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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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
100,580 miles
Total Complaints:
134 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace with a rebuilt transmission (56 reports)
  2. not sure (35 reports)
  3. replace with new transmission (30 reports)
  4. replace/rebuild transmission (8 reports)
  5. dealer fixed under 109k mile warranty extension / goodwill repair (3 reports)
  6. replace with aftermarket transmission (2 reports)
2001 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #134

Jan 302015

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,695 miles


Fortunately, I was proceeding from a red light when the transmission froze and I immediately, turned off the the highway into a subdivision. I bought this car in '08 and am not sure if the previous owner, who said she only put highway miles on it, was involved in the original recall. If she was, any extended warranty would have expired, and she never mentioned it one way or the other.

I started complaining last summer about how rough the car shifted from first to second and my mechanic warned me that Accords like mine were notoriously rough shifting. Every time I went in for an oil change, he put in an additive to make it shift more smoothly and it helped for awhile.

I've now put less than 3k miles per year on it and figured it would outlast me! In fact, a set of brand new Michelin's dry rotted in the driveway, before they were worn, got hardly any tread wear because I don't commute and would rather fly than drive over 100 miles, anyway. Now I'll bet that a rebuilt transmission, plus labor, will cost more than the car! :P. This is my 3rd Honda. My other 2 were 5-speeds and transmission problems were the last thing I worried about. Now I really miss my Prelude. :(.

- , Kenner, Louisiana, USA

problem #133

Jul 072014

Accord EX

  • CVT transmission
  • 94,000 miles





problem #132

Sep 302014

Accord LX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,217 miles

Known Honda faulty transmissions. Same issue with my Honda Odyssey Van. Where are the class action lawsuits?

- , Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #131

Oct 132014

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,500 miles


The transmission has failed again at 176,500. Honda replaced the first one under the extended warranty at 85,426. So now it has failed again. The car is well taken care of. You can eat off the engine. I was happy with Honda because they replaced it under the extended warranty because there was a major defect in the transmissions on the 3.0 V-6. Thought this one would last.

I am 56 years and have never had a transmission go out in any car in my life before this car. I called Honda customer 800 number a couple of days ago and they basically told me tough luck, I got 80K to 90K on the one they replaced. So does Honda expect their transmissions to only last this long? I have a 2009 Honda Accord 3.5 V-6, I hope it doesn't happen to this one also. I was floored this morning when the Transmission place told me it would cost $3,300 to fix. Unbelievable! So did Honda replace one defective tranny with another defective tranny?

Oh yeah, the EGR ports have to be taken to the Honda dealer for the third time to clean out.

I will never buy a Honda again.

- , Palmyra, PA, USA

problem #130

Aug 272014

(reported on)

Accord ES 2.3L 4cl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

This site was very helpful when I needed to decide what to do about my defective car. The tranny was just the beginning of my problems, but it was the most expensive one. One complaint in particular on this site was a guy who said that people should stop going back to the dealer to replace the defective tranny with another defective tranny from the manufacturer. If your tranny is recalled you get a new one for free, which of course, is easier on the pocket, but if you're like me & your vin# isn't included in the recall, then get an after market transmission. I had a Jasper transmission put in by a local professional. His boss refused to work on Hondas in his shop so the guy took my car to his friends garage to do the work. It's been two years & several long trips later & not a bit of trouble from my after market tranny....Ignition switch, main relay, brakes, front sway bar, rear bushings...that's another story....oh by the way...just this year while on a honda recall site to see if my ignition switch was recalled, my vin # was now included in the transmission recall. :/

- , Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #129

Jun 012013

Accord Sedan Ex Vtec I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles

Transmission began slipping and would jolt, breaking the axle seals, and my Accord would constantly leak transmission fluid. The d4 light would often flash as well.

- , Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #128

Oct 082013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


Until the car started to have some shifting problems a few months ago and I did a little research, I didn't know that Honda had, in the mid-2000's, begged-off a recall and only extended the warranty for 7 years or 109k miles. We never received a notice advising the warranty extension or an explanation of potential problems. Of course the vehicle has been beyond the warranty for several years now. The cost to repair, even with a rebuilt at an independent repair shop, is beyond my budget. Thanks Honda! I have always been a Honda ambassador - recommending their vehicles to friends and family. Due to Honda's handling of this known problem, I'll now caution people against investing in a new or used Honda.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #127

Jun 132012

Accord Limited 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I am shocked that Honda expects their customers to replace a transmission that is clearly faulty from the getgo. On top of that, I have been told by my mechanic that a rebuilt transmission from Honda comes with a 1 YEAR WARRANTY ONLY. From the clearly documented track record of Honda transmission problems (including recalls and class action law suits) I fully expect that a rebuilt transmission with a warranty of only 1 year will behave the same way as the old one...

What to do? Anyone have a success story out of this mess?

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #126

Sep 052011

Accord EX V6 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Transmission went in for Extended Warranty repair after failing. Not sure how the repair was performed using new, or refurbished parts (they would not tell me).

About 6,500 miles later after the transmission started to "slip" and it failed again. Now technically "out of warranty", Honda would not do anything about what I consider to be a faulty warranty repair. It cost me over $6,000 to for my local dealer put in a "refurbished" transmission! It has been about 25,000 miles, and guess what, it's beginning to "slip", make noise and shift hard once again. So let's see this is my THIRD transmission. Shame on you Honda! At least help out a little with the repair cost. There is something obviously wrong with the quality or design of the automatic transmissions for the V6 Accord.

I must say I love this car. The V6 Accord EX 2-door was very comfortable and fun to drive. The V6 engine has been great all these years. It's such a shame, because now I'm looking at other car manufactures, where I have had Honda's for the past 25 years.

- , Sherborn, MA, USA

problem #125

Jul 222013

Accord ES-L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,900 miles

I have taken very good care of this car, which was hyped over and over as a reliable car that if regularly maintained would last a long time over many miles. For many years there were times I put less than 5000 miles/year. I live in a very mild climate and the car has generally been nothing but reliable. When the transmission went at just 75K miles, I was disappointed. I was surprised to see that this was a well known issue for 2001 Honda Accords. In the many years of service at a Honda dealership, I was not told that this was something to keep extra eyes on due to the class action lawsuit. Many sites mention that Honda will honor a goodwill repair gesture even if you are beyond some of the lawsuit terms. My father had his own 2001 Acura TL transmission covered under a goodwill gesture at close to 75% and he was facing simliar issues. Since my miles are low, I was disappointed to hear the initial reaction to offer absolutely nothing, especially when there are cases where Honda has chosen to offer this to customers. Anyone have suggestions on how Honda can own up to their product? Had I driven with more frequency over the years, I guess I would have hit this problem within the 7 year 9 month window and had it fully covered. Seems there should be something they could offer.

I have driven only Hondas and Acuras since 1988, largely due to their reputation as fully reliable. It looks like it is time to let go of that notion.

- , Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #124

Oct 042012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


After a recall, our transmission was supposedly "fixed." After some time,the torque converter has failed. Kaput.

We bought Honda because of their renowned quality and longevity. In retrospect, I realize I made a mistake. We have only one additional Honda, and pray it, too, does not have catastrophic failure.

Cost of replacement, even remanf is more than 40% of Accord's value.

We bought this Accord brand new, & it has been superbly maintained.

Sign me, unhappy, confused and worse than broke. sniff

- , Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #123

Jan 072013

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,779 miles

Honda is known for it's strong customer service and reliable vehicles. Our extended family have been strong Honda supporters and consumers. Unfortunately, this was not supported in this situation. My in-laws are more elderly and don't put significant mileage on their two vehicles. Honda apparently recognized a design defect in the transmission design on this Accord and issued an extension on the normal warranty to address it. My in-laws experienced the problem, but Honda refused to support their issue in anyway with even a partial offset to the high expensive repair for this design flaw, based on their experiencing the defect too late. It's disappointing that based on this, we have lost credibility with promoting Honda as the car maker of choice. This will clearly influence our buying decisions and influence on all others in the future.

- , Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #122

Feb 142013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

My car only has 52,000 miles on it and the transmission needs to be rebuilt. It is a 2001 HONDA ACCORD. THE MECHANIC WANTS $2500 to rebuild it. I never received any notices over the years from Honda that there was a problem with the transmission. I bought the car new in 2001. Do I have any recourse with Honda?

- , Venice, CA, USA

problem #121

Feb 152012

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,650 miles

I needed a car and found a used dealership that had a 2001 Honda Accord with 139k miles on it. I only purchased it because the car came with a 3 month 3k mile warranty. I will never buy something "as is" that costs more than $500 even if its built by Honda or any other import brand. A car is a machine with thousands of moving parts. Long story short, 2 weeks after purchase the tranny fails while I'm getting off the highway with no warning. The D4 light was flashing and I had it towed back to the dealership which honored the 3 month 3k warranty. Had it rebuilt and I hope it lasts at least 100k or so. The car is very solid, no squeaks or rattles. Its just the transmission that gives issues.

- , Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #120

Sep 282012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

The transmission was a bad scare. The shifting started slipping and when I took it to the dealer not only did they tell me it was not covered but that they would charge me 4,000 for the fix. Completely unfair since it is well known that the transmission is a defect of the build of the car and not the customer.

- , Union City, New Jersey, USA

problem #119

Nov 202012

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,717 miles

I cannot believe this car has 162000 miles and no transmission! I have taken excellent care of this car. There are so many complaints about this car's transmission that I believe it inexcusable that Honda refuses to help me. They said due to the mileage and year of the car there is nothing they can do. I have never had a car with a bad transmission but at 162000 miles it is ridiculous. There are so many complaints of the same problem and I even found a couple websites that said do not buy the Honda Accord EX 2001 model used. "Stay away from it like the plague" This is my 3rd Honda and unless someone from Honda contacts me to let me know that they will do something for me, and I don't mean where I pay thousands of $, it will be my last Honda and I will get to every website, twitter and facebook and make sure as many people as possible know that Honda is no better than any other car out there. I am so disappointed, and now carless

- , Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #118

Jun 302012

Accord LX 2.3L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,900 miles

Purchased a 2001 Honda Accord from dealership. I received Honda┬┤s extended warranty for the transmission. In October of 2007 while on the highway transmission started rattling and the car was jerking, transmission D4 light started to blink, the best I could I drove the car to the side of the road and had towed to my mechanic. The mechanic told me that the car needed a new transmission and recommended I contact Honda. The car had 68800 miles. The Honda dealership which I already knew were nothing but a bunch of rip-off artists, charged me $1,464.55 to change the transmission and gave me a useless extended warranty.

This car was used by my wife 95% of the time. In late June, 2012 the transmission started with the same problems at 109900 miles, the new diagnostic is that the car needs a new transmission about 41000 miles later.

My first feeling is that even after having that car for 10 days in 2007 the Honda dealership never changed the transmission, they only repaired the old transmission and sent me on my way.

- , Rosedale, New York, USA

problem #117

Dec 162009

Accord ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Honda repaired while traveling a leaky seal on the tranny at about 65K. We should have known as the problems escalated within the V6 auto tranny Accords, ours was always just over the allowed mileage. This is our third and very probably last Honda sue to the poor quality of the 2001 Accord. Only a free replacement will be an acceptable resolution - especially with all the newer reports of a known defective design with the more powerful V6.

- , Auburn, AL, USA

problem #116

Sep 202012

Accord EX Coupe V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

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transmission failure

Yesterday (September 20, 2012), my 2001 Honda Accord EX Coupe experienced complete transmission failure. I was driving along when the D4 indicator on the instrument panel began to flash. Within a minute my transmission started growling and racing through gears without engaging. I was able to limp it about 2 miles to a parking lot and get it safely off the road. It would drive in reverse, but not in any forward gear. This morning I had it towed to my local dealership where I purchased it 11 years ago. After a few hours of waiting, my service advisor called to give me the bad news. The transmission would need to be replaced at an out-of-pocket cost of more than $3,800.

Here's the funny part. In 2006, with around 77,000 miles on my car, I had the same issue with my transmission. When I took it to the dealership, they replaced the transmission at no cost to me because a higher than normal number of automatic transmissions in the 2001 Accord had problems due to defects in material and workmanship. In the six years since the last transmission was installed, my car was in storage for two years. I have just over 115,000 miles on it now. That's less than 40,000 miles since the last time I had to get a new transmission. That seems fishy to me.

I called Honda Customer Service today and explained my plight to a nice man named Eric. I asked if I was eligible for one of those "Goodwill Repairs" I've heard so much about. He put me on hold for a while so he could speak to his "manager". When he came back he told me that I was ineligible for any financial reparations because the first replacement transmission was considered my Goodwill Repair. This leaves me in a position where I owe nearly $4000 to repair a part that Honda has admitted was defective.

I have attached a letter issued by Honda's Automobile Division in the Winter of 2002, titled "Automatic Transmission Warranty Extension". It extends the vehicle's 3-year, 36,000-mile limited warranty out to 7-years or 100,000-miles. The letter details the very symptoms I experienced with my car in the moments before it stopped driving, both in 2006 and 2012.

I'm aware that I've exceeded 7 years and 100,000 miles with the vehicle itself. However, neither of the transmissions made it close to that far. The first went 5 years/77,000 miles and the second went 6 years/40,000 miles.

- , Madison, WI, USA

problem #115

Sep 132012

Accord EX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

Transission failed again today on my 2001 Accord V6(under 160,000 miles). Would not even drive . I missed a half day of work , was stuck on a busy street for 45minutes waiting for a tow truck finally got it to the dealer to hear more bad news.Over the years Honda has taken care of the cost the last FOUR times i have brought it in for transmission problems Last time being in 2008 but now I'm being told its going to cost over$4300.00 to fix it. Does this fall under the 2001 lemon law? I take my car in for scheduled maintenance . Drive it properly nothing i could have done to avoid this. I love my car my , my Honda advisor is great and know he is only doing his job but i don't feel i don't have to pay $4300 for a car that is worth just a couple thousand more than the repair cost of a transmission. I cant afford to fix it and cant afford a new car. I just want my car fixed at a fair price. Is there anything i can do ? I got the number for Honda corporation. And heard of something called Good Will repair.What steps do i have to do to get Honda to help?

- , Santa Ana, CA, USA

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