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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Average Mileage:
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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)
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  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)
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problem #28

Aug 262008

Accord SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


My problem started 2 months ago. The very 1st thing in the morning, I'd back out of my driveway shift from R to D and I almost got whiplash! Then as I started in my daily routine of taking my daughter to school and myself to work, the RPM's would race up to 4000-5000 for split seconds and then jerk forward. When I would come to a stop sign as I had my foot on the brake, the engine would rev and as soon as I took my foot off of the brake, I would peel out from the corner. Every single morning! All this occurred only at low rates of speed, under 30 mph. After the 1st 5 minutes of driving the car, this would all stop and I would not have anymore problems. Well, for 30 days it did this, like clockwork. Even my 7 yr old daughter said "mommy, somethings wrong with your car!" after on of the jerks caused her to spill milk all over herself. Well, I took it to my Honda dealership and they said they could not make the car do what I had explained and when they hooked it up to the computer, it didn't give them any error codes. They even went as far as to explain to me when the air cond. kicks in, it might "surge" a little. Idiots! I have had 2 cars with their trannies go out in the past and I told them this is what I thought is was-they dismissed me because they couldn't get it to do what I said. Soooo I took it to another repair place, left it there overnight for 2 nights and 3 days, and THEY couldn't get it to do it either. Plus, their computer didn't bring up any error codes either! But the mechanic had a great observation also, he assured me that he checked to make sure that the mat wasn't stuck underneath the accelerator pedal!!!! Idiots! Now every morning before I took it to both of them and every morning after I took it to them it did the same thing-go figure. Soo this am as I pulled out of my driveway and proceeded 15 mph down the block, it raced to 3000 rpm's didn't come back down, CLUNK! and the check engine light came on and the D4 started blinking. Golly gee whilickers! the transmission gave out! I barely made it around the block to get home, so my husband could deliver us to our destinations. I had it towed to the Honda dealer, told them "I told you so, I'm not an idiot" and luckily it's covered under the powertrain warranty up until 100,000 miles. What ever happened to car 101, screw those computers and their codes, open up the hood, take something apart and check it out. After seeing all of the problems on this website, I think this issue should be on the "fleecing of America" with John Stossal!

- , Aberdeen, SD, USA

problem #27

Aug 122008

Accord SE 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

This car has been in our family since it was brand new. It has had excellent care and maintenance. I am VERY disappointed that with less than 90,000 miles, it has severe transmission issues and will cost thousands of dollars to repair. From this site, I learned that this is a common problem with these Hondas. Honda corporation will not stand by their product. This should have been a recall or extended warranty issue. I feel the only way to get Honda to listen is to file a class action suit. I've owned Honda's in the past and currently own two Hondas, and this will be my last one unless Honda takes the initiative to correct this problem. If anyone wants to file a class action suit or knows how to proceed with a class action suit, please contact me.

- , Midland, MI, USA

problem #26

Jul 012008

Accord SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,900 miles

Wish I'd known about this site BEFORE I bought this car in 2003...transmission slips when you first start to drive it, checked fluid level (yes, I did this while it was running like my daddy taught me), level OK. Today it would not get out of 1st gear; drove GDD to sitters, then straight to the mechanic @ 7:30AM. Said it would cost $80 to run the diagnostic, I said OK, then walked 2 miles home (DD on way to work, no one but the manager at the shop until 8:30 - lazy bums - so had no ride unless I waited). Me and my blistered feet waited with some trepidation for call about the issue hoping it was something simple (life sucks without a car, even for brief periods of time). Call came in around 11AM - baaad news. Was told the diagnostic (love the computer age) said the transmission needed to be overhauled (seeing $$$ signs spinning around my head). Manager Dan said I had 2 options: 1) something called JASPER (or similar sounding name) which basically is putting in a rebuilt transmission - Cost: $4100; 2) shop could replace the parts which would mean my car would have to be "shopitalized" for up to 3 days (likely more since July 4th is 3 days away) - Cost: $3300. By this time my stomach's in knots, and the $$$ have begun to multiply and spin faster. I sighed heavily and told Manager Dan I'd call him back. Phoned DD, LVM. Decision time...spend $3300 for a car that's probably only worth $7K (or less) w/o the tranny in ICU. Meanwhile, DD returns my call (will be borrowing her car for a few days); I gave her the bad news, vented a little. Did some research on Hybrid's; did some research on used vehicles; crunched some numbers; decided to use the repair $$$ as a down payment on a new vehicle. '02's prognosis: bleak -- unless someone wants to have mercy and buy a fixer-upper. Still like Honda's, but Honda should have issued a recall on the transmissions for the '02's.

