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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:
94,850 miles
Total Complaints:
353 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. recall should be issued, replaced @ Honda's expense (188 reports)
  2. replace transmission (52 reports)
  3. not sure (45 reports)
  4. replaced transmission (32 reports)
  5. replaced transmission, split cost with Honda (14 reports)
  6. Honda refused to repair under warranty, had to pay (9 reports)

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 18)

problem #353

Accord EX-L 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,200 miles

Honda Accord 2002 EX-L V6, a month ago around 145K mileage Transmission started jerking abruptly and when the gears shifted. A driving hazzard, and transmission need to be replaced. Researching it seems that most 1998-2002 Honda Accords V6 had the same problem. Definitely a known issue with this model/transmission. Honda should owe up to this and pay for the transmission replacement.

- Ash T., Valencia, CA, US

problem #352

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,520 miles

Slips and jerks. Needs to be fixed. Leaks transmission fluid. Can't handle hills.

- Courtney P., Kailua Kona, HI, US

problem #351

Accord Special Edition 2.3l4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

I am just disappointed because my sister told me to get a Honda because they are great cars and they last forever. Then I saw this site with all these complaints on this model. I had to get a used one so I was limited in what I could spend because I have bad credit and I didn't want to have to make payments so I went on craigslist and found this one. The guy who sold it to me is a mechanic and said he gets cars at auctions then sells them. I was kind of skeptical when I took it for a test drive because it had some cosmetic issues, for instance, the panel for the electronic windows is loose and I have to unlock the car on the passenger side with the key, the key does not work on the driver side. I bought it anyway and so far I had the timing belt replaced by the guy who sold me the car so he gave me a good deal on the job. I recently had to have the radiator replaced and now I am having the transmission rebuilt. The transmission has been slipping since I got it but nothing major until recently it was jerking a lot and it felt like it was going to stall whenever I came to a stop and of course the engine light came on and one time the d4 light was flashing. The guy who replaced my radiator checked it and said it was a solenoid out in d4 and that he could replace it like he experienced before with another car, the problem comes back and that it would be better to just replace the transmission. He told me to drive it in d3 for now until I can fix it which I have been doing for a couple of months now. I just took it to a transmission shop that I was referred to by the guy who sold me the car and they found 3 codes which are:P0720, P0730 and P1738 which are sensors that they could replace for $300 but it might not fix the problem and they suggested that I have them rebuild the transmission, so that is what I am going to do next week and they are only charging me $1200 because I was referred by the other mechanic that they know. I hope this corrects the problem. I would like to trade it in and get a better Honda. Any suggestions would be great.

- Lynne P., Moreno Valley, CA, US

problem #350

Accord LX 4 Speed

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


The automatic transmission slips and jerks when shifting gears--it is worse when I stop, the engine idles, and then severely jerks when I accelerate, but the jerking motion also happens going up inclines. It is so bad, it has caused broken motor mounts, which I've had to repair. I have no doubt that the transmission is eventually going to fail, which could be hazardous while driving. Though I take good care of my car, I thought that maybe it was just older and the transmission was naturally failing, but doing some research, I found this to be a common problem with Honda's transmissions in general, but particularly with the '02 Accord. It has been happening since 2013 at roughly 90,000 miles, but I will put today's date as it still is happening. I feel like this issue is so prevalent among Honda owners that Honda really should do right by their customers and recall the transmission.

- greensa13, Ashland, KY, US

problem #349

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles

Ok so first off, I know many people that have said Hondas are great cars , me listening to them bough a Honda accord 2002 ex v6 , worst car I have driven , my dads old Toyota camry v4 1996 drives 10 times better than the Honda , I am very disappointed worst transmission i have ever felt . slips while switching gears from1st to 2nd and 3rd , theres times when it stays stuck on 1st or 2nd and never goes into 3rd , Honda has to fix this issue , if they do not i will never buy a Honda again.

