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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,175 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #5

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 #4

Jan 272006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I believe the 2001 Honda Accord LX, 4 cyl has problems with the brake system. I bought car new in November 2000 and have changed the rotors 3 times, and the brake pads 5 times. I just had new rotors and pads put on last summer, and when the Honda dealership was checking my car for another problem, they discovered that the new rotors were warped and the pads wore out. I am wondering if the entire braking system is not working properly, which causes the front pads and rotors to wear down prematurely. The back drums have been replaced one time. It seems that for some reason when I use the brakes the front brakes are doing all the work. Nobody can figure out why.

- Willow Springs, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 102005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Purchased a certified 2001 Honda Accord V-6 sedan 3.0 in July 2004 w/ 42,000 miles at 55,000 I needed new rear brakes and rotors. The brake light never came on. Per the dealer the rotors were already turned so, I got new rotors. When I picked up the car from the dealer the car is still making a squeaking sounds as you apply the brake. I took the car back and was informed that there was nothing wrong with the braking system or brakes. To this date the car is still squeaking when I apply the brakes. Also note that when I returned to the dealer several days later the back brakes were already worn 10 percent but the front brakes were still brand new"?????? this is a front wheel drive vehicle which 70 percent of the braking is applied in the front and approx 30 percent is applied in the rear so why do I need brakes and rotors in the rear before the front. And the front brakes are still as brand new..makes you wonder if the front braking system is working or not"

- Surprise, AZ, USA

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

Sep 182002


  • miles
Consumer states front brakes failed caused by the rotors. Rotor which went bad causing damages the rear brakes and pads. Vehicle would vibrate when applied the brakes. Dealer has been notified.

- Madera, CA, USA

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