- , Mansfield, TX, US

problem #25

Jul 232008

Accord ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


My transmission went out at 72k miles and with EVERY regularly scheduled maintenance, oil change, etc. After hearing the $2,700 tab, I researched online and found hundreds of people with the same problem in the same year Accord. So I called my local Honda dealership and then Honda customer service. They said I have to pay the hundreds of dollars of extra cost to have my car towed to the dealership and have them diagnose it and only then will Honda consider a "goodwill repair." Well, I already spent $600 at local mechanic to disassemble transmission. Bottom line Honda refused to pay for diagnosis (or extra cost to get over to local dealer) or for repair so I paid out of pocket. More research shows that there is a recall of almost the exact same transmission for the 2003 Accord. As an attorney, I know recalls only come after class action law suits make it too expensive for Honda to ignore. So I am going to document everything and bring a class action law suit for a defective transmission and see if I can get Honda's attention (and reimbursement) for my expense. I must add that this website really helped me with my research.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 182008

Accord ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,243 miles

I've had my car for just a couple years. It is only 6 years old with 80000 miles on it. My family and i went on vacation on July 18, 2008. When we left I noticed the transmission was shifting hard. When i would take off, it would shift hard for the first three gears. When I would slow down to stop, it would down shift very hard. It would also hesitate to shift. I took it to the Honda dealership on July 31, 2008. They called me that afternoon and told me I needed to replace the transmission. They had to order it. It cost me $3500. From the transmission jerking, 2 motor mounts were broken. I also replaced those.

- , Arnaudville, LA, USA

problem #23

Feb 012008

Accord SE 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

After reading this forum I decided to call Honda of America on July 8. I spoke with Bertha and she said I would have to take the car to a dealer for a diagnosis. I made a appointment with Mistlin Honda, Modesto Ca. to bring the car in July 11. Mistlin service advisor Bob Wynashe had a technician diagnose the problem with the transmission. He concluded the transmission should be replaced. Bob said he would speak with the Honda rep and get back to me. Bob call approx. two hours later and said Honda would replace the transmission and converter if I would pay approx. $800.00 labor. I agreed and took the car in yesterday. I picked the car up today and the bill was $640.00 or $160.00 less than the estimate. I am totally satisfied with the dealer and a little disappointed with Honda. They know the transmission is a piece of junk and should recall all the 2002 Accords and Civics. However, $640.00 sure beats $3500.00.

If anyone would like to use this information when dealing Honda the dealers' work

order number is: 187866 (Mistlin Honda, Modesto Ca.)

- , Patterson, CA, USA

problem #22

Jul 012008

Accord LX 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,250 miles


After my awful experience with my first brand new 1999 Ford Contour car, I decided to trade-in my car for a 2002 Honda Accord LX for I was told that Honda vehicles are very reliable and very good on the road up until July 1, 2008 when I find out that I needed a new transmission. I knew that all vehicles sometime later on will need to replace it's transmission but I did not expect this from a Honda Accord which I only had for 6 years. The service adviser at the Honda dealership here in Reno told me that the cost of a new transmission for my Honda Accord LX will cost about $3,100 and if you asked me, $3,100 is a lot of money to pull out of the pocket. I asked about the warranties and he said that the warranties were only good at 36,000 miles or 3 years of having the vehicle. I don't have an extended warranty, but I was told that even with an extended warranty, it will not cover a new transmission replacement. With all the complaints I see for the 2002 Honda Accords, The American Honda Motor Co. Inc should recall 2002 Honda Accords to replace its defective transmission. For those of you who has the same car problems as I am, please email me at and let me know how did you go about solving this problem. I am going to write the to the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Honda Consumer Affairs Dept. to complain. This is the address given at the Honda warranty information booklet:

