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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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,044 miles
Total Complaints:
188 complaints

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  1. honda should recall 2002 accords to replace defective tranny (78 reports)
  2. honda should replace transmission at no charge (41 reports)
  3. not sure (29 reports)
  4. transmission needs to be replaced (12 reports)
  5. Honda replaced the transmission at no cost (10 reports)
  6. Honda should replace the transmission (8 reports)
2002 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 7 of 10)

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problem #68

Jul 152009

Accord LX 3.0L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles


Went to local mech. to have oil changed to learn that I needed to have my transmission fluid flushed. Somewhat mechanically inclined i thought I would save some money and do myself.. Now I learn through the internet that this is a serious problem on the yr and make of my car i begin to wonder if this is the problem with the manufacturing of my car.

I bought the car used so I doubt that there will no longer be under warranty, but if manufacture defect should it be taken care by Honda. One would think so. How do I find out about this goodwill fix??? any help appreciated

- , Omaha, NE, USA

problem #67

Mar 192009

Accord Ex Special Edition 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,565 miles

This problem showed up last year. After taking my car to the Honda dealer, I got the usual shoulder shrug and the spiel that they know but cannot do anything. I took my car to a reputable transmission repair shop to find out it was a well documented and well known problem. It will cost me $3k to fix. If Honda know this, then why not fix it? I love my car but wow, why sell something you knew was flawed to begin with?

- , Angus, Ontario, Canada

problem #66

Oct 162008

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Trans still in the car At 200,001 today 1/30/10.. Occasionally it shifts very hard and the trac light come on along with the check eng light. While still rolling I put it in neutral, turn off the motor, turn it on and restart, the flashing D, and Trac light go out leaving the check eng light on until I disconnect the battery. Some times this happens twice in a day then not for several weeks or even couple of months???? Of course Honda wants 3500 to 4000 to change out. After reading this web site how long can I expect it to last. Love my accord hate the fact that Honda has not addressed the problem for so many years..Can't buy another Honda sad so sad...........

- , Palmdale, CA, US

problem #65

Jan 182010

Accord SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,294 miles


I see that I am not alone with the problems with the Trans in the 2002 honda accord. I just left the Honda dealer and it's going to cost me 2888.00 to get the Transmission fixed. Why didnt HONDA sent notification that the transmissions in these Honda's are bad. Something needs to be done. I read that if your car is at least 7 yrs old and under 100,000 miles then you can get a new trans. Well I had the honda dealership look up to see if my car would be coverd and it's not. I really love my car. I dont know what to do. Should I have to pay almost 3000 for this problem when Honda knows that the trans are defective.

- , Roswell, GA, USA

problem #64

Sep 122006

Accord SE 2.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

The problem occurs at slow speed(5 or 10 miles/hr) or stop then accelerate. The

transmission wil bang into gear or chatter. And I mean a loud bang. Sometimes when down shifting it will bang

into 1st gear. When you come to a quick stop at a stop sign or in a parking lot and then

try to pull ahead fast this is when it happens. If i'm careful and come to a complete stop then accelerate slowly or just punch it from a complete stop it is fine. If tiy watch the tack you can see the trans is slipping when going through the lower gears. This is a known problem in the repair

industry and the trans needs to be replaced and of course is out of warranty. Its been years now and the car has 180000 miles on .

- , Toms River, NJ, US

problem #63

Mar 012006

Accord LX 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,710 miles

The problem started when turning corners at slower speeds. The trans would thump when shifting back down into 1st. We went to the dealer whil;e the car was on warranty and of course nothing was done. It has been slowly getting worse since then.

I have had the transmission flushed and new filters etc done and the motor mounts changed hoping that would fix it. The car went to a trans repair garage and I had the thing checked for solinoid problems and electrical shift problems etc. The next step is to rip out the trans and rebuild it. I would not trust a new replacement from Honda because the same thing would probably happen. A good rebuild mechanic is the best bet to solve the hard shifting and hestitation.

The trans problem started while the car was on warranty and even though the warranty is over they should still be held liable because I took it to the dealer while under warranty and did nothing. If I would have known about the trans problem Honda was having I would not have bought the car. I bought a Civic for my daughter that has 420,000 km on it and the only problem was that the rear seal leaked. The Accord is a different case. From now on I will stick to Toyota, I have a 1993 Camry with 310,000 and it runs like new and no problems. The accord has 135,000 km and needs a transmission.

