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:
63,465 miles

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 132010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 63,465 miles


I have an 2002 Honda Accord ex V6. We purchased with 50 miles on it. Around 58K seemed to be shifting harder (automatic transmission) but not hard enough to kick any trouble codes. I found this out after taking it to an certified tech who put it on a scanner. About 1 month ago the traction control light came on while my husband and I where driving the car suddenly the traction control light came on the car seemed to bog down, the motor revving up and down. We where on interstate 81 when this happened with a 18 wheeler behind us. Thank goodness we where in the car and not my 18 year old daughter. This was the car we purchased for her and at this point both my husband and will not let her drive. My husband called a Honda dealership they said they had trouble with older Honda Accord with cylinder motors up to 2001. Where the transmissions would do the same things.

- Bridgewater, VA, USA

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