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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
94,357 miles
Total Complaints:
147 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced transmission (97 reports)
  2. replace transmission (24 reports)
  3. not sure (22 reports)
  4. sold the Accord (3 reports)
  5. traded in for new Accord (1 reports)
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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 7 of 8)

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problem #27

Jan 162009

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Manual transmission
  • 104,000 miles


Driving home from work the transmission would not let me go over 20 mph. Never had any problems with it before. Very disappointed. Thought hondas were more reliable than that. The dealer is going 60/40 with me so, I am out 1500.00. ouch. Will not buy another Honda, going with Toyotas for now on.

- , Racine, WI, Pacific Islands (US)

problem #26

Jan 062009

Accord 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

My schoolteacher wife bought the 2002 Honda Accord 4 cylinder brand new. She was the only driver and her driving style is rather gentle. The automatic transmission started slipping (not shifting correctly) when the car had only 90,000 miles on it. At 97,000 miles it slipped so badly that we could barely get it to the dealer for repair. The fluid level was fine and all routine service was performed at Honda per schedule. The Honda technician said the transmission was shot and that the only option was a Honda re manufactured transmission. The cost: $3000.00. We begged for help and pleaded that ourselves and extended family had bought four new Honda's from them. They contacted Honda and agreed to pay about half. Our final bill was $1732.00 for the re manufactured transmission (that came with a 36,000 mile warranty. I'm very disappointed in this major mechanical failure. Honda's are supposed to be indestructible. My 1996 Nissan Infinity I30 has over 176,000 miles with never any serious issues. It's sad when the auto transmission on a 2002 Accord fails in less time than an auto transmission on a 1966 Ford. On a positive note, we've never had any other issue with the car.

- , Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #25

Dec 122008

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

My first Honda. I purchased it brand new and the transmission went out at 95k miles. I called the dealer where I purchased the car. I did have my scheduled maintenance done there over the years and also replaced the timing belt there. Naturally my extended warranty had expired. The service department told me that since I did have my service done there and because the vehicle had less than 100k miles, there was a good chance Honda would help me. I had my car towed there and they informed me that it was in fact a bad transmission. They put in a call to Honda for me and they agreed to pay 50%. My cost was $1200 that I had to charge. Although I appreciate them helping me, it seems this is an issue with Honda transmissions and I'm hesitant to purchase another Honda.

- , Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #24

Dec 222008

Accord SE 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,750 miles


A transmission going out after 70k miles - that's piece of crap. Honda customer service reps are fu* rude. I could have bought a Kia or hyundai and got 10yr/100K warranty.

- , louisville, KY, USA

problem #23

Jan 022009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,078 miles

Will keep this short as possible. 61000 miles, two months after the extended warranty expired. The transmission failed. Waiting to see if the service manager at Carrs Honda in Chicago will be able to get any compensation on my behalf from Honda.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #22

May 012008

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

My transmission started to shift hard last May at 75,000 mi;les but has got worse during the last six months. I now have 80,000 miles and Honda will not fix it. My friend has a 2001 Honda Accord and has had three transmissions starting at 37,000 miles replaced by Honda under extended Warranty. The same Transmission is in the 2002. This is my second new Honda but I will not buy another. This is BS on Hondas part. They know they have a problem and are ignoring it. This will cost them a lot more than a recall would. I wonder if all the people having problems as me would be interested in an ad campaign against Honda in the major cities in America showing the public what Honda has done to us. If anybody has any other ideas please email me at

Nick Edgecomb Taft CA 93268

- , Taft, CA, USA

problem #21

Sep 102008

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


I just bought a 2002 Accord. Before I bought it I checked Carfax. The car was bought and serviced regularly at Autowest Honda in Fremont Ca. Only 71k miles. Good enough for me. I bought it sight unseen. Turns out the transmission is bad. I took it to Autowest Honda. They confirmed it was shot. Would cost $4200 to fix. I couldn't believe it. I asked if there was anything they or Honda of America could do for me. No. Nothing. Sorry about your luck. After researching it, I found out that Honda was sued for faulty transmissions in 97-2001 Accords. They settled out of court. Never did anything to correct the problem. 2002 has the exact same transmission. Whats up with that? Seems like an automatic win for us 2002 owners. Whats happening out there?