- , Edmonton, AB, Canada

problem #62

Jan 102010

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,120 miles


I bought my Honda Accord LX brand new in 2002. I own a repair shop and religiously change the oil every 15,000 miles with Honda Transmission oil. We really baby the car and I was so disappointed when the transmission started slipping. What a joke. Maybe an American car is better. Our shop is continuously swapping Honda accord with used transmission from Japan. A Toyota Corolla and Camry are cars that we never had to swap transmission. My next cars will be Toyota. What a disappointment. I have complained to Honda and they will get back to me. If I am not satisfied, I will tell all my customer to buy Toyota or domestic cars.

- , San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #61

Dec 012009

Accord EX V6 3.0L V-Tech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

what the hell I buy a Honda in 2004 w/26k (wife's car) now @ 94k she tells me trans acting up. take it to the trans shop, he tells me it's going bad, will need rebuild @ $2500-$3000. Now I find this site & find out I'm far from alone. Has anyone had any luck w/Honda or class action?

- , graham, wa, USA

problem #60

Dec 012009

Accord LX 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

I've noticed the slipping when I drive which isn't much, once a month. The service engine light came on and my better half had it checked out at the local auto store and they told her the code number. So she looked it up on the computer and found the problem was the trans. code #p0780 which isn't in my service manual but was stated to her. As much as I hate to say this, knowing the situation now, I used to work for honda on their

motorcycles and power equipment from 1989-2004. When I worked for them they did everything possible to make the customer happy. I can't believe they've changed their ways with their customers. They should fix this problem before somebody gets seriously injured or killed. I purchased my second accord for its dependability because I travel a lot with my vehicle.. this isn't the honda company I remember.

- , Canton, NC, USA

problem #59

Jan 012008

Accord SE 2.2L 4cl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

Purchased 2002 Honda Accord SE 4 cylinder used with 19k miles in 2003. Never had any problems and followed all maintenance schedules including transmission fluid changes. Before 70k noticed the transmission hesitating and shifting hard into gear. Talked to my mechanic and he said he'd heard this before with Hondas. At 73k went to dealer and they interceded with the regional rep. Honda would only pay 30% of the cost to do a "goodwill" repair. They replaced the transmission with a remanufactured one and gave me 36k warranty. My cost was $1800. The replacement transmission has the same feel as the original one, that is it is slow to shift until engine gets completely warmed up and then it still is not as smooth as it should be. Obviously it is a manufacturing defect that they have known for some time and have built into their business model. Essentially the buyer or second owner of these cars is paying an extra premium to Honda and the dealers to unload faulty components on car owners. The class action settlement for older models is proof of the point. They need to be prosecuted by the government. The definition of fraud is "a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain." The definition of conspiracy is "an agreement to perform together an illegal, treacherous or evil act." I believe Honda, its dealers, and its components manufacturers are engaging in a conspiracy to commit fraud. I also agree with other posters who identify this as a safety issue. NHTSA should take action.

- , Fort Thomas, KY, USA

problem #58

Sep 082009

Accord EX 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


It hesitates shifting from 1 st gear to 2nd gear and the engine races a little. I am being told may have to replace transmission.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #57

Oct 212009

Accord EX-L 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Honda needs to step up to the plate and address the problem, with the transmission on the 2002 accords. I was going to hand this car down to my oldest son but I guess, we'll both be driving a toyota soon.

- , Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #56

Oct 232009

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,600 miles

No complaint. With less than 90,000 miles and me having bought a Certified used Honda less than 3 1/2 years ago, I asked Honda for help. Without a warranty, Honda put in a re manufactured transmission and allowed me 50% goodwill. How great it feels to not drive the most expensive car I ever owned jerking, slipping and hesitating. I love Honda. I don't know any other car manufacturer that would have stepped up to the plate and helped someone out for the asking.

