2002 Honda Accord DX from North America - Comments

28th May 2008, 19:43

I had a similar experience, although not as bad, with a 1.6l Civic 5 spd. It only got 23 mpg highway (@65mph), but should have got more like 34 mpg. I sold it in frustration. I now own a BMW 528i (5 spd) with a 2.8l six cylinder engine and get an amazing 39 mpg highway (@65mph) even though it is epa rated at 26 hwy! I also have another 1.6 l civic 5 spd that gets 40mpg hwy and a 3.3l v6 Dodge Caravan (auto) that gets 21 mpg city. About the only way I can think of avoiding a gas guzzler is to measure the gas mileage before signing the check.

10th Jun 2008, 20:54

I have a 1999 Accord 4 cylinder and we get around 28MPG's and I have a mix of city and road miles. I will be testing the mileage with some changes. The tires will be inflated with nitrogen, 30psi and then a new airfilter. Next I will try a fresh air intake. I have read that fuel additives and air intake inserts do not deliver what they advertise. There are products that claim to mix hydrogen with the car's fuel system but they look suspicious.

13th Jun 2008, 15:35

Yeah, but why should you have to go to using all that. I already do everything that is recommended and yet I still get bad gas mileage. Does anyone else have this same problem with their Accord??? If so, is there any fix to it.

8th Jul 2008, 23:37

I'm also getting really bad miles per gallon. I drive mostly city, but only about 10 miles a day, yeah I'm lucky in that I work very close to home, but even like this, I measured and took very good notes, and was surprised to see that I'm only getting about 245 miles to the tank. I think this is ridiculously low.

My mom's 2004 Camry does about 320 miles to the tank. I have a 2004 Accord 4 cylinder and I'm baffled. I have been trying to find answers.

Sparkplugs are NGK iridium and have K&N air filter, tires are inflated properly and I don't have a lead foot. My RPMs seems to go way up high in shifting from 1st to second gear, they go up to like 2.5.

Anyone have suggestions, I'm really regretting that I bought this car. Also, I have not gotten any check engine light, so the mechanics say nothing is wrong, but that gas mileage is telling me otherwise. HELP

3rd May 2009, 12:47

I have a FIVE-SPEED, manual shift, 2002 Honda Accord, EX, and found it to be the MOST perfect car I've ever had. It has 59,675 miles on it and gets 31 mpg on the highway and about 22 in city traffic.

It has the ORIGINAL brakes and tires, and I have never had a day's worth of trouble with it. In fact, all I've had to do is change the oil and air and gas filters, which I do religiously at about 3200 miles.

Several years ago there was a stale odor coming from the air-conditioning system, and I had them change the cabin filter, but it didn't work, so I wrote/called Honda in California and they offered suggestions that also didn't work, so I turned on the HEAT when it was summer (that's right...summer!) and opened all the windows, put the system on high (A/C compressor OFF), and let that sucker blow real hot air for almost 1/2 hour while on the highway... and the (apparent) humidity and mold was for the most part, removed.

I love the car and the only reason I would get another one is because I've had it 8 years and like to change a car after 10 years. The body is in showroom condition and it gets washed regularly.

I also have a 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS, and that car runs perfectly also. I just changed the rear and front brakes at 125K and 143 respectively, and the body and engine are in great condition, as is my Accord.

One important think folks should know is to change the timing belt, and/or water pump, gas filter and air filter in accordance to the manufacturer's recommendations. These items are critically important to the running and dependability of a car.

I think that the way a car runs is definitely related to the maintenance given it. I can be contact for comments at alphapromo@verizon.net -Warren T.

2nd Jul 2009, 15:32

I have the same problem with my mileage! I have a 2003 Accord and the only reason I like it is because it's nice to look at!! I had the 02 sensor replaced, several recall pieces, and a few other thing done on it, and all I can say is I will never buy another one! My Saturn was better than this.

You are not alone!!!

9th Aug 2009, 11:51

My theory to your bad gas mileage, you're going way to fast. Try going 55 MPH, this gives you much better mileage. I have a Civic (yes it is rated to have slightly better mileage than an Accord but it isn't by much) and when I travel at 55 MPH on the highway, I get around 45 MPG.

18th Feb 2010, 16:41

My 2002 Honda Accord EX was strange. I always would get a MAX of 26 mpg if I drove like granny. Over the course of a year I replaced two wheel bearings. After that happened, I started getting a consistent 30mpg like it was rated.

19th Feb 2010, 16:53

Replacing the wheel bearings makes perfect sense as to why you saw such a huge MPG gain. If your bearings were seriously worn, they could definitely cause more resistance and make the engine work harder.

18th May 2010, 13:20

I drove a 99 Accord for 6 years and got great gas mileage, and never had to replace anything other than parts like brakes and such. I would still have the car, but I was t-boned going through an intersection a couple years ago and it was totaled. It had approx 320,000Kms at the time. I am currently getting ready to purchase an 02 and can't wait to get it. Sorry that you are having such bad luck.

1st Dec 2010, 19:54

I we own 3 Honda Accords, and have blown transmission on all 3 of them. I am getting a bit upset here, and was considering buying a new Accord, but I may skip on them and go to a Mazda.

2nd Dec 2010, 14:07

3 imports in a row with bad trans. Why stay with imports? I got out of them and bought GMs. I ate thru trans on my Hondas too with the VTEC 6.

3rd Dec 2010, 19:54

Great question. Our Honda didn't even make 100,000 miles and cost a fortune in repairs. Our current GM has nearly 100,000 miles and has not had so much as a brake job yet. Literally the only expense so far has been 1 battery and 1 set of tires. Our two Ford vehicles are now 5 and 4 years old and neither of them has had a singled repair either. I'd much rather support American industry and buy more reliable Ford, GM or Chrysler vehicles.

5th Dec 2010, 09:12

It took me 3 times to get disgusted and switch. All bought new. I use to rave about how great our Hondas were 15 plus years ago; new at the time. Not any more.