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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
123,500 miles

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 022015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 137,000 miles


I was in the process of purchasing a 2002 Honda Accord which had 137,00 miles. When I got the carfax it had 222,00 miles. The odometer reading had bee changed. The name of the company is express motors co. Address 10326 antoine dr houston tx 77086. Tel 281 260 0999. Web [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 012009

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord coupe. While driving approximately 30-35 mph, the dashboard lights failed. The contact stated the speedometer and radio were still operating as normal however; there was no illumination of the lights. When driving at night, the contact was unable to determine at what speed he was traveling. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 135,000. Updated 08/11/10. The consumer stated a recall was issued for the 2001 model, but not 2002. The consumer also went to the dealer for a recall regarding the driver side inflator module. The mechanic found a burned part, but would not replace it as it was not a part of the recall. Updated 08/17/10

- Irving, TX, USA

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