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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 3 of 17)

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problem #296

Jan 022011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles

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

Transmission shakes while downshifting, this causes the wheel to shake viciously and may cause someone to lose control. The transmission also jerks into 2nd 3rd and 4th shift causing he car to drifted backwards before moving forward.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #295

Dec 302010

Accord

  • 118,247 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph when the vehicle began to shake excessively and exhibit a violent jerking. The contact then noticed that the gear shift selector would not allow him to place the vehicle into drive. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact that there were no recalls and that since the vehicle was no longer under warranty, they would not be able to offer any additional assistance. The contact did not inform the dealer of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. The current and failure mileage was approximately 118,247.

- Quantico, VA, USA

problem #294

Dec 312010

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,246 miles
2002 Honda Accord SE, 4 door, automatic; 1) car is having severe transmission failure. Rpms increase but car will not move and then it violently shifts into gear and then stalls again on take off because it will not shift into drive. This problem began occurring recently at 118,000 miles. Car is a one owner and is in excellent condition with all maintenance conducted at regular intervals. Car cannot be driven now since it is a safety / hazard to be on the road / interstate. Vehicle is now at the local mechanic and awaiting Honda of America to authorize payment for repairs and replacement of transmission. This car is used to Transport my wife and newborn baby. Honda should have disclosed this as a safety issue and should have issued a recall. I have discovered as of today 12/31/2010 that there are thousands of Honda owners who have experienced the same problem across the nation. As a special agent, I hope that the NHTSA gets involved soon and forces Honda to do the right thing. American lives are being put at risk at the expense of a foreign automaker who wants to rake in profits.

- Quantico, VA, USA

problem #293

Dec 082010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles

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

My Honda Accord transmission is slipping and this will be the cars 2nd transmission and car only has 95,000 miles.

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #292

Jul 012010

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
I own a 2002 Honda Accord LX V6 automatic transmission. The transmission down shift very rough and slip when up shift. I followed all the recommended maintain schudule. The dealer says it needs a new transimission and Honda usa is not covering the cost. This car should be recalled this is a very serious safety concern as it feel like it may stall on the road.

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #291

Nov 222010

Accord

  • 114,000 miles
While driving into work my transmission started to shift improperly and the engine started to rev up during shifting process which could of caused me to run into the back of another car... after looking this issue up it appears that Honda has a extreme defect with transmission issues from 98-03 and are doing absolutely nothing about it. When the transmission causes the Honda to shift wrong the engine will rev up when shifting which on bad weather conditions or regular driving conditions can cause a serious accident. Another thing is when you are stopped at a red light and it turns green the car can stall for a brief moment and then rev forward which can cause whiplash to the driver and or passengers in the vehicle. I just purchased my Honda Accord coupe SE on 9/26/10 and already I am having this transmission issue and when I took it to Honda they told me that the transmission is leaking out transmission fluid all over the bottom of the vehicle and was told it would cost 2890 from Honda to fix. My co workers transmission dropped in her Honda Accord causing her car to come to a complete stop in the middle of the road.... please note this is a immediate safety concern considering if you are on the expressway someone including the driver could die.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #290

Oct 142005

Accord 4-cyl

  • 85,070 miles

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

While driving to a Florida vacation in Oct., 2005 the transmission began to slip on my 2002 Honda Accord. By the time we arrived, I had to drive immediately to the nearest transmission repair shop incurring a bill of $3,024 + the cost of a rental car & a trip back to fl the following weekend to get the Honda. Forward to Feb, 2009...once again transmission slipping. Incurred another repair for $3200. Forward to today, Dec. 2010 (not even 2 yrs later) the transmission is once more slipping, and it looks like another $3,000+ repair on the horizon!!! that will be 3 transmission replacements in 5 years!!!

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #289

Aug 012008

Accord 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
My 2002 Honda Accord ex doesn't shift out of first until it goes into limp mode (very hard shift). The D light then begins to blink and my check engine light comes on. If I am on a hill the car will roll backwards while in drive and my car isn't a standard. I do not feel safe if a car is behind me. I have had it looked at and all I have found was it may be a solenoid or just a faulty transmission. It happens every day. During the winter months it isn't as bad but it still occurs.

- Eudora, AR, USA

problem #288

Nov 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
My '02 Accord's transmission is failing. It stalls, it jerks really hard and I almost got in a wreck due to the stalling. Everytime it switches gears the engine revs up and then we're eventually jolted into the gear. Recently I almost got into a car wreck making a left hand turn at a major intersection. I pressed the gas to turn left and of course it stalls and the engine revs up and the oncoming car luckily saw me and made a sudden move to avoid hitting me. Then the transmission kicks it into gear, jerks us, then we move! it's super scary, it just started happening in November and to replace the transmission will cost $2985. Honda customer service says that they are unaware of any existing failures and will not help in any way. It may not seem like a safety concern to them, but until they are in my shoes and experience the horror that we did then they have no right to ignore the defect!!!!

- La Puente, CA, USA

problem #287

Nov 302006

Accord

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle hesitated before jerking forward. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000 and the current mileage was approximately 88,000.

