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:
Average Mileage:
88,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. redesign braking system (2 reports)
2001 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012009

Accord DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles


I have a 2001 Honda Accord and I have to replace my front brake pads every 4-6 months. I have now invested in brake pads with only lifetime warranty because it was getting to expensive for me. Along with other problems with this car I have tranny problems. Some one please start a petition so we can stop inconveniences like this from big car companies. When we invest in a vehicle it is a very big investment other than a home, and for us to be paying for there mistakes should not fall in our shoulders. It should be there problem not ours. While they make there millions we minority's have to pay for there mistakes. IT NEEDS TO STOP. Ok American Honda!!!!!!!! :(:(:(:(:(

- , Rialto, CA, US

problem #1

Jun 112007

(reported on)

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Brakes have been wearing quickly since I drove the car out of the lot. Dealers tell me that it may be my driving habits. I tell them that my second car, an Explorer, has had the same brakes for 3 years and is drivin twice as much. Stopping power is also a problem with this car. I think Honda needs to really look at a redesign as well as offering anti-lock brakes as a factory standard for goodness sake. Why should we have to pay extra for safety?

- , Pasadena, CA, USA

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