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:
111,269 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 092014

Accord EX 3lt

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,415 miles


I did an injection flush 2014 cost 298.00 and now needs plugs and fuel injectors for cyl 4+5 ,now it is more costly 2yrs later miss fires cyl 4 and 5 why not done before?? cost now 145.00 to diagnose and 500.00 + for new work and very few miles over 14yrs137,500 kl. The maintenance schedule has been followed, not fair to see this happen now .

- , Victoria B.C, BC, Canada

problem #5

Dec 012015

Accord LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 170,000 miles

I want my air bag fixed due to previous recalls that I didn't get to repair. And my check engine light won't go off even after repairs of catalytic converter installed.

- , Glen Burnie, MD, US

problem #4

Aug 252014

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

The mechanic couldn't figure it out. It said emission leak but yet it was looked over and the problem wasn't found. It already had a transmission replaced @ 66,000. I bought it used so who knows what had happened in the almost 30,000 miles? I've had issues pretty much from the beginning, there was always something that I ended up dishing out my credit card for and the best parts are when the warranty doesn't cover them!!!

- , Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 082013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 195,000 miles


I have a 2002 Honda Accord with 195k miles, I bought it whit 52k miles. In the last 2 years the check engine light started to come up way to frequently and every time it will come up, I will take to the mechanic. The mechanic replaced the spark plugs, timing belt, valves and I almost certain some other thing too in the past 2 years. But the biggest problem is that the car burns oil like crazy, every 1000 miles the engine light comes on and as soon as i add 1 or 2 quarts of oil, the light goes off, it has become a pain, I thought I could drive this car at leas to 50k miles more, but the oil burning is increasing. It doesn't leak oil, so I don't know where is going. I dont know what else to do :(

- , Manchester, NH, USA

problem #2

May 012011

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Fortunately, my state inspection for my vehicle was in March and I passed but according to the manual and my mechanic, the car would not pass inspection with this emissions issue. This is the first time I've ever experienced this kind of problem with a car and I am told that the repair is extremely costly although undetermined at this point.

- , Waltham, MA, US

problem #1

May 252007

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,200 miles

I have a 2002 Honda Accord which I love. In 2007 the check engine light came on so I took it to the Honda dealership. They said my Lo-Jack caused it, so they reset and I was on my way. No more trouble until Aug 12, 2010 and now the check engine light is back on, this time I'm not taking it in, I'll just live with it. My car only has 55,000 miles on it and we checked all the other things it could be. By the way back in early 2002 when I bought the car it was Honda that sold me the Lo-Jack. Yes that's right they did, I rechecked my sales receipt on the car. Anyone have any suggestions how to permanently stop this problem

- , Deltona, FL, USA

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