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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
67,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace rotors (1 reports)
2001 Honda Accord brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012008

Accord EX 3.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 98,000 miles


Honda needs to get back to good! Honda needs to get back to good! Honda needs to get back to good!Honda needs to get back to good! Honda needs to get back to good! Honda needs to get back to good!

- , Lexington, SC, USA

problem #1

Aug 202008

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

I have a 2001 Honda Accord LX (bought it brand new) and today (8/20/2008) it only has about ~37K miles on it. The low mileage is due to driving two cars. Last year when I took it in for servicing I was told my front pads had 15% left. All of a sudden this week I start to hear a grinding noise. I take it back in -- and they tell me that I need new pads. Ok great. They also say that my rotors are worn so thin that they need to replaced! They said it was unusual for rotors to be worn down so thin with so little mileage. I asked them if it had anything to do with no changing the pads earlier - I was told no. So why would that happen?

- , Austin, TX, USA

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