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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
128,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012012

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


The paint has been peeling for the last two years and my car looks horrible. I mean 10 years later, that's ridiculous. It started with the roof, now it's even on the top of my doors! The rust is horrible by my wheels. I just wish I brought my car back within the 30 day period!

- , Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #1

May 292014

Accord 3,2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

1.5 million Honda Accord owners had this problem I found out but nothing has been done,,,,I bet if they got 1,5 million lawsuits they would listen.

- , Kent, OH, USA

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