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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:
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 13 of 17)

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problem #96

Jul 312008

Accord

  • 112,000 miles

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

2002 Honda Accord SE, transmission is jerking and shifting hard into 1st through 3rd gears. Car has 112,000 miles on it and I have noticed an abundance of complaints about this specific transmission acting up around 80,000 miles. With this many complaints the problem seems less than intermittent. This is a recall issue and I along with many other owners would like to see action taken to force a recall. With our current economic problems that have risen out of poor government decision making, this is the least you can do to ease the strain on our pocket books.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #95

Jul 152008

Accord

  • 15 miles
Immediately after purchase of new Honda Accord, 2002, I noticed the jumpy transmission. Honda dealership changed transmission fluid, hoping this would placate me. It did not. This continued to get worse and Honda dealership denied experiencing problem on keeping car and test runs. Finally, 2006, the transmission died. We put in a re-built transmission to replace this faulty on. This rebuilt transmission is now gone. An estimate for that replacement was approximately $3000. This car is a perfect example of the known problems that the Honda Accord 2002 model was having with the transmission. The vehicle is presently being held for diagnostic at a Honda dealership in tampa, fl. Therefore, I cannot provide VIN number at this time.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #94

Jun 092008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Approximately March-2008, at about 80,000 miles, my 2002 Honda Accord 4door 4cylinder transmission began slamming into first gear and slightly slipping in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears. I changed the transmission fluid, using Honda atf-Z1 fluid, four times over the period of three months. The fluid was clear and red each time. The problem slowly progressed. In early June-2008, my wife, myself, and our two children (age 5 and 2) were driving home from work and the transmission was severely slipping. The danger was that I had to drive the vehicle 20 - 25 mph in a 45mph zone major road (where cars realistically travel 10 -15 mph faster than the speed limit) and cars were swerving around us. My hazards were on, but did not seem to make a difference. I have reviewed a website www.carcomplaints.com and noted it seems to be a pattern with the 2002 Accord. I too received a quote from a dealer to replace the transmission for thousands of dollars. It's still parked in my driveway because it's too dangerous to drive. I cannot afford to repair it.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #93

Jul 012007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,754 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 30 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent dealer and they stated that there was a malfunction with the torque converter clutch. The clutch was not replaced. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they replaced the transmission fluid. Recently, the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic. The mechanic recommended that the transmission be replaced. The failure mileage was 28,754 and current mileage was 37,100. Updated 08/18/08 updated 08/19/08

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #92

Mar 262008

Accord

  • 96,922 miles
I am having rough shifts from 1st to 2nd gear. It began to get progressively worse after ~80,000 miles.

- Clackamas, OR, USA

problem #91

Jul 012008

Accord

  • 69,400 miles
I drive a 2002 Honda Accord SE and I'm having a transmission issue. My car only has 69,000 miles. I called the dealer and they said my car is not under warranty anymore, although I have read there is a recall on automatic transmissions from 2000-2002 Honda Accord and that the warranty has been extended to 7years or 100,000miles. I'm very disappointed with Honda, I thought Honda's were great cars. I will never buy another Honda again.

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #90

Jul 012008

Accord

  • 100,250 miles

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

I took my 2002 Honda Accord LX to the Honda dealership in my town to get its 97,000 miles service but to later find out that I need to replace my transmission which will cost at about $3,100. The car jerks off when going from park to reverse and reverse to drive. I was told that Honda vehicles are very reliable and good on the road. I did not expect that I will replace the car transmission this early. I asked the service advisor at the Honda dealership here in my town about warranties and apparently warranties are only covered for 36,000 miles or 3 years. I was also told that even with an extended warranty, it will not cover transmission replacement. $3,100 is a lot of money to pull out of the pocket. I am very disappointed with Honda.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #89

Jul 012008

Accord

  • 68,839 miles
Transmission is shifting hard and slipping.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #88

Apr 182008

Accord

  • 96,000 miles
I bought my used 2002 Honda in 2003 with 15,000 miles because I heard Honda were great cars. I did not have any major problems with the car other than the engine light coming on and needing a switch replaced. Over the last several months, I noticed the transmission slipping, but I thought this is a Honda with less than 100,000 and that the transmission could not possibly be going out. On April 18, 2008, the transmission began to slip badly and the check engine light came on. I took the car to my mechanic. He checked the car and said that I needed a new transmission. Before he started the repair, he mentioned that his daughter also had a 2002 Honda with 66,000 miles and that Honda had replaced her transmission at no charge. He also mentioned that many of the Honda manufactured during this period were having transmission failure because only one filter was placed on or in the transmission. This caused dirt to filter back into the transmission, which could lead to the transmission failing. He made a phone call to Honda and was told that they would not replace my transmission because the car had 96,000 miles. I wrote a letter to Honda and a customer service representative called me several days later and said that Honda would review my complaint and let me know if they would stand behind the transmission. A couple of days later, Honda called me back and said that they could not compensate me for my transmission repair. Since my transmission failed, I have talked to two other Honda owners that had to replace their transmissions. I believe that Honda should stand behind their cars and compensate individuals who had to replace their car's transmissions. My total repair bill for the transmission replacement was $3,100.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #87

Feb 222008

Accord

  • 140,000 miles
D4 flash / transmission slipping and lurching / bucking.

