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:
47,937 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 092007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,874 miles


In April 2001, I purchased new Honda Accord ex from its dealer, planethonda in union, NJ. The car had been sore for the last three years. The car was recalled because of faulty transmission. The faulty transmission affected the engine and brakes. Not only, Honda should have replaced the faulty transmission, but also the engine should have been replaced. The faulty transmission made the car run in the low gear, damaged the engine. My car engine is burning more motor oil and I have to add one quart of oil for every 700-800 miles. I also had to replace the brakes, rotor/drum, brake shoe pads every 6-8 months because of faulty transmission. My car has the side air bag and ABS lights on since 30000 miles. I was advised by NHTSA to send the complaint to NHTSA. Please forward the copy of the complaint to the appropriate department, so that they can look into the matter. Thanks....... ashok kumar

- Port Chester, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 272006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On numerous occasions, the ABS warning light has illuminated for no apparent reason. To Honda's credit, they have looked over the vehicle a number of times and pulled codes, but no obvious defects were found. The codes were reset. The problem presents more in colder weather. Recently, however, the issue has come with the red brake warning light. No obvious issues (leaks, fluid level, spongy feel, etc.) have been detected. The light can be coaxed into going off by restarting the vehicle (sometimes) and other times it will go off by itself - usually leaving the ABS warning light on. The problem, again, presents itself more in cold weather, and appears to be electrical. While the brakes appear to work and look excellent mechanically, it is unnerving that the issue has thus far been undiagnosed and resolved by Honda.

- Brownstown, MI, USA

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