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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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,600 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 #5

May 082008


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that when the vehicle was in drive or neutral the key would come out of the ignition. Honda was contacted about NHTSA campaign id number: 10V364000, electrical system, ignition. Honda stated that his 2001 vehicle was not included in the recall and repairs would be at his expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 150,000.

- Izins , UT, USA

problem #4

Oct 212006

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
My 2001 Honda Accord has some "engine shut off" problem which I have had the dealer look at and they did not find any problems. I have had a friend that has had the same problem and it turned out to be the "ignition switch", but his car is a 1999 Honda Accord. He then showed me this recall on his car about it. The recall read, ake : Honda model : Accord year : 1999 manufacturer : american Honda motor co. NHTSA campaign id number : 02V120000 recall date : May 13, 2002 component: Electrical system:ignition:switch potential number of units affected : 1000000 summary: On certain sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, and sport utility vehicles, electrical contacts in the ignition switch can degrade due to the high electrical current passing through the switch when the vehicle is started. Consequence: Worn contacts could cause the engine to stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy: Dealers will replace the ignition switch. Owner notification began June 14, 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238. as of today the car has not yet been fixed because the dealer told me that they have to see and have the problem happen to them. I don't know when it will happen, after it happens the car won't start and when it sits for a little bit it starts up. So buy the time the dealer look at it, it is running fine. Over time it is just getting worse and more frequently. I have should them this recall and they have told me that all good but they cant do anything with it with out seeing it for themselves. So at this point I have to live with it. Because if I fix it myself I will cancel my extended auto warranty. Trenton fisher.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #3

Feb 282005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At times vehicle had problems starting. When turning the key to start the ignition it would take approximately 3 minutes to start whether in cold or warm temperatures. The cause of why this was happening was undetermined.

- Jennings, LA, USA

problem #2

May 152003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Defect in the ignition to transmission interlock allowing key to be removed while in drive. This is a very dangerous condition if you are not careful. This has been this way at least for 15000 miles. I took it to the dealer and he said he could replace the switch but I would then have a key for the ignition and a key for the door locks. I told them if they could not key the switch that I would not accept two different keys. It now has 57000 miles on it.

- Moultrie, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 152003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The 2001 Accord V6 has 18500 miles. One morning I had a great difficulty in starting the car, I checked the car battery but it was okay. From that time on the car will eventually start, but the difficulty in starting is there.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

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