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. 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:
94,465 miles
Total Complaints:
350 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. recall should be issued, replaced @ Honda's expense (187 reports)
  2. replace transmission (50 reports)
  3. not sure (45 reports)
  4. replaced transmission (32 reports)
  5. replaced transmission, split cost with Honda (14 reports)
  6. Honda refused to repair under warranty, had to pay (9 reports)
2002 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 9 of 18)

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problem #190

Nov 162007

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


Bought car new in 2002. First transmission failed at 38000 miles. Dealer at first said

warranty was expired (36000 miles), fork over $3000 for a new one! After some begging and pleading with American Honda (they were very reluctant), a new transmission was installed on their dime. Now, at 72000 miles, the transmission has failed again requiring replacement ($3500 says the dealer). After pleading with the dealer and opening up another "Goodwill Repair" case with American Honda, I'll get a rebuilt transmission but I'm stuck with $700 worth of install and a $400 car rental bill (Case review, transmission order, and install was over 10 days!). American Honda says I should consider myself lucky and made me feel ungrateful and greedy!...Then I told them of my 2001 Honda Accord with the exact same problems, i.e, 3 transmissions failed in 125,000 miles!!...2 well maintained Honda Accords requiring 6 transmissions and I should feel ungrateful? No more Honda cars for me...I guess I'm just greedy.

- , Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #189

Nov 092009

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Unfortunately I decided on buying this car on 2002 Sep/Oct. The problems were unlimited 1. In one month the heater blower went bad 2. In less than 2 years Brake master cylinder went bad 3. In less than 3 years transmission started slipping at less than 35000 miles on the car. I was lucky. I had 5 years extended warranty.

All the above got covered under warranty.

4. Again the transmission started slipping now at 68,000 miles on the car

Is that the Honda transmission lives only for 30-35 K miles? Called the Honda dealer and he says it costs 3000-3500$ and they can give only 6 months warranty on the replaced transmission. I asked him "Why 6 months only. Don't you believe in Honda transmissions your self?" and irony is....... he said YES.

My friend bought a 2003 Accord after seeing me buying one. and his transmission also got replaced at 35-40K miles.

I have a 1992 Toyota Camry and it never gave any problem till now. I feel that this Honda car is a big curse on my family. Myself or my friend will never buy a Honda again and we will never suggest Honda to any one.

Honda company is interested in selling more cars than taking care of the car quality. More than quality it is a safety issue. My wife was driving the car with my kid and the car suddenly dropped the speed and didn't move on an express way.

It is not acceptable. If this is the case, soon no one will prefer Honda. Honda should recall for this transmission issues and increase the warranty to 10 year/100,000 miles at least.

- , Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #188

Sep 012009

Accord EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

This is my fifth Honda Accord purchased since 1989. My first probelm with a transmission on my 2002 Accord EX. Honda and other repair shops says $3,000 will fix it. Repasir shop advised me of the past problems and extended warranty possibly through Honda. Awaiting word from them. My 2007 Accord EX runs great so far.

Update from Nov 12, 2009: local transmission shop advised transmission must be replaced for $3,000.00 They suggested contact local dealer due to problems with the Accords and Odessey model from 2000-2004. I contacted Honda America Customer Service , who advised they could not assist me even though I had purchased 5 Accords from them over the past 20 years. I the contacted the local dealer whom I purchased the vehicles from. They evaluated the problem, agreed to replace the transmission for $2,5000.00. Original price would have been $3,309.00 but they reduced the price by $809.00. Price included taxes, fluids, transmission and labor.

- , Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #187

Sep 012009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


I have been problems with transmission for three-four months now. The car gives a jerk when shifting gears and the check engine light is on.

Took my car to Pepboys today and they gave me the reason for check engine light as the codes p0730, p0780.

Last quotes received to rebuild the transmission was in 2000-3000$ range.

I am trying to figure out if there has been any recall or class action on Honda Accord 2002 transmission failure. This seems to be a problem for a lot of cars. Is this a really fault of Honda or should I be looking at it a maintenance I need to do at 100K+ miles?

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #186

Feb 022009

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Looks like I am just adding to the list of many complaints regarding the same 2002 Honda Accord automatic transmission problem. It slips terribly from 1st to 2nd, get the occasional clunk and slip from 2nd to 3rd. Honda Dealership says only way to fix it is replace it to the tune of $3600! Are you kidding me! Glad we decided against the Honda Pilot when we bought our new vehicle this year. Now I feel guilty about trying to sell this POS Accord to anyone else. Oh well, you live and you learn I guess.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #185

Oct 012008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

I have a 2002 Accord with transmission problems. add to class action suit listof people who have the same problem

- , Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #184

Oct 022009

Accord Limited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


I have a beautiful 2002 Honda Accord. Never had one problem until this month. The temp. starting dropping and my tranny started slipping and banging into gear. Took it to the dealer they said" You need a new tranny". I called Honda America- they said" too bad we cant help you!" This needs to be taken care of ! after reading all the posts about hundreds of 2002 Hondas with the same problems its time for Honda to step up to the plate and re -call all 2002 Honda Accords now! Not a safety issue- I must disagree- when you are pulling out of your neighboorhood and have to cross on coming traffic to go the other way and the car is slipping and not going any where while cars are slamming on blakes to avoid hitting you. THAT IS A SAFETY ISSUE !!!

