Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2001 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 100,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure problems have been a huge problem for Honda Accords & other models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda eventually extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accords as settlement for a class action lawsuit, but that period is over & owners of Accords 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. Also make sure your 2001 Accord has been checked for the airbag recall: excessive pressure may cause metal fragments during airbag deployment.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,618 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 092011

Accord SE 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 115,000 miles


The cetral locking system works with the key, but not with the remote. I have replaced the batteries in the remote and tried re-programming it, but to no avail. A red warning light flashes on the dashboard which I have been told only indicates a fault as described but nothing more serious. I would be very greatful for any advice on how to fix this problem.

- , Darvel, Scotland, Scotland

problem #1

Feb 182009

Accord LX 4 Ltr

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,235 miles

We use the trunk alot when shopping and by having to actually use the KEY in the lock to open it is a hassle.....using the Car Opener buttons is much easier. Don't know what the problem is and wondered if anyone else has experienced this before.

- , Penticton, BC, Canada

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