problem #20

Sep 112008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

Man. Never wanna buy Honda cars anymore. I thought Honda was a reliable car makers when I bought my 2002 Honda accord v6 last year. I got it at 79000 and it drove good for a year. Last month, I went to do the maintenance and they told me that I have to change a new transmission for 2800. Eventually, I decided to sell it but not fix it.It is not worth to do that.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #19

Apr 212008

Accord SE Coupe Vtec 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I bought my car new, maintained it well...had some problems with it shifting hard and hesitating...was going to take it in shortly when the stupid thing died on me leaving me and my two year old in peril...I missed work without pay since I didn't have a ride and couldn't use emergency pay or anything. I managed to hobble it to the dealer and they quoted me $3300 for a used transmission and were not helpful. I had it repaired for less but was out of a car for over a week and had to spend over $200 on a rental. I got it replaced with a used transmission with 76k on it and it is starting to do the same thing within 6 months. I hate Honda. I paid $22k for a reliable vehicle which I didn't get, it has left me in a very sore spot because I had to charge the repairs....I will never buy another Honda and I let everyone know exactly how horrible they are. My managers sister had the same model and her transmission had to be replaced at 75k miles.

- , Cordova, TN, USA

problem #18

Aug 122008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,112 miles

Ridiculous! This problem seems to be so well documented and yet nothing is being done. How they continue to offer little or no assistance is beyond belief, I have owned several Honda's but this will probably be my last. Beware to buyers, the tranny is a time bomb! I own a 2002 (last year of this model) and they have the same problems they did with the earlier models.

- , Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #17

Jan 112007

Accord EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116 miles


At about 216,000 miles I had to replace my transmission. I had taken it to the dealership 3 months prior with complaint of it slipping. They had told me this was the way it was designed to take more time upshifting to warm up, but really it was the first sign of transmission failure... When it did fail they did replace it with just the cost of labor but even that was about $2700.

- , Goodyear, AZ, US

problem #16

Aug 012008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Just another V6 Accord automatic failure for the books. This one failed around 85k miles. Called the Honda rep, of course it isn't covered, its an 02, those are GREAT! (siiiiigh) Took it to the local dealer and, to my surprise, they started to work with me on it. Asking for service records to try and plead my case to Honda. Calls me back the next day and said they agreed to pay half, which would come out to be $1200.00 for a rebuilt with a 3 year/36k mile warranty on it.

Do not buy this car (from 98 to around 04) if you don't feel like wasting cash on it. Everything else in it has been great, but this is a costly repair that really nullifies the other reliability factors. Don't take our word for it here, feel free to search for it else where, you will get many hits on "V6 automatic transmission Honda failure"

- , Indianapolis, IN, US

problem #15

Apr 072008

Accord SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

My 2002 Honda Accord with $60000 miles had transmission problem, It was slipping ans jerking and oil leaking.We have done all the maintenance properly. We though we did not need to change oil transmission by following instructions under normal weather conditions, but Honda said we have to change it last year under severe weather conditions. I spent CN$4000.00 to replace a rebuilt one, but Canada Honda refused to reimburse any cost.

The failure transmission was sent back to Honda right away when I got the replacement by Honda dealer service center, Honda has so many problems on this typical transmission, they are even short of supply, I have wait for a week to get my replacement , This typical

I requested to check the the reason of failure of the transmission, I was told by Honda customer service I need to pay for the checking and I also have to be responsible for all the cost no matter what reason it is. It was awful! absolutely the worst experience I never had before.

According to repost result, failure of transmission is absolutely the design defect for this typical car. it should be recalled by Honda.

- , Barrie, ON, Canada

problem #14

May 052008

Accord SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

The transmission failure is a design defect.It should be recalled

- , Barrie, ON, Canada

problem #13

Jun 272008

Accord EX-V6 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Apparently transmission failures are quite common on the 2002 Accord. I have read some reports that warranties were extended on these models due to such high failure rates and I plan to research before having any repairs.

