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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,500 miles

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2002 Honda Accord wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 072007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


- the contact stated that while driving the 2002 Honda Accord with 130000 failure mileage at 60 mph the tread separated from the Goodyear viva tire, P155/80R13, without any warning. The four tires were purchased and put on at walmart on August 21, 2005, the tires had 35000 miles on them, and they were 80000 mile tires. Walmart replaced the one tire affected.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #3

Dec 102003

(reported on)


  • 36,000 miles
The consumer purchased Goodyear tires Eagle brand with 40,000 miles, tread warranty, however the tread began to separate at approximately 36,000. The rubber began to separate from the inside. The vehicle was checked for proper wheel alignment and balance. It checked out okay.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 102003


  • miles
The right rear tire experienced tread separation, which caused the tire to blow out.

- Pelham, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 222002


  • miles
Original Bridgestone tires. Consumer was unable to provide dot, and tire size.

- Redlands, CA, USA

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