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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,436 miles

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2001 Honda Accord drivetrain problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #50

Jul 222013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 75,900 miles


My transmission started showing signs of slippage that caused the transmission light to blink and check engine light to go on after heading down a side street leaving my office for the day. The next morning I drove to service center and they said transmission had failed. This is in alignment with all the complaints (and apparent law suit from 2006) involving 2001 Accord. Honda will not honor participating in the cost to fix the transmission due to constraints of lawsuit even though there is precedent of goodwill repair gestures that have extended beyond the suit (to which I did not opt in to participate). I have not opted to repair the car as of yet due to the cost.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #49

Jun 152008


  • miles
The transmission in my Honda Accord 2001 has been faulty for at least 2 years now. There was a recall on the transmission but the recall expired according to Honda. There is no option but to fix the transmission if it blows and that's basically what I'm waiting for. Honda has not guaranteed that if the transmission is fixed, it will not happen again. I took my car into a Honda dealership twice for airbag recalls and my airbag light is still lit on my dashboard. Overall, I feel as if these issues are safety hazards and I feel stuck in a horrible situation with no help from the manufacture.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #48

Mar 192013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the torque converter clutch solenoid malfunctioned prematurely and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 101,000.

- La Mesa , CA, USA

problem #47

Mar 142013


  • 75,000 miles


My check engine light came on, and I was informed that I needed a new transmission. I was told this may be covered under an extended warranty that Honda issued due to this very common transmission problem. Honda informed me that this warranty is expired, and offered me a used transmission with 64,000 miles on it, and a 12,000 mile or 1 year warranty which ever comes first for $3,250. Honda needs to issue a recall for this faulty transmission because their warranty extension has left people like me with a vehicle that is a safety hazard and a minimum $3,250 repair.the offer for this used transmission is a joke because it's the same transmission that I currently have, so what happens if it to fails not even a year and a half from the date I purchased it. Transmissions that have been taken very well care of (this car was previously owned by a mechanic) do not fail just before they reach 75,000 miles. Honda needs to accept responsibility, and issue a recall for this transmission.

- Park Forest, IL, USA

problem #46

Aug 152012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the key was able to be removed without the gear shifter being in park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated a lever located in the transmission would have to be replaced in order to prevent the failure from recurring. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #45

Jul 272011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
Transmission slips and clunks when shifting from first to second gear. SRS light illuminated on dash. Side airbag light illuminates intermittently. The consumer stated the traction control light came on the dash, stating it had turned off. The consumer stated he didn't think much of it at first, but then he noticed when the brake pedal was pressed hard to the floor a even relatively low speeds, the brakes didn't respond as they hosuld.; basically the brakes were not effecgtive when having to stop suddenly. The consumer was informed the brake lights were staying on all the time, as he was driving, but would go out, when the brake pedal was pressed. Also, when the traction control light illuminated on the dash and the cruise control would not engage. The repair shop found a caode of C0277 brake pedal position sensor defective. They replaced the brake pedal sensor. Within a couple of days, after the repair, the problem occurred again, which then resulted in an accident. The consumer stated he was driving at a low speed, and the person in front of him stopped suddenly and he stated he should have been able to stop, but the brakes malfunctioned and he rear ended another vehicle. The consumer returned to the repair shop, to see why the brake lights were staying on. The repiar shop found a bad brake light switch. They replaced the switch and recalibrated the brake pedal position sensor. They also found an internal fault within the control module and replaced it. After he left the repair shop, about a mile down the road, the problem happened again. The repair shop found a a bad connection from the ebcm to the brake light switch.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #44

Aug 032010


  • 57,000 miles


On several occasions prior to August, 2010, I have parked the vehicle, exited the vehicle, locked the doors and returned from my errand, only to find that the vehicle had been left in gear. Nothing happened on the first several occasions but then in 2010, there was a recall on certain Honda for the same problem I had experienced. The keys are not supposed to come out of the vehicle if it is left in gear. At the point of that recall, I contacted Honda (2010) but they told me my vehicle was not included in the recall, and if there ever was a recall on that issue, I would be notified. Fast forward to Thursday, December 6, when there was another occurrence, this time much more serious. I was in a parking lot, got out of my car, locked the car and started walking away. I then noticed the vehicle rolling forward towards the car in front of me. I got between my vehicle and the other vehicle and tried to stop it and was injured in the process (only bruises, though). The car hit the car in front of me. Now I see that there is a recall on some other Honda for the same issue, but mine is still not included. This is a continuing problem and should be recognized by Honda, especially since it's obvious it's occurred in many other Honda. I don't understand why they won't do anything about my vehicle and it is likely another incident will occur and one day, it may hit a child in a parking lot!

