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
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2002 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 142002


  • miles


Brake pedal goes to floor when car is standing and still motor running, causing to pull out of the road. Dealer has been notified.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 062002

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving when brakes were applied they didn't hold, resulting in an accident.

- Gathersiburg, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 042001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states his brakes did not work, he stated that when you hit the brakes you lose control of the auto. He hit his brakes, lost control and hit a concrete retaining wall. He also states that he was going all over the road, just by hitting his brakes. No other auto was involved. Nlm consumer incurred bruises and passenger fractured knee cap, dealer notified.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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