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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2002 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 072001

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The first incident happened as I was proceeding through a yied sign, the vehicle which preceeded me had come to a complete stop. When I applied my brakes, the car did not stop. The brake pedal was all the way to the floor. The only thing stopping the car was the impact with the other vehicle. Because everything happen so fast, I assumed that I did not react quickly enough. On 1/24/03 was the second time this happened, there were two passengers in the car with me who witness the brake incident again. This time as I tried to vere to the right to avoid an accident, the steering column was locked and I was unable to steer the car. Again the only thing that stopped the car was the impact. In both situations I was not traveling at a high rate of speed and there was ample time for the car to stop had the brakes worked. When I took it to the Honda dealer, they said they had never heard of anything like that happening before. I insisted they check the vehicle out anyway and, of course, they couldn't find anything wrong. This is a great safety issue and under other circumstances the results could have been more serious or even fatal.

- Sherwood, AR, USA

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