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 seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 142011

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to airbag malfunction the consumer stated the air bag malfunction red light displayed on the dashboard on November 14, 2011. The consumer made an appointment for November 19, 2011. The consumer arrived at the dealership and presented the advisor when the recall notice. About an hour later, the advisor presented the consumer with a list items they thought needed to be repaired as well as the air bag issue. The consumer was informed the air bag light was caused by faulty seat buckle, in which they had to remove the seat in order to make the necessary repair. The advisor then informed the consumer they did not have the inflator valve to complete the recall. The consumer was informed he would be contacted once the part arrived. The work was completed on the buckle. The consumer finally received a call from the dealer stating the part had arrived. When the consumer arrived at the dealer, he was informed the work order had been marked as completed. The consumer stated the recall had not been completed as the part had to be ordered. The consumer received another call from the dealer stating to call them to set up an appointment to have the recall performed.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012002


  • miles
Consumer states that the seat belt buckle latch is located so far into the seat, that consumer or child seat techincian are unable to fasten it, when installing a child seat.manufacturer contacted, do not have anything to fix problem. Nlm

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

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