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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,303 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #11

Nov 202010


  • 119,000 miles


In recent months the transmission in my 2001 Honda Accord has been slipping. Diagnostic at Honda dealers shows the transmission needs replacement. They are asking for $3,350 to replace the transmission even though they are well aware that this year's model has a defective transmission. The bay area manager was consulted and he refuses to replace the transmission or even offer the repair at a reduced rate, he simply refuses to accept any responsibility for the failure of their product. When I called Honda of America/headquarters, they basically told me that whatever the manager decided is what they back up. I feel strongly that despite mileage or number of years, should a transmission fail in these vehicles, Honda should at the least offer a repair at a reduced rate. Perhaps only charge for parts and not labor but they should be trying to make good with their customers. This is one of three Honda in the family and I mentioned this in discussions but they obviously have no loyalty to their customers.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 082010


  • 58,500 miles
My car suddenly started to stop shifting into gear. Driving, it would slip out of gear and I would have to shift it into another gear to get it to move. This would fail and I would shift it into another gear. Starting from red light--10 to 15 seconds with no response from car--very dangerous situation to be in. Took to Honda dealer--needed a new transmission--cost $3,400. Ridiculous. Car has only 58,000 miles on it.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #9

Apr 212010

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Honda Accord. Transmission problem might lead to loss in gears during high speed; especially when driving on the highway the consumer was informed his vehicle was not included in the warranty extension for the transmission.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 252008


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. When the vehicle is parked, it is extremely difficult to shift into another gear. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and he located NHTSA campaign id number 05V025000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall and all the repairs would be made at the contact's expense. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 68,000.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 242005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
While accelerating from a stop the accelerator pedal became stuck intermittently. The consumer was able to decelerate the vehicle. Dealership repaired the iac valve. Both rear seat belt became stuck. The transmission was very noisy. Both front wheel bearing were replaced because they were making noise.

- Dagsboro, DE, USA

problem #6

Dec 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,783 miles
December 7, 2002-took car to Honda cars of hickory. Problem: Sudden downshifting/replaced with remanufactured transmission(was told could not have new one) December 26, 2002-took car back for same problem: Replaced transmission again January 4, 2003-transmission fluid leaking-tried to sealoff leak February 27, 2003-transmission still leaking March 6,2003-same problem-told me idler pulley was problem, not transmission another visit(not sure of date)transmission replaced due to fluid leak. Currently having more problems with transmission coming out of gear and with traction control system (according to owners' manual-diagnostic problem) service manager, kevin stein, not returning phone calls!

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #5

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


At 65 to 70 miles an hour on straight interstate car began to steer irradically to right. No response to wheel correction, fish tailing, struck one side concrete wall and crossed road to left guard rail. Brakes tried at least twice without response and correction of wheel after first hit did not correct direction. Airbags deployed front and right side after first hit and perhaps only on second. No significant injuries. Total front damage. Serpentine belt seen hanging upon removal of car. Tie rods and cv joint boots intact, but transmission just replaced under warrantee and cv joints on order for wear perhaps related to transmission being "very sloppy" creating front end vibration in floor at 50 miles an hour to 60 relieved by putting gear into neutral. Feel steering failure perhaps related to serpentine belt failure.

- Ocala, Florida, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Vehicle was leaking transmission fluid. Dealer attempted to repair twice. The problem reoccurred and dealership replaced transmission. I expect more reliability out of an $18,000 dollar purchase. Both the dealership and manufacturer refused an extended warranty on the transmission. One year later I received extended warranty information for transmission on all 2001 Honda Accord. It turns out we were not the only ones who purchased a lemon. There are other complaints of this same sort on the NHTSA site.

- Castella, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My 2001 Honda Accord is completely out of service. Due to the transmission failure. I have made complaints to the dealership where I purchase and service my vehicle. I am out of a car, and no transportation, because the dealer refuse to repair the problem on my (2) year old vehicle. I am a customer and feel very much vaildated by this action. I was told by the service manager that my warranty had expired, I am aware of the secret warranty that same dealerships have to cover this matter.

- Suitland, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 202003


  • miles
The transmission made a loud noise.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel tank gauge reads not full when tank is actually filled. Consumer took it dealer and had gauge replaced. Gauge was not grinding properly. Odometer was affected. After fuel gauge was replaced, it erased the correct mileage on odmeter.

- Tracy, CA, USA

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