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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,850 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace power steering rack (2 reports)
2001 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 012013

Accord Sedan Ex Vtec I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles


The power steering fluid leaked all out and it became fairly difficult, if it all possible, to turn at low speeds.

- , Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #1

Dec 312006

(reported on)

Accord EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,700 miles

It just came on suddenly. Started my car in the morning and hear a whirling noise coming from underneath the hood. The rest of the day it was okay. Next morning it happened again. It was due for an oil change so I brought it to my mechanic the following day and mentioned the noise.

I got the phone call that the noise was coming from the steering fluid as it was below the minimum line. There was a leak. They needed to replace the power steering rack at a cost of $1100 US.

So much for a reliable Honda, I just had the transmission rebuilt last year for the 2nd time!

- , Surrey, BC, Canada

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