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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
108,814 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 072011

Accord EX-L 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,814 miles


nice!!. Honda is like a very beautiful women who cheats on you whenever she can.

First the emergency brake cord broke, I fixed it costing me $$$$$ and now my ABS and TCS light comes on after noisy acceleration. At first I thought, my engine is BBQ -ed. Later on, following some research, it is either sensor issue or a broken ABS handler, which is $1200 dollar in parts + labor cost.

also there is always squeaking noise in the break which is unsolvable. I know it is an old car, but it just s*s .... just s**.

- , Halifax, NS, Canada

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