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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,478 miles

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2002 Honda Accord wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 302004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,956 miles


I purchased a Honda Accord new in 2002 recently I noticed that the two front tires had developed bulges (bubbles), on the surface of the sidewall measuring approximately 2 inches on the drivers side and 1 inch on the passenger's side of the vehicle. The tires have 17,000 miles of use. Out of concern for my safety, as well as that of my fellow motorists, I did some research online at www. and found that an alarming number of motorists using this brand of tire were experiencing the same type of sidewall problem some attributing the sidewall bulging as causing catastrophic failure of their tires. In each case (as in my own) the owner of the tire is left with no recourse as to replacement or at minimum safety bulletin warning of the possibility of sidewall failures occuring with this brand of tire. The model and size information of the tire on my car is Michelin mxv4 plus xse 205/60R16.

- Floral Park , NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 072002


  • miles
3 inch sidewall separation at tread line(cord visible) and 12 inch indication of future separation 180 degrees from 3 inch separation. Replaced all 4 tires today at local service station (circle service 9 N. royal poinciana blvd. Miami springs, fl 33166 ph: 1-305-887-0365 attn: Manny).

- Miami Springs, FL, USA

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