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:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,983 miles

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2002 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 6 of 17)

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problem #236

Jun 012010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles


I have a 2002 Honda Accord and it has 106,000 miles on it. It just passed the warranty period. The transmission on this vehicle has serious problem and it is a safety issue. When you stop at a red light or stop sign and when you start the vehicle will not move and the engine roars and the RPM shoots. The vehicle behind me might think that it is moving and can come and hit from behind. It also has the problem of suddenly accelerating or suddenly losing speed and thus becoming a safety issue. The dealer informed me that the transmission is at fault. After some research I have found that it is a very common problem for this model of vehicle. Honda is not ready to accept any responsibility and says everything is alright. Please act before something happens and take action against Honda.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #235

Feb 112009

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the transmission was slipping from first to second gear nd when accelerating, the vehicle would hesitate to engage. The contact was concerned with the fact that when attempting to accelerate, following vehicles would approach the vehicle rapidly and follow very closely. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage is 55,000. Updated 11/05/10 the consumer stated he has not received a response from Honda. Updated 11/05/10

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #234

May 202002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord ex, 4 cylinder, automatic, has hard shifting problems. This can cause a dangerous situation when pulling into traffic at an intersection. The car sometimes will not accelerate and gets stuck between 1st and 2nd gear. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #233

May 012010


  • miles


2002 Accord coupe SE - transmission lurching began in approx. Oct 2008. Became very bad in June 2009 at that time slippage also started occurring. Had transmission rebuilt at a cost of almost $4,000. Vehicle now has approx 125,000 miles. Noticed slippage a couple weeks ago - the slippage nearly resulted in an accident. Check engine light came on over the weekend. Took it straight to independent repair shop for diagnosis. Transmission again; came up with two codes: Torque converter clutch system and transmission failure. Now have to take back for more work.

- Anacortes, WA, USA

problem #232

Apr 182010


  • 67,500 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated when driving at various speeds, the transmission would slip when going from first gear to second gear. The failure would occur intermittently when the vehicle is cold. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer for further inspection. The failure mileage was 67,500 and the current mileage was 68,200.

- Sprngfield, MA, USA

problem #231

May 032010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 188,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Accord ex..with a huge transmission problem. I have maintained my vehicle and it started shifting hard about a year ago. Now it wont go into most gears. While I was driving it, it just started revving really traffic, and wouldn't go forward. I had to pull off the road to avoid being in an accident. I have been researching this and it seems this year and model have a defect that is not being addressed by Honda.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #230

Jan 122010

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,567 miles


I have a 2002 Honda Accord ex V6 automatic sedan. I have had all service done at the dealer of purchase. At 69,567 miles the car hesitated when accelerator pushed down. Hesitation lasted 2-7 seconds then trans. Engaged. After 3-5 days I took car to dealer. Called in about 1 hour that transmission was shot, no repair possible, needed to replace with rebuilt. This was done at cost of $3,200. No service contract coverage no sharing of cost. Seems unacceptable that at 69K there would be a total transmission failure.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #229

Apr 272010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
2002 Honda Accord SE 4cylinder, at transmission harsh jerky shifts starting from a dead stop going from 1st to 2nd.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #228

Apr 212010


  • 66,000 miles
This is a 2002 Honda Accord SE with 66,000 miles. For the past six months, the automatic transmission slips when shifting gears, resulting in a several-second ag before the gears re-engage and the car is capable of accelerating. It is more pronounced at lower gears (1-3). Over the last six months, the slip has become more severe, despite transmission fluid changes by both a Honda dealership and an independent mechanic. Both sources identified the problem as existing within the transmission, but could not pinpoint the precise source of the problem, and both recommended a new transmission. Because of the lag between gears and subsequent delay in acceleration, the car is unreliable when driving in even moderately dense traffic.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #227

Mar 292010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 68,635 miles
I was driving my 2002 Honda Accord with 68,600 miles up the ortega highway between lake elsinore and san juan capistrano (this is a rather curvy, steep road) and I stepped on the brake to slow down and the car lurched and when I stepped on the gas it wouldn't accelerate immediately, just kind of lurched again. Did this a couple times before it would really get going again and then the engine was revving in high gear. Gears did not change. I later stopped to turn around and the car would not go in reverse. When I finally got home to san diego I took it in to my mechanic and he said I needed a new transmission. He suggested I take it to the dealership for a second opinion. They agreed. My problem is that the car has been well maintained and it shouldn't be needing a new transmission. Hondas normally run well into the mid to high 100,000 mileage range before needing new transmissions. The cost of the repair is $3500 which is alot of money for me. I believe the car is a lemon. And it posed a safety issue for me while I was on the road.

- La Mesa , CA, USA

problem #226

Apr 012010


  • 72,135 miles


Tcc circuit malfunction code:P0740

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #225

May 212009


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 25 mph, the check engine light illuminated on the warning panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 105000.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #224

Oct 012008


  • 73,000 miles
Total transmission failure on hond Accord. Accelerator get stuck. Car does not transtion, then rev up. Called american Honda. They are useless.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #223

Jan 102010


  • 106,000 miles
While pulling out of the parking garage, the transmission seemed to slip gears and then get stuck in 1st gear. The check engine light came on, the D4 started flashing and the tcs light came on. I had to pull over and turn off the car. When I turned the car back on, only the check engine light remained on and everything else seemed fine. A mechanic told me that it was just a shifting malfunction and he reset the computer. However, a couple of weeks later it happened while I was driving on the street and I had to quickly get over to the side of the road before any cars rear-ended me as the car was suddenly going very slow. I have had the transmission fluid flushed and this didn't help at all. I have had all other required maintenance and still the transmission is going out at slightly over 100,000 miles.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #222

Oct 032009


  • 69,000 miles
Stopped at traffic light, when light changed, although lightly pressing on gas, the car would lunge forward. Fortunately, there was not a car behind me and a distance between the car in front of me; otherwise could have resulted in serious accident. Would randomly lunge forward from a stopped position. Also, when stopped on small incline; would slip as if pulling before transmission would kick in. Only 69,000 miles but required replacing the transmission. Honda 2002 Accord. Although some 2002 were recalled, advised by Honda my car was not eligible due to plant where it was manufactured. However, this transmission was definitely defective.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #221

Mar 032010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,100 miles
2002 Honda Accord automatic transmission failed on March 3, 2010 while driving on md-355 highway during rush traffic hours causing panic to the driver. The engine kept revving up, but automatic transmission gears do not change, not picking up speed, and car does not move. The car has only 90000 miles. Shouldn't this require a recall by Honda? can NHTSA investigate this issue for complaints from other drivers, and follow up with Honda company.

- North Potomac, MD, USA

problem #220

Jan 022010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
Tcc circuit malfunction.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #219

Feb 282010


  • 65,000 miles
At 65,000 miles, my Honda is jerking and skidding. I took it to the mechanic they said it was the transmission, it needs replacement. Honda is aware of the problem but it is not recalling, it is waiting for people to die, just like Toyota before it would recall the transmission or replace for free.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #218

Feb 102010


  • 183,710 miles
1. my car has been taken care of and serviced religiously since it was bought brand new in 2002. A Honda Accord. 2. the transmission slips when I'm dowshifting to accelerate. It does it all the time unless I completely stop. 3. I haven't replaced the transmission because there are endless quantities of people with the same problem on the 2002 Honda Accord and Honda still hasn't issued a recall.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #217

Feb 192010


  • 89,000 miles
Transmission jerks or lunges forward when coming to a complete stop. I am afraid vehicle will jump forward into oncoming traffic or the poor person in front of me.

- Kayville, UT, USA

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