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.

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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 7 of 17)

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problem #216

Dec 062008

Accord

  • 77,914 miles

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

On December 6, 2008 with 77,914 miles I had to replace my transmission. My car initially began jerking upon acceleration, almost as if I were a new driver driving a manual transmission car. It quickly progressed to slipping of gears while driving (between 2nd and 3rd) and I wasn't able to accelerate until my speed declined and it went back into 2nd gear. I took it to a transmission shop and they confirmed that the transmission was bad and we needed a replacement. We contacted Honda and they said there was nothing they could do, they checked our VIN # to see if it was one that was involved in any recalls or warranty extension and no luck for us. We bought this car new and were extremely disappointed with this situation which obviously reflects a flaw in the quality of transmission Honda is putting in their vehicles. Total repairs were about $2,600 for a rebuilt transmission.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #215

Dec 262009

Accord

  • 98,000 miles
This is similar to NHTSA campaign number 04V176000, but its occurring in a 2002 Honda Accord. The automatic transmission slips almost every time and the gears do not change at the right time. This may lead to accidents/crashes when driving in/out of freeways.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #214

Feb 052010

Accord

  • 142,000 miles
My 2002 Honda Accord V6 coupe experienced a stuck throttle and runaway acceleration. I slowed the car with the brakes, shifted into neutral, turned off the engine, then re-started it. It went back to redline. Finally, kicking the gas pedal caused the acceleration to stop. I noticed subsequently, that the cruise control had also failed. The dealership (darlings Honda, in bangor, me), told me that the throttle body had broken, near the attachment point of the cruise actuator cable. They recommended that I replace the throttle body. It appears to me, that there is a flaw in the vehicle, that allows runaway acceleration when a mechanical failure of this kind occurs. I contacted american Honda ("brian" at 800-999-1009 X 117738), and explained the problem to him. He got back to me two days later, and told me that Honda was unwilling to fix the problem. I believe that this issue warrants an investigation, as it could have resulted in death or severe injury. The same vehicle also has developed a transmission problem, over the last year or so. It feels like the transmission is beginning to fail. There is a delay between gears, that feels like the torque converter isn't locking up as fast as it used to. It makes pulling out into traffic more difficult. Despite there having been an admitted transmission problem, with 2002 V6 Accord, the dealer suggests that I try another transmission fluid change, instead of replacing the transmission. They cite the car's high mileage, 142,000 miles, as the reason that Honda will not pay for any safety or warranty related issues. Please advise.

- Hampden, ME, USA

problem #213

Dec 192009

Accord

  • 924,000 miles

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

Car began shifting between 2nd and 3rd gear very roughly. Upon acceleration transmission slips and jerks. Car is awaiting repair for the transmission to be replaced.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #212

Jan 072006

Accord

  • 60,000 miles
I own a 2002 Honda Accord. As with other Honda owners there have been transmission problems. Honda settled a class action lawsuit for their problem transmission vehicles up to 2001. This problem carries over into their later models. My problem as well with many others is that it slips between shifting gears. I have taken into numerous dealers and transmission shops with no one able to help. Honda America does not offer any help with this situation. Other than replacing the entire transmission. This website is one of many that has the same complaint as myself. www.hondaproblems.com/Accord/transmission-failure.shtml can you please help us in forcing Honda to issue a recall on their defective transmissions.

- North Logan, UT, USA

problem #211

Jan 102010

Accord

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the transmission was reluctant to shift out of the gear. Whenever he shifted into fourth gear it failed to down shift and remained in fourth gear. The failure has occurred at various speeds. The Honda dealer advised the contact that the failure was caused by a faulty transmission and needed to be replaced. The transmission was replaced at the owners expense for $2100. The manufacturer confirmed that there were no recalls, warranties or reimbursement regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #210

Nov 232009

Accord

  • 61,100 miles

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

The transmission in my 2002 Honda Accord is completely busted. I bought it used in 2005 and didn't have any problems up until 2009. Recently I've read that Honda issued an extension on the transmissions up to 7yrs 60,000 miles. However when I bought the car, I had no idea that had been implemented. Not a peep. My car has just over 61,000 and just over 7yrs old. Just out of warranty. Now, I've had several estimates on a new transmission ranging about 3200-3600 dollars. I feel Honda should replace it or at least help with some of the cost and, more importantly, I feel compelled to file a complaint because my wife was driving the car at the time the transmission broke. She was on the road and could have been hit by someone if she was on the interstate or in the middle of a intersection or someone else just not paying attention because the car doesn't go faster then 20 mph. Thank god nothing like that happened, but I've read stories online from people with the same problem. Hundreds of them. I saw on the news about Honda and the airbag recalls and if I do get a letter from Honda to replace that, I wont be able to get my car to the dealership to get it fixed because my transmission is trash! already! I don¿T know what to do now, so thank you whoever is the lucky person to read this. I hope I can get this resolved.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #209

