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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
109,733 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2002 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 142012

Accord Special Edition

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,700 miles


As I was driving the radio cut out for a couple seconds. Next time radio went out, I noticed that the speedometer and RPM gauges would also drop to zero quick and then back. The next time (driving home from work) the power loss flashes continued, and I noticed a pattern that it would happen after each acceleration. The car would gain speed as normal when accelerating, but as soon as I let off the pedal, there would be a power loss flash. It would only last a couple seconds, but I need to find a mechanic to fix before I am stranded on the road somewhere!

Has anyone else had this problem with their Accord - any advice on how to fix this issue?

- , Madison, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 152008

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,500 miles

The guages (all) drop, radio & headlights go off (for about 30 seconds), airbag light comes on, and maintenance light comes on. I have taken it to the dealership and another place and no one can find any issues with it. However, my concerns is while I am driving with my children on back road, what happens, if the headlights do not come back on, or being stranded on the side of the road. I realize the car is not new and does now have 155,000 miles, but it is a Honda. This is my 3rd Honda and have never had a complaint with any of them. I just do not know what to do. Well, do I keep it or get rid of it. Or is it just me?

- , Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 062006

(reported on)

Accord SE

  • 44,000 miles

My car will shut off, even when driving, then suddenly come back on again. At times that are random. It did it first 4 months ago, had it repaired(ignition wiring harness) now it's doing it again & they can't find anything wrong with the stupid thing. It will stall the engine sometimes & you have to restart it.

- , Surprise, AZ, USA

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