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.


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2001 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 122002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Rear brake pads replaced and rotors resurfaced two times (in november2002 at 22,000 miles and then in June 2003 at 38,000...current mileage 39,000). I realized there was a problem because of a loud squealing and grinding noise coming from the rear of vehicle and parking brake light remained lit. Brakes have not completely failed.....yet.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 212003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was travelling at low speeds and was getting ready to apply my brakes to stop at an intersection. I hit a pothole with my passenger side front tire at about the exact time I depressed by brake pedal. The brake pedal went down almost to floor and I had no braking whatsoever. I stopped by rear-ending the car in front of me. I have never had a problem with the brakes and had had them inspected with the 30,000-mile service a couple of days earlier. Seems like it may have had something to do with hitting the pothole.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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