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:
29,400 miles

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2002 Honda Accord wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 282005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,400 miles


I drove my vehicle on a highway in the rain over one month ago. When the vehicle went with speed of about 50 miles/hour, the wheel cover (trim) of right front tire (passenger side) broke all the sudden, and a significant part of the wheel cover flew out after rounds of rotation with high speed very nearly hitting other moving vehicles. As a result, the wheel cover itself is completely damaged, the pint of the body around the right front tire is seriously scratched, and some minor damages around. This is a serious vehicle safety issue caused by defective part. As a result, I have to replace the defective wheel cover with a new one. Also, I need to get body repainted at the right front side with other repairs. The old broke part is available now.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

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