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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,095 miles

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2001 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #45

May 262005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8 miles


The transmission on my Honda 2001 has been slipping and over the last few monts is starting to clunk when I take off from a stopping position. It is getting worse and I was always told from Honda that this is normal it has been like this since I have owned the car.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #44

Apr 092005

Accord 4-cyl

  • 108,500 miles
Transmission failure. Had intermittent problems that could not be diagnosed when under 100000 miles. Transmission finally failed at 108,500 miles. Dealership & american Honda have only offered 50% discount on a known problem with their cars. I feel they should be responsible for entire cost. They were using a cop out to not honor their product. I am only a little over their extended coverage offer. Also, they stated that even though I have a great service history I did not have it done through them, instead I did have my maintenance done with Goodyear shop which was an established car center. I bought the Honda believing I would not have to encounter these issues. I can understand little problems, but not one to this extent. I just thank god that my two month old child was not in the car w/ me when it finally broke down. I had to spend $200 on towing fees. All attempts to speak with american Honda was disappointing. I also followed up with research on service history, and have come to the conclusion that Honda was just not the name it use to be.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #43

Feb 212005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Around 55,000 miles vehicle developed an abnormal muffled knocking sound on right front corner at speeds above 30mph. Got progressively louder as miles wore on. Honda dealer blamed it on a right front wheel bearing and I had it replaced. Sound was still there. Had an independent shop lift the car up and run it to determine mechanical clacking sounds came from automatic transmission. Finally convinced Honda dealer it was the transmission and it was warrantied. Scary that the dealer representing the manufacturer doesn't know how to diagnose a serious defect like a transmission problem. With all other Accord of different years having transmission problems Honda has some serious quality issues.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #42

Jan 052005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,200 miles


Petition request dp 04 006/ ignition park interlock: Consumer was able to remove the ignition key from the ignition switch while driving in reverse. Dealer was notified.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #41

Nov 222003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer had problems changing the gear from park to another gear. Taken to shop for checkup.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #40

Mar 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,008 miles
Vehicle moved backwards when the consumer removed her foot from the brake pedal. This was especially a problem when on hills and inclines.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #39

Aug 012004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


My 2001 Honda Accord jerks hard from 2nd to 3rd gear. Also very sluggish accelerating. This has started happening at 55,000 miles. I contacted bell Honda and they told me I need a transmission flush, now already doing so I still have the same problem. This is unacceptable of a 3 year old brand new car. Bell Honda dealershop which I bought my car is telling me I need to pay $100 for a test to see if it falls under the 7/yr 100/K mile warranty.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #38

Apr 122004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
I bought a pre owned certified 2001 Honda Accord with 60K miles on it for a little over market value because I believe in Honda products. At approx. 70K miles the transmission failed and was replaced by the dealer with a remanufactured trans. I was told only a limited 12/12 warranty was being issued for this and that if trans failed outside of the warranty extension I would be out of luck. Currently the vehicle has 82K miles and is showing signs of tranny problems again. The vehicle on occasions will downshift with a thump when decelerating into 2nd and 1st gear and there is a whirling sound which is only audiable when the vehicle is in gear. I have taken my vehicle back to the dealer that installed the reman unit, however they continue to dispute my claims saying that the noise is being made by a faulty wheel bearing. As you can see this makes it difficult to document my complaints regarding this issue if the dealer will not address it. I would greatly appreciate any feedback on how this issue can be resolved. Thanks

- Flowood, MS, USA

problem #37

Jul 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,671 miles
When driving between 20-40 mph transmission was unable to change gears. Manufacturer deemed the vehicle as unsafe to drive.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #36

Jul 032004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,250 miles
Power transmission failure. 2nd transmission failure on 3 year old vehicle with less than 66000 miles. Original transmission replaced at approximately 55000 miles. Replacement transmission failed again at approximately 65000 miles.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #35

Jun 092004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


My 2001 Accord is experiencing transmission problems at 79K000. It exhibits erratic and slippage when accelerating and the obdii indicates a A/T problem. I took the vehicle into my local dealer who said they would replace the transmission since its still under the 7yr/100K warranty. However, when I inspected the transmission closer, in my opinion it looks like the transmission was never replaced. The dealer upgraded a component and left my old transmission in!! I am very outraged and disappointed if this turns out be the case. I am currently pursuing getting a more professional opinion and will take legal actions depending on forth coming information.

- Flowood, MS, USA

problem #34

Mar 292004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have Honda Accord 2001. It is only 3 years old and 70,000 high way miles, but I got the transmission problem recently. 1. transmission oil leak 2. grinding noise 3. not smoothly, I can feel the slipping I already spent sevral hundred bucks, but the problem still there. I was suggested to replace a new transmisson. I cann't accept it, since it is only 3 years old, and 70,000 high way miles. I think Honda company should be responsible for it.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #33

Apr 012001

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
My 2001 Accord has had a problem with the accelerator sticking since it was new. While it hasn't yet stuck open it does stick everday. It seems worse when it is first cranked in the morning, however, letting it warm up has not effect. This is especially dangerous in parking garages and lots. I have had this auto to apple tree Honda on at least six occasions and they tell me they can't duplicate the problem. I have left it overnight for them to service the next day and they insist it doesn't do this with them. I have complained to them on at least 6 occasions and paid for three fuel injection cleanings. The accelerator still sticks. I understand from doing internet research that this is a common problem with my year automobile, yet Honda obviously doesn't want to address the issue. In addition, my transmission is getting worse day by day. It now doesn't engage properly especially after driving, stopping and taking off again on a grade. While this car has a grade logic sensor the sensor apparently doesn't do it's job because I live in the mountains and it never engages. Apple tree also tells me that they just can't seem to duplicate any transmission problem. I am aware that there is an extended warranty due to a recall but apple tree has never mentioned any repair to me. In addition, from internet research, when you take your Accord for this warranty repair they use a "used" transmission under the excuse that it will take to long to get a new one. I have written a detailed letter to american Honda to see if they will assist me, other than another trip to apple tree, whose service is substandard and has been for years. When I owned my first Accord I drove over an hour for service to another state because apple tree actually damaged by car during service, left me sitting three hours durning a 10 minute oil change because they couldn't "forgot" I was waiting, etc. This is my second Accord but definitely my last unless Honda deals with the issues.

- Arden, NC, USA

problem #32

Feb 112004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
I have a 2001 Honda Accord V6 sedan. I had purchased it around July of 2001 and the transmission had failed on the car about 4 times. I asked the manager at the Honda service center why is it constantly failing and he stated, "Honda just makes crappy trannys." This just discouraged me even more and its at a point where I just don't want a Honda vehicle anymore. I called Honda of America the last time when the transmission failed because I was driving with a family member and the transmission skipped started jerking the car and almost caused an accident because of not being able to control to vehicle. I understand people are busy but I spoke to over a hundred of fellow Accord owners who all have the same problem and are not receiving the help they expected. Why is Honda continuing to put re-built engines if they are going to fail anyway" why are they constantly failing? why are they rebuilding it to factory specs if its factory specs that are causing it to fail" it just doesn't seem logical and yet I am always being put out of a brand new vehicle. You can understand my frustration since its scary to know you can purchase a brand new vehicle and encounter so many problems. Please advise and how can I get help. I believe my car is a lemon and should be recalled and I informed Honda about this and no one ever responded to me, about 2 months ago.

- South Richmond Hill, NY, USA

problem #31

Apr 082004

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,217 miles
Consumer complained about a seat bottom frame. The frame was replaced 2 times in the past 10,000 miles. When vehicle accelerated the seats moved back. However, dealer indicated play in the seat was normal activity. Driver seat rocked back and forth when consumer tries to accelerate or stop. In addition, transmission clunks when shifting from drive to park. Dealer said it shifts normal.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #30

Dec 042003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,049 miles
Right front brake line has a groove cut into it and cv boot is split. First noted on 12/04/03 when car checked for brakes. Transmission had been replaced by Honda on 03/03 after complaints of hard down shifting. Car still downshifts hard but not all the time. Gas pedal sticks when car is cold on acceleration. Honda corporate has been notified along with dealer. They want me to pay for half of the repairs. Parts have been on order for two weeks. There was never a problem with brakes until Honda replaced transmission on 03/03.

- Milan, OH, USA

problem #29

Dec 192003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,250 miles
The air bag sensor light malfunctioned. The consumer was concerned the air bag will not deploy upon impact. The component to repair the air bag was order December 2003 but it still has not arrived at the dealer. The vehicle transmission.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #28

Nov 102003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,475 miles
Transmission failure.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #27

Oct 232003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The consumer's vehicle was parked on a flat surface with the engine off. When the occupants exited the vehicle it rolled backwards and struck the concrete base of a light post. The gear shift was in drive and the keys were not in the ignition when the vehicle rolled backwards.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #26

Oct 182002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,579 miles
My 2001 Honda Accord had a transmission failure in October 2002. The dealership put in a rebuilt transmission. In September 2003 the transmission failed again. Honda put in two more transmissions and they both failed immediately! Honda then put in a new computer module and that failed immediately too. Honda is not being very customer service oriented and will not take responsibility for their faulty product. We are pursuing the lemon law in order to get Honda to buy back this faulty vehicle.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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