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Transmission Slipping And Jerking
2002 Honda Accord (Page 1 of 18)
This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.
CarComplaints.com 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.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 94,950 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 354 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- recall should be issued, replaced @ Honda's expense (188 reports)
- replace transmission (53 reports)
- not sure (45 reports)
- replaced transmission (32 reports)
- replaced transmission, split cost with Honda (14 reports)
- Honda refused to repair under warranty, had to pay (9 reports)
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
STAY AWAY FROM THIS CAR AT ALL COSTS
I call this next story of horror the "First Car Blues"
When I bought my Accord all by myself in 2018 with 120,000 miles on it, I was certain that it would go another 120,000 miles. It's a Honda. Where could I go wrong? I named it Fuji, and it would be my first car, I was 16 when I bought it. I loved that car, it was fast and comfortable. It was the coupe model with leather, sunroof, V6 and all the goodies with a sporty design. It was mine, and I loved it to death. Obviously though I didn't do enough research as this issue is extremely widespread.
I saw this in early 2019, and thought my Accord was different. It would be the one that makes it to 300k miles. I believed and believed. It drove happy for about a year with my heavy daily use until the odometer reached 133,000 miles. Then one day in July of 2020 I was driving to work when I turned a corner and the transmission jerked and a trophy case of warning lights came on... Instantly I knew... My heart sank faster than the titanic. I made it to work, and besides that one jerk and a persistent check engine light it drove okay. But this wouldn't last...
The following few days the issue would get worse, very fast. The car would start ok, but then it wouldn't shift gears normally, often erratic or not at all. Then the worst is when the thing barely could move. Every time I came to a full stop I prayed that it would slip back into gear and go. But my prayers must've been going to the devil because the light turned green but all the car did was rev. It finally went but with a loud bang and barely any acceleration. I got home that day and set up an appointment with my mechanic, this wasn't safe to drive at all!
A week later I got my car into the mechanic and as before it started okay before its snowballing decline into barely driving, but it managed to pulled itself into my mechanic. I waited, nervous like someone waiting for the results of a surgery. The prognosis? Not good. Even worse than I ever could've imagined. My transmission was done. On its last legs according to my mechanic. The quote to get a new unit exceeded the amount the car was worth, around 4500+ USD. I was heartbroken. I drove it home, knowing it would be my last drive. I couldn't fix it, nor would it make sense to. I had to get rid of it. So with heavy heart, I cleaned out my things like a laid off office worker. Seeing the car completely empty without my dashcam, without my plush worm in the backseat... Hurt me and I put away all my things with a walk of shame. I called the scraper and got 200$ for the car. When I watched them take it away, a breeze of wind blew by my face and a single tear streamed down my face. The wind felt like that car was driving away without me: on its final journey to a bitter end.
Even months after this happened, I mourn the loss of the car. Every time I see one still on the road I think "Lucky Bastards" with a hint of jealousy and remorse. If there's one thing I learned from all these cars, they have the same problem. If age doesn't kill them...That shotty 4 speed automatic will. Even though this car was sh*t, I don't think all Hondas are bad, I'd gladly own another one without transmission issues but nonetheless, please, save the heartbreak and stay away from this car. Your wallet, anxiety, and heart will thank you. F in the chat for Fuji the 2002 Honda Accord Coupe V6.
R.I.P. Fuji - Gone too soon. June 2001 - July 2020.
- Joshua F., Aurora, CO, US