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.


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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 232007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My boyfriend and I were going to go out and we decided to take my car so he had to move the driver's seat back it' was a power operated sea, ) and it would not go back, but eventually it did. The next day when I went to get in to the car I tried to move the seat position closer and it went up a little but then stopped at a position where I was just able to touch the pedals, and I was unable to move it forward anymore. Also, the bottom of the seat lifted up if I pushed the back of the seat. I was unable to adjust the height of the seat, and the back of the seat was now giving me a problem without being able to push the seat in a straighter position after being reclined back a little.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #1

Jul 222002


  • miles
Consumer states that the drivers seat had a clunk when driving over bumps or when shifting weight, consumer realized this was due to excess play in a scissor/hinge mechanism which caused the right inbound back bottom of the seat to move about 1/4 of an inch, dealer replaced the adjuster assembly, however problem still exists, consumer is requesting that the power adjustable height/track mechanism be replaced with the non height adjustable unit.

- South Plainfield, NJ, USA

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