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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
23 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,990 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

Sep 052003

Accord

  • 23,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On 2 separate occasions vehicle suddenly revved high. Dealership indicated that this was due to a bad idle valve.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #22

Apr 182003

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,736 miles
Accelerator pedal sticks when applied. This was an intermittent problem. The throttle body was cleaned due to carbon on the throttle plate. The front pads were replaced.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #21

Dec 082003

Accord

  • miles
While backing into a parking space vehicle suddenly accelerated and hit a wall. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained neck injuries and was transported to a hospital.

- Saint Clairsville, OH, USA

problem #20

Jun 102002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,844 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When the brakes were applied the vehicle accelerated without warning. The vehicle suddenly accelerated from 0 K.M. to 80 K.M. within 15 feet and became stuck between two houses. The left tire blewout and the air bags deployed and cracked the windshield. The vehicle sustained damage.. engine reved high when taking foot off gas pedal. The dealer adjusted the base idle because it was too high.

- Canada, 00, USA

problem #19

Jun 262003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine fluctuates constantly between 1000 and 2000rpm's without touching gas pedal. Very dangerous as engine constantly races and hard to control and brake.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #18

Mar 072003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,800 miles
I am an owner of a 2001 Honda Accord LX and was involved in a major accident. After making a right turn onto a local road, the car unexpectedly and violently accelerated out of control and caused a severe crash with other cars. Consumeruide.com list under the NHTSA recall history a defect in the air intake which can keep the throttle open.

- West Paterson, NJ, USA

problem #17

Nov 142002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,495 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While reversing, vehicle accelerated while foot was on the brake.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 212002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling out the the driveway, vehicle sudden accelerated at a high speed. This resulted in an accident, causing minor injuries to driver. Ph air bags did not deploy.

- Port Chester, NY, USA

problem #15

Sep 262002

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the consumer was trying to park, the vehicle suddenly accelerated forward and crash into brick wall causing the airbags to deploy. The consumer was injured during the accident.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #14

Sep 262002

(reported on)

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is subject to hesitation or performing erratic while being driven. The owner has taken the vehicle several times to the dealership which they were not able to correct due to the failure not duplicating while at the shop.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #13

May 012001

Accord

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle revved unexpectedly while coming down a hill with foot on brake, and vehicle accelerated. Cause unknown.

- Aztec, NM, USA

problem #12

Jul 292002

Accord

  • miles
I was pulling into a parking space behind a car when the Honda suddenly accelerated. I slammed on the brakes to no avail. I hit the car in front of me and then manuevered the Honda into the street. I threw it into reverse and it still went forward until I turned off the ignition. I'm terrified of driving this car. I have found over 30 cases of this sudden acceleration problem including several fatalities. Why hasn't Honda been made to correct this defect" miller Honda of culver city, ca said they found nothing wrong with my car. How am I to get it repaired or replaced"

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 112002

Accord

  • miles
Consumer stated on 2 occasions, vehicle experienced sudden acceleration, once when going foward and once while in reverse causing consumer to crash in a concrete wall, one person was injured in accident.

- St. Clairsville, OH, USA

problem #10

Mar 112002

Accord

  • miles
Consumer stated on 2 occasions, vehicle experienced sudden acceleration, once when going foward and once while in reverse causing consumer to crash in a concrete wall, one person was injured in accident.

- St. Clairsville, OH, USA

problem #9

Feb 182002

Accord

  • miles
Vehicle was being backed out of driveway. Brakes are always deployed because of the incline to driveway. Vehicle suddenly accelerated uncontrollably causing the vehicle to travel down the driveway and up the driveway of a neighborS house directly across the street, striking a parked vehicle. The vehicle then proceeded along the neighborS property taking out trees, shrubbery, and a telephone and cable box. The vehicle jumped into drive and took off into a wooded area across the street. The vehicle then exited the first wooded area and took off across the street and entered a second wooded area. Transmission line was severed by one of the trees in the wooded area causing the vehicle to stop. The vehicle traveled out of control in excess of 600 ft. Before coming to a stop. Driver continuously attempted to stop and control the vehicle without response from the vehicle. No injuries sustained. Insurance company and an independent investigator could not find the cause of the problem and wanted to repair the vehicle. Consumer was displeased with those findings, citing that no normal person could have traveled that distance without it being a vehicle malfunction. Consumer strongly urged the insurance company to total the vehicle, fearing that this malfunction could reoccur. The insurance company complied with the consumer.

- Clementon, NJ, USA

problem #8

Apr 152001

Accord

  • miles
While trying to change lanes vehicle won't downshift to accelerate properly. Car will go for weeks fine, then will go for hours or weeks failing to repond when gas pedal depresed to speed uptwo local dealers had seen car but they said it was nothing wrong with it. I am afraid to drive it cause I do not know when it will repond to my needs.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 032001

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer put vehicle in reverse and engine revved/ vehicle accelerated on its own to about 35-40 mph, and hit another vehicle. Damage unknown at this time, vehicle at dealership. No injuries.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 032001

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After starting vehicle shifted to reverse with foot on brakes, and vehicle accelerated to about 35-40 mph and hit another vehicle. Vehicle at dealer at this time. No injuries.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 082001

Accord

  • miles
The vehicle was being pulled into driveway. Driver covered the brakes while passenger removed seat belt. The car suddenly accelerated at full speed into the patio. The brakes refused to respond(there was no pressure what so ever). The airbags failed to deploy, the passenger suffered injuries.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 262001

Accord

  • miles
Consumer states when he proceeded to back up, the vehicle accelerated rapidly causing consumer to back into a cement pole, after crashing, consumer put vehicle into drive and it accelerated rapidly, which als caused him to rear end a parked vehicle.

- Feasterville, PA, USA

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