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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
236,500 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 182016


  • 318,000 miles


The contact owned a 2001 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 40 mph and veering right, the vehicle fishtailed, the steering wheel locked, and the vehicle crashed into a tree. The air bags deployed. A police report was filed. There were two injuries, but medical attention was not required. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 318,000.

- Valsta, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 062016


  • 155,000 miles
Failure of the ignition park-shift interlock that allowed the ignition key to be removed from the ignition switch without the transmission being shifted to park. The vehicle rolled back out of a parking space after I turned-off the car while in D and removed the key from the ignition switch. This is the same issue as in NHTSA campaign 05V025000 (which did not include my vehicle's VIN number). This was also addressed by NHTSA action RQ08006 (which did not include my vegicle's VIN number). The problem is permanent and it happens all the time. I called Honda customer service and asked them to cover the fix of this issue (citing the above NHTSA reports) but they refused to do so. My request if for NHTSA to instruct Honda to extend the coverage of 05V02500 to my vehicle's VIN number. My issue seems identical to the same issue with Honda Accord 1999-2002 and many other similar models. I believe my vehicle's VIN number was omitted from prior recalls (05V025000 and 10V364000) by an error. It is just out of luck that the failure did not happen earlier and din not cause a crash.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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