Mail Stop 500-2N-7D

1919 Torrance Boulevard

Torrance, California 90501-2746

(800) 999-1009

- , Reno, NV, USA

problem #21

Jun 012008

Accord SE 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,500 miles

I had heard that the 6th generation of transmissions for these Honda's wasn't good. I just trust Honda and thought maybe it is just a tale passed around, but sure enough the transmission went out. I will give it to Honda that thing lasted until I got it to the dealership and right before I got it on the lot, warning lights galore started popping up. Thankfully I got the extended warranty on the Certified Pre-Used or it looks like I would be out some change, They are going to completely replace it since it was so far gone. I just got the transmission flushed when I brought it in for the regular service so don't know if that helped or not. I Will still trust Honda because if it was a different make i would probably be sitting on the side of the road well before this.

- , Franklin, TN, USA

problem #20

May 262008

Accord SE 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,720 miles

I called Honda dealer and was told that this was the first they had heard of a 2002

Accord transmission problem.

- , Patterson, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 162008

Accord SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I have Hondas always imagine my disgust when my auto center tells me it's the transmission.I trust this repair center b/c they have always fixed my Hondas.They do not repair so I have to take it somewhere else-The quote $ rebuild.I bought this car brand new why in the H#$% should i need a transmission.I get the services which I feel has been a waste of money.With gas prices so high I feel really angry about this extra expense. I have not reported to Honda Corp. yet,b/c Reading the other post it may not change anything.I believe I will drive until I am forced to make this repair.

- , Greenville, SC, USA

problem #18

May 232008

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles


My transmission was having problems shifting from 1st to 2nd and had limited power to climb small inclines. I made an appointment to have my transmission checked out at the dealer. The dealer called and said the transmission would need to be replaced and would cost me around $2300 plus a $48.00 diagnostic fee since it was no longer covered by the 3yr/36,000 mile warranty. The service person also said that they had checked and the vehicle was not covered under an extended warranty. When I indicated my displeasure about the transmission failure with only 49,000 miles on it I was told that they could provide a telephone number I could call to see if part of the cost could be split with Honda America. I was livid. I left the car at the dealer overnight. The next morning the service person called and said that they had run the V.I.N. and that my vehicle was indeed covered by extended warranty and that my cost would be $50.00 for a deductible. (There was no apology given for the erroneous information which was given the night before about the lack of an extended warranty.) The transmission is supposed to be a remanufactured Honda tranny with all Honda parts. The warranty will not be extended further so the warranty will expire May 2009 no matter how few miles are placed on the "re manufactured Honda transmission". I will most likely sell this car within the next two years as I don't want to risk the same problem occurring without any warranty coverage. I thought Hondas were supposed to go at least 100,000 miles without major repairs and make it to 200,000+ miles. If Honda would own up to the faulty transmissions on the 2002 models like they did on the 2000-2001 cars and do the right thing to correct the problem with the owners I would respect that. However, their denial of the problem and lack of a positive solution which meets customer satisfaction requirements has placed a substantial blemish on their reputation. Are Hondas reliable and do they really desire repeat buyers?

- , Lafayette, OR, USA

problem #17

May 212008

Accord SE 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Before I talk about my car specifically, I want to point out that the Honda Accord is exactly what we as Americans need right now, because if you buy one, you'll be taking alternative transportation a lot, and thereby cutting your fuel consumption.

Now for the details, this is the sequel to the story in which my new (used) Honda Accord SE's tranny went out on the way home from the dealership. The car is beautiful--white with a spoiler and moonroof...Ok, it's old, but to me, it's a beautiful car, and I love the remote locks--my 1990 Honda's locks don't even work, let alone remotely. Anyhow, the first two weeks I owned it, it was in the shop getting used tranny installed (under warranty). Last week (not even 10,000 miles later), it developed a problem getting into and out of 1st gear. Today, nine days after it was towed, the mechanic said he thinks it's the torque converter. So the takeaway is, with gas prices soaring, maybe you should consider a Honda Accord. Or if you're already considering a Honda Accord, maybe you should also consider a new bike and an apartment on the busline!