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #43

Sep 042007

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
There have been several recalls for different Honda vehicles with this problem: The mechanism that locks the key in the ignition while the vehicles are in gear can wear out. When that happens, drivers are able to remove keys without shifting into park. I can take the key out without the car being in park. There have been no injuries to date. I have been trying to make sure that I put the emergency brake on everytime I park my car. This has been happening with my car for several years, but it has never been included in a recall. I am not sure when it started or what the mileage of the car was when it started. I called Honda today when I saw the latest recall to see if they would fix my car or if I have to wait until someone gets hurt or dies and they say to contact you because they could not just include my car in the recall.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #42

Dec 032012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
While driving on the highway the transmission slipped out of gear & would not engage right away causing a very dangerous situation. The person driving behind me almost hit me from behind & became very angry because I couldn't change lanes quick enough to get out of the way due to heavy traffic. Now the transmission slips when it tries to shift between gears at lower speeds (it is an automatic) or makes a hard clunk when putting into drive.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #41

Oct 202003

Accord 4-cyl

  • 37,405 miles
Bought the car new in 2001 from john Eagle Honda clear lake. The first transmission gave out at 37400 miles due to a defective transmission. Car transmission suddenly started making noise and slipping between gears. Honda placed vehicle on their computer and received an error message. We were told a new transmission was only solution. The same error message came up on the "new" transmission. We were told to try Honda customer service for assistance, which told us the solution, was totally up to the dealership. We waited for over two weeks for [xxx]to call; I had to call him again today to get his reply. The clear lake Honda dealership that we have been going to since 1997 says their "hands are tied". [xxx] the service manager states he talked to vernon sage, district manager, and states they have no transmissions to correct another defected transmission but they can sell me a new one??!! this is an issue of safety not just cost and it is absolutely unacceptable that Honda cannot honor their mistake. If this transmission would go out while on a highway there could be a real tragedy. They knowingly replaced transmissions with the same defect. This car is driven 90 percent on the highway and wells maintained w/the same Honda dealer. There is no reason that this car should need two transmissions within only 112000 miles. The dealer passes the problem to Honda customer service, which in turn hands the problem back over to the dealer. It should be a crime to know of a failure that could cause a major tragedy and not honor or accept your mistake and make it right. This is an issue caused 100% by a known defective transmission that Honda and the dealership are completely aware of. There are entirely too many other Honda owners with the exact same problem with the second transmission. There is not any "goodwill" from Honda by putting in the same defect. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #40

Nov 172012


  • 130,000 miles


Hi purchased a used Honda Accord on Saturday everything ran fine for about 30 min the. When I got off the freeway I noticed to trans was starting to slip got home and looked under the car and there was trans fluid everywhere on the ground car had lost a good amount of atf. Just spent 4000 on a used car went to the dealer told me the trans was serviced there at 114,000 miles for a trans service 16,000 miles later in going in on a massive leak. Reading about this trans has me worried as I got a car with decent miles thought I'd get a lot more then 40 miles out of it it's at the dealership now awaiting diagnosis if they say its my trans I'm going after someone.

- Martinez , CA, USA

problem #39

Oct 312012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
A loud sound came from transmission during acceleration, and the check engine came on, along with the D4 indicator started blinking. Transmission started slipping.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #38

Mar 012005


  • 60,000 miles
I had transmission replaced at 60,000 miles 2 months after I purchased it. Paul moak Pontiac in jackson, ms supposedly put a new transmission in the vehicle. I never really felt that it operated correctly. How could it if Honda made all these transmissions. Now 7 years later, October 2012, I have another code or automatic transaxle problem. Ridiculous. I just bought another used 2000 Honda Accord and I pray that I don't encounter this same issue.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #37

