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:
92,780 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Honda Accord engine problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 252005

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 92,780 miles


My 2001 Honda Accord has 92,780 miles and really hasn't given me many problems to speak of. But now, it starts OK and idles OK, but when applying acceleration it spits, coughs, and sputters. It tries to die but will within 30 seconds usually get going. But I just noticed it is smoking. At first I thought I would just replace the fuel filter. But I have found there is no in-line filter. There is an assembly and screen inside the fuel tank but I'm concerned now about the smoking. I'm hoping this is just because of incorrect fuel/air mixture. I'm scared to death to take it to the blood suckers at the dealership. Can anyone help?

- , Brentwood, TN, USA

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