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #55

Oct 102009

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I just bought the car off a person that took great care of it with all the scheduled maintenance. The other day as I was driving away from my house the transmission would hesitate to shift gears and would jerk pretty hard once it would get to second gear. I took it to my mechanic and he told me that the transmission had to be replaced. My car now has 120,000 miles and I thought that this was the reason for the malfunction of my transmission, but after looking at this blog I realize that the mileage has little to do with it. It is just a faulty transmission from the get go. I am very disappointed in Honda because their vehicles have had a good reputation and after having this problem I doubt such a reputation. I wish Honda would take responsibility for using such faulty transmissions and at least pay for part of the cost to repair. If anyone needs any support to get a law suit or try to get honda to do something I am all for it...

- , Fresno, CA, USA

problem #54

Oct 012009

Accord SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

The car was purchased as a new car in 2002 right off the show room floor. I never drive any where of any distance accept work and back home. 7 years later with just under 70,000 miles the transmission starts to fail. The Honda dealer in my town gives me a quote of $3299.00 to purchase a new transmission, or I should consider purchasing a new car. They said they could not tell me if the transmission would fail in two days, two weeks or over a year. They said, most people just purchase new vehicles. I took the car to Alexandria, VA today for another opinion and was told the transmission was going into failure, but the problem was the transmission fuel was never changed during maintenance and that even if I paid Honda $3299 for a new transmission that it would not be new, but refurbished. How was I to know the transmission fuel was not being changed and how can I get Honda to replace it for free. Who has the answer?

- , Temple Hills, MD, US

problem #53

Sep 012009

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Same as all other posters. The transmission has been slipping for months now. I just thought it was a simple timing belt problem or similar. It just got really scary today on the freeway with my 5 years old. I am glad I found this site. I will be placing a call to Honda to make them aware that we are aware of this transmission problems with Accords. Let's see if they do the right thing and pay for part of the repair. If not, I will be making the call to the previously mentioned law office.

- , Walnut, CA, USA

problem #52

May 012007

Accord LX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

When attempting to accelerate moderately from any speed, the Accord would feel like it was stalling, then suddenly and roughly downshift and surge forward. The delay could have been disastrous when pulling into traffic if not accounted for. I wrote up the problem a few times after it became very prominent around 45,000 miles, but the dealer said they could never duplicate the problem. It happened to me almost every time I drove the car. This went on for almost three years. Of course, the warranty had long expired. I also have a virtually identical 2000 Accord LX whose shifts were/are always smooth and without hesitation. I always liked its transmission better than the 2002's. The 2002 Accord's transmission grew worse with time and miles.

- , Arlington, VA, USA

problem #51

Apr 052009

Accord VP 4 Cy

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

Have been having trouble with this car for the last 10 months. First it's the O2 sensor, or so they said. Car has been having trouble shifting into gear since before the O2 sensor came on. Just took it to the dealership where I bought it & was told that the transmission needs to be replaced. I don't understand how this car's tranny can go, with only 53,000 miles. I have had this car in for regular maintenance service & oil changes regularly. Any advice on how to pursue a "good will repair?"

- , Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #50

Aug 102009

Accord ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Well how many ways, how many times can you say there is a PROBLEM HERE!!!!!

Pasted from earlier post....I'M CALLING MONDAY AM

Same problem everyone else is having........ Need I say more. My car has 70,000 miles on it......... transmission gone $3000 to fix. I have a 95 Honda accord 160k miles original tranny. This is bullshyt! Three people to call Honda America 800-999-1009, NHTSA to file a safety complaint 888-327-4236, and Stamell & Schager law office for a possible class action lawsuit 212-566-4356. Hopefully if EVERYONE of us does this we will get a recall. I was told by the law office to deal with Honda ONLY, because if the lawsuit goes through like it did on the 2001's, the stipulation in the settlement said they would only repair or repay transmissions that were replaced by Honda. That's all I have to share for now.

- , Hoover, AL, USA

problem #49

Aug 232008

Accord SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

I bought a 2002 Accord SE, automatic transmission, that was a lease car initially. I purchased this used in 2005 with appx. 36,000 miles on it. Currently it has about 67,000 miles on it. I was told last year (2008) in August that my transmission was failing. I talked with a reputable repair shop in my area and he confirmed it and told me it would cost the same if I had it rebuilt then or waited for it to drop dead. I have milked it for a year so far. I don't have $2000+ handy. It seems to me that a car with that lower mileage should not have the transmission fail. I bought the Honda because of it's reliability and my previous experience with a Honda Civic.

- , Midwest City, OK, USA

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