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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,631 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #18

Sep 202016


  • miles


The contact owned a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact's vehicle crashed head on into another vehicle. The air bags deployed, which caused the passenger to sustain a large cut to the left side of the forehead and right side of the head. The passenger side seat belt failed to restrain the passenger. Medical attention was required. In addition, the dashboard split in half. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a tow lot. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #17

Aug 022016


  • 144,500 miles
Took my vehicle in for inspection. Mechanic has informed me that the subframe on the passenger side has completely rusted out and is due for immediate failure. Upon researching the subframe for the 6th generation Honda Accord, multiple articles, blogs, and even a news video report by wews news channel 5, point to A/C drain hose as the issue causing premature wear. The driver's side subframe is significantly in much better condition vs the passenger side.

- Cicero, IL, USA

problem #16

Mar 312016


  • 133,000 miles
Mileage: 133,000- started my car at home and couldn't get it out of park. Tried turning it off and then on again while stepping on the breaks. Break petal release and hit the floor. Had to tow vehicle to shop. Shop found that entire under body (sub-frame) was rusted, rotted/ leaking. Brake and fuel lines totally rotted along with entire under body, especially noted- located on the front passenger side near the strut assembly, beneath the air conditioner drain. Total cost over $2,000. Also, paint pealing/ rusting off. Started at 60,000 miles. After reading hundreds of complaints online regarding these same issues, and finding that Honda is not taking responsibility (air conditioner is located right above engine) I have decided not to spend another time on this car and will never purchase another Honda for as long as I live. I guess people have to die before Honda will admit model flaw. I'm so lucky I wasn't driving when my breaks went out.

- Clinton, CT, USA

problem #15

Jan 162016


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. While having maintenance performed on the vehicle, the technician discovered that the subframe was completely corroded. The vehicle was deemed unsafe to drive and the subframe needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Fitchburg, WI, USA

problem #14

Jan 142016


  • 190,000 miles
Subframe rust caused by mispositioned A/C drain pipe dropped my car off for her 200K tune in nh. The mechanic said the subframe underneath the front passenger seat was shot. I debated whether to spend $1100 for a used subframe and labor. Decided it was a gamble, but probably worth it. Dropped it off two days later and he showed me where. I grabbed the frame and it just crumbled. With the new subframe and tune, she runs like new, even at 200K. Later I did more research later and found that other people have had the same issue. I got the car up on a friend's lift and found the A/C drain hose. It was high up in the car and really short! it pointed directly at the subframe. I simply replaced the hose, clamped it on, then tied the end to a thingy further down, so that the opening pointed at the ground. Like $2 in parts and 20 minutes, and I'm an amateur. I'm disappointed that Honda never officially acknowledged this design defect. I get that they don't want to pay for subframe replacements - they're a business, yadda yadda. But it's such a basic oversight with an easy solution. Just a little bit more diligence on their part would have saved me over a thousand bucks. Subframe rust is a major safety issue. They deserve to be punished for such laziness and negligence. To nip this in the bud: Yes, I live in new england. There's a lot of salt on the roads, but I wash the undercarriage regularly. And if it were general wear-N-tear, the entire subframe would have had similar levels of damage. However, the rot was localized directly under the A/C drain hose. Also, the dealership said nothing about subframe rust when I brought the car in for the airbag recall. Some 100 point inspection, huh?

- Acton, MA, USA

problem #13

Aug 062015


  • 103,000 miles
Subframe rusted, passenger side. Not sure how long I drove this unsafe vehicle with the bad frame.

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #12

Nov 102015


  • 127,000 miles


My 18 year old son bought a 2001 Honda Accord after saving his money. One year later while having a oil change the mechanic noticed the front passenger side of front subframe was rotted so bad a section was missing. Terrible that Honda will do nothing about this problem that seems to affect many Accord. I encouraged him to buy a Honda or Toyota for their reliability, at least Toyota did a recall on their frames.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #11

Jun 192014


  • 173 miles
To Honda corporation re: Recall department on June 19 2014 I was driving my 2001 Honda Accord coupe when I was suddenly hit by a delivery truck who was trying to make an illegal left turn in front of me. My car was total. The front side and passenger side of my car are totally demolished. The irony of it all is that, the front and the side air bag failed to deploy. And as the result I was severely injured without the protection of the air bag. On March 2015 which is almost a year after my accident I received an air bag recall letter from Honda corporation. I should have received the warning and recall letter before my accident which is June 19 20014. Honda corporation is responsible for my injuries for making a defaulted air bag and failed to warn me about the situation before my accident. I am asking the maker of Honda to pay for my outstanding medical bills which is incurred due to the accident. I still have my Honda. Honda corporation refuse to reply to my letter. That's why I am making this complaint to the Honda corporation truly samson tesfasion 444 lucas avenue #11 los angeles, ca 90017 (213)481-1917

