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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,550 miles

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2002 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 302014


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the key became dislodged from the ignition switch and the engine stalled. The vehicle rolled away and crashed into a parked vehicle. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was made aware of recall NHTSA campaign number: 05V025000 (electrical system). However, the VIN was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000. Updated 01/07/14

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #5

May 012009

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving 40 mph, the instrument panel illuminated and the vehicle slowed down. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road. She turned off the vehicle for approximately fifteen seconds and it restarted normally. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and he stated that the ignition was failing and there was a recall available. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that there were no failures. American Honda stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 05V025000 (electrical system:ignition:switch), although the failures were identical. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 83,000. Updated 5/26/09 updated 05/28/09.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 292007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. After parking in the driveway, the contact removed the key from the ignition while the gear was in drive. A few minutes later, the vehicle rolled forward at approximately 3 mph and damaged the garage. The dealer informed him that NHTSA campaign id number 05V025000 (electrical system:ignition:switch) only pertains to vehicles that were manufactured in Japan. The current and failure mileages were 62,500.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 232007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


Honda Accord 2002 4dr sedan, V6. Automatic transmission ignition key failure. I was able to remove the key while transmission was in drive and engine off. After about 2 minutes, the car rolled forward into my garage door. Hand brake was off. Spare key, give the same results. I was advised that there were no recalls for the Honda Accord 2002. This is a dangerous situation. Normally a person would not know of this problem until what happened to me. This time the only injury was to a garage door, not a person. *updated 12/12/07 the consumer stated the vehicle crashed in the her garage. The consumer stated she accidentally left the vehicle in the drive after she removed the key from the ignition. The dealer informed the consumer her vehicle was not a part of the recall. Recall# 05V025000. It was only for vehicles manufactured in Japan not the usa. Updated 12/12/07.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 272007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,800 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that he was able to remove the key from the ignition while the gear shift indicator was in the drive position. The dealer diagnosed the cause of failure as the ignition switch. The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in recall number 05V025000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The contact felt that his vehicle should be included as part of the recall. The failure mileage was 63,800 and current mileage was 64,036.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 142007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Faulty ignition switch. The key can be removed from the ignition while the car is still in gear (drive). The car rolled down the block and hit a neighbor's mailbox.

- St. James, NY, USA

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