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:
No data
Average Mileage:
106,330 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Honda Accord AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 072011

Accord ES 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,330 miles


More than a year ago my AC/heater would stop functioning. The buttons just didn't respond anymore but the fan still ran. Button lights remain on. Full function would return usually during the next car trip. Weather didn't seem to matter. I found after several months that banging on the dashboard would get it to work again. The last time I did this was about 8 months ago. It has gone out only once since and for a few seconds. It is now winter and I am afraid that one day I will need the defroster and it will not function. I have been advised to replace the whole unit, but I am not convinced this is necessary. I have seen on the internet that this has happened to others with the Honda Accord. Installing a new unit at the dealers would be pricey.

- , Nashville, TN, USA

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