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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
16,667 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

Jan 092001

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


1) front passenger seat does not lock in place. Seat slides all the way to the front when I brake. My passengers have to quickly bring their arms foward to stop themselves from hitting the dashboard; one time my passenger hand hit her eye in the process of trying to stop the seat from hitting the dashboard. 2) SRS indicator light come on when I just place a light purse on the passenger seat. This is a 2001 Honda Accord V6 with only 15,000 miles. 3) there have been numerous complaints to nhts regarding this SRS light malfunction. When will nhts do a recall? the dealers want to charge me to look into the seat not locking in place, and the SRS light.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 222004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Consumer complained about a problem with driver's power adjusted seat. When applying the brakes the seat moved forward. Consumer contacted the dealer, who stated that they will do repairs but only at consumer's expense.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 012004


  • miles
Crushed chest, broken neck, and death of driver resulted from rear end impact of Honda Accord while sitting still. Please call brenda rogers at area code 678 phone number 441-9817 if you've experienced failure of driver's power seat slide, driver's seat back, driver's seat bolts, and/or filure of driver's air bag to deploy. All appear to have failed in this instance. Need your help! thank you.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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