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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
86,300 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 172009

Accord XLE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,300 miles


My light went out on the dash board, for the D4 gear. Seems to still drive ok, just annoying. Took it in to have a fuse or bulb replaced and the whole thing is a big welded part behind the dashboard. Then, I find out from googling the problem I'm experiencing, that this may be the start of a full blown transmission problem! What a bunch of crap! I bought a Honda because I wanted a reliable car! I've had American cars & Toyota's and Never had this kind of problem with a car that's only got 86,000 miles on it! I'm calling this car the new "Crapda-Accord" !

- , Waterford, WI, USA

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