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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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
113,433 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild transmission (3 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
  3. reseal transmission case bolt (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

May 012013

Accord ES 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


At first I thought that the engine was leaking oil. I brought it in and the dealership said that it was transmission fluid. They said I had to replace it, but I didn't believe them. I took it to two other auto service places and they confirmed that the transmission seal had failed and it needed to be fixed. Of course, if you are going to pay that much money to simply take the transmission apart to replace a seal, you might as well rebuild it.

I REALLY wish I had found this site before I bought my car.

- , Grandville, MI, USA

problem #5

Dec 012012

Accord SE 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

Had transmission rebuilt and it failed a second time!

- , Cypress, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 092011

Accord EX 6`cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

After honda replaced the transmission for failing, the new transmission with 65,000 leaks. My regular repair shop and a reputable transmission shop both looked at it and said that the transmission must be rebuilt. I called honda and they want $100 just to look at it with no guarantee that they will cover any part of it.

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 202010

Accord SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


Even i have problem with transmission fluid leak too,reason im posting again,to let you know, that you all guys should contact NHTSA-office of defects investigation(government run office)either on web or call them at 1 888 327-4236 and tell them about your concerns,i was told they had some complaints about problem but they wish they had more calls,so its up to all of us to try to do something about Honda ignorance towards us.

- , Springfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 202009

Accord 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

I took my car in for the 100,000 check up at the urging of my husband...hadn't experienced any problems. I am the second owner of the car. I have changed the oil, and I bought it w/ 48,000 miles 3 years ago. Great car! Got it back Sunday, drove it Monday - smelled something burning, so I took it back, and now there's a transmission leak; the seal is gone.

- , Gilbert, SC, USA

problem #1

May 262008

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,600 miles

I took my car to the Honda dealership twice to report this issue, both times they reported that it was fixed. However, both times there was still a significant leak of transmission fluid. I took it to an independent shop and they found the actual problem and fixed it. Very dissatisfied with the service I received from Honda, they are pathetic.

- , Arlington, VA, USA

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