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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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,132 miles

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #19

Sep 072016

Accord

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving various speeds, a clunking sound emitted from the front passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician stated that the drain for the air conditioner leaked onto the subframe and caused it to become rusted and fractured. The technician also stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and the part was unable to be replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to respond between second and third gears without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission slipped; however, a repair was not provided. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #18

Nov 292015

Accord

  • 150,000 miles
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 #17

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 #16

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 #15

Dec 192014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 107,034 miles
The rear front sub-frame or cross member of my vehicle has rusted out on the passengers side due to the A/C dripping on that certain part of the vehicle. The drivers side is almost in perfect condition. This is happening to all the models 98-02. If something isn't done there will be an accident. The repairs are very expensive and it's almost impossible to find a used part because this happens to all the vehicles. It's my understanding that Honda knows about it but only address when asked, they have not informed the public of this potential hazard. It is an engineering flaw of Honda's that is going to get someone hurt. Toyota did the right thing with their trucks when the frames were splitting in half, Honda should as well. 2002 Honda Accord ex coupe.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Oct 202014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 186,000 miles

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

I dropped my car off at the mechanic's to have my upper ball joints replaced. Bob called me with an estimate and I gave him the go ahead to complete the repair. Sadly, he called me back 2 hours later to tell me that there was no sense in spending the money on the repair because the subframe on the passenger side of the car was completely rusted out and that the car would soon fall apart. He said that he had never seen damage like that before, that it was odd for a car of that age, and that the rest of the car was in good condition. He advised me to contact Honda to see if any recalls had been issued. I searched online and found no recalls (as you know) but found many complaints from others documenting the same issues.

- Superior, WI, USA

problem #12

Dec 062013

Accord

  • 197,000 miles
The sub-frame is rusted/rotted through on the passenger-side front adjacent to oil drain plug. I went to a mechanic for a power steering system inspection and they pointed out the extent of rust damage and told me the car was unsafe to drive. I looked into the prevalence of this issue and found this is a common defect affecting only the sub-frame at the passenger-side front.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Oct 102014

Accord

  • 174,000 miles
Sub frame is rotted through on passenger side front adjacent to where the oil drain plug is located. I've been taking my car to the local Honda of mentor dealership for oil changes for years. No mention of this problem when they have completed their safety checks. Most recent oil change was in the last 30 days. The sub frame is not rusting at all on the other side of the vehicle.

- Concord, OH, USA

problem #10

Feb 062014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 135,556 miles
During a professional safety inspection, the certified mechanic spotted rotted/rusted suspension cross K-frame "rear beam" (part #: 50200-S84-A00) on the passenger/right side. Immediate replacement is recommended. I was also told that such replacement should not been done typically if no accident involved. Esp., since severe corrosion happened only on the passenger/right side, it might be related to the design of the drainage of the A/C right above the rusted part.

- Hershey, PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 152014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 116,500 miles

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

While taking off my tires to inspect the tierods and brakes I noticed a significant amount of rust on the passenger side front end vehicle subframe directly below the air conditioner drain line. It is rusted through currently only on the top side but it is a matter of time until this progresses to the underside as well. This leaves only the lower portion to hold the suspension and engine in place. I did some research and found many others have had this problem seeming caused by the drain line being positioned directly above this piece of the subframe. I purchased this vehicle a year ago from a local Honda dealership that in hind sight definitely seemed like they were trying to get rid of a lemon. There were a number of other issues with the car (electrical, etc) and now I find this. This car was serviced at this dealership its entire life (since new) and the dealership absolutely should have noticed this subframe rotting as they performed routine oil changes, tire changes, tire rotations, etc. I believe that Honda should be responsible for this since 1) the vehicle was purchased and maintained at the Honda dealership and 2) it seems to be a significant design flaw to have the drain immediately above this area...the drivers side does not show any rust at all and appears structurally sound.