Aug 142012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 69,900 miles
I brought in my 2001 Honda Accord ex to my long-term Honda dealer (I'm the original owner of the auto), because I noticed that my transmission seemed to be acting up. They informed me that a new transmission needed to be installed (appx. $4800). I found myself in a predicament because the kbbv was only between $4000-$5500. I was not pleased that a Honda could need a new tranny with that low mileage (we moved to holland for four years and the car sat during the '01- present). But, I looked at my service records and noticed that Honda had already installed a 2nd transmission in 2003. What" this now means that this new one would be the third transmission in a car with 69,900 highway miles.?!?!?! Honda America, along with my dealer, said there is nothing they can do as the time warranty has expired (7 years, 8 months they said they extended it to because there were so many complaints about this year's transmission. I explained, "okay, fine, then naturally we must take both transmissions that have failed and add the years=appx. 11.6-12 years. Now, the mileage and the time should be covered. They must need an abbasid because my math did not compute with them. Why am I writing? I read online that there are thousands of these faulty cars on the road and last Saturday when we were stopped at a red light, it turned green, I pressed down on the pedal, and nothing; no movement. We were then, very lightly because the light had just changed, hit in the back. My 5 and 9 year old sons were in their car seats and were very frightened and upset. Honda America is aware of this faulty design and yet refuses to offer a honest and goodwill safety/service recall. What if the accident had been worse and my dealer had kept their knowledge of the possible accident to themselves just to make $5000" I believe each of my children would be worth more than $2500 apiece!

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #36

Jan 012005


  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled sporadically when driving at any speed. When the engine was restarted and the gear was shifted, the vehicle would jerk abnormally. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to several mechanics who performed diagnostic testing and located the failure at the transmission drive shaft. The transmission was replaced and the failure was repaired. The failure and current mileage was not available.

- Mobile , AL, USA

problem #35

Aug 282006

Accord 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
In 2006 Honda issued an extended warranty on the transmission due to the many complaints/failures. Shortly thereafter we started experiencing slipping/missing gears and took it to klein Honda in everett where we purchased it. They ran the diagnostic and told us that it wasn't bad enough to warrant a replacement. Since then it has slowly gotten worse to the point where it is becoming a safety issue because we never really know if it is going to catch and actually go or when it will just decide to stall. Now of course it is past the extended warranty and the dealer refuses to fix it.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #34

Feb 152012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
When coming to a stop the car did not down shift to first gear. When the gas was applied it banged into first gear. I took it to the Honda dealer who double drained and refilled the transmission. It worked great for a few days and now slips and shifts at will. I am told it needs a new transmission. The Honda dealer asked american Honda to participate financially in the repair. American Honda declined. I was never notified of the premature failure findings or the class action law suit. I purchased this vehicle new and have maintained it according to manufacturers recommendations. The car is now not safe to drive as the transmission can fail at any time with no warning. I think american Honda should participate in the cost of repair as they have with so many thousands of similar vehicles.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #33

Feb 012002

Accord 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle new in November 2001. I noticed that the transmission would not shift correctly from 1st to 2nd and read some complaints from other owners with the same problem. I took the vehicle to the local Honda dealer for inspection and was told there was nothing to worry about. The problem has persisted since and has gotten worse as it gets older. Please advise of any kind of recourse I may have should a transmission replacement be necessary. I did have one solenoid on the transmission replaced a year or so ago as well as a motor mount.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #32

Jul 152012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 126,500 miles
I bought this car brand new in 2001 from a Honda dealership. A couple of years later, the transmission had failed. I called the Honda dealership where I had bought the car and they acknowledged that this generation had a known transmission defect. They repaired my car for free because it was still under warranty at the time and I was told that the transmission now had an extended 7year/109,000mile warranty. On July 15th, 2012, I was driving on highway 101S at 65mph when the check engine light suddenly came on. I noticed a slight loss in power, but my car did not die out. The check engine light stayed on. The next day, I decided to test drive the car again to see if the check engine light was a one time occurrence. I started up the car, put it in reverse, and then to drive. There was a sudden delayed jerk from reverse to drive. I managed to plug in a code reader into the car's computer port and pulled up two codes: P0700 and P0740. Both of these codes are associated with the transmission. Not again"!"! my car has now exceeded the extended warranty and I am afraid that Honda will not cover the repairs. I read on several forums that this has also occurred to Honda owners where the dealership has refused to repair the vehicle due to the expired extended warranty coverage.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #31

Jul 072012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 116,807 miles
The vehicle shifts hard from1st to 2nd and 2nd to 1st. The same problem that Honda settled out of court for in 2006 class action settlement. Reports are that Honda only pays 50-75% of repair costs. In this case the repair costs are roughly 75% of the vehicles total value.

- Monument, CO, USA

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