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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
107,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. main fuel pump relay needs to be replaced (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Honda Accord electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 012013

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles


The car won't start after it has been sitting in the sun for a few hours. After doing some research online, it seems that the main fuel pump relay needs to be replaced.

This is what someone else said online:

"Most likely the main fuel pump relay is the problem.

These relays have a history on Honda's that if the interior of the vehicle gets hot, the engine won't start. If the interior cools down, the engine starts.

The relay is located under the dash, above the drivers left knee."

- , Foster City, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052003

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 45,000 miles

I was deployed to Irag for 6 months and had my Dad warmed up my car weekly. However, he just emailed me and said the car won't start this week. The battery is still good, lights are on bright. When he turns the key, there's this whining sound from the engine, sounds like something wrong or broken with the starter. But how could it happens if the car is just sitting in the garage. Could it? :(

- , Garden Grove, CA, USA

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