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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
73,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 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 #3

Nov 012012

Accord LX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


clear coat is peeling off front and rear bumpers

It's very annoying as with the paint fading under where the clearcoat was, it is only a matter of time before the paint will be gone.

- , Beaver Dams, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 012010

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

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paint peeling paint peeling

This is my 77-year-old mothers' car. She has granny miles on it, so very low mileage, kept in the garage mostly or a covered carport. It's a 2002 and she noticed a small paint peel on the hood after three years later, but it was about 2010 when the peeling because significant and noticeable enough for her sons and nephews to remark on it. In the past 2 years, the paint has just virtually peeled off it strips, right down to metal. When it started to do this, I realized this is probably a manufacturer defect and NOT from normal wear. I'm hoping that Honda will agree to pay for repair of my mom's car. Or to find a recall so she doesn't have to deal with any runaround about this being normal wear. And/or a class action suit. Sure could use some advice on how to proceed. Thanks.

- , Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012013

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I have been a long time Honda guy. I bought my daughter one for her first car and the paint is peeling down to the primer on her 02' Honda Accord, 2 door coupe. This is a top of the line model with all the bells and whistles. I plan on carrying it to my local Honda dealer and see if they will help....I really don't expect them to but worth a try.

- , W H, TN, USA

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