Jun 112009

Accord

  • 45,000 miles
My 2002 Honda Accord developed a transmission problem at 45,000 miles. After contacting Honda and being told that my VIN number was not affected I reviewed the complaints section on the internet and realized that 90% of the 2002 problems listed were related to transmission failures and even after many people paid to have their transmission replaced the problem re-occurred after 30K miles in some cases. The average cost of repair for this is $3500 and it is obvious it is a factory defect by the huge percentage of transmission's. I have traded in my Accord but request that the government please investigate this issue in detail and help the many unknowing consumers out there before someone gets injured or killed, as if spending $3500 to fix an obvious design defect isn't bad enough. And even after spending this amount of money to get it fixed it still re-occurs. This should be a definite recall item.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #208

Oct 182009

Accord

  • 93,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord transmission clutch, many Accord and civic models and years of Honda were recalled for repairs but the recall does not include this year or model Accord. The problems encountered are exactly the same as those reported in the recalled Honda. Honda is saving money by trying to limit its recalls and repair obligations. Honda carefully limited its recall despite the fact that the company acknowledges there is a problem with their transmissions and the complete failure of the cars due to these defects.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #207

Feb 052010

Accord

  • 85,000 miles
It seems as if the automatic transmission is slipping. It occasionally happens but is more frequent when it's raining. It was raining lightly and I was at a dead stop at a red light and upon it turning green I gave it some gas but it barely moved but I did see the rpms climb like normal, this happened for approximately 2 seconds and then all of a sudden I heard a big metal clunk noise from the engine bay and the car jerked and started to move, this startled and I'm glad no one was in front of me because I may have rear ended them. I called american Honda and informed them of my problem about a month ago but they said the 2002 Accord in question did not have this problem because the VIN did not fall between certain numbers.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #206

Nov 172009

Accord

  • 82,000 miles

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

On Nov 17, 2009, my Honda Accord suddenly could not be stopped with the full brake. The vehicle kept on the same speed even with full brake. Then it had to hit another car. After I saw the stopped vehicle in the lane in front of me at about 100-150 feet, I then applied the full brake, but the vehicle kept going, I then released the brake and applied the brake again, but the vehicle still kept going until it hit another car in the lane. This is very similar to the current Toyota accelerator problem. Actually this is the second time I met this problem. Another time, because there was no car in front of me, so there was no accident. The vehicle got stopped after I released the brake and touched the accelerator and then applied brake lightly again.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #205

Oct 152008

Accord

  • 70,000 miles
Honda Accord 2002. Failing transmission after only 6 years on the road, and 70,000 miles. The only events are that around Oct, 2008, the transmission began slipping. Honda bellevue, wa, wanted over $4,000 to replace. Calling other dealerships netted nearly the same cost. Three oil changes and transmission fluid replacement, with constant complaints about the transmission, did not result in any change of stance by Honda. After contacting Honda customer service, Honda dealer revised their quote to $2,000 for a refurbished transmission. Since the transmission was logarithmically worse, we ate the cost of replacement. The replacement was buggy in that we had to spend considerable time at the dealership while they fixed the inability to turn off the car or remove the keys.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #204

Jan 032010

Accord

  • 110,000 miles
While merging into traffic on the interstate on ramp the transmission on my 2002 Honda Accord began to slip in and out of gear. The car lost acceleration and I had to take emergency action to quickly pull onto the shoulder of the road to avoid being hit in the rear and causing an accident. I was able to exit the interstate by driving on the shoulder and took local roads back to my home. I took the vehicle to my mechanic who diagnosed transmission failure. I then took the vehicle to the local Honda dealership where this problem was confirmed. This is the second complete transmission failure in the last 25 months. The first incident also resulted in a near accident. This issue is well documented and widespread across several model years in the early 1990's. Honda refuses to acknowledge this as a safety issue, however, but for quick driver reaction this defect would have resulted in a significant accident on the interstate. After the first failure (in Dec. 2007) Honda agreed to replace the transmission requiring me to pay for 1/3 of the cost. (the car had 58,000 miles and was not in original manufacturer's warranty). After this failure Honda is offering to pay 50% of the cost. (the car has 110,000 miles). So it looks like every 50,000 miles or so this transmission will suffer complete failure. Honda has extended the manufacturer's warranty from the original (3yr/36000) to (7yr/100000). My vehicle is now 7 1/2 yr old and 110000 so Honda says they will not cover it under warranty (even though the transmission is only 2 yrs old and 53000 miles) I believe there is significant evidence that these mechanical defects are causing safety issues and will undoubtedly lead to injury or death because this problem is so widespread. Honda has implicitly acknowledge the issue because they continue to offer some remediation. Unfortunately, this safety hazard is not being prevented only addressed after consumer complaints.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #203

