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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 232005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer stated that the seat reclines and went vertical on its own. Consumer took vehicle to the service dealer to have brakes done, and they stated that the seat was off the track. The seat was worse since vehicle has been at service dealer.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 062003


  • 3,000 miles
After the front passenger seat was pushed up for someone to get in to the back seat, the front seat faild to lock in its original position. The front seat slid back and forth on the track. When the consumers husband stepped on the brakes, the consumers mother who was in the passengers seat, the seat had moved forward and did not lock when it was pushed back. This problem caused the cosnumers vehicle to rearend another.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

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