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:
No data
Average Mileage:
150,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

brakes problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 152015

Accord ES 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


On 15 Feb 15, I was traveling South on NC 51 when I came to Stop Light. I pressed the brake pedal and heard a whinning sound and the brakes stopped slightly, not like they use to. I pressed the brake pedal with lots of pressure and it still didn't come to a complete stop, it accelerated and thus ran into the back of the car stopped at the light.

After the cops wrote the Accident Report, I drove about another mile or two, pressed the brake to turned around and I heard that same whining sound again. The brakes did the same thing again, stopped slightly, luckily there were no cars coming so I accelerated to get out of traffic. Now, I'm about a wreck myself. So I turned around , pressed the brake, No Sound this time. Luckily I made it home with no other problems. When I got home I looked up the Recalls for 2001 Honda Accord and found one nearly exactly as what happened to me. I'll take the car to have it checked out later this week to find out IF they can find what happened.

So, to put it in a nutshell, the brakes slightly worked when I pressing the brake pedal, giving off a whining sound. After pressing the brake pedal with more pressure/force, it still stopped slightly and then accelerated. Now, I'm just wondering how much my insurance will go up.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

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