- Jimmy A., Anaheim, CA, US

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problem #348

Accord EX 2.3L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

I bought this car thinking Hondas where build to last a longtime. Not the case the same day I bought the car all of a sudden my RPMs drop, so I floored it. They just shoot up with no gain of speed. I almost got hit from behind because I lost speed. It was scary. I didn't know what happened. I get home, hop on the net and there are literally billions of complaints. I want a recall for 02 Accords.

- mackpringle, la puente, CA, US

problem #347

Accord ES 2.3L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

The transmission slipping and jerking started in December 2015. A Mechanic drained and replaced the fluid, the car is still doing the same thing. He told me Hondas are known for transmission failure and he advised transmission replacement.

- Jose G., Vacavillle, CA, US

problem #346

Accord 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

2002 Honda Accord. Automatic Transmission shifts hard going into second gear. The faster you drive the harder it shifts. Honda fix your broken transmission. You know there's a huge problem with the 2002 Honda accord V6. By the Honda corporation not taking responsibility for the inferior product they put out you will lose millions in non repeat customers your credibility is spiraling downward. Redeem yourself and recall the 2002 honda accord transmission.

- Norman V., Waterford, MI, US

problem #345

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

I bought this car from a private party back in 2013 so I'm not sure what the maintenance was before then. However, everything worked. I took my car for a transmission fluid flush to Tempe Honda in Tempe, AZ and shortly after I got the car back, the problems started. The service light came on and registered a P0740, torque converter control solenoid. I had that replaced as well and the linear solenoid pack. These were not cheap; $250 a piece. I called the service manager at Tempe Honda as well as researching the internet. I found that Honda's design for these transmissions is atrocious at best. No filter, no pan, and now because of the flush, I have clutch debris clogging the ports and the solenoids and my tranny is done. I called several Honda mechanic shops and they all say the same thing. Since I have no maintenance records from the previous owner, it's going to cost me anywhere from $3K to $5K to fix, depending on the shop and the warranty. Honda will never admit that their design is crappy at best but they need to own up to it, just like the airbag problem and issue a recall for these transmissions. It would cost them a mint to redesign and rebuild, but that's what they get for allowing this design to go through. Just my two cents...

- jpmarti1, Mesa, AZ, US

problem #344

Accord EX 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

We should have a class action lawsuit against Honda Mo.because of bad transmissions.This has been going on for many years and involves thousands of customers.

- David K., Lees Summit Mo, MO, US


2002 Honda Accord V6 Transmission



  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


We not on replaced 1 transmission in ,but we also had to have it rebuilt ,in 2013 I think they should recall them

- lilrain64lp, Canton, US

problem #2002 Honda Accord Transmission342

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

I went online to see if others were having the same transmission problems and through this website saw that they were. I called Honda and was told that I would need to have a dealership confirm the issue before anything could be discussed. I took it to Walnut Creek Honda and they verified that the transmission would have to be replaced at a cost of $4,650. I then called Honda of America again and was told that, because of the mileage, it couldn't be sent along to even consider a 'goodwill repair'. They have lost all their goodwill from me despite the fact we own a 2010 Acura TL and recently sold a 2012 Honda Fit. No more Hondas or Acuras in our future.

- wooddn, Moraga, CA, US

problem #341

Accord LX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Honda does not care if you get killed all they care about is getting MONEY from you . They should be sued and have to give anyone that bought a 2002 Honda Accord a new car !!!!!!!!!

- mslynnjean, Irvine, CA, US

problem #340

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,500 miles

2nd time with only an addition of 24K miles! They say that the last place didn't replace the Solenoid. I called Honda gave them my vin number since this is the 2nd time and all they said was take it to a Honda dealership. Why, so they can charge me even more and still not cover it?

- Linnea K M., Buckeye, AZ, US

problem #339

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Was an O.K. car, other than getting stuck in the snow frequently. Before that could even occur, the transmission was jerking when moving out of 1st gear to 2nd. It's the reason I decided against a Honda when I was car shopping last year.

