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:
Average Mileage:
77,020 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new paint job (5 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #7

May 012015

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


I have owned the car since it was new. About two years ago the paint started fading and turning white in areas. It is like a cancer and growing. Honda should stand behind this paint and fix these cars. They are everywhere on the road and look awful.

- , Atlanta, GA, US

problem #6

Jan 012013

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

The paint is peeling off and looks awful. It started on the bumper and has spread to the entire car.

- , Wailuku, HI, USA

problem #5

Mar 182008

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,140 miles


Please so something right and fix the paint problems!


- , Oak Hill, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012009

Accord 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


The paint clear coat is horrible and years later it just looks so bad. Honda should take care of the issue. I also had an engine problem at 70,000 miles of the car burning oil. Honda admits that the 2002 engine cylinder wall start to egg shape and oil passes and it burns it off. Transmission. I had the transmission replaced at 12000 miles and again at 100,000 miles They know the trans had issues and never recalled it. I also replaced the engine at 100,000 mile with a jdm engine with 40,000 miles and it is working fine. The vtec accord was a disaster in 2002 and honda should be ashamed. The paint is pissing me off the most even after all the work I did to fix the car right.

- , Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 042015

Accord LX 2.3L L4 Sohc 16v

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

The paint started flaking off and over the next couple of months started falling off in bigger sheets, until recently when large sections came off just rinsing it with water. Looks like a junker! My sister in law won't even let her son be seen in it.

- , Bozrah, USA

problem #2

Jan 012010

Accord EXS V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Honda should recall the vehicles that they used this oxidizing crappy paint on and compensate drivers for the cost of the paint job to fix or pay for new paint jobs for these vehicles.

- , Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012010

Accord EX 2.5V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I'm embarrassed to drive the car with the paint problem.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

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