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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,198 miles

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

May 152007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,395 miles


TL 2002 Honda Accord. The air conditioner stops periodically a couple of times a week. It completely failed this weekend. There is an odor and she is worried that there may be a short and catch fire. The compressor was replaced. They also replaced the water pump and on the 3rd occasion it was a thermal coupler was also replaced. The dealer stated that they also checked the timing belt. A complaint was filed with the Honda manufacturer and the BBB approximately two weeks ago. The better business bureau stated that they are waiting on a response from the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 90395 and the current mileage was 98463.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 162003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving with air conditioner on, the consumer smelled chemical fumes. The dealer sprayed lysol and the fumes disappeared.

- Quincy, MA, USA

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