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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
156,333 miles

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2002 Honda Accord fuel system problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently and the engine stalled. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the starter need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the pressure was down and the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #2

Apr 032015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
I took my Honda to Honda of stevens creek and asked if they knew anything about my car not starting when is left on hot weather. They said they was a bulletin but no recall and therefore I was responsible for the fix. I looked online and it seems to be a very common problem with the fuel pressure regular or something to that effect. How does one get a common problem fix or start a recall process? it seems to me that having to use my vehicle in cold weather only is problematic. Thank you for your help.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 302013


  • 269,000 miles
August 2013 - just stopped while driving; placed in park and started ok; December 2013 - stopped on highway while driving - 60 mph in center lane - dangerous - placed in park and started again. Took to mechanic who replaced ignition switch as old Honda have been having this problem two days later, just stopped while driving on highway. Placed in park and tried to start; turned over, but didn't start - waited 1/2 hour - started again. Drove about 10 miles, then stopped again. Called tow truck. Now it starts, but I'm afraid to go anywhere note: Feels like I ran out of gas when it stops.

- Parkton, MD, USA

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