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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,802 miles

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2002 Honda Accord drivetrain problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #3

Jul 142008


  • 58,920 miles


Normal driving, car transmission gives jerk when comes to stop, Honda has given no help, simple no. It occurs everytime the car slow down and sometimes the engine stops working.

- San Franscisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 072006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2002 Honda Accord 4 cylinder. I have problems with the transmission slipping. This problem has occurred for a year and a half. I have taken it to the dealership they cannot reproduce my complaint. I have also flushed the transmission to see if this would resolve/ help no luck I have also tried 3 transmission shops no one can diagnose it. This website has had 57 complaints of the same problem I have had. I know Honda has problems with their transmissions they will fix it if it is an 00 or 01. Please can someone get them to fix the 2002 models.

- Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #1

Oct 012001

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Honda Accord developed problems with the transmission, and dashboard light sensors. The transmission was replaced 3 times. After the last visit to the dealer the ignition began to malfunction, after putting the gear into park sometimes the key would lock in, which would require the consumer to restart the vehicle, shift the gears place back into park and then pull the key out of the ignition.

- Fords, NJ, USA

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