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:
54,000 miles

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2001 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 192003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


I bought the 2001 Honda Accord V6 in June, after a year I had intermittent ABS light on and off, I had this ABS light on/off since Aug 2002 (which is still under warranty period), had the dealer checked and they found no problem until recently in June of 2003, the same problem occurred again and this time I took it to a different dealer to diagnostic (which I have to pay $100 since the warranty expired), they consulted with american Honda, and had the ABS module replaced under customer assist warranty, the symptom was gone for a day but with sponge brake and have to bring back to dealer to re-bleed the brake again, with sponge brake pedal the brakes completely bled, and ABS light was on. Techician diagnostic with no dtc on the scanner but the ABS light was on, guess what...they reset it and let me drive home and told me drive safely. In Aug 10th 2003 (which is less than a month) the ABS light is on/off again, I called up the dealer that perform the repaired and they request I let them had the car a day to find out what's going on, Aug 19th and they returned the car to me un repair and saying I have an electrical issue on the ABS brake, they want me to pay 2-3 hours of labor to tear apart my car to find out the problem, I called up american Honda help because of the warranty is expired and they will see if the problem is their then they will cover the repair under warranty. I was totally upset about this situation. This is my 1st and will be my last Honda, I will get rid it soon. So far...I visited the dealer 5 times for the same problem.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

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