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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
74,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. turn car off then restart (1 reports)
2001 Honda Accord engine problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 032011

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


The car just stalls while driving. You have to shift into park, turn the car off and then restart it to reset the system. This happens a couple times a month, although Issue never occurs when its with the dealer.

- , Torrance, CA, USA

problem #2

May 012009

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

I replaced the ECM (computer unit) a few months ago because the check engine indicated that the computer is not communicating with the engine properly. The dealer and my mechanic recommended replacing the unit. I replaced with a used one that I got from the junk yard. The problem went away but new issues surface.

Pro-after replacing the unit, it is more fuel efficient. Con-engine works especially hard when going up a small hill and where the freeway is on an upward slop. It has trouble going above 50 or 60 MPH or stall at that speed but will go back to normal on regular road. I tried to accelerate by pressing the pedal but it hardly goes above the stalled speed.

Anyone has any idea what's going on? Car runs find on regular roads but the engine is much more noiser than before I replace the ECM.


- , San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 102006

(reported on)


  • 87,000 miles

My car that I just took possession of 2 hours prior just stopped as I was driving 35mph. It felt like the engine was not getting fuel to keep going. I am hoping this is not a computer problem. Any idea? anyone?

- , Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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