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:
No data
Average Mileage:
82,142 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. have the radio/cd player removed to determine the code (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 052009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


There seems to be a problem with all the Honda installed radios when the car battery is replaced. The factory installed Radio/CD by Honda goes dead when a new battery is put in. For most Hondas there is a simple fix call the dealer and they will give you the code to punch in. This happened with my stepdaughters 2004 Honda Civic. However with my Accord I purchased it new from Kay Honda Eatontown, NJ,in 2001, when I tried to get the code they checked their records and they said they got it from another dealer(never said that when I bought it!) and they don't have the code. They told me to bring the car in for a few hours they would take the radio out to find the code to get it to work. I belong to AAA and get discounts and roadside service for battery problems so Honda and AAA don't mesh. Honda needs to get its act together and make note of this problem and make sure they supply code numbers to punch in when the battery is replaced. Another black eye for Honda and another black eye for Kay Honda in Eatontown, NJ.

- , Eatontown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 032008

Accord LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,284 miles

Why does my 6 disc CD changer read error when powered on??!!

- , Uniontown, OH, US

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