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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
74,732 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Honda Accord engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 182014

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,463 miles


This car already has a bad tranny as it is, but now the engine is making weird noises. It sounds like the engine hasn't ran in years, but we use it almost every day. It happens at idle and it's really loud and annoying.

- , brisbane, queensland, australia

problem #1

Aug 202014

Accord LX Vetec 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

My car has over-all been excellent. No major issues other than oil leaks from seals recently. Several hundred dollars to diagdose and repair though. The valve lifter noise at idle is very worrisome. I don't know quite what to do but I'm certain that it's not normal and may be potentially very problematic.

- , Palm Desert, CA, USA

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