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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,250 miles

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2001 Honda Accord body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 092012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


Paint peeling on top when I purchased in 2012 just a little bit the size of a small piece of fruit. In 2 1/2 yrs the whole top has peeled, the top of driver side front and back door and the trunk is also starting about 40% now. Car is 01 but I see other makes and models that are that age and older that look ten times better. I see Honda Accord everywhere with the same problem, especially the same color as mine which is dark green.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 042013


  • miles
I went into a Honda dealer for the air bag recall, twice. My airbag light however keeps lighting up. I believe that there is another issue going on that has not been addressed. In addition, the paint coating on the car is coming off, fading, and all with significant damage to the overall quality of the car. I see paint coming off from similar vehicles in my area. I believe that both the air bags and paint should be addressed. Updated 11/24/2014

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 012004


  • 20,000 miles
Make & model: 2001 Honda Accord LX 4 door sedan. Problem: Driver side interior door handle chrome plating peeled off causing laceration. Solution: Taped the chrome plating back to the handle duct tape.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 302002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The paint on my new Honda with paint protection, literally started to blister and "ulcer" down to the primer level within 10 months of purchase. None of the other cars, parked in the same area, are suffering the same damage. I have had two auto body restorers look at it, as the damage has spread on the hood, and has started on the driver's side door. In one case, the ulceration has gone down to the base metal. Honda and the dealership, ourisman Honda, have refused to help, blame "superbirds, " ignore the professional opinions of the restorers, and have refused to honor both the Honda and paint protection warranties. The auto restorers believe the defect is with the prep or the paint itself, and that other Honda owners may be suffering from the same problem. The entire care has to be repainted at an estimated cost of $3500.

- Vienna, VA, USA

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