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:
69,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2001 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 022006

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 63,000 miles


I purchased this Honda used 2001 Honda Accord EX 2 months ago at Honda dealer in AL , now the CHECK ENGINE light has come on and stayed on. I just got a used Owners manual and found out it could be that the gas cap might not have been tight and I tighted. So I have to wait til 3 driving trips to see if it goes off. Thats what manual suggests first. Then its off to Honda dealer to see if computer says needs new catalytic converter which i heard could likely be inaccurate diagnosis and m0re likely oxygen sensor. Also another prob. days after purchase SRS light started coming on and havent had that looked at either. I will update after checkup.

- , Warren, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 162006

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 78,000 miles

Along with my failed transmission and SRS light coming on, I have also had my check engine light and TCS indicator come on. My local dealership have been able to reset these at no cost due to extended warranty/recall. It is a bit concerning that I have had so many issues with this particular Accord with so few miles on it. My last accord had 235,000 miles on it before it was totalled and still running strong!!! What is wrong with this car? Did I buy a lemon?

- , Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 102006

(reported on)


  • 66,000 miles

refused NY state inspection because of check engine light. so took it to honda dealer, who said there is no problem with tranny (runs ok). and the code p1705 may be due to installed alarm -Lo jack. but i did not have any problem with lo jack since 5 years???. Dealer reset check engine and said if it comes back to bring it in. Anyone know anything about p1705??

- , Flushing, NY, US

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