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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
280,006 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

engine problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 272015

Accord 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 280,006 miles


I am having heating problems with my car. I recently got the waterpump changed but I am STILL having heating problems. I also got 2 oil changes in one day. Before I got the oil change, my oil and water were mixing in together :( We thought it was a blown head gasket but not one time did my car smoke or steam. Yesterday, I purchased liquid glass to put in my car to see if it will solve my car from overheating. It worked for a while but my temperature hand STILL goes up...>:/

Can anyone tell me what the problem may be to why my car is STILL overheating?????

- , Greenville, MS, USA

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