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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,480 miles

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2002 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

May 062016


  • 279,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving various speeds, the contact observed a loud abnormal sound from the vehicle and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. In addition, the contact mentioned that she had the codes printed that showed that the torque converter and cylinder failed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 279,000.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 292009


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle began to jerk and slam. The contact was able to safely maneuver the vehicle to the shoulder of the road. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop and the technician stated that the torque converter failed and caused the transmission fluid to burn and destroy the transmission. The contact called the local Honda dealer and was informed that the transmission would have to be replaced at the cost of more than $3,100. No repairs have yet been made to the vehicle. The contact called the Honda manufacturer and was informed that a representative would give him a call back next week. The failure mileage was 112,000 and current mileage was 114,000.

- Oppelo, AR, USA

problem #3

Jun 022009


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 30 mph, the transmission slipped out of gear, which almost caused a crash with a large truck. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced. She is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure and current mileages were 56,000.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #2

May 282008


  • 75,400 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the transmission failed. The torque converter detached and fell into the transmission, which caused the vehicle to slip between first and second gear and jerk heavily. The dealer stated that they would have to replace the entire transmission, including the computer parts at the cost of $3,500. The current mileage was 75,500 and failure mileage was approximately 75,400.

- Braintree, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 132007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving 15 mph, the transmission made a strange noise when shifting. The dealer stated that the torque converter failed. No repairs were made. The current and failure mileages were 130,000.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

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