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #16

Oct 182007

Accord EX 2.3L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

they should fix it with no cost, sometimes it scares me coz i feel like its not safe for me to drive it but i have to get to work and its not even paid off yet. it really sucks that my car hesitates to shift, shifst hard and the drive light blinks, the transmission fails they should really do something about it!!!! is there any thing i can do to get it fixed? i don't have the money to fix it

but i have no choice i have to use it to get to work even though it feels so unsafe.

- , Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #15

May 082008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I am very upset I bought a used 2002 Accord EX put maybe 10,000 miles on it and the engine light came on so I thought probably a o2 sensor took it to auto zone let them check the code came back a shifting problem. So I got online and chills run up my spine when I start reading about all the problems people are having with 2002 Honda transmissions not little problems but nightmare problems. So the first thing I do is take it to the dealer they call me back a couple of hours later and tell me I need a new transmission wow just like the nightmare everyone is having online they tell me they are going to try to get Honda to help with the cost after a week and a half and me calling Honda they say they will pay a measly 10 percent. of a 2600 dollar repair and my car has less than 100,000 miles. I have found a guy that says he will rebuild it for 1000 bucks I am going to fix it and sell it and buy a Toyota. The sad thing is I have owned 6 Honda's and have always paid a little more for one so I wouldn't have to worry about a major repair now I will never own another one so I guess it will cost Honda a little bit more down the road than it did me.

- , Killen, AL, USA

problem #14

Nov 032007

Accord SE 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,089 miles

was i happy or should say un happy to see other people with same problems,i have a02 accord with shifting problems up shift 1to2 and downshift 2to1 gears i called Honda of Canada they say there is no re call over here on tranny . i guess i will stick to Mazda .my other car is a Mazda Protege with 285000 km and still going strong my accord started to act up in the 120000km range i don't know what to do with it if i fix it will cost $2000 but it seems like it won't last too long i am in newed of some advice.

- , Markham, ON, Canada

problem #13

Mar 282008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

We own a 2002 Honda Accord EX. We purchased the vehicle new and purchased the extended warranty to cover the car for 6 years and 100,000 miles. I do get my cars serviced as per the owners manual recommendations. The car is mainly used for my wife to drive to and from to work. She drives the freeway and the car now has just over 100,000 miles on it. We took it to our mechanic, who works on only Hondas, for service and timing belt and my wife told him of some problems in the car shifting. He told her that Hondas had several problems with the transmissions on this year car and he thought they had a recall or were fixing the cars for customers due to several complaints. We contacted the local Honda dealership, Spreen Honda, who advised us we needed a new transmission. They told us the cost would be $3200.00. They contacted Honda of America who told them that we do not qualify for any assistance. I contacted Honda of America and am waiting to get a call from the case worker. If I had known of the problems with the transmissions I would not have purchased a Honda. I was told that these were suppose to be one of the most reliable cars on the road, but for a transmission to go at only 100,000 miles is ridiculous. I have owned Fords, Dodges and Toyotas in the past and I have put between 175,000-200,000 miles on those vehicles and have never had a transmission problem before. If Honda does not offer some assistance in this matter i will definitely trade the car in for another car. It will not be a Honda though. It is too bad as my wife loves the car, but it needs to be reliable. That is why i purchased the ar in the first place.