- Farmington, AR, USA

problem #286

Nov 232010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles

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

Auto transmission shift malfunction with only 120,000 miles.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #285

Feb 052010

Accord

  • 93,000 miles
I am an owner of three Honda vehicles due to their reliability. I bought the 2002 Honda Accord ex V6 right after christmas (Dec 26th, 2009). I bought it for my two sons to use (ages 17 and 18). A little over a month of owning the vehicle, my younger son reported to me that while he was driving the vehicle, several of the lights on the dashboard went off including the engine check light, the tcs light as well as the D4 light. He said that the car started acting weird and that the engine felt like it was stuck in the same gear. This was while he was on the highway and the engine started racing. I took the vehicle to several shops including aamco and they all indicated that this was a hard code and that the transmission needs to be replaced. Cost from aamco was between $2,500 and $3,000 depending on what they find when they take the transmission apart. The vehicle had roughly 92,000 miles when I purchased it and barely had 1,000 miles when the issue popped up. The car remains somewhat drivable but the engine seems like it is going to explode because the gears seem to be stuck and the car races especially when on the highway. Again, this vehicle was purchased for my two sons due to the supposed reliability of the Honda vehicle. Researching the issue on line, I've come across several sites exposing this same problem with these Honda Accord. I've called Honda and their only response was that they do not handle recalls, NHTSA does and until they determine this is an issue, Honda cannot do anything about it. I think that it is about time that NHTSA does the right thing by these Honda owners who are experiencing the same issues that I am having with my transmission!

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #284

Oct 082010

Accord

  • 186,586 miles
I am a naval officer, single parent, faithful tax payer, and a foster mom. I come to you today with a complaint about my Honda Accord automobile (2002 ex V6 engine) to which I am the original owner, and the service I received from american Honda and hoehn Honda of carlsbad ca. Up until this point, I have not had many issues with my Honda. My Honda Accord 2002 was a wonderful car, my very first new car, which I was the origional owner, finances, and so on. I drove this car off the lot without even 1 mile on the dash, and the dealership told me by law they had to put at least 1 mile on the dash, in order to sell the car, and they allowed me to put that 1 mile on the dash. I bought this car with the intentions of keeping well past 400K miles, and possibly passing it onto my son as his first car, which would of given me the security that I was passing him something reliable, and something I know he would have little to no major out of pocket expenses for, and clearly at the time that was the repartition that Honda had┐now, I would not give this car to anyone, knowing what I know. Before all of this occurred, I was basically drive my Honda to and from work, to and from my kids school, and in and around daily travels, with exception to occasional family outings. I recently paid this car off, and since this time, I have come out of my pocket with all kinds of unforeseen expenses and enough is enough. My first experience with my 2002 Honda Accord's transmission occurred was when I was driving at 35 mph and the car bucked in ongoing traffic and completely stalled. I was amazed because, my car had not did this before, and it was terrifying considering I had my kids and 2 of their friends in the car, and it did a number on our necks. Now, my Honda Accord 2002 now begins to slip every time I pulled off at the light, stop sign, and so on. Honda's transmission started slipping out of gear, jerking, and while driving at a speed of 45-60 mph my car would start to increase speed.

- Oceanside , CA, USA

problem #283

Oct 292010

Accord

  • 60,000 miles
Normal driving of the car has lead to a transmission failure that is known by widely by other victims of the problem. 2002 Honda Accord ex, transmission is know to fail due to 2nd gear slipping, and other gears 'jerking' around. This occurs every time the vehicle is started. When car goes into second gear it lunges forward or feels like someone hit you from the rear. Also jerk violently when put into reverse. When transmission is on it's last breath, it does not go into gear, meaning if your trying to get on the main road from a side street, you might be hit on the side if your lean your car out to go when transmission does not go into gear, leaving you vulnerable on the road. A transmission rebuild due to clutch packet, a transmission swap, or transmission replacement are the only choices a victim has. Pricing from $6,000(transmission swap from Acura cl-S type S)-$1,500(transmission rebuild). Honda Accord drivers can not afford this due to Honda ignorance of it's customers safety.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #282

Oct 222010

Accord

  • 65,153 miles
2002 Honda Accord - transmission jerks while stopped in gear. While stopped at a traffic light I feel the transmission shifting and jerking. When I take off the engine revs up. Car has 65,000 miles on it.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #281

Mar 192010

Accord

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving and trying to accelerate the transmission jerked and slipped in and out of gear. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 124,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #280

Oct 012010

Accord

  • 99,000 miles
Transmission started jumping from 1st to 2nd. I was advised not to give the car to my 16 yr old daughter cause it could stop working in the middle of highway. I had to get transmission rebuilt at aamoco for $2000 dollars. I thought Honda were suppose to last and be better than other cars.

- Cooper City , FL, USA

problem #279

Jan 012006

Accord

  • 60,000 miles
I owned a 2002 Honda Accord this happened when the car was about 60,000 miles on it. The transmission was very bad. It didn't changed the gear it supposed to be giving a very loud noise and stop in the middle of the road. I contacted the Honda dealer and they checked the VIN # and they said it wasn't on a recalled list. I brought the car to Honda dealer and tried to pretend to trade my car in for another. They said that the car had problem which is very bad transmission and they said the value was very low because they have to replace a new transmission's was very disappointed, Honda had a very good reputation for the best car manufacturer. But it is not.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #278

Aug 122007

Accord 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
The transmission in the 2002 Honda Accord is slipping and jerking. I understand that there are many complaints regarding this issue and trying to get a recall on this problem. This is the second one I had to replace.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #277

Oct 042010

Accord

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact was driving 30 mph when the transmission began hesitating and exhibiting an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure, but the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure or generate any failure codes. The transmission failed and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but not repaired. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not under recall and would not assist with repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact stated that she was able to remove her key from the ignition without the vehicle being in park. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 66,000.

- Columbia , MO, USA

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