- , Bethesda, MD/ Montgomery County, USA

problem #183

Oct 122009

Accord 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

This is my first car, and I'm heartbroken. My husband and I are paying for it by ourselves, and it will be paid of in March 2010. BUT, it probably won't make it that long, if we don't get the transmission replaced. I brought it in to replace the timing belt (100,000 miles), and the Honda mechanic advised me to think hard about putting $600 into a car that will require $3000 in transmission work. I really appreciate his honesty. AND, I'm really pissed that Honda is not automatically taking care of this problem. Honda coasts on the reputation of great cars from the past. If they take their "everyone knows someone who loves a honda" commercial seriously, they should make sure those of us who have Hondas continue to love them.

Update from Dec 30, 2009: We bought a Chevy Equinox. We will never buy a Honda again, and I will definitely advise all my friends to NOT buy a Honda.

The customer service people at the national office were terrible. In particular, a woman named Caroline was rude and disrespectful. The dealership would only give us a partial discount. We still ended up paying more than $1500 for the repair. We figured that we'd like to at least drive this car until it's paid off...and we HAD TO replace this transmission in order for it to be safe. How disappointing...we could not even get this car paid off before the transmission went bad.

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #182

Jul 082009

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,785 miles

Same problem as all y'all. Problem seem worst the longer the car is driven and it comes to a violent jerk as I come to a stop.

Never again a Honda.

- , Southampton, PA, USA

problem #181

May 052008

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,895 miles

My 2002 Honda Accord 4Cyl EX transmission broke....the car just hit 35,000 miles......I saw many people here had the same problem. I called honda and complained and are willing to pay for everything as long as I kick in 650 dollars. They will put a honda transmission in with 3 years/36000 warranty.

- , Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #180

Jul 032009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,273 miles


I bought a used 2002 Honda accord with 110273 miles on it.i had it for a mounth and the transmission quit on me.I'm f*cking pissed.Many people at work said that I f*cked it up by my driveing.Then I came across this website that has 289 complaints about the trannie going out in 2002 hona accords!!!!!!!!!!more Then any other complaint about them.Damn shotty car!!!!!!!!I earn $300.00 a week!!!!!!!!!!!!!I'm so pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!what the f*ck are people supposed to do?be screwed oviously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mother f*ckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!cheap ass car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ronald Farrell = )

- , Cassville, MO, USA

problem #179

Sep 012009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I get information from the web, counting hundreds of complaints with 1998-2002 transmission failures... all describing similar problem. I understand a class-action lawsuit challenged Honda for 98-01 and was settled with Honda extending warranty coverage to 10yr/100,000 miles. I also found that Honda is said to have extended that warranty to go until 109,000 mi. or 96 mos., and apply also to the 2002 models.

Honda ran my VIN and said my vehicle didn't qualify because only certain "plants" made the vehicles subject to that coverage. So, I suppose Honda doesn't make all the transmissions in the same place (hard to believe). I can understand assembly is different plants, but manufacturing of a key component is had to believe./ In any case, one would believe that if you build to a bad spec, the result will be crap wherever it is built.

So, Honda's goodwill (from their Midwest Rep) is that they would be will to assist if I can prove I changed the trans. fluid evey 30 thousand. Humh... never heard of that requirement to honor a warranty before That sounds like a trick to weasel out of paying for something they know they caused with poor quality control. I have never changed fluid in a transmission unless it needed it. I have always had the fluid checked regularly and it still looks good. I presume it was changed at 30,000, since it was still being maintained by a dealer. LESSON LEARNED TO ALL: don't trust that Honda you love so much. My next car will not be another Honda. My last one I just bought and when the warranty is up I plan on trading for a Toyota or something better.

- , Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #178

Jun 162008

Accord V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,900 miles

We had a reliable 1989 Honda Accord! We decided to get a 2002 Honda Accord. We have had 2 transmissions installed under warranty assistance. Now we have another transmission problem. I feel that Honda should get there act together since they say that Honda's are a reliable quality product. I am waiting for a representative for warranty assistance to let me know if they are going to take care of the transmission and I would pay the labor. Hardly seems fair as the Honda Accord class action suits are too numerous to mention on the website. Please help!!

- , Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #177

Sep 172007

Accord V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

We bought a 2002 Honda Accord since we were very satisfied with a 1989 Honda Accord that we had. We have had 2 transmissions put in, the first one was faulty so they had to order another one. Now, this past Monday, at the Honda dealer, they said it was shift malfunction and and incorrect gear ratio. One the first two transmissions we had installed, we were granted a warranty assistance after I bitched about it to Honda Corporate Headquarters. I am still waiting for another warranty assistance and I would think that Honda would take care of the whole bill since this model is on the website as a problem.

- , Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #176

Sep 042009

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I bought this car about 8 years ago brand new from the dealer, I was told Honda has extraordinary quality and no major worry below 100K, I was very convinced at the time up to last Thursday I bought the right car, I brought it for regular maintenance pretty much follow the manual. Last Friday, when driving under 90+ degree with my family , it started to jerk and slipping after stopped at a traffic light, then this continued dozen times in a 10 miles journey back home. I brought the car immediately to the dealer , and to my surprise, they told me pretty quickly that I need a new transmission, Honda doesn't rebuild transmission , and to my shock , it will be a $3500 bill. I was caught completely by surprise that a young car ( in the told Honda legend, 8 year is mid-age at most?) I need to replace the transmission. I am extremely disappointed at the quality, and I asked the dealer to deal with Honda to get a discount . After couple of negotiations since then, finally I got my price: $1500, a new transmission with 3 year 36000 miles warranty. I can't say I am happy with the result, but after reading all your posts, I think I get an average deal . $1500 is a lot of money, I hope this new transmission will run this car to 150K. Lesson learned from this, 1. make sure you keep all the service record, ( I lost a lot of these, if not, maybe I can get even a better price),

2. don't believe what people says about Japanese car, in general, they are good, however, you really need to know what you are buying and do the homework and look at the track record.

- , Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #175

Aug 252009

Accord 3.0L V6 Sfi Sohc 24v

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,302 miles

Torque Converter failure, transmission would not up shift at times or severe jumping when it would shift; also it would down shift at normal driving speed causing a sudden slowing of the car. After looking I found many other people have had this same problem but could not find any complaints registered with the Office of Defects Investigation at My Confirmation number (ODI Number) is: 10283744

I strongly suggest that others with this issue file a complaint as this is a safety issue and be sure to stress safety in your complaint!

- , Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #174

Sep 012009

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

I owned two cars, both from Honda, I bought Honda because historically Honda is a great brand known for its reliability and standing for its quality,however, when my 2002 Honda accord failed the transmission at only 74K miles,my dealer told me it will cost me 3200 to replace it. I am very disappointed, even more, finding this web and seeing so many others having the same issue, but Honda refused to take their responsibility. I will call Honda America Tuesday , wish me good luck and I will share with you my experience with them

- , Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #173

Feb 102009

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,258 miles

This is first Honda we have owned, son has owned Honda's. We brought a Honda because we wanted a safe, reliable car. My husband is disabled and getting him in and out of a car is not easy, the leather seats help a lot. The reliablity of the Honda was very important to us when I transported my husband. We have always maintained this Honda, so when engine light came on I was surprised. Our son, who is a auto mechanic, said if we flushed transmission fluid maybe that would cure the problem, that maybe some thing had gotten in fluid. Son also could not believe transmission was bad at 49,000 miles! We took car to Honda specialist, had fluid completely flushed $139.00, problem did not go away. Took car back, for free they used tester and got three transmission codes. He said if was transmission, quoted me a price of almost $2800.00 Honda dealership where I brought the car wanted $109.00 just to test for the codes. I think Honda should recall and replace free of charge the transmission. It is ridiculous that this car at this low mileage, alway maintained, and never driven roughly should have transmission failure! Thank you for letting me vent. I am going to contact Honda!

- , Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #172

Jul 302009

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,276 miles

I got a Honda Accord EX 4cyl for Christmas from my husband in 2004. It was the most beautiful car I have ever owned and I loved driving it for 5 years. When it hit 85k miles, the dealership told us that the transmission needed to be replaced and that it was not covered on the extended warranty my husband bought even though it expires at the end of this year! I had to sell it because of the problem but i would easily have kept it if there was not such a problem. I was good to that car and kept it up on every maintenance marker. Honda would not replace it and told us it was going to cost 2200 dollars to fix. That is a very short time to have and own a vehicle only to have to replace the transmission that soon. They say Honda's will run forever, especially Accords but I would like to know why mine would not!!! I now own a Chrysler - Honda sucks.

- , West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #171

Sep 072009

Accord SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

Honda what a rip off and to know you have a defect out there! I will call about a recall there should be one!

Update from Sep 10, 2009: I called the 1 800 number for Honda and they sort of knew their screwed up product and didn't offer any new warranty or goodwill so as I heard SOL./

Please let other future buyers beware! Choose Nissan

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

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