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:
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace front axle assembly (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 162010

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


RIDICULOUS HONDA! I will NEVER in my entire life buy another honda vehicle. EVER. within a year of having replaced my entire transmission, I now have to replace my front axle. I mean really, when do you ever hear of an AXLE BREAKING? Fortunately it decided to break while i was in a parking lot.. had it broke 5 minutes earlier I would have been on the CA-91 W and would have probably been a terrible, and deadly accident.

I learned my lesson... I'm buying European and American from now on.

- , Corona, CA, USA

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