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 302015


  • 192,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the air conditioning hose drained on the front passenger side subframe, which caused the subframe to rust without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced and that the failure was a common issue with Ford vehicles. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 192,000.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #9

Mar 312014


  • 101,000 miles
I was T-boned on the drivers side. The airbag deployed and metal lacerated my eyelid causing a cataract and permanent pupil damage.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #8

Jan 082015

Accord 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


From a position of park in a parking garage to the position of drive the car immediately began accelerating uncontrollably. The gas pedal seemed stuck and slight pressure on it to get it unstuck made the car go faster so I placed both feet on the brake pedal with full downward force but the car kept accelerating. I finally had to crash into another vehicle to prevent my car from hitting people walking in the parking garage.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #7

Jul 032006

Accord 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The clear coat is peeling. Started on the roof. Then the trunk now it appears the hood may be starting. I kept this car well maintained and there was no good reason for the clear coat to start to peel. Honda gave me $500 in "loyalty cash". I have seen this problem on numerous other Honda Accord dating to the early 2000's. when it first started I thought it was due to using car washes. But then I noticed other vehicles having the same problem. Honda didn't even send a representative to look at the car when I requested one.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 072014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
2001 Honda Accord LX sub frame on the passenger side is rusted through. All the other parts of the sub frame appear to be is solid condition. Ac drainage pipe location above the spot appears to be the reason for the problem. Vehicle was purchased in Michigan and brought to finland when we moved there.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 282014

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while servicing the vehicle, the private mechanic stated that the contact that the front passenger's side sub frame was rusted making the vehicle unsafe to be driven. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,000 and the current mileages was 137,010. Updated 10/07/14 the consumer stated the vehicle stated the rust was caused by the A/C leaking. The vehicle was repaired at the expense of the owner. 3/16/15

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 012013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 246,180 miles
The rear engine beam rusted through on the passenger side of my 2001 Honda Accord ex 4 cylinder sedan rendering the vehicle un-drivable. Honda motor co refuses to accept responsibility for this issue which is a design defect caused by the air conditioner drain line being placed so that it leaked onto the passenger side of the rear engine beam. The driver side of the beam is perfect, with no rust issue. I have been to 3 local metro detroit Honda dealerships and they refuse to replace the engine beam. Each of these local dealerships are also refusing to provide an explanation as to why they are refusing to replace the rear engine beam even though I realize I would be paying for it. I can only guess as to why, that being if the dealerships refuse to replace the rear engine beams, then if Honda is sued in a class action law suit, they can deny there being a problem because there would be no supporting repair documentation to subpoena. I bought this car new from Honda and have a file three inches thick with dealership maintenance and repair invoices. This is not an issue of owner neglect. There are many other complaints from other 2001 Honda Accord owners on the internet with this same complaint to which the NHTSA has so far refused to force a recall. I don't see how this design defect is any different from the Toyota trucks which were recalled several years ago for rusted frames which rendered those vehicles un-drivable. This same year vehicle also had a class action lawsuit for transmission issues. This particular vehicle has had 5 transmissions replaced of which I paid for the last one because of the faulty transmission design. This rusted area is next to the transmission, which means the dealership had to have seen this problem developing, but decided to remain silent about it. I have owned 4 Honda and will never own another one.

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 222013


  • 158,000 miles
I brought my 2001 Honda Accord, which is in pristine condition, with 158,000 miles in to my mechanic. Clunking noise in the right front passenger area...figured it to be bad sway bars, cv joints etc, so normal wear and tear. I get a call later that day to hear it is a major subframe rusting issue and that the frame connection to the body is broken and the subframe itself is in mutiple pieces. He tells me you have to see this...took pictures...documented the problem. I too did some research online and found that this is a common problem with this year and that Honda recognizes this but fails to do anything about it. The air condition drain is positioned so that it is constantly dripping on to that part of the sub frame. This is a major safety issue and I was advised not to drive the vehicle until I had the part replaced. Honda needs to take responsibility for this before someone gets severely hurt and this turns into a class action lawsuit.

- Mahtomedi, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The green paint on the roof and door started to peel off and generated white layer substance. I noticed many Honda green cars have similar problems, I believe that this is badly manufactured, faulty and defective paint.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 052001

Accord 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,512 miles
The customer contended the brakes were sometimes inoperative/noisy/rubbing and did not stop the car. The customer also had multiple complaints of service at the dealership. The transmission did not shift properly. Dealership was unable to duplicate abnormal shifting operations. The engine ran rough and the engine check light illuminated, engine had normal noise. Other complaints included the tcs light on, door ajar light, brake light and seat belt light all illuminated while driving. License plate bracket came off. Twisted seat belts, rear door, bumper and dash panel replacement.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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