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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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:
21,250 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.

2001 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012018


  • miles


2001 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to suppliers of alternators using substandard parts.

- Soquel, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 052007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
My car was parked for two weeks, as I just purchased another vehicle. I went to drive my 2001 Honda Accord ex sedan and all of my lights on the instrument panel were lit and the car was making a funny noise. After towing the vehicle to the shop I was told my alternator bracket bolt had broken off inside. After researching online I found a couple of complaints in regard to the same issue: Broken alternator bracket or lower mounting bolt. Honda. Tech line summary. # tsb #05012004 -- broken alternator bracket or bracket mounting bolt. (NHTSA id #10013977, May 01 2004)

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 162002


  • miles
Vehicle died out while drving on highway as a result ofalternator going out.contacted dealer. This was a common problem.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Mar 232001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had just left lot, drove it about 10 miles when all of indicator lights started flashing. Consumer called dealer from cell phone, and dealer advised to check to see if oil was in vehicle. Consumer got vehicle home, but took it in next day. Alternator wasn't charging or discharging, and replaced it free of charge. Vehicle had 14 miles. Manufacturer said if it happened again they would give a extended warranty.

- Pembroke Pine, FL, USA

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