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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,819 miles

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2002 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012008


  • 58,900 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda Accord. While driving 45 mph, the transmission began jerking and the acceleration was gradual. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the transmission needed to be rebuilt. The repair was completed in April of 2008. The failure mileage was 58,900.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 262002


  • Manual transmission
  • 556 miles
Manual transmission has been having ongoing problems with its shifting very hard into gear, mostly in low or reverse gears. Vehicle was serviced 3 times. Dealership has indicated that no mechanical problem was found. They changed the transmission fluid and lubricated the shifter linkage, but the failure recurred.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 252002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states the vehicle would not shift gears properly, so the dealer adjusted the sensor ten thousand miles later the problem reoccured. After inspection by the dealer it was discovered that the transmission needs to be replaced.

- Rensselaer, NY, USA

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