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:
23 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,990 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #3

Aug 292001

(reported on)


  • miles


Car surges forward when A/C and engine is running while stopped in traffic for lights etc. Problem was brought to the attention of service manager at proctor Honda in tallahassee on August 15, 2001 who claimed this is normal for the 2001 Honda Accord.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 172001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
First thing in morning vehicle starts to accelerate. When putting on brakes to stop at stop sign, has no brakes. Brakes go out intermittently. Contacted dealer, and dealer couldn't find anything wrong, but replaced master cylinder. Consumer also states that the rotors were turned and brake pads were replaced.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 202001


  • miles
While taking vehicle into a car wash and having one of the servicemen driving vehicle through car wash. At near end of car wash vehicle acclerated and ran into two vehicles, and through a fence. Contacted dealer, and dealer was fixing damage to the vehicle.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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