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2002 Honda Accord

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2002 Honda Accord Problems

Brakes -- Verified

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Drive Train -- Verified

Automatic transmission failures are common, Automatic transmission failure on these vehicles will generally require overhaul or replacement of the transmission. In the event of a  failure, it may be worthwhile to check with Honda to see if they may offer assistance for this repair. As these vehicles age, Honda has become less likely to help out with these transmission related repairs.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Power door locks can activate intermittently due to a faulty door lock actuator in the driver's door.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Plugged moon roof drains can cause a water leak inside the car. The water will usually leak onto the driver's or passenger's head when the car turns a corner.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The driver's door latch assembly can break internally, which causes the door to stay closed. The interior and exterior door handles do not work to open the door. Our technicians note that the door panel must be removed while the door is closed (likely damage will occur) and the latch assembly must be drilled in a specific spot for the door to open.

2002 Honda Accord Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., February 26, 2010

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Honda has recalled 2001-2003 Civic, 2002-2003 Civic SI, 2001-2002 Accord, 2002 CR-V, 2002 Odyssey, 2003 Pilot, 2002-2003 Acura TL, and 2003 Acura CL vehicles because the driver's side air bag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure. This could cause the inflator to rupture if the air bag deploys. Metal fragments may pass through the air bag material and cause injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's side air bag inflator.

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Body, Interior & Misc., August 31, 2009

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Honda has recalled 2001-2002 Civic, Civic SI, and Accord vehicles and 2002-2003 Acura TL vehicles because the driver's side air bag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure. This may cause the inflator to rupture if the air bag deploys. Metal fragments may pass through the air bag material and cause injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's side air bag inflator.

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Body, Interior & Misc., April 27, 2011

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Honda is recalling 2,430 vehicles because a driver's airbag inflator, installed as a replacement part, may be defective. In the event of deployment, these inflators could produce excess internal pressure and rupture, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace the driver's airbag inflator as necessary. The recall is expected to begin by June 27, 2011. 

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Electrical & Lights, March 7, 2005

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Honda has recalled 1997-2001 Prelude, 1999-2002 Accord, and 1999-2000 Acura TL models because the ignition switch interlock may fail. If this happens, the key will be removable before the engine is in the "Park" position, which could cause the vehicle to roll and crash. Dealers will confirm interlock function and vehicles will receive an updated interlock lever free of charge.

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Engine, August 30, 2002

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Honda has recalled 2002 Accord, Odyssey, Acura CL, MDX, and 2003 Honda Pilot, Acura CL, and TL vehicles because the timing belt tensioner pulley, which is mounted on the water pump, may be misaligned and at risk for failure. Dealers will inspect the tensioner pulley and water pump and will replace the pump and timing belt if necessary.

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2002 Honda Accord Questions and Answers

jack0129, 2002 Honda Accord, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Lancaster, OH

How can I adjust the throttle pressure on a 2002 Honda Accord?

Wiggs, 2002 Honda Accord, 3.0L V6, Lenexa, KS

The indoor lite will not come on when I open the drivers door but does come on when I open the passenger door. What's the problem?

tml, 2002 Honda Accord, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Alpharetta, GA

The car overheated and first we were told to replace the hoses and coolant etc,. then again and told to flush coolant and transmission, then again and told had to do a head gasket repair and that w...

Wiggs, 2002 Honda Accord, 3.0L V6, Lenexa, KS

I have a key remote which I use to unlock my doors but sometimes when I get in the car & shut my door, the door locks itself. Also my car alarm is not working--are these problems connected? I...

tml, 2002 Honda Accord, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Alpharetta, GA

So if the head gasket work was done and then a week and a half later the car overheats again and then they tell us it needs a replacement engine could the gasket work have then caused this to happe...

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2002 Honda Accord Reviews

Purchased my 2002 Accord Coupe EX in 2005 at 34,600 miles. Since then, the major purchases I have made have been as follows: 2007 new front and rear brake pads, 2007 new transmission (@77K Miles - covered under powertrain warranty), 2008 new ball joints, 2009 new transmission ($89K Miles - covered under replacement transmission warranty! phew! here i think the dealer may have tried something dirty to sell me a new Honda, but they didn't check the service records to find that I had a warranty, so the guy who authorized this got fired, is my guess), 2009 new front and rear brakes with rotors, 2009 new rear wheel casing, 2010 new timing belt, water pump @105K miles, 2012 new front and rear brake pads. 2012 now the muffler needs replacing..after 7 years of ownership and 11 years of total driving and @162K miles! :) Air Conditioning, Shockups, Cabin Upholstery, Front Windshield, Body Paint are all original and in excellent shape still. With 26-27 mpg (75% highway miles) I am very pleased with the efficiency too.

All in all, I'm very satisfied with my 2002 Accord and would love to step up to a Hybrid or high fuel efficiency car, and hopefully stick with a Honda.

My 2002 Honda Accord EX is in the shop with warped rotors again! $495 to resurface. Honda Dealership replaced all four rotors 20,000 miles ago (August, 2012). They tell me the warranty is 12 months OR 12,000 miles so too bad for me. They always tell me too much rust - car is garaged when not driven. Yes, I do drive a lot. Original owner with 189,000 miles on car. I have never had a car where I have replaced so many brake pads and rotors. I am 60 and have not changed how I drive - so I think there is a design or material issue. May have to sell before 200,000 miles - not going to pay for another timing belt - way too expensive for value of car.

This is my second Honda Accord, also still own a 1995 Accord Coupe with 180K miles on it and the 5-speed manual transmission - I love that car.

This 2002 Honda Accord I bought used with 33K miles on it, its the V-6, automatic 2 door coupe with all the toys (leather, sunroof, spoiler, power seats, etc.,). Worked like a dream except- leather seats wore out on the drivers side, stitching came loose and seams came apart - but my major problem with this car was the transmission failing, of course at 102,000 miles! Right after the warranty expired! I thought Honda's were super reliable - well for the first 100,000 miles they apparently are. Honda wanted $5900 (the car wasn't even worth $5900 at that time) to put a new transmission in, found a mechanic who would put a USED/REBUILT transmission in for $2400; wow, what a deal. This car was mainly drive on Montana interstate - not city traffic, so little stop-and-go stress on the transmission.

In the future, if I ever purchase another Honda car I will be sure it's a manual transmission.

I have had my 2002 accord EX (6 cyc) since Jan 2003 and bought it with 17k, i now have 192k and fixing have a routine replacement of my second timing belt. That is the most costly of any maintenance done. I have replaced my brakes and other routine maintenance myslef. I am very very happy with my Honda and am saving for my first new car, which i have decided to make it a Honda Pilot 2010. Happy Honda Owner.

Bought my car 2002 Accord new also. Having problem with the transmission too. Strated at 100k Have about 110k now still running. My mechanic told me of a transmission place in LA who gave an estimate of $1200 to rebuild. Not bad...everyone else wanted $2000 to $2600. Will get done soon - but car's still running.

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