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:
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Average Mileage:
99,660 miles
Total Complaints:
43 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. should be a recall on the paint (20 reports)
  2. not sure (15 reports)
  3. repaint the car (8 reports)
2001 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #23

Mar 292013

Accord ES 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles


i just recently purchased this car used. I am complaning because since i purchased it every honda that i see has the same problem. I feel that this is a defect from the maker and should be taken care of.

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #22

Nov 072011

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I noticed that my the clear coat paint was peeling first started on the roof, then on the trunk, now on the hood, just a sight.

- , Courtland, VA, USA

problem #21

Sep 112011

Accord EX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

The paint started peeling near the sun roof but it started peeling in other areas along the car. Thought this was an isolated occurrence until saw father's friends car have even worse peeling than mine. Started noticing Honda Accord 98-02, either black or dark green around town with same issues.

Asked dealer what the problem was and they said it was the sun. I park my car in the garage unless I took it to school, work or transportation.

Have not seen excessive peeling happen on any other modern day car as of late except Hondas.

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #20

Aug 102006

Accord ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,654 miles


Bird poop should not remove the paint this easily.

- , Auburn, AL, US

problem #19

Jan 162012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

I have seen other Hondas around town with this problem, many of them are the same color or near the color of mine.

Since Honda is suppose to be one to the best cars around, can't something be done about this?

The car probably has several more years of service, but it looks horrible.

- , Dickson, TN, USA

problem #18

Jan 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Bought new in 2001, garaged, babied, washed, quality wax several times a year and it looks like crap 3 years later, even worse now.

- , Upland, CA, USA

problem #17

May 042011

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


The 2001 Honda Accord LX is my second Honda. Previously, I had owned a 1990 Accord and had no problems cosmetically or mechanically. The paint never peeled. Last spring, I noticed the paint peeling off and took the car to an auto body shop who told me that Honda used inferior quality paint and only applied one clear coat; apparently it still follows that procedure to save money. To restore the paint to its original sheen would cost $2,500.00 according to the auto body shop which would use quality materials and apply 2 clear coats. However, he advised that since the car was 10 model years old I may wish to take it to MAACO and referred me to a shop that is known for its quality work. The estimate was 1,000.00 and the estimator indicated that it would be good for 2-3 years. Mechanically, the car is fine but to sell it or trade it in, the cosmetic appearence needed to be improved. I will not buy a Honda Accord again. It is interesting to note that my wife's Honda CR-v of the same model year and with 30,000 more miles on it than my car, has no such problem with the paint. Of course, it's blue not green.

- , Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #16

May 312009

Accord ES 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

My "beef" is not a new one. There are posts all over the internet regarding the clear coat peeling on these Hondas. My roof, trunk and hood are a mess. Car looks awful.

- , Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #15

Jan 032011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Paint on trunk started to come off ... at first I thought it must have been exposed to something while parked, but then other patches began to appear. Now I am aware that other Honda owners are having the same issue.

- , Germantown, MD, USA

problem #14

Aug 062011

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

The more and more I look at my car the more pissed off I am getting. I am also noticing as I drive around town other black Honda's have the same issue as me. I see the color of my car was recalled for Odyssey's but not on Accord's?! It makes no sense to me. I bought the car used in 2008 and did not have any problems. And for being a girl, I take care of my cars, tires rotated, oil changes on time, oil and gas treatments, hand wash and wax, there is no reason this should have happened unless it is a defect on the paint. I went to Auto Zone today and the customer service guy said and i quote "oh you have one of those defective paint jobs from Honda" I didn't know what he meant and he proceeded to tell me that the color of my car was recalled. I called the local dealer and he said yes on the midnight pearl color, I said that is the color of my car, and told me it was Odyssey's only. This pissed me off even more. I've been getting estimates that range from 800-1200 dollars to have my car painted because "it's a special paint".

- , New Castle, PA, USA

problem #13

Sep 202011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


I first noticed whitish spot on the hood. Eventually, it started to spread and peel. The paint is now peeling on areas of the hood and the trunk I've been told that it is the top coat that is flaking off. Although my car is old, it is in excellent running condition but the peeling makes it look like something that I got from a junk yard!

