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:
26,000 miles

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2001 Honda Accord brakes problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 102006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


On the fifth year of usage, my Honda Accord 2001 V6 ex 4-door sedan started producing a loud pop/click when applying pressure on the brake pedal. After taking the car to the dealership twice, they managed to determine the cause - a couple of parts around the pedal need to be replaced (about $200, I have the list from them) with labor charge for about $250 more, total comes to about $450. The dealer claims the problem is cosmetic and doesn't affect the normal vehicle braking. I truly hope so, I haven't performed the repair yet. This problem looks very much like the issue described at NHTSA item number 10013655 (service bulletin number 11012004). I believe Honda should stand behind their product, state this is a recall and perform the repairs of such issues for free. Currently it's extremely challenging to even convince the dealership that there's a problem, in addition they charge you a large amount of money for only diagnosing the problem.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 232004

(reported on)


  • miles
When the brakes were applied abruptly the consumer's foot also stepped on the accelerator pedal. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and explained but they indicated there was nothing amiss. The consumer believes the brake and accelerator pedals are too close together. The consumer indicated the he has owned six Honda's in the last 20 years yet none of them exhibited this type of problem.

- Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022002


  • miles
Consumer states that when trying to apply the brakes while driving the consumer will also step on the accelerater causing the vehicle to continue to move instead of to stop. Contacted dealer and the dealer is not willing to do anything. Nlm

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

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