- , Rowlett, TX, US

problem #12

Apr 182008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

I bought my used 2002 Honda in 2003 with 15,000 miles because I heard Hondas were great cars. I did not have any major problems with the car other than the engine light coming on and needing a switch replaced. Over the last several months, I noticed the transmission slipping, but I thought this is a Honda with less than 100,000 and that the transmission could not possibly be going out. On April 18, 2008, the transmission began to slip badly and the check engine light came on. I took the car to my mechanic. He check the car and said that I needed a new transmission. Before he started the repair, he mentioned that his daughter also had a 2002 Honda with 66,000 miles and that Honda replaced her transmission at no charge. He also mentioned that many of the Honda manufactured during this period were having transmission failure because only one filter was placed on or in the transmission. This caused dirt to filter back into the transmission, which could lead to the transmission failing. He made a phone call to Honda and was told that they would not replace my transmission because the car had 96,000 miles. I wrote a letter to Honda and a customer service representative called me several days later and said that Honda would review my complaint and let me know if they would stand behind the transmission. A couple of days later, Honda called me back and said that they could not compensate me for my transmission repair. Since my transmission failed, I have talked to two other Honda owners that had to replace their transmissions. I believe that Honda should stand behind their cars and compensate individuals who had to replace their car's transmissions.

- , Katy, TX, USA

problem #11

May 142008

Accord SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

I have had several Hondas over the years and have purchased them for their apparent reliability. Now, after hard shifting between 1st and 2nd gear, I took my wifes car to the local dealership and the transmission is shot. I have since read all the similar complaints and the issues with the recall of 1999-2001 vs no current recall of the 2002. A transmission failure on a Honda with 88K miles should be a rare occurrence, but it is obviously typical for all Honda vehicles with this transmission. My sister had a 2001 Odyssey and the transmission went out at 80K as well, and I am now sure it is the same transmission as the 2002 Accord. Honda should be an industry leader and cover all costs for the replacement. The dealership was as helpful as I could expect, based on all the other similar complaints and has agreed to split the cost. I will be out of pocket $1400 to receive a rebuilt transmission with a 36K warranty. I have no reason to believe that this will not occur again. I plan on selling the car and buying Toyota's in the future and telling everyone I know that my family's experience with Honda's will lead me to never buy one again.

- , Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #10

May 072008

Accord 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

First off, I just wanna say that this ordeal that I currently find myself in is the worst pain in the a** I've ever experienced with a vehicle, and to have it a happen to a HONDA of all things is just beyond my comprehension, since Hondas are supposed to "last forever." I was pulling out of a gas station with a used Accord which I purchased from a dealership 4 months ago when all of a sudden, my car refused to shift gears on its automatic transmission. After that, a rancid odor was coming from God knows where and all of a sudden, I find myself struggling to make it to 30 mph. Moreover, the check engine light went on and the "D4" light started blinking repeatedly. All this seemed to be happening for no apparent reason and I found myself in a dark alley calling for AAA.

I brought the car to a Honda dealership in hopes of maybe getting a "goodwill repair" since after all, the vehicle had no history of major repairs and the VIN came up clean when I asked about its history report. Just from reading other people's war stories with this model from the early 2000's, Honda should be held fully accountable for the manufacturing defects with their transmissions for the '02 Accords. The reason I wasn't granted a "goodwill repair" was because my car was an '02 and not an '01 which apparently had more complaints.

I am seriously considering selling or trading in this car since there is no guarantee that even if I receive a new transmission, it will last me a long time. I am EXTREMELY ANGRY and disappointed that Honda can't take responsibility for a manufacturing defect, regardless of what year the car came out.

- , Altadena, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 012008

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Auto transmission shift points off. Slow to shift from 1st to 2nd with a quick shift from 2nd to 3rd. Much worse as temps lower outside. Felt like slipping clutches between 1st and 2nd. Dealer said they could only replace the "whole unit"for just under $3000 but would give us a break and charge $1250.

This is the same thing that happened to my 1999 Honda Accord LX. I was told it was the torque converter on that car and it cost me $850.

Next to the engine, a transmission failure is inexcusable. Both cars received all scheduled maintenance and I even had the transmission fluid changed early on both cars. I like Honda's for many reasons but will start to look elsewhere now.

- , Brown Deer, WI, USA

problem #8

Mar 102004

Accord LX 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

Honda is the worst car company, I mean hell its nice that the small stuff never broke as it did in my 2000 dodge caravan (the brake master cylinder wore out, several window motors/regulators were replaced and the brake rotors warped every year, but hell at least the dodge has 110k miles on it on the original engine and transmission! and it still is running extremely well). I have replaced the transmission on my accord at ~50k miles and at ~80k miles, i traded it in for a Pontiac g6 just to get out of that god damn nightmare of a crap car. Its funny how Honda has one of the best reputations and Dodge has one of the worst, hell I don't mind the minor repairs here and there that the dodge needs, it sure beats the constant major repairs that the accord needed!!!

- , Edison, NJ, USA

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