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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:
115,909 miles

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2002 Honda Accord steering problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #13

Nov 292015

Accord

  • 150,000 miles

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

My Accord is suffering from some severe rust on the passenger side sub frame. I recently discovered that it is worse than I had thought. The rust affects the area in which the sway bar is mounted to the frame, where the lower control arm is mounted, and also supports the engine. It is my understanding that this is a common problem with this year/make/model, caused by an A/C drain hose. I am concerned about my safety and hope Honda hears my/our concerns.

- Plattsburgh, NY, USA

problem #12

Jul 302015

Accord

  • 219,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle shook and made an abnormal noise. The SRS and maintenance lights illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V320000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 219,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 122015

Accord

  • 146,055 miles
Driving around 60 M/P/H on 08/12/15, a bang came from the right passenger side of the car. When I got home I inspected the problem. The engine sub-frame had rotten and fell apart, I was very lucky I did'nt have a bad accident. I went online and found out that Honda had it ac drainpipe directs water, which is right onto the sub-frame in this section, which cause it to rust out faster than the rest of the frame. I will be getting it repaired, because my granddaugther need this car to get work & college. Honda motor should repay me. I understand that Honda know about this problem some years ago. (1999 - 2002 problem).

- West Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #10

Mar 152015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 199,000 miles

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

The rear beam of the front sub frame has completely rusted through on the passenger side of the car. This location directly affects the sway bar bushing mount as well as a body attachment to the sub frame. The car was exhibiting a squeaking/clunking noise during turns and has increased in frequency in a short matter of time. The rest of the front sub frame shows no signs of rust or damage while the passenger side is completely destroyed. It appears that the cause may be linked to the location of the ac drain hose directly above this location.

- Allendale, MI, USA

problem #9

Mar 012015

Accord 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Power steering fluid leaking from pressure line hose. Steering control seems strange and burning oil smell coming from engine. Honda has recall for same item on 2003-2007 models. If same problem for same part is evident on 2002 model is this vehicle at risk for losing steering control and possible fire hazard" if so, why wouldn't the recall extend to 2002 models and should Honda fix for free? if not, are you saying there is no safety problem to be concerned with"

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #8

Nov 112014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 128,156 miles
As I slowed to make a U-turn (turning the steering wheel left) on a residential street, the right front lower ball joint broke. The car collapsed on to that wheel and the engine stalled. The right axle was pulled out in the process. As I waited for the tow truck I looked and noticed the shaft where the screw connects to the ball joint was split in half. It was a loud frightening moment and now that wheel was sticking out away from the car with the other still in place. I lifted the car up with the jack...the cars fender edge collapsed onto that tire and I was afraid the sharp pressure could make it blow. I am thankful this happened on a residential street with no traffic at a low speed. I had just finished driving the car about 20 miles that morning and wondered what if this would have broken on me on the freeway going through a hilly curve or hitting a pothole. The car was able to be repaired. The ball joint and axle where replaced but it could have been worst was the message the tow truck driver told me, and I knew it also.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 012013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles

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

The middle of my steering wheel or where my airbag would deploy is sticky and the vinyl has lost its integrity. My center console under the dashboard has melted to the point I have had to cover it with felt because everything sticks to it. It's like tar. Approximately a year ago, I called Honda and spoke to a representative who told me she never heard of such a problem, and that unfortunately I was not covered under warranty anymore. She would make note of it. I was to take it to a dealer to see what they had to say about it. Maybe they would have a cleaner to solve the problem. Knowing there would be no cleaner in the world to get rid of the goo, I did not make an appointment. I did, however, just recently see a segment on our local news featuring 'melting dashboards" which described my problem. My car is garage kept. I lived in New Jersey and moved to Florida in 2006.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 012013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
A loud, clunking sound began when I would go over uneven road or bumps in the road. This was followed by that loud, clunking noise appearing when I would turn the vehicle to the left and when I would go over bumps. Finally, the loud, clunking noise was heard at all times driving, only coming from the passenger side. When my mechanic, who specializes in foreign cars, inspected my car he said the rear subframe on the passenger side was rusted almost completely through and was knocking on the rest of the frame/beam on that side. He indicated that the air conditioning drain tube is directly above this spot. When I asked how the subframe looked on the driver side, my mechanic replied that it looked good as new. I conclude that normal wear and tear and weather elements could not be solely responsible for such rusting on one side of the vehicle - that rust damage would be on both sides. I believe that the location of the A/C drain tube is majorly responsible for this damage and should be paid for by Honda ($1500-$2000 estimate). I am extremely concerned about the my safety while in my vehicle now and need to repair this soon as I am afraid it will completely fall apart soon and very likely cause a crash. I do not see any recalls of the 2002 Honda Accord, but many complaints for the very same problem - which was fixed on later model Accord.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 022012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 222,000 miles
I was making a right turn to merge into the middle lane on a highway service road where every car was waiting for the green light. I turned very slowly at low speed after stopping at the stop sign, and all of a sudden the steering wheel started to turn by itself, then my car turned 180 degrees, while the accelerator speeded up at a rapid pace, seeming to be stuck. My car jumped the curb, hit a sign, and finally stopped. The bumper cover came down, and I can see the bumper was damaged (pushed back in the middle about 2 inches), but both of my 2002 Honda Accord's air bags did not deploy at all.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 012010

