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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.


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About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Honda Accord fuel system problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 252004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While starting the vehicle, the accelerator pedal became stuck. The consumer called the dealership and the person who answered, indicated to the consumer that they already knew what it was, a carbon buildup in the gas line that froze the line. Consumer was charged $120 to fix it. The gas pedal sticks causing the vehicle to lurch forward.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 262002

(reported on)


  • 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 #1

Nov 112000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Once engine is warm, exhaust fumes and raw fuel get into cab. While sitting in traffic consumer feels dizzy. Engine has to be shut off. It is very unhealthy to breath. The dealer could not duplicate the problem after performing short and long term test, fuel pressure check, valve timing check and valve clearance check.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

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