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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
126,133 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 102012

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,400 miles


Honda Accord with ~97000 on it. Automatic transmission, slipping, jerking, and lurking while decelerating. Almost got me killed exiting the freeway!

I have been dissatisfied with this car for quite some time due to a large number of nickel and dime issues.... This has totally put me over the edge. Honda once made some of the worlds most reliable cars in my opinion, so this is just pathetic that there is this many failures listed under 100k miles. Some other "up and coming" companies offer a standard warranty that would cover all these.

Going to have to limp this hunk of junk down to the repair shop, bend over and grab my ankles and brace for the right that Honda has strapped me in for.

- , Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 222012

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 194,000 miles

After this many miles, I'm pretty sure the trans isn't covered. However, I thought Hondas were supposed to last 250,000 to 350,000 miles. Maybe they mean after one puts an extra $3000 into it and being its a 2002, it doesn't seem worth it. Any suggestions from anyone?

- , Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 012011

Accord EX 2.3L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

I'm very angry that my transmission is shot with relatively low mileage (especially given Honda's reputation). Also not happy to learn there are lots of problems with Honda transmissions in models from the early 2000s.

- , Eau Claire, WI, USA

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