- Ellington, CT, USA

problem #8

Sep 212013

Accord

  • 155,680 miles
I was driving down the road when the car began to shake in the front. Upon inspection at a local Firestone autocare center, it was discovered that the right side of the sub frame was rotted away and ready to collapase. I was told at the Honda dealer it was a common problem and there was nothing they could do for me. This car is in very good condition yet the frame is rotted through. Im told its due to Honda design and that the A/C drain hose is likely the culprit. Dont they have an obligation to the consumers who trust them and buy their product to inform them of something so dangerous

- Mexico, NY, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Aug 242012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 167,000 miles
I jus got into the vehicle in a parking lot along hugh howell rd reverse from out of my parking space as soon as I put the vehicle in drive I heard a loud revved coming from the engine the car then sped off I tried to stopped it but they brakes would not stop it. About 30-40ft it crashes into a guard rail. Both airbag deploy. Damage front bumper, front passenger door and left front axle.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #5

Mar 242013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 91,081 miles
Investigating some strange issues, pulling and clunks at speed and bumps, tranny issues and nose from the front of my car I decided to do an inspection. I took the passenger front wheel off and discovered rust holes right threw the rear beam of the front sub frame! is completely rusted out, this car is a safety hazard. It will not pass inspection in my state and my family and I are terrified to drive it. This Honda has been in my family since new. And has been dealer maintained for all the major service over the past 11 years and this was never seen" its not like it just happened today in March of 2013! I looked around under the car and under the hood, I see the drain tube for the ac drips right on the spot the frame is rusted threw! then I took the drivers side wheel off and there is no rust at all! this is a tragic defect. What if the passenger side frame is to snap when I'm driving it" this is unbelievable that car in other wise pristine condition with only less than 91,000 would have this kind of rust and would have to suffer such a hideous flaw like this. I cant afford to fix this now. Its going to be well over $1500 and not only that my life and my family's life is priceless. Again the rear beam of the front sub frame is rusted threw due to the fact the ac drain tube drips directly on this spot. No other rust on the rest of the sub frame. Potential death trap.

- Lake Grove, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 162012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
1.request for an immediately recall for Honda Accord LX 2002 models as having dangerous transmission problems, widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS ), and overall the car's safety or quality numerous concerns. Orderly problems occurred as it bulleted down: "got it with slipping and jerking gear. Within two days returned, but I was advised that there are no urgent problems and that only my imagination. ?key time from time do not starts or hard to remove. ?problem with a back window to close when opened it. The dealer closed it and recommended not to open it anymore. ?wheel bearings going out and car drags that cause to replace a few times tires and the brakes pads. Premature tire wear. ?ball joint it was thought in the beginning, but then a transmission or both. As of per carscomplaint.com January/2013 report it talks about subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel. ?change sensors but still ?check engine light remains? ? it shows P1166 and P1167 an air /fuel ratio sensor ? are generally wide band O2 sensor that could be anything. Smells. ?it could be this problem with sensor & check engine light as according to the Japanese automaker ?Honda said the sensor wire could break and cause the air bag warning light to be illuminated and prevent the sensor from working properly. When the sensor fails, the air bag system automatically moves to full inflation pressure, which could increase the risk of injury for smaller drivers in a frontal crash?. "finally transmission gone and my car now taking a long rest in someone's parking lot. I believe it is also a gear breakage! my core survival existence is in a great danger due to it, I have encounter numerous damages/injuries.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 032012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 64,444 miles
On August 3, notice a loud cracking sound in right front of car. Took car to Honda dealer Aug. 9. was contacted by service representative, stated front cross beam was cracked nearly into two pieces and that due to the serious dangerous condition of the car it can not be driven. I was asked to come and observe the condition. Upon arriving I asked how this could occur, car is garaged, excellent condition, well maintained. I was informed they have seen this condition before and that the air conditioning drains onto this beam making it wet all the time. They believe this helped the beam rust, in one area only, until eventually nearly breaking into 2 pieces. I asked if Honda acknowledged this defect I was told they know the drain drips on the beam and that they have seen this before but there was no recall?? I called Honda usa for assistance on this extremely dangerous safety condition, I was instructed that because of the cars age they would not assist. I was only asking for Honda to supply the part, I was willing to pay the labor costs. If this front cross beam would have broken completely through while driving it certainly would have caused a traffic crash resulting in injury or worse. I learned that Honda recognized the safety problem and changed the ac drain location in newer models years 2004 or 2005 so that it no longer drains onto the beam. This is a serious safety condition that certainly has had to result in traffic crashes, hopefully no injuries have occurred.

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 032005

Accord

  • miles
Three 4 wheel alignment done and vehicle still not safe to drive on highway. The consumer was finally told the camber could not be adjusted.

- Brunswick, GA, 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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