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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,618 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2001 Honda Accord accessories - exterior problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 092011

Accord SE 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 115,000 miles


The cetral locking system works with the key, but not with the remote. I have replaced the batteries in the remote and tried re-programming it, but to no avail. A red warning light flashes on the dashboard which I have been told only indicates a fault as described but nothing more serious. I would be very greatful for any advice on how to fix this problem.

- , Darvel, Scotland, Scotland

problem #1

Feb 182009

Accord LX 4 Ltr

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,235 miles

We use the trunk alot when shopping and by having to actually use the KEY in the lock to open it is a hassle.....using the Car Opener buttons is much easier. Don't know what the problem is and wondered if anyone else has experienced this before.

- , Penticton, BC, Canada

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