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.


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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 222003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Missing front bumper bolts clearly indicated my allegedly new 2001 Accord's bumper had been replaced. California-Honda representative visiitng the dealership said she "couldn't explain" how the bolts could have slipped through holes smaller than the boltheads, but that my compaint merely indicated I was unhappy with the car, or I somehow dislodged the bolts, and anyhow that was too bad. Specifically, I was informed that it is not illegal to sell a new car that had been repaired. A dealership mechanic then shouted at my wife and I to "get out" of his busy garage. The dealership's manager (not present during the dispute) subsequently responded to my complaint with BBB by ignoring the complaint and praising his garage staff who, he assured BBB, told him everything. Eventually I discovered that BBB not only rejected my complaint but also did not bother to registerit as a complaintt. Wheni pointed out its omission, BBB finally noted the complaint--as the only one against this large dealership, which is a BBB member, and described the complaint as "resolved." It was not. My wife, accompanying me at the garage incident though ill with pancreatic cancer, has since died, and such were times that did not encourage my pursuing either BBB or the Honda dealership, located in bloomsburg, pa, for what I had supposed would be simple anwers, not defensive evasions.

- Mount Carmel, PA, USA

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