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:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
4,072 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

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

problem #2

Apr 082004

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,217 miles
Consumer complained about a seat bottom frame. The frame was replaced 2 times in the past 10,000 miles. When vehicle accelerated the seats moved back. However, dealer indicated play in the seat was normal activity. Driver seat rocked back and forth when consumer tries to accelerate or stop. In addition, transmission clunks when shifting from drive to park. Dealer said it shifts normal.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 022001


  • miles
Front seatback failure caused severe facial injuries to rear seat passenger in rear end collision.

- Towanda, PA, USA

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