- J P., Bensenville, IL, US

problem #338

Accord SE 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

AT 53,481 MILES The transmission was replaced under Tameron Honda (Birmingham, AL) extended warranty that I had purchased. At 75,000 miles Tameron did the 75,000 mile transmission service (even thought the transmission had only 21,519 miles of use.

I had Robeman's (a certified Honda Repair Service shop) do the 115,000 mile service (mileage on car 113,102) which included the transmission service. Now at 127,419 miles the transmission is slipping and the gears not working.

I have never had a car with this kind of problems.

- Charles V., Birmingham, AL, US

problem #337

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I purchased my car in August 2002, it was new but used as a demo, had 5,000 miles on it when I purchased the car.

I will have it 13 years in August and it only has 70,000 miles on it, all in all it's has been a good car. In July 2014, I changed the timing belt and thermostat and water pump cause Honda recommends to do that at 7 to 9 years and I didn't want the belt to break and than have to replace the engine, but this transmission problem came on all of a sudden without any warning.

2002 Honda Accord Transmission Slips From 1st Gear To 2nd Gear

- Sally P., Coral Springs, FL, US

problem #336

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I bought this Honda off a friend of mine. Never had issues till now. Had shop read code and came up wit p0780. Cost me 4k to fix and that was my savings I had built up. I think these Honda people should of paid for it since its a everlasting problem.

- Mario P., West Covina, CA, US

problem #335

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

First indication of a problem was that the Check engine light came on.

Next (minutes later) there was noticeable jerking motion while decelerating.

Computer reports an issue with the transmission.

Was able to drive it 80+ miles back to a Honda service center for repair.

Diagnosis was that the car needs a whole new transmission.

Mileage on the car is 107000 miles... far too early for a Honda to have a major malfunction.

- Joe M., Portland, OR, US

problem #334

Accord EX Coupe 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,450 miles

I have driven older Honda's for at least 10 years. So, when I came across this car I had to have it! (mistake) I bought this car,being the second owner. A few months after buying this car, the Transmission(automatic) started slipping, as time went on it had gotten worse. It started out slipping from a stop, then started slipping going into 2nd gear. It couldn't be driven anymore. So I brought it to the local dealership, for an estimate of almost $5000. They said no recall, no warranty.

About a year later the SRS light came on airbags? Just to track down this problem it could cost a few hundred dollars.One more thing some of the Black 2001 and 2002, Honda used cheap paint and clear coat. Therefore they fade quickly. Even way up in the North.

I see there are lots of these complaints, strange how they are the exact same ones huh?


- Pete K., Duluth, MN, US

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Despite Honda being a popular and reputable car company throughout the years, the Honda transmission has caused numerous issues for the manufacturers and car owners. Unfortunately for Honda, these transmission problems have not only occurred from 1994 onwards, but have been prevalent in many different models, citing that this is a widespread problem plaguing many Honda models.

Some of the most affected models that have succumbed to transmission problems are the 2003 Honda Accord, 2001 Honda Civic, and the 2002 Honda Odyssey, all showing transmission failure at an extremely low mileage average.

What Is The Transmission?

Your transmission is another name for your vehicle’s gearbox. This mechanism turns the engine’s power into energy that your car can use. Without the transmission, your car wouldn’t be able to run.

What Are Signs Of A Faulty Transmission?

There are a few key things to look out for when determining the root of your Honda transmission problems. Noticing these signs can give you an indication that something is wrong with the transmission, and can help you diagnose and cure the problem.

The first sign of a faulty transmission is whining and clunking noise. Although this is fairly obvious, you’d be surprised at how many people ignore this glaringly-obvious sign that something is happening inside of your car. When your car begins to make noise, it’s time to get it checked out. This humming, buzzing, whining, or clunking coming from your transmission shows that you need to get your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. A transmission mechanic can give you a proper diagnosis of the issue.

Second, your transmission might be delayed. The transmission is designed so that you can instantly switch gears without pause. Your car won’t be able to stay in a particular gear. With a delayed response in shifting, it’s time to bring your car in for a transmission check.

