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.


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

May 292002


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I am very disappointed with my very first new car purchase. I thought Honda was supposed to be a number one car for safety and was supposed to be long lasting. I have had mine in the shop 6-7 times in the last 6 -7 months and it is due to go into the shop again because they still have not fixed the window buttons correctly. I have had the car not start 3 times and have brought it into the dealer to have them tell me that nothing is wrong. I have been without a car for several days while they have it hooked up to some computer and have had no rental cars available to me. I am very frustrated and very affraid to go out to my car and have it not start on a day that I really need it. I want these pronblems fixed and am bringing it to another dealer to see if they can help me with it.

- Melville, NY, USA

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