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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
153,000 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

Oct 272018

Accord DX 2.3L

  • Manual transmission
  • 153,000 miles


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brakes failed

Bought from Richfield Bloomington Honda (MN) on 6/2015. Slow transaction but otherwise all was well. Defect in cooling system and replaced thermostat myself but other than that, car worked for 40 months. Was just heading to a store in Minneapolis. Encountered fairly heavy traffic on interstate but brakes worked normally... until I noticed a line of cars stopped about 10 feet ahead. Remember trying to stop, and for the first time, brakes mysteriously failed to function, and I crashed. It happened at lightning speed so I don't really know how I survived, but my belt was buckled so that helped. Unforgivable, and I told the dealership that.

- lucore00, Saint Paul, US

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