Next, you might smell burning – which is never a good smell to be coming from your car. This could be the cause of numerous things, but a common reason is the overheating of transmission fluid. Transmission fluid is the lubricant which keeps the transmission in working order, and is imperative for your vehicle to drive.

Fourth, your Honda transmission problems might be brought to your attention by leaking fluid from your car. This fluid will be emitting from the bottom of your vehicle, and can usually be seen in a puddle after you move your car from your parking spot or drive away.

Fifth, grinding gears in your vehicle can be a clear sign of Honda transmission problems. This issue shows itself in different manners for manual and automatic transmissions. Regarding manual, when you change your gear, you will feel a sense of grinding. This means that the clutch may have been worn out and needs replacing. Regarding automatic transmissions, if your car is shifting roughly, then you should bring your vehicle to a mechanic to diagnose.

The next symptom of Honda transmission problems is your car making a lot of noise while in neutral. Even though a bumping sound doesn’t necessarily mean that your Honda is in trouble, you might need to get your transmission fluid replaced.

The last symptom of Honda transmission problems is when a ‘service engine soon’ light or ‘check engine’ light is shown on your dashboard. With sensors placed all around your car’s engine, they can pick up on various issues that are occuring with the transmision. Be sure to bring your Honda to a mechanic to diagnose the Honda transmission problems shown by the dashboard light.

What Causes The Transmission Problems?

If your engine is able to rev, but the car can’t shift into gear, then the problem could be related to the torque converter.A majority of the Honda transmission problems are directly related to the torque converter failing or burning transmission fluid. The torque converter is in charge of connecting a power source to the load, transfering rotating power to a rotating driven load.

Honda Transmission Problems – 2003 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is a popular make and model from the Honda brand – but that doesn't mean it isn’t without faults. The most common Honda Accord transmission problems cost an average of $2,700 to repair, and occur at around 100,000 miles. The worst model year of the Accord is the 2003 Honda Accord transmission problems. This model contains widespread transmission failure and stereo backlight issues. Let’s dive deeper about the details of hte Honda transmission problems in this specific year and model.

The transmission problems with the 2003 Honda aAccord are mainly due to the transmission failure. The other categories containing negative reports and complaints deal with not being able to shift properly, transmission slipping out of gear, not being able to shift into 3rd gear, unintended downshifting, and shifting violently at low speeds.

Transmission Failure

This issue costs an average of $2,720 to repair, and occurs at around 97,750 miles. Many car owners have reported the car making a loud clunking sound while in park, the car not being able to move after stopping, and the car starting to slide and drift while driving. The most common solution for this problem is to replace or rebuild the transmission. Rebuilding a Honda Accord transmission costs around $480-$699 for labor, and $1647-$2448 in total.

Not Shifting Properly

Accord owners have said that their car is mis-shifting while driving, down shifts erratically, and stopping without meaning to. The average repair cost for this problem is $2,610 and occurs at just over 100,000 miles. The most common solution is to replace the transmission. Replacing the transmission costs an average of between $1000-$6000.

Transmission Slipping Out Of Gear

The net problem in the myriad of issues regarding the 2003 Honda transmission problems involves the gears slipping, the car not being able to stop, and the car not being able to go into the drive gear. The transmission gear slipping has certain signs that can foreshadow the issue, like the check engine light on, a high RPM, burning smells, and problems shifting. The average repair cost for these problems costs $2,640, and occurs at 95,000 miles on average. The main solution for this is to either replace or rebuild the transmission.

NHTSA Complaints

The NHTSA is the US government agency that is in charge of vehicle safety. When the NHTSA has numerous complaints about a vehicle, specifically in one category, then this vehicle is unsafe to drive – and should definitely be avoided.

The 2003 Honda Accord has been reported to have widespread transmission failure. The transmission begins slipping, and eventually needs to be replaced just after 90,00 miles. Transmission failure has continued to be a huge problem for the Accord and other Honda models in this time frame. Although Honda extended the transmission warranty to 109,000 miles for the 2000-20001 Accord due to a class action lawsuit, other Accord owners are not as lucky – this includes the worst rated 2003 Honda Accord.


Regarding the Honda transmission problems that the NHTSA complained about, these transmission issues have caused at least 15 crashes, two fires, nine injuries, and occur at just below 85,000 miles.

Recalls of The 2003 Honda Accord

In addition to the NHTSA complaints, there were numerous recalls for the 2003 Honda Accord – 24 to be exact. One of these dealt with the electrical system and the ignition negatively affecting the transmission, exacerbating the HOnda transmission problems.

Honda recalled certain Honda Accords, specifically the 2003 version. The interlock lever in the ignition may deform, which causes the interlock function with an automatic transmission to not work correctly. If you remove the ignition key when the selector has not been shifted to park, then the vehicle can roll away. This only occurs with the automatic transmission version of hte HOnda Accord, showing one of the many issues with the Honda transmission problems.

2001 Honda Civic Transmission Problems

Just like the 2003 Honda Accord, teh 2001 Honda Civic has numerous transmission problems which cannot be overlooked. The NHTSA had 317 complaints on just the transmission category of this vehicle, showing the lack of safety in this make and model.

Transmission Failure

The main problems within the transmission category is the transmission failing and slipping. The transmission failure typically costs an average of $2,330 to fix and occurs at 104,000 miles. The most common solution is to replace the transmission or replace the whole transmission. For a Honda Civic, it costs approximately $514-$765 for labor costs, and a total of $1203-$1922 to rebuild the transmission.

Transmission Slipping

The slipping transmission costs around $2,290 to fix and happens at just over 110,000 miles. The most common solutions for these Honda transmission problems are to replace the transmission or replace the torque converter.

NHTSA & Recalls

The NHTSA has reported numerous issues with the powertrain in the automatic transmission of the HOnda Civic. Although HOnda conducted a huge recall in 2004 and settled a class action lawsuit for defective transmissions, no recall has included the 2001 Civic. It is important to realize that the 2001 Civic is the most-recalled car – ever. With a car being recalled so much, you can see just how detrimental the Honda transmission problems are to the driver and the passenger safety.

2002 Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems

The Honda Odyssey is in a timespan of Odyssey vehicles having numerous transmission problems from the 1999-2004 era. The main transmission issues feature transmission failure, which typically costs $3,400 to repair and occurs at an average of 97,000 miles. The main solution for this issue is to replace the transmission.

The price of a new Honda Odyssey transmission depends on the type of transmission used. A used transmission ranges from $800-$1500, while a rebuilt transmission costs around $1300-$2400 for a remanufactured version. The labor to remove and replace the transmission generally ranges from $500-$1200 and takes around 4-10 hours of billed time.


The NHTSA has issued a whopping 461 complaints about the 2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problems. The transmission failure occurring at dangerous times has caused at least 1 crash, three fires, one injury and has a severity rating of 10.

Is Honda Doing Anything To Fix The Transmission Problems?

Honda has offered a few owners out-of-warranty compensation to cover the cost of the transmission repairs. Instead of going to your local dealership, you should contact the customer service line to ask for a “goodwill repair.” However, most of the models included in this article are not covered under the warranty – despite having deadly transmission issues.

If your car is under warranty, then Honda may offer to pay a portion of the repair bill, coming in at around 50%. Some 2003 vehicle owners have reported having almost 75% covered by warranty.

Honda Dealerships Might Have Very High Repair Bills For Honda Transmission Problems

Despite some problems being covered under warranty, Honda might charge you an exorbitant amount to have the issue fixed. An independent repair shop will generally do the repair for half of the price, but it just depends on if you want to obtain the warranty benefits or not. Be sure to get a warranty on parts, since rebuilt transmissions can commonly fail.

What If I Don’t Feel Safe Driving My Honda Due to the Honda Transmission Problems?

If you have one of the aforementioned vehicles, or you have another Honda with numerous transmission problems, then you are better off not driving your car anymore. The risk of driving with a faulty transmission is not worth the damage that could be done to your vehicle – and to yourself.

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