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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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 182002

(reported on)


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This is not so much a failure as a question/suggestion about what regulations are in place for us standards of rear taillight assemblies. A lot of manufactures have gone to using red turn signals that also serve as brake lights. The problem I have, and I'm sure this has caused accidents, is that when someone is indicating a turn 90% of the time they must brake to do so. But the act of braking obscures the turn indicator. When one turns they drop a lot more speed then someone braking with traffic. The uniformly red turn/brake light assemblies can cause confusion among drivers behind the turning vehicle and lead to misinterpretation of the drivers intention and lead to accidents. Has any study been done involving rear-end accidents involving turning vehicles" there is probably a higher % involving vehicles with red rear-turn signals. IM hoping that the NHTSA will perform a study regarding red turn signals and propose new regulations that require automakers to use yellow lenses for all rear-turn signals. Another issue with them is when the vehicles hazard lights are on. Having blinking yellow lights will alert drivers much quicker to the presence of a disabled vehicle than blinking red lights. The red lights will blend in with any other vehicle braking to slow due to the hazard. Thank you for taking the time to read my question, if this is not the right department for such a compliant/suggestion, can you please forward it to the appropriate personal. Could you also notify me of the proper department and its contact information for making such suggestions" thanks.

- Troy, NY, USA

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