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:
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 3 of 3)

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problem #3

Feb 132008

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,500 miles


I bought my (black) 2001 Honda Accord EX in late 2004. About a year and a half ago the hood of the car began to look horrible. The paint appears to be a combination of turning white and eroding. One 'car' person told me it was from not waxing it enough... sun damage I think he said. Bogus! There are plenty of cars older than mine that aren't doing this. Then I thought maybe it was wrecked before, since it was only on the hood... and now jumping to one quarter panel. That theory was soon busted when it jumped to the roof of the car.

I see Accords (especially the darker colors like black and green) all over Baton Rouge like this. There had to be a bad batch of paint or some lack of quality control when these were rolled out. Does anyone know of a class action suit or a group trying to hold Honda accountable? There must be something we can do. I may start a website specifically for this matter.

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #2

Nov 142006

Accord LX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

I bought this car and it was great took great care of and still do , but the clear coat paint stated to peel from the hood and the roof of the car. it looks like , Japanese manufactures they make everything using the cheapest materials and i tough i had a good car. superior to American cars. nope. if you want something good buy it made in the USA otherwise it will go to ** in no time.

- , Sparks, NV, USA

problem #1

Aug 012008

Accord EX V6 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles

does anybody know if there is a recall from Honda for the paint issues

- , Huntsville, AL, USA

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