Jan 152010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 90,400 miles
This safety complaint is about the transmission failure of my 2002 Honda Accord ex 3.0 V6 the current mileage is about 90K. Recently I felt the transmission had difficulty in shifting gears when accelerating from a full stop. On January 15, 2010, my wife drove the car entering into a highway and found it very hard to speed up and the car behind her had to brake to avoid a crash. Then the check engine light of the car was on, and D4 light started to blink. The mechanic I went to pointed out (and Honda dealer later confirmed) that the transmission fluid was burnt out and the transmission was a failure and had to be replaced. From my experience, I believe this is a major safety concern as the failure happens mostly when the car start to accelerate from stop or low speed and can lead to crash if the car can't speed up timely and the car in behind does not have time to respond. I found also many other similar complaints on carcomplaints.com, which suggest to me this is an inherent product problem for Honda Accord from year 2000 to 2003.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #202

Sep 012009

Accord 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Transmission failed at 70K miles on the Honda Accord V6. Had to get the complete transmission replaced for a few thousands of dollars. This apparently is a common issue as expressed by many Honda owners on several websites. However Honda Corp denies to accept responsibility and the consumers are being ripped of thousands. Honda has recalled transmissions and/or accepted that transmissions were defective on 2001 models, the 2002 model cards which are very similar to 2001 could have the same transmission and could have been probably produced in 2001 too and hence could be facing the same issue. However 2002 owners are being turned down by the Honda Corp.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #201

Dec 152009

Accord

  • 73,000 miles
Car began jerking on highway as my wife was driving. Check engine light came on and transmission drive light began blinking. Transmission was checked and diagnostic code P0740 was displayed. Transmission was serviced and shortly after the check engine light came back on. The car was checked at a different shop and diagnostic code P0740 was again displayed. The mechanic stated the new transmission fluid was already burnt and printed Honda hotline archives that documented transmission defects in prior years, and a class action lawsuit that extended transmission warranties from several previous years through 2001 to 100,000 miles. A Honda dealer verified this code and I was given a 15% discount on the repair, a rebuilt transmission with a 36,000 mile warranty, even though this car had 73,000 miles, was meticulously maintained with records and driven by a middle aged couple exclusively. Total out of pocket expenses were greater than $2,600.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #200

Mar 102009

Accord

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph on normal road conditions. The transmission began to slip with a jerking motion and excessive vibration. The driver was able to continue operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The transmission required replacement. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 120,00. The current mileage was 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Westfield , MA, USA

problem #199

Jan 012010

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
While not crashes or injuries have been related to the Honda vehicle I own, there are a number of engineering and manufacturing defects on the vehicle which are a cause of serious safety concerns. I have a 2002 Honda Accord with about 131,000 miles which has had the following issues: 1. the transmission went out around 60,000 miles and was replaced by Honda. At around 100,000 miles the transmission started to exhibit same symptoms. I took the car in, but, of course, Honda dealer said there is nothing wrong. Then around 116,000 miles a Honda mechanic said that my model of a car has an issue with transmissions and that it would need to be replaced. The transmission issue is bad enough to have a website dedicated to it. While a transmission failing is not necessarily a safety issue, loosing vehicle control and drivable on the highway could be. 2. now the vehicle starts to vibrate at highway speeds despite having new and balanced tires on it. I took the car in to get new struts. Since then I took the car to a mechanic of very high integrity (not the Honda dealer) and they said that unfortunately, the problem may simply be "impossible" to fix since everything they could see indicated that car should behave normally, I.e. the tires were fine, the alignment was fine, and the cv joints were fine. This is becoming more and more of the issue and indicates a possible design flaw with the vehicle. 3. the lights on the vehicle are horrible. This is a safety issue as it seriously impairs the vehicle drivability. 4. the rails for the driver's seat had to be replaced around 32,000 miles and now (at around 130,000 miles) the seat seems to wobble again. This could be a potential safety issue as it seems that the seat could simply detach in the case of an accident. Updated 05/07/10.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #198

Sep 102009

Accord

  • 130,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord vp; transmision slipping 'going out'.

- Rancho Murieta, CA, USA

problem #197

Jan 042010

Accord

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. She stated that while driving she can hear the engine accelerating when the vehicle does not want to go into gear and the vehicle will not move forward. The dealer was not contacted. A mechanic stated that she needs a new transmission. There have been no repairs to the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 120000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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