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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
146,000 miles

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2001 Honda Accord AC / heater problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012016


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine frame was corroded. While driving, a noise emitted from under the hood. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic whom performed and inspection that located a defective air conditioning tube that caused fluid to leak onto the engine frame. The engine frame was severely corroded. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 302015


  • 192,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air conditioning hose drained on the front passenger side subframe, which caused the subframe to rust without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced and that the failure was a common issue with Ford vehicles. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 192,000.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

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