- , Boca Raton, FL, US

problem #12

Feb 012010

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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At first I thought this was just my problem but I have noticed late model Hondas on the road with the same awful peeling/balding pattern on the hood and trunk. Internet research not only shows that I certainly am NOT the only one with this problem, but that Honda has no intention of taking responsibility for what is CLEARLY defective paint/clear coat on their darker colored cars -- black, dark green, etc. My 2001 Honda Accord EX has been a great car; it currently has 122,000 miles and still runs like a champ but what an embarrassment to drive!! I'm sure Honda feels like they can get away with it because it's not a "safety issue" and at the same time offer lame excuses like "sun damage" or "excessive washing" expecting owners to bear the $1,500-$2,000 expense to have their cars repainted. CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT!!

- , Mobile, AL, USA

problem #11

Nov 082010

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Its looks like a car from the Third World. I compared with my hubbie car, definitely Honda used the worst paint for their cars.

- , Mayaguez, PR, Puerto Rico

problem #10

Apr 152009

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

The paint problem seems to be universal on this year of car, why is there not a recall on the paint. This is making the value of my car about half of what it would be if the paint wasn't ruined. Honda makes a fortune off of their cars and they are refusing to make it right to the ones of us who buy their product. Maybe some of us who have these blemished, paint defected cars should take the company to court and sue to be reimbursed for a new paint job and our time and inconvenience of having to deal with this problem on our own.

- , Yukon, OK, US

problem #9

Sep 022009

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

Significant peeling and discoloration of the clear coat on the roof, trunk lid and hood.

- , Spring, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 012009

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

clear coat peeling. the car looks bad and resale value is greatly diminished.

- , Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #7

May 082011

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,152 miles

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paint peeling paint peeling paint peeling paint peeling

When I took my car to the deal to have the seat belt warranty worked on I asked about the peeling and the rep said "Sorry it's the clear overcoat peeling." They would do nothing about it. I am a movie extra and sometimes I use my car in show. Now I can't.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 012009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

What started as a discoloration (a patchy whitening) then turned into a full fledged peeling of the clear coat surface. The surface just started to flake off, easily exacerbated by a fingernail, leaving underneath a dull metal surface. This erosion of the clear coat surface continues to spread to all parts of the car. Specifically affected were the: roof, trunk and hood, side panels.

- , Champaign, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Count me in. The (navy blue) paint came off, because the clear coat cracked and failed. Honda just shrugged their shoulders.

- , Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #4

Jul 012007

Accord EX Leather V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Let me be the first to say, my car was HOT. It had shiny custom rims, one of the best looking cars. Not over the top though with a ton of aftermarket modifications. Simple, but elegant and beautiful. I actually used to turn heads everytime I brought it in for service. The service associates always used to tell me it was a gorgeous car and beautifully upkept. However, starting in 2007...two years ago...the clearcoat started failing on the roof and has been peeling ever since. It has spread to the hood, trunk, and base of the windows on the door panels. My car now is a total embarrassment to drive, it looks like an awful piece of junk. Granted, the inside is in perfect condition and everything is working great on the car...the paint really detracts from the car. I've taken it to a dealership, and they've told me that it is that I haven't waxed it or washed it enough. Which is BULL. I hand waxed it once a month and washed it every weekend since I've owned it. I've babied this car more than anyone knows. And now this clearcoat failure that Honda doesn't want to stop up to the plate about. I see PLENTY of Hondas in my year-range that exhibit the same damage on the car. I owned a Toyota Celica before this Honda for about 13 years. It was also black and I babied it in the same way...and I never once had any clearcoat failures. This is a real shame...and I will never buy another Honda again, this has ruined my vision of what I thought was one of the most remarkable car makers in the world. I will encourage family and friends to do the same...and if they have questions, I'll take them outside to view my car. It will say enough right there...

- , Winter Garden, FL, USA

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