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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
164,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 082015

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 201,000 miles


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steering fluid leaking

So my car caught on FIRE!!!

My power steering sucked for a bit and I was about to go on a 10 hr trip. So I went to the shop and asked to have the power steering fluid added along with all routine maintenance before a long trip (oil change, tires rotated, topped off fluids, etc) The mechanic came to me and said I had no steering wheel fluid and has never seen that before. Filled it up all good to go. Anyways go on my trip to my parents. Stay for about 4 days all is good.

Then I was planning on leaving early in the morning. Next thing I know there is 3:30am panic... I run downstairs go out the garage and there is my car up in FLAMES!!! My car was running fine before that. The only thing I did the day before was go on a few errands near by came back by 2pm. Then did a few small turns in their lane about 9pm to put the car closer to the house to put my things in the car when I packed in the morning. We even sat in the garage and chatted for another hour or two before calling it a night. The fire marshal couldn't confirm what happened and we had no clue.

Well one of our friends did a bit a of research and saw there was a recall on 2003-2007 Honda Accords where the steering fluid depleted and caused fires. Mine was a 2002, and I'm not sure if this is just a coincidence. The car is very old and has gone through many travels so it could be anything. But I just wanted to put this out there! I won't be parking any cars in the garage in the future!

- , Charleston, SC, USA

problem #1

Aug 262007

(reported on)

Accord SE 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

I was driving home from Arizona to San Diego on a hot weather day , just cruising , then I was pulling to put gas , allof sudden my steering stiffen, I look in the hood, there, steering fluid all over the engine, coming out of the fluid reservoir, and I know I have bigger problem than just replacing fluid, but still have a long ways to San Diego, drove again, steering stiff again, replace fluid again, finally on the highway i heard a loud thump, pulled over to check it out, the pulley came-off broken, out of the hinges with belt still intact, what do I do now, some good guy pulled over and ask me what was wrong, steering, he look at it, he told me it still drivable but will "old school", i got home late but I made it , now what do I do except to have it fix . replacing the whole pump assembly.

- , Chula Vista, CA, USA

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