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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
115,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace computer (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 032011

Accord EX 3.0L Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,000 miles


All of my lights on my dash board blink and after i shut off the car the emergency light keeps blinking and results in me having to get the car jumo started becaus ethe battery goes dead

- , Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 072010

Accord 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I had made a previous complaint on this site that when the transmission failed, its electronics damaged the vehicle's computer which required replacement, the dealership required its replacement to determine the condition of the transmission which I was informed had failed. After contacting Honda Of North America they gave me assistance to repair the vehicles Trans. and Computer.

- , Crown Point, IN, USA

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