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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,214 miles

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 082014

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,428 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the front passenger side frame of the vehicle was rusted. The dealer confirmed that the frame was rusted and would collapse. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 83,428. Updated 10/7/14 updated 3/16/2015

- Tarrytown, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 182012

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that after hearing a news report about rust in the sub frame of his model vehicle, he decided to take the vehicle to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The techinian verified that the sub frame was severelly corroded and there was a danger that the engine could fall out of the vehicle. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified. The failure and current mileage was 119,000. Updated 12/21/12 updated 1/4/2013

- Willowick, OH, USA

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