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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
104,850 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

transmission problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 182008

Accord SE 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles


I like everyone else in America today, am working hard to pay house payment and car payment. I had owned a 91 Honda which was a great car no real problems changed to ford and wasn't happy so I went back to old reliable. Reliable and great resale. I just did my 100,000 mile service and thought of trading due to rumors of transmission problems but talked myself out of it. I should have traded. Drove around to a couple of lots and couldn't get the deal I wanted as I drove the noise became louder by the end of my day I had to take it to the shop $3300.00 to fix. This is ridiculous - a honda at 109000 miles not worth $2000.00 dollars. The dealerships know of the problem and so they're not going to lose either. So now what are consumers stuck with but a payment and a repair bill. Honda knows of it and won't even help. I will never own another Honda.

- , Birchwood, TN, USA

problem #1

May 022007

(reported on)

Accord SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,699 miles

My Accord is on it's third auto transmission. The first one went at 14,000 km and the next was at 60,000 km. Each time there was a rumbling sound like a bad bearing. I now have 100,000 kms and waiting for the next problem.

- , Penticton, BC, Canada

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