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.

7.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
160,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

transmission problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 122016

Accord SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 230,000 miles

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

Then today on the 12th of FEB 2016 my car would not go into reverse. Making a whining with slight clicking noise. The car has a 230000 miles. I am going to take to shop and get a quote on how much it will cost.

- , New Lexington, USA

problem #1

Dec 012007

Accord ES 2.3L-Liter Four-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

This is the second of three transmission replacements

- , Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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