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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2001 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 092001


  • miles


The brakes smelled like burnt rubber. The dealer indicated that the rear brakes were misaligned at the factory and caused the front pads to rub. The dealer resurfaced the rotors and adjusted the brakes, but the pads continued wearing fast and the rotors continuously overheated.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 202001


  • miles
On September 20,2001 while driving in light rain. Trying to stop wheels locked, able to turn steering wheel but unable to steer car. Hit car stopped in front of me no one hurt. Damage to left front end of car. Car was inspected, oil change, wheel alignment on October 15 by jl freed Honda and passed inspection. On January 31,2002 william was driving put foot on brake to slow down and exit roadway, put foot on brake to slow down and the same thing happened crashed into guardrail. No one hurt.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 092001

Accord 4WD

  • miles
Brake failed completely while at highway speed.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 082001


  • miles
The vehicle was being pulled into driveway. Driver covered the brakes while passenger removed seat belt. The car suddenly accelerated at full speed into the patio. The brakes refused to respond(there was no pressure what so ever). The airbags failed to deploy, the passenger suffered injuries.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

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