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
While not crashes or injuries have been related to the Honda vehicle I own, there are a number of engineering and manufacturing defects on the vehicle which are a cause of serious safety concerns. I have a 2002 Honda Accord with about 131,000 miles which has had the following issues: 1. the transmission went out around 60,000 miles and was replaced by Honda. At around 100,000 miles the transmission started to exhibit same symptoms. I took the car in, but, of course, Honda dealer said there is nothing wrong. Then around 116,000 miles a Honda mechanic said that my model of a car has an issue with transmissions and that it would need to be replaced. The transmission issue is bad enough to have a website dedicated to it. While a transmission failing is not necessarily a safety issue, loosing vehicle control and drivable on the highway could be. 2. now the vehicle starts to vibrate at highway speeds despite having new and balanced tires on it. I took the car in to get new struts. Since then I took the car to a mechanic of very high integrity (not the Honda dealer) and they said that unfortunately, the problem may simply be "impossible" to fix since everything they could see indicated that car should behave normally, I.e. the tires were fine, the alignment was fine, and the cv joints were fine. This is becoming more and more of the issue and indicates a possible design flaw with the vehicle. 3. the lights on the vehicle are horrible. This is a safety issue as it seriously impairs the vehicle drivability. 4. the rails for the driver's seat had to be replaced around 32,000 miles and now (at around 130,000 miles) the seat seems to wobble again. This could be a potential safety issue as it seems that the seat could simply detach in the case of an accident. Updated 05/07/10.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #3

Dec 232009

Accord

  • 60,600 miles

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

A steering stuck incident which could have become a major accident if it had happened on a busy road! while driving normally around 20mph in a 30 mph speed zone and trying to turn right, the steering was stuck and could not turn right. After proceeding straight, turned right with a great manual effort in steering by making a very wide right turn at the next signal (almost endangering cars in the other lane waiting at the signal) then moved into a parking lot where I found the steering could be neither turned right or left. An emergency roadside assistance was summoned and he tightened some loose nut (which had resulted in the belt becoming loose). Reported the incident to american Honda motor co (1-800-999-1009) on 12/28/09 after the christmas holidays. Had the vehicle serviced at mcdavid Honda of irving. If this incident had happened on the major highway, it could have led to an accident. Do not understand why a car being regularly serviced at an authorized dealer could have a steering failure?

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 272008

Accord

  • 60,000 miles
While my 2002 Honda Accord coupe was still under warranty, my steering wheel got really tight probably around 20,000 miles which was around 2004. I took it to the dealership and they said there was a crack in my power steering fluid reservoir, so they replaced it. They also said I should never have to refill it, B/C you should never use that much power steering fluid for the life of the car. About 5 months ago, April 2008, I had brakes put on and the mechanic pointed out that my power steering reservoir was leaking, yet again. The car only has about 60,000 miles on it now.

- Bridgeton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 032003

(reported on)

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problems with vehicle's steering and suspension. There were steering problems, clicking noises that had run through the shifter and the steering wheel when placed into gear. There was no problem found in the steering or the suspension. The steering wheel did not return completely and when it did it would do so slowly, it also moved in circles. The brake pedal made noises when it was applied and metal like noises that had come from beneath the vehicle. The vehicle drove rough over bumps. When stepping on the brake pedal before going into gear, it felt as if the vehicle was already in park. The consumer was told that the vehicle rode rough due to too much air pressure in the tires (over 50lbs of pressure in two of the tires. The front brake pads and rack and pinion were replaced.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

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