004

Accord

  • 22,700 miles

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

While at a stop vehicle accelerated. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Blasdell, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 312003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,889 miles
Sudden unintended acceleration happens again less than a thousand miles later. Again put car in reverse, engine surged and shot backwards into traffic on a busy street. Car was inspected by another dealership and they also found nothing wrong. Car is currently at body shop being repaired. Honda of America has been notified again, and we are waiting to hear from legal department. Same car-same problem-no help from Honda. Can NHTSA help?

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 222002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,837 miles
While attempting to back out of a parking spot, the car suddenly accelerated and slammed into the vehicle waiting for the space. I put the car in drive to get off his bumper, the car shot forward while standing on the brake. The car would not stop. Finally jumped a curb and ran into parking meter to stop car. Dealer said nothing is wrong with the car.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 292002

Accord

  • miles
While at a complete stop and then trying to accelerate vehicle started to accelerate up to speeds of 25-30 mph, and consumer hit two sidewalks before coming to a stop. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Vancover, WA, USA

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