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.

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:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,983 miles

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2002 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 12 of 17)

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problem #116

May 012007

Accord

  • 120,000 miles

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

The car shifts hard and jerks severely in the first and second drive. The check engine light want go off. The D4 button blinks or flashes red. It makes a strange noise when the car will not pull. The car will pull off very slowly like 5 miles per hour and then severely jerk.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #115

Jan 012006

Accord

  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Accord ex model with an automatic transmission that should have been recalled. At 60K miles, it started to act up, and now it slams between 1st and second or second and third gears.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #114

Oct 232008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord V6 - check engine light lit, took to dealership and they said I needed a new transmission. 4K - accused me of not servicing my transmission (I'd done all of the service there), and if I could bring them proof of service they might help me with replacing the transmission which Honda knows all about but haven't recalled. Called Honda, they are supposed to call me back with more info. I bought this car new and it has only 85K miles on it, per some sites warranty was supposed to be extended 7 yrs but not my VIN!

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #113

Jul 202008

Accord

  • 92,000 miles

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

My car started jerking so I took it in with my mechanic. He told me that my transmission was failing so I took it to the Honda dealership. They told me that it would cost $3300. I went back to my mechanic because I was shocked that it was failing he told me to contact Honda corporation to notify them and ask if they will repair it under good will. I did call and they told me that it happens and unfortunately, my car was no longer under warranty. I stopped driving my car in August and it has been parked. I'm a teacher and talking to people, I hear that they also had problems with their Accord and Honda helped. I have documentation that my car has followed the recommended maintenance. IżM not sure which step to take next.

- Pasadenaq, CA, USA

problem #112

Sep 202004

Accord

  • 74,000 miles
Default in 2002 Honda Accord transmission. Problem persist with gears slipping. Have read articles that this is a default with Honda.

- Mariettag, GA, USA

problem #111

May 252008

Accord

  • 58,000 miles
Rough shifting developed around 58,000 miles. It consistently happens when shifting from second to third. A new or rebuilt transmission will be needed to correct the problem.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #110

Sep 162008

Accord

  • 75,000 miles

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

I have a Honda Accord 2002 V4 V-tec. While driving this car the transmission slips and jerks violently. When I am trying to pass another car and accelerate the car will jerk violently and slow down. This also happens when I am stopped at an intersection and try to accelerate. The car will jerk and slow down. I've noticed many complaints regarding the transmission of the 2002 Honda Accord and am very disappointed in Honda. I brought the car on a couple of occasions to Honda and they said there are no problems with the transmission which is obviously a misdiagnose. Before a wreck and injury happens I would like this replaced for free by Honda. I will be documenting this submission and hope to hear back from you.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #109

Feb 132008

Accord

  • 93,000 miles
At transmission failure slipping.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #108

May 082008

Accord

  • 99,600 miles
I bought the car with 98600 miles in Feb 08. At about 99,600 miles I started the car an put it in drive and I got a hard jerk forward followed by another jerk, followed by the check engine light coming on and staying on and then the D4 light flashing. These jerks were unexpected and I hurt my neck as it snapped back hitting the headrest and almost hitting the car parked in front of mines. I waited for a while and I drove off, but I got no power. I pulled over and after letting the car warm up, I was able to resume with normal driving but the check engine light stayed on and the D4 log disappeared and never came back on. This happens anytime I do not warm up the car thoroughly. I mean for 10 minutes or more and this is summer time. I called american Honda and they told me that the previous owner had an extended warranty to 100,000 miles but there was nothing that they could do since the car is now at 106,000 miles and therefore out of warranty. They suggested that I take it to the Honda dealer and see if they would assist in the repair. I did that and they asked for any repair receipts I had on the car so that they can present it to american Honda for assistance consideration. Keep in mind that I only had the car for 7 months and I only drove about 7000 miles so therefore I only did 2 oil changes that's all. Anyway I presented these 2 receipts and later on that day they told me that american Honda will not assist me in the repair. The quoted cost was $2892+7% tax. I have read many many complaints about Honda transmission problems, on www.carcomplaints.com and on www.consumeraffairs.com, particularly in the 2002,2003 Accord. I see that the 2003 has a transmission recall. Why does the 2002 Accord also have a transmission recall? this is obviously a safety issue and someone can be injured and property damage can occur if the car hits a parked car in front of it or god forbid someone passing in front of the car when it is being put into gear.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #107

Sep 132008

Accord

  • 85,500 miles
1. power train:automatic transmission slipping and jerking. Leading to gear tooth chipping or gear breakage which could result in a crash. 2. numerous consumers reported for identical issues. Failure in transmission could results in a crash/injure. (almost had big accidents couple times on the way to Honda) 3. repair/replace estimated by Honda dealer: $3,085 too costly to afford individually.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #106

Aug 102008

Accord

  • miles

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

My 2002 Honda Accord, was bought brand new and replaced the transmission twice in 2004, the transmission is going out again. Honda care said since I was over the 100,000 warranty, I would be responsible even though it was replaced the last time when my car was at 80,000.

- Anaheim Hills, CA, USA

problem #105

Aug 102008

Accord

  • 88,000 miles
1. I am feeling that my car's transmission is slipping. 2. everyday 3. I think I need to change transmission" but why for this type of new car" it's a Honda 2002 Accord. I think Honda needs to recall this model to change transmission. I saw number of people complained in the internet about same type of problem. My car's mileage: 90K.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #104

Aug 232008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Repeated transmission problems on a 02 Honda Accord V6 /automatic. Won't shift without any notice, have to pull of road and restart car before being able to drive.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #103

Aug 102008

Accord

  • 87,000 miles
The car gear started giving a jerk when moving the gear from park to drive mode. Sometime this problem got worst and felt car wouldn't move anymore. Showed the car to a nearest Honda dealer and I was told there is a transmission failure and need to replace the transmission of the car, which he would charge total $2800. I am shocked and really don't don't know what to do.

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #102

Sep 042008

Accord

  • 47,425 miles
Vehicle with 47,000 miles has defective transmission that hesitates/shifts hard when the engine is cold. Honda Corp acknowledges issue yet says it's VIN specific and will not honor any type of extended warranty or goodwill repair. The cost to install a rebuilt un it is $2600-$2800. With over 100 complaints specific to this issue, NHTSA should force Honda to implement a recall.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #101

Aug 252008

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,061 miles
Make : Honda model : Accord year : 2002 SE manufacturer : Honda (anderson Honda in baltimore, md.) date of failure: Aug. 25, 2008 component: Power train:automatic transmission summary: One year and 10 months after purchasing I noticed the jumpy transmission. Anderson Honda dealership decided to replace the transmission under my extended warranty and I am still waiting to receive my vehicle after 3 days now. I came to this web-site and noticed all of the complaints and will bring this information to their attention. I am requesting the government put out a recall and Honda be made to replace the transmission. There are too many complaints for you not too and believe in our government to help us in time of need.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #100

Aug 202008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord LX 4 cylinder with 108,000 miles. Transmission began slipping and clunking, primarily when accelerating from a stop. This was a safety issue, because transmission would slip, then catch suddenly causing car to lurch forward while driving. Once condition started, it was constant, but worse when engine was warm. Transmission was evaluated by a specialist and repaired. The problem was a torque converter that was bad. It caused the entire transmission to fail. The transmission had to be rebuilt at a cost of $2,671.10.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #99

Aug 142008

Accord

  • 60,000 miles
As I was driving on the highway, the tcs light and check engine light turned on. The green light around the D started blinking. I brought it to my mechanic who stated that it was a transmission problem but being that my car only has 60K miles on it, I find that hard to believe. I called the dealership who stated that I wasn't under warranty and that it would cost about $2500 to replace. I've just read through a few websites with discussion boards regarding the 2002 Accord and it seems that there are many people who are having this problem with their transmissions. The dealer told me that the 2002 Accord have not been recalled but I also read that the 2001 Accord were recalled due to the transmission problem. Many people, including myself, cannot afford a new transmission and I feel that Honda should do something about this. We should not have to fear for our safety as well as other's safety when Honda clearly has a problem here.

- Little Falls, NJ, USA

problem #98

Jan 012007

Accord 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord coupe ex, 4 cyl transmission engaging late when going into 2nd gear and sometimes 3rd gear. Happens most often when the car is cold.

- Mechanicsville, MD, USA

problem #97

Aug 052008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
In late 2006 I noticed slipping in my transmission for my 2002 Honda Accord V-tec V6 3.0 L between the first and second gears in my automatic transmission at about 60,000 miles. I took it to my trusted mechanic who told me that their diagnosis was a "general transmission failure" and that I should take it to a dealer to see if there was a recall on the transmission. I took it to keys Honda in woodland hills and they verified there was in fact no recall on the part. The replacement of the transmission cost me about $2000 and now about 20,000 miles later I'm experiencing that same slipping in the transmission. I would like to NHTSA to force Honda to issue a recall before some unlikely soul who is not as diligent to fix their car has a serious injury due to a transmission failure.

- Playa Vista, CA, USA

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