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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,101 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.

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #9

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 #8

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 #7

Dec 052011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Transmission problems at 34,000 and now again at 120,000. This car will be on it's 3rd transmission.

- Carl Junction, MO, USA

problem #6

Jan 232011


  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a routine maintenance and the technician detected a porous engine block. In addition, the engine warning light illuminated one week prior to the diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 92,000.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 082010


  • 58,500 miles
My car suddenly started to stop shifting into gear. Driving, it would slip out of gear and I would have to shift it into another gear to get it to move. This would fail and I would shift it into another gear. Starting from red light--10 to 15 seconds with no response from car--very dangerous situation to be in. Took to Honda dealer--needed a new transmission--cost $3,400. Ridiculous. Car has only 58,000 miles on it.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #4

Mar 172001

Accord 4-cyl

  • 3,655 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. While driving at speeds of 10 mph, the engine began making an unusual noise. As the contact increased speed, the noise became louder. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on three separate occasions; however, the failure could not be duplicated. The failure mileage was 3,655 and the current mileage was 57,000. Updated 6/3/10 updated 07/2710

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 242007


  • 105,730 miles


Honda Accord 2001 transmission and coolant system.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 152008


  • 71,120 miles
While trying to park the 2001 Honda Accord in the garage, the driver only recollects a sudden unintended acceleration which resulted in an accident.

- Davison, MI, USA

problem #1

May 052003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at any speed and without warning the vehicle will shut off causing consumer to pull over. Dealer notified.

- Potomac, MD, USA

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