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:
60,497 miles

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2001 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 022005

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,497 miles


Instrument panel light will go out while I'm driving and I can't see the speedometer or the lights on the shifter (located in the middle near console).this is very distracting and stressful. It takes me 35 to 40 min. To drive to work, sometimes the lights go out after 15 min. Other times they don't. it is still dark in the morning when I leave so I have to use a flashlight to keep my eye on the speedometer. I also noticed my gas was very low one time and I suddenly realized my warning light never turned on. This feature is also affected. I have driven on bumpy roads and they don't turn off, smooth they do and they don't. I never know when it will happen as most of the time I drive in the daytime. All other lights work fine. Dealer could not make it repeat after having it there a whole day. After I told them that it was hard to see the dash light go out during the day time. They kept it another day to check it out again. I was told the next day it had a short. That it was going to cost me over $500 dollars to fix. ( I went online to check 2001 Honda Accord recalls) I told them that other models of the 2001 Honda Accord were doing the same thing and there had been recalls for them, why can't they work with me if mine is doing the same thing" I trusted the Honda name and I feel this is a safety issue. This should not be happening. They just basically said sorry, we can't fix every car that has a problem for free. The government makes the rules, if they want to recall your model, they will have to do it. This was the service supervisor. I don't believe I should be responsible for this problem. How could I have prevented this" the service manager made me believe there was nothing they could do. I told them it was unsafe to drive like this but that I'd see what I could do to get the money to get it fixed. Unfortunately I am still financially unable. I just don't drive at night.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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