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:
97,185 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. need to find out where the leak is coming from and silicone (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 042014

Accord EXL 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,450 miles


I've had the windshield replaced. It's not the windshield. I just went outside to go to the store and checked the back seat to get a blanket out. The drivers side back floor was not just soaked but held about 2" of water. It came from the front as it has been leaking but this last rain we got just poured into my care apparently. After getting it all out and using a shop vac to suck up the remaining water, I still don't know where it's coming from. Any suggestions would be great. It looks as though Honda may have some other complaints about this also. FIX IT, HONDA. I've kept this car in immaculate shape and now this?

- , Summerville, SC, US

problem #2

Jun 242010

Accord EX 3.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,105 miles

I did experience problems with my transmission in fact it had to be replaced two years ago, I must say i am surprised to have these problems being that it's a Honda, Now it's leaking every time it rains on the driver side. What's next.

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 302009

Accord Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

the trunk of the car has a leak in it somewhere. I siliconed the weather striping thinking this was the problem but another horrible rain storm proved different. Went online and there seems to be a poor design in the car. The back end of the wheel weld in the trunk has two screws that let water into the trunk. I am hoping when I locate them I will be able to stop this leak since more than an inch of rain ends up in the trunk. This should also be a recall. Honda should repair this at no cost to the owner of the car. My car has only 46000 miles on it and I have always owned and driven it.

- , Long Beachf, NY, USA

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