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:
No data
Average Mileage:
80,542 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord engine problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 162013

Accord ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,542 miles


Yesterday (08/16/2013) when I tried to start my Honda Accord 2002,(that has 080542 miles) the engine start and the RPM went down to a 100 instead of above a 1000 as usual when you start an engine. I did try for a few times to start the engine and at out of blue the same problem remained . After the third time of trying the engine started shaking and I turned it off at once. (half tank of gas) My questions are: What does it mean, what is wrong? How much it will cost to fix?

In addition: The first strike was side airbag. (it changed)

Thank you, Vladi.

- , South Pasadena, CA, USA

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