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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,924 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 272006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I believe the 2001 Honda Accord LX, 4 cyl has problems with the brake system. I bought car new in November 2000 and have changed the rotors 3 times, and the brake pads 5 times. I just had new rotors and pads put on last summer, and when the Honda dealership was checking my car for another problem, they discovered that the new rotors were warped and the pads wore out. I am wondering if the entire braking system is not working properly, which causes the front pads and rotors to wear down prematurely. The back drums have been replaced one time. It seems that for some reason when I use the brakes the front brakes are doing all the work. Nobody can figure out why.

- Willow Springs, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 032003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,618 miles
Front brakes failed prematurely since ownership of this vehicle February, 2001. Front brake replaced as "good will" by Honda at 18618 miles because they did not feel this was to early. This is my third Honda, and I have never gotten less than 35,000 miles usage of front brakes. Brakes failed again at 40522 miles, this time paid for replacement of pads and rotors resurfaced. Now at 53554 miles brake pads gone again.

- Hoschton, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 122002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear brake pads replaced and rotors resurfaced two times (in november2002 at 22,000 miles and then in June 2003 at 38,000...current mileage 39,000). I realized there was a problem because of a loud squealing and grinding noise coming from the rear of vehicle and parking brake light remained lit. Brakes have not completely failed.....yet.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 012003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
My father is an owner of a 2001 Honda Accord ex V6 sedan. The car was purchased in July 2001 and has recently exceeded its warranty mileage of 36,000 miles. Two weeks ago, as my father was replacing the rear break pads, he noticed the linkage connecting the rear sway bar to the left rear wheel assembly was broken at the weld points. This broken linkage had caused the inside break pad to wear at much greater rate than the outside pad. My uncle is also an owner of a 2001 Honda Accord V6 sedan and upon hearing of the broken sway bar in my father??S car, he inspected the rear sway bar in his Accord and found that the same linkages were broken on both sides. His broken linkages also caused the same pattern of uneven brake wear in his car.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 142002


  • miles
Brakes pads prematurely (in my opinion) wore out on all four wheels. This is our third new Accord, but never this problem.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

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