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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,363 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

May 012016


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine frame was corroded. While driving, a noise emitted from under the hood. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic whom performed and inspection that located a defective air conditioning tube that caused fluid to leak onto the engine frame. The engine frame was severely corroded. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 272014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Dear sir or madam: I took my 2001 Honda Accord V6 to Honda dealer ([xxx] of frisco, tx) for airbag recall on Oct 27, 2014. I was also getting engine warning sign on my dash board. After airbag repair I returned home and found following comment on my invoice : "redesigned airbag inflators are not available for installation at this time." Next day I called the dealer and american Honda. Dealer has not responded to my voicemail and american Honda customer service said they will respond within 24-48 hours. So far no one has reached out to me. My question to them was if you did not have the redesigned airbag inflators then how have you fixed the airbag recall issue. Regarding dashboard engine warning sign dealer said I need to install ega pipe kit to avoid clogging of ega port. Honda is aware of this issue as per their service bulletin 99-085 and were supposed to install the ega pipe kit free of cost. Honda never sent me any communication nor any of past Honda dealers informed me about this problem. The dealer asked me $650 to fix the problem and even charged me $107 for diagnosis of this problem which was diagnosed earlier by autozone technician in just 1 minute for free. Honda dealer even refused to do state inspection saying my car will fail the inspection if this kit is not installed. I asked both american Honda and dealer to install egr kit for free since it's a design issue with their engine but so far both of them have refused to install it for free. I would request you to take these issues with Honda especially the airbag, egr port issue and lack of communication regarding problems in their cars. No wonder Honda comes at top in quality surveys since they are not transparent enough to communicate problems with NHTSA or customers. I am worried about me and my family's safety while driving this car. Thanks.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 012013


  • 196,678 miles
As I pushed down on gas the car hesitated to go and my check engine light pops on. I took my car to advanced auto parts to check it and it read transmission torque converter.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #3

Jun 152008


  • miles


The transmission in my Honda Accord 2001 has been faulty for at least 2 years now. There was a recall on the transmission but the recall expired according to Honda. There is no option but to fix the transmission if it blows and that's basically what I'm waiting for. Honda has not guaranteed that if the transmission is fixed, it will not happen again. I took my car into a Honda dealership twice for airbag recalls and my airbag light is still lit on my dashboard. Overall, I feel as if these issues are safety hazards and I feel stuck in a horrible situation with no help from the manufacture.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 272012


  • 190,000 miles
My mother had picked up my niece from her school and was waiting for my nephew and his friend to get out of high school. When ready to go, the car was difficult to start. Took about 10 min to get the car to start. After the car started, went into reverse and backed out of the parking space. Put the car in drive and it "chugged" a couple of times. Then the car accelerated unexpectedly. She was unable to slow the car down by applying the brakes. The car traveled 460 feet accelerating the whole time.the approximate speed of the car was between 60-80 mph. At the end of the parking lot, she turned left and the car hit a curb launching them into a pole that holds up the chain link fencing around the school. They went thru the fencing and into the block wall behind it coming to rest there. All 4 occupants were seen by a doctor and released that day. My mother has numerous cuts and bruises. My nephew shoulder and back are hurting him. My niece has scrapes on the right arm from the block wall. My nephews friend has a black eye.

- Canyon Lake, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 126,500 miles
I bought this car brand new in 2001 from a Honda dealership. A couple of years later, the transmission had failed. I called the Honda dealership where I had bought the car and they acknowledged that this generation had a known transmission defect. They repaired my car for free because it was still under warranty at the time and I was told that the transmission now had an extended 7year/109,000mile warranty. On July 15th, 2012, I was driving on highway 101S at 65mph when the check engine light suddenly came on. I noticed a slight loss in power, but my car did not die out. The check engine light stayed on. The next day, I decided to test drive the car again to see if the check engine light was a one time occurrence. I started up the car, put it in reverse, and then to drive. There was a sudden delayed jerk from reverse to drive. I managed to plug in a code reader into the car's computer port and pulled up two codes: P0700 and P0740. Both of these codes are associated with the transmission. Not again"!"! my car has now exceeded the extended warranty and I am afraid that Honda will not cover the repairs. I read on several forums that this has also occurred to Honda owners where the dealership has refused to repair the vehicle due to the expired extended warranty coverage.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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