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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
55,600 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012005

Accord ES 2.3L-Liter Four-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


This is the first of three transmission replacements for this car.

- Raymond M., Fort Wayne, IN, US

problem #3

Jul 012008

Accord EX 4.0 L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I noticed a somewhat high pitched noise while accelerating and had it looked at many times but no one could find the problem. Then, after a few months, I noticed it shifting hard and sticking when first starting out. This didn't happen all of the time, mostly when it was cold out. Just recently it has been shifting very hard and sticking in 1st and 2nd. Also a leaking seal was found over the summer.

Currently I have my car at the shop getting an estimate on the transmission. I too, bought a Honda based on their reputation! I had put money into old cars for years and was tired of it! I wanted a car that would last long after the payments. Well, my last payment was March 7 2009 and now it has to have the transmission replaced with ONLY 70,000 miles on it! After reading all of these complaints I am definitely calling Honda America on Monday.

- Kristi B., Omaha, NE, US

problem #2

Aug 192008

Accord EX 4 cyl Vtec

  • Manual transmission
  • 91,000 miles

I am a 43 years old woman and I am on my 3rd vehicle in my life. I bought the Accord brand new and have maintained a perfect service record. This vehicle has a manual transmission and I never thought that a manual trans would go out since I was the only person driving the car. I have been driving a manual clutch since I was 16 years old. I was driving one day and noticed a humming noise while driving on the highway. The clutch was engaging properly and I had no problems with the gears switching during the process of going from 1st to 5th gear. But that noise, minor in sound was bothering me and I wanted to get it checked. I took it into the dealership maybe a week after that and had it diagnosed, they told me it was the Transmission/Clutch and would cost $2238 to repair. The service representative told me that this was highly unusual for a manual transmission but after reading all the complaints I'm sure Honda has a problem with transmissions period!! I paid $1300 to get the car fixed!! I have deep sorrow hearing all the stories of folks who owned Honda Accord EX-V6!! I wanted that car so bad!! Long story I was ripped off at the dealership but maybe it was a blessing because I cannot imagine replacing the transmission on a EX-V6 at 85K, that is a expensive car and its just horrible that Honda doesn't do a recall or something to make this a known issue.

- karmel kristian, Detroit, MI, US

problem #1

Aug 192008

(reported on)

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,234 miles

I've driven Honda's for 22 years so I was most disgusted with this problem. Bought a used 02 Accord LX Auto with 27K from the original owner in Aug, 2006. I noticed it seem noisy when accelerating compared to my 2005 Civic. So I took the car to my independent mechanic, and to my horror, he stated it sounds like the differential bearings may be bad. He had me take it to Mentro Honda in Monroe and they confirmed the transmission was bad. So the dealer contacted Honda and they said they would replace it at warranty cost of $3000.00. Yes, that's me paying the $3K!!!! So I called Honda direct and after their employee insulted me saying "You bought it used and not from a Honda dealer" and after I sent them photos and maintenance records of the car, they replaced the transmission with me paying $500.00.

Honda has lowered it's standard to that of Ford, GM and Chrysler

- Scott W., Charlotte, NC, US

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