- , San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 022007

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

My Honda Accord 2002, with 65,000 miles, started to jerk forward, when stopped on a red light you feel the car wants to jump forward, several times I was afraid of rear ending other cars in front of me, so I tried to keep extra distance from the other cars, "you know how it works, you keep distance for safety and another SOB gets in front of you". Anyway, I took the car to Auto repair shop "Merchants" and I asked them to check the car, they recommended flushing all the fluids (Oil, Brake fluid, Trans fluid, radiator), the cost to me was about $800 which included new brake pads. The car drove OK for couple thousand miles, then it started the slipping, jerking again. At about 70,000 miles I took the car for Oil change at Good Year where they told me that Tran�s fluid is, dirty (black) and they recommended flushing the Trans. I took the car back to "Merchants" and showed them the report from Good Year, the said that they will repeat the job (flushing the fluids) at no charge. After Flushing the trans for the second time, the car drove OK for few days, then it started jerking, slipping, and specially when I make a turn the car will slow down as if the gear is not engaged, when I push on the gas I get no reaction (speed wise), some times I have to switch between the different gears to get it engaged, recently, many times I have to go to full stop and shift into P the to D fro the gear to get engaged. The situation was very dangerous several times and about to cause accidents, for sure attracted the attention of other drivers and many of them showed angry gestures. It is an accident waiting to happen any time I drive the Honda Accord. Couple of days ago, the TCS light came on for long time, yesterday the TCS light went off, but the Check Engine Light came on and stayed on. I am not sure what is the problem, but after reading this Forum, I am convinced that the TRANS is FAILING, I hope that Honda will honor a replacement, since the car is Low Mileage, about 72,000 miles. I will be taking the car tomorrow to a Honda Dealer in Northern Virginia.

- , Potomac Falls, VA, USA

problem #11

Mar 212007

(reported on)

Accord SE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,900 miles

The transmission started slipping at 71,900 miles. Initially, it was slow to speed up from 10-20 mph, and instead of shifting from 25000 RPM, it would take 35000 RPM to do the same function. I switched air filters and then flush the fluid in weeks 2 and 3 in an effort to stave off more expensive repairs. The problem was usually only observable when the car was cold. In weeks 3+, higher gears started slipping, and the car needed more warm-up before it drove as normally. I was quoted $1600 to repair it (in addition to the $200 or so for the other fixes) and I am not happy! I am debating trading it in entirely or risk more problems later. As it is, I can still get a decent trade-in value. I'm going back to Toyota.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 192008

Accord SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I was driving my car yesterday when out of no where it started to take a long time to shift into gear and started to make a jerking movement. I immediately pulled over and shut off the car. I waited about two minutes and started it back up again and started to drive it. started to jerk very hard when I would step on the gas peddle. After a minute or two, the malfunction light turned on. When I got home, I contacted my Honda dealer, (Honda cars of Boston). They told me I should bring the car in to have a diagnostic check on it to find out what the problem was... plus I would have to pay $100 to have this test done. I then decided to take it to Autozone where they perform the same diagnostic check for FREE!!!!...Yes FREE!!! The diagnostic check came back that the there was a problem with the transmission. What???? My car is only 5 years old with only 65,000 miles and there is a transmissions problem???? I couldn't believe it!!!! So I did some research on line to see if anyone else has had a problem like this and I found out that several people are complaining about the same thing. When I bought my Accord I did so because I thought it was a great car and is known to last forever. I am baffled about this. So I then contact the dealer again and I tell them about the diagnostic test. The dealer tells me that they don't fix transmissions there and that my car because it is a 2002 would not be covered to have the transmission problem fixed under a class action suit that was done for the 2000- 2001 models. He then gave me a phone # to call the Honda headquarters. I called and spoke to someone there and he told me the same thing. He then gave me a case # and told me a case mgr would contact me in 1 to 2 days. He was going to put my complaint in as a goodwill repair. Hopefully this works!!! I'm very disappointed with what happened to my car. I'va already contacted the atty general's office to file a complaint about this. I believe there should be some type of class action suit or be entitled to a recall and not have to pay for the cost to repair this problem. It is a very expensive problem to fix and Honda needs to step to the plate and take care of this problem!!!

- , North Reading, MA, USA

problem #9

Mar 032008

Accord 4 Cyc

  • Manual transmission
  • 131,000 miles

It's so sad that 1998 Honda Accords have recalls and not 2002!

- , colbert, GA, USA

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