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
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,489 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 022004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,466 miles


The air bag light was on. Dealer stated that consumers' cell phone on the seat made the light go on. Dealer showed consumer a paper, stating that the electronic devices caused problems with air bags. The consumer paid $300 for the repairs.

- Western Springs, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 192003

Accord 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
While driving 60 mph the steering wheel locked up followed by a tire blowout on the rear driver side, causing the vehicle to roll over, as a result the airbags failed to deploy. The consumer suffered neck and back injuries. The cd player did not always work and experienced static.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 222003


  • 41,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in an accident, and the air bags did not deploy, consumer was injured, however prior to incident, the air bag light illuminated, but the dealer stated nothing was wrong. Also, dealer made repairs on cruise control and radio.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

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