- Pjoenix, AZ, USA

problem #86

Jun 142008

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

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

My Accord has 115,000 and I have taken impeccable care of it. I was driving from baltimore, md to myrtle beach, SC for a week long vacation. While on I-95, the car began jerking and the rpms were fluctuating rapidly, but the car was not picking up. Then, I noticed a funny odor. I pulled off the road at a rest stop and let the car cool off. My husband checked the fluid levels and everything seemed normal. We tried to get back onto the interstate again, and it began jerking rapidly and the check engine light came on. We then drove to the nearest exit, and went to a garage where it was then towed 30 miles to the Honda dealership. I was told that the torque converter solenoid had failed and I would need a remanufactured transmission (at the cost of $2800). I have contacted Honda customer care after looking online and noticed that this was a common issue with Honda.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #85

Jun 082008

Accord

  • 83,000 miles
While driving my 2002 Honda Accord SE, my vehicle began to slip and then jerk suddenly. Upon restart, when I pressed the accelerator, the engine revved and jerked again before finally getting into gear. I took my vehicle to my Honda dealer where they completed a diagnostic test. The outcome of the diagnostic was that I had transmission failure and needed a replacement. Imagine my surprise as my Honda has been regularly maintained and has only just turned 83,000 miles. After seeing all of the other complaints of similar problems, I certainly feel that Honda should be held responsible for this obvious defect. I understand that earlier models (2000,2001) were at least repaired under a warranty extension due to a class action lawsuit. I feel that the problems on the 2002 also need to be addressed before these problems cause serious accidents!

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #84

Jun 052008

Accord

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While at a complete stop at a traffic light, the vehicle moved without the accelerator pedal being depressed. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not move. The transmission began to shake and jerk without warning. The instrument panel lights were not illuminated. The contact drove the vehicle directly to an independent mechanic due to the safety risk involved. The mechanic stated that the transmission needed to be replaced or rebuilt. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 113,000.

- Orrville, OH, USA

problem #83

May 152008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
We bought a new Honda Accord ex-L in 2002 with automatic transmission. It now has 45,000 miles. We took great care of the car, maintained it at the Honda dealer, and drove it carefully. Two weeks ago, we noticed that the car jerks and makes a noise when changing gears. We took it to the dealership and they said we have to replace the transmission. This is practically a new car and we should not experience this. Honda is not reliable, this car is clearly defective and Honda should either extend the warranty or recall these cars. Honda refuses to extend the warranty or recall although so many consumers complained about similar transmission issues. Their corporate customer service insists that they never received such complaints although the internet and consumer websites are full of such examples. I am requesting that you investigate this issue and force Honda to take care of their defective cars. Thanks, najat kbait

- Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 00, USA

problem #82

Feb 192008

Accord

  • 65,000 miles
My transmission started to slip in and out of gear causing my engine to rev loudly and then the check engine light came one. When the diagnostic check was performed, Honda told me that my transmission failed and that I would need a new one.

- North Reading, MA, USA

problem #81

Jan 172008

Accord

  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not move. It began jerking as if the transmission had slipped out of place. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and a technician stated that the transmission failed, and they replaced it with a rebuilt transmission. There had been no further occurrences since the repair. The failure mileage was 93,000 and current mileage was 98,000.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #80

May 012008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
This is my second 02 Accord! I just bought this car three months ago and I'm starting to notice a slight hesitation in shifting. My other Accord has a more significant shifting issue, although it hasn't failed yet. I have an appointment to have my other Accord serviced and this one is right behind it.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #79

May 012008

Accord 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I've had my 02 Accord ex-V6 for about 3 yrs now. It presently has about 96K miles on it (my wife drives it). I started noticing hard shifting, especially going into and coming out of park, approximately a year ago. My wife hasn't noted anything significant yet, but I've definitely noticed that there is a problem. I haven't taken it to the dealer yet because all of the research I've done reports the same thing...the dealers are denying that there is a problem for the most part. This is the only complaint I have. Other than this issue, the car has been rock-solid and extremely good to us! in fact, I was so pleased with its overall performance that, when my 89 Accord was rear-ended and totaled (at 262K miles), I went and bought another 02 Accord SE! my "newer" Accord is showing just the slightest of hesitation in shifting, but only intermittently. Like all other Accord owners (especially those that have voiced their concerns in this forum), I purchased my cars for one main reason...the reliability history of this vehicle! I, too, am very concerned by the number of similar complaints about the same performance issue. I have an appointment with my local dealer on Friday (6 June 2008).

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #78

May 012007

Accord

  • 74,000 miles
Transmission slipping from 2nd and 3rd gear. I took it to Honda dealer and notify the problem they want $3500 to fix this. I know some people have similar problem with this car. This transmission problem should have been recalled long time ago.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #77

May 102008

Accord

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving at any speed and shifting gears, the entire vehicle jerked forward. The contact was informed by the dealer that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 110,000.

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

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