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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,500 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 092005

Accord 4-cyl

  • 108,500 miles


Transmission failure. Had intermittent problems that could not be diagnosed when under 100000 miles. Transmission finally failed at 108,500 miles. Dealership & american Honda have only offered 50% discount on a known problem with their cars. I feel they should be responsible for entire cost. They were using a cop out to not honor their product. I am only a little over their extended coverage offer. Also, they stated that even though I have a great service history I did not have it done through them, instead I did have my maintenance done with Goodyear shop which was an established car center. I bought the Honda believing I would not have to encounter these issues. I can understand little problems, but not one to this extent. I just thank god that my two month old child was not in the car w/ me when it finally broke down. I had to spend $200 on towing fees. All attempts to speak with american Honda was disappointing. I also followed up with research on service history, and have come to the conclusion that Honda was just not the name it use to be.

- Newnan, GA, USA

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