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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,272 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #12

Jul 142007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,360 miles


Accelerator pedal sticks upon first start when car is cold. It requires pushing down harder than normal on pedal and car then surges forward abruptly, before working appropriately. Since I back out of my garage without pushing on the pedal, I do not know if this only occurs in forward. Contact initiated with dealership.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #11

Jun 012002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
While accelerating when engine is cold, the foot pedal gets stuck, causing you to push it hard, then it releases and causes the car to take off real fast, which is dangerous. This happens everytime when car is cold. The date below is the approx. Date I first noticed this problem.

- Creole, LA, USA

problem #10

Mar 012004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Accelerator pedal sticks when car is cold requiring you push down hard on accelerator to loosen up pedal.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #9

Jan 232004

(reported on)


  • miles


When the brakes were applied abruptly the consumer's foot also stepped on the accelerator pedal. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and explained but they indicated there was nothing amiss. The consumer believes the brake and accelerator pedals are too close together. The consumer indicated the he has owned six Honda's in the last 20 years yet none of them exhibited this type of problem.

- Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #8

Jul 192004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling inside of the garage vehicle suddenly accelerated uncontrollably. This caused the vehicle to crash into the wall. Consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could no duplicate the problem. Consumer informed the mechanic this problem happened twice, and had not been resolved.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #7

Jul 152004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
While driving, the accelerator pedal became stuck to the floor. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle by shutting off the vehicle and coasted to the side and turned the vehicle off. The consumer was able to restart the vehicle and drove it to the dealer. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #6

May 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,850 miles


While driