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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. had to pay for a new condenser (2 reports)
2001 Honda Accord AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 172008

Accord EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


One day the A/C stopped working. I went to the mechanic who tld he can fix it as there is no freon in it. He refilled it. The next day it was not working again. I have been to few more mechanics and all they do is to recharge it with freon. I am out of almost 1000 $ and still don't have the AC fixed yet. I am considering buying another car.

- , Brandon, FL, US

problem #1

Sep 302005

(reported on)

Accord LX

  • 30,000 miles

I had this car and the ac stopped working at 30000 miles. turns out that the ac condenser is leaking and they need too replace it at my cost of 800.00 dollars. These guys are a ripoff. Im very upset. Ive never had a brand new car that the ac stopped working or the condenser leaked. I hope more of you will complain if you had this problem. Honda needs to compensate us and fix this problem.

- , Shelby, MI, USA

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