2002 Honda Accord Reviews

2002 Honda Accord SE 2.3L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.3L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired152000 kilometres
Most recent distance181000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Bulletproof - has kept up to my Honda expectations!

Faults:

2 front bushings - 152,000km

Right front wheel bearing, right front control arm, left CV boot - 180,000km.

General Comments:

I have purchased this car after my beloved 1995 Accord got rear ended and written off.

It is bigger than previous generation Accords, but mostly in height. It is not oversized, so it still feels good on the road.

Steering is precise with good feedback, and it is nicely weighted. Not too heavy so your arms fall off, but not light either.

Mileage is OK at best. I average about 9.5L / 100km, of mostly city driving, some highway driving, and some spirited, higher revving driving. The engine is not the most powerful thing out there, but it does well in city driving. However it feels like there is very little torque at any revs, so speeding up (even in third gear) or highway passing can get tricky.

Space in the cabin is excellent. I have three young children, and our whole family fits perfectly inside (2 booster seats and 1 child seat included), and there is still some space between the child seats and the doors.

Trunk space is also excellent. It will hold the stroller and many other large items at once.

It comes with many power features, and they all work smoothly and reliably. The interior is very well laid out, with everything at an arms reach. The materials are mostly soft touch, and the fit & finish is top notch! The interior design is very modern and ages well.

The ride is smooth, but not floaty. It corners very well, and if you upgrade to sports seats and firmer struts (like I did), it can be very fun in the corners.

Sound deadening is not the best, as it does get a bit loud on the highway, but you can still hold a conversation.

Visibility is great!

The body has no rust and seems to be finished / painted well. I do not see many of these Accords with rust issues.

The 5 speed gearbox is a bit clunky, but it could be the previous owner's fault. Sometimes it's tough to get it into first gear or reverse, and I need to release the clutch and try again, which does the trick.

I have done some modifications to it such as Sparco Sports Seats, front bumper lip, 17" rims, aftermarket headlights, leather wrapped steering wheel, Bilstein Struts, car alarm / starter combo, and an MP3 player. These minor mods have sharpened up the car in cornering and looks.

Overall the car is fantastic! It has given me trouble free driving for the last 30,000km and I expect that to continue. I will keep you all posted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2013

2002 Honda Accord LX 2.3 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Love the Honda Accord

Faults:

My engine was shaking when I bought the car. Found a bad spark plug, so I replaced with Bosch 4+ in it. Runs like a champ.

General Comments:

My Honda Accord is the best, and it so quick with its 5 speed manual transmission. It handles well in heavy rain.

Good gas mileage. I added a K&N air filter and synthetic oil, and did the Seafoam fuel injection cleaning. On highway I get around 34 MPG. Wonderful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2012

2002 Honda Accord EX from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carDaewoo Leganza

Summary:

Extremely reliable, great engine and ergonomics

Faults:

Not much.

Front interior overhead light switches work when they want.

Clutch went @ 125,000 miles (but that's usual).

The steering wheel doesn't telescope, and it's school bus-sized.

Suspension set up more for comfort rather than spirited driving (personal preference).

General Comments:

Very comfortable interior.

Comfortable ride.

All of the controls are intuitively laid out.

The engine has good punch above 4000 rpm when the VTEC kicks in.

Excellent gas mileage. I average about 26mpg driving mostly city miles.

Seriously reliable. Seriously.

The clutch and shifter have a sublime feel to them. A great car for someone who is just learning to drive a manual, or for a more experienced driver (pedals are in a good position for heel-and-toe braking).

Excellent in the snow and wet due to front wheel drive.

Honda is a very thoughtful company, for instance, if a tail light goes out, there is an indicator in the gauge cluster!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2009

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 48 reviews