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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,851 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 152011


  • 75,000 miles


When car turned on, RPM needle zoomed up to 4 and would not go down. Towed car and fixed transmission for $2000. Just a little over a year later, delay in shifting. Electronics of transmission were fixed. One month later, RPM needle jerking and hopping, car not responding well to gas input. Thank goodness all these incidents were on local roads and lots by my home. Imagine on the freeway or busy roads with my 6 year old in the back. Time for a recall!

- Long Beach, NY, USA

problem #10

Jan 012010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Honda 2001 Accord V6 has stuttering start problem, occasionally engine stops after starting. I contacted Honda usa who said that there was an advisory about it but refused to compensate me for replacing the engine control module (ECM). I went ahead and had the ECM fixed as I was concerned that the car would "die" on the road while driving. I now read that other manufacturers are replacing the ECM as part of a recall because of the safety implication of this issue. The date of the incident is an approximate date inserted for your advisory completion. I have had the car for several years and the problem occurs in spring and fall due to gas formulation changes.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #9

May 282010


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. While traveling at speeds of 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages was 97,000.

- Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #8

May 272008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the engine mounts have failed prematurely during normal driving. The dealer was notified and the repair would cost $580. Another mechanic stated that the failure was common among Honda vehicles. The contact drives at moderate speeds and stated that the failure has occurred several times. The failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 7/3/08 updated 07/03/08

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012003


  • Manual transmission
  • 3,500 miles
When turning in either direction the vehicle stalled. The dealer found no problem with the vehicle. The vehicle stalled on every stop. The vehicle stalled and drifted off the road on several occasions. (almost going into a lake) three different Honda dealers claimed that nothing was wrong with the vehicle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 102002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,844 miles
When the brakes were applied the vehicle accelerated without warning. The vehicle suddenly accelerated from 0 K.M. to 80 K.M. within 15 feet and became stuck between two houses. The left tire blewout and the air bags deployed and cracked the windshield. The vehicle sustained damage.. engine reved high when taking foot off gas pedal. The dealer adjusted the base idle because it was too high.

- Canada, 00, USA

problem #5

May 132003


  • miles


While driving, the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 152003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,500 miles
I have just traded my 2001 Honda Accord LX manual transmission VIN#[xxx] because of a severe idling problem. The car had only 12,000 miles and had all the routine maintenance performed as recommended by Honda. It was still under warranty. I have owned a Honda for over 20 years and have driven a stick shift for almost 20 years. I am very well aware of the placement of the pedals. Also, the floor mat was attached to its pin near the front of the seat so it did not impede my use of the pedals. I had the idle go absolutely nuts, almost red line, after having parked the car for a short period of time and then restarting the car. This happened 3 times over about 6 months. The first two times, the car lurched forward. Luckily, no one or any property was damaged. I had both crown Honda of chapel hill, nc and flow Honda of winston-salem, nc check the car out. In fact, flow had the car 3 weeks after the 3rd incident. Neither dealer said they found a problem with the car. I was afraid to drive this car although I never had a problem with it when I was actually driving the car. My concern is that this car will be sold to someone who will not be told of the problem I have experienced. I feel this car is dangerous and someone may have an accident. I have also contacted Honda corporate. I hope you will look into this problem. I have researched the internet to find if anyone else has had this problem. I have not been successful. Honda says they have never had this problem. I do not know if this is an easy or hard fix. I do believe this car has a major problem. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 052001

Accord 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,512 miles
The customer contended the brakes were sometimes inoperative/noisy/rubbing and did not stop the car. The customer also had multiple complaints of service at the dealership. The transmission did not shift properly. Dealership was unable to duplicate abnormal shifting operations. The engine ran rough and the engine check light illuminated, engine had normal noise. Other complaints included the tcs light on, door ajar light, brake light and seat belt light all illuminated while driving. License plate bracket came off. Twisted seat belts, rear door, bumper and dash panel replacement.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 242003

(reported on)


  • miles
The mechanic failed to replace oil during maintenance procedure, consumer requested reimbursement.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 162001


  • miles
The cam chain tensioner has failed twice and is scheduled to be worked on a third time. No accident (thankfully) has happened yet. The mechanic at the shop says it is very possible for the cam chain to 'jump time'. if this were to happen at say 55mph the rear tire of the motorcycle would probably lock up and therefore cause serious injury to the rider. I have spoken to numerous owners of this motorcycle and there seems to be several people with this same problem. Honda need to address this issue before someone is seriously injured because of an apparent design flaw.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

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