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:
Average Mileage:
73,374 miles
Total Complaints:
22 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (13 reports)
  2. replace SRS unit (7 reports)
  3. replaced at no cost (2 reports)
2002 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Nov 292006

(reported on)

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


Did not have extended warranty and dealer advised SRS unit is not covered by standard warranty at 41,000 miles. Quoted cost to replace 550.00. Requested dealer to contact Honda for possible coverage as I had limited mileage and taken good care of vehicle since purchasing it new. Honda covered the part but not the labor so repair cost 150.00. I think Honda should cover their safety restraint system components for a greater period of time than they do. Will strongly consider another manufacturer of automobile when I buy my next car and stop recommending Hondas to friends and family. My prior car was a Mitsubishi Eclipse that had over 130,000 miles with no problems that were not covered by warranty. If Honda has such a great car why is their warranty so wimpy?

- , Slidell, LA, USA

problem #1

Dec 202005

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 21,000 miles

I am worried because the SRS light means the airbag in the car isnt working. The car has been to 3 different Honda dealerships and none of them can find a solution. They always say a cell phone on the seat could set it off. Well the car has a problem if a damn cell phone sets off the SRS light. The light has come on even when my cell phone isnt on the seat. The problem is the computer isnt storing any codes. The dealership has replaced the SRS control module twice and even an alternator. It is in the shop right now getting a second SRS control module... i hope this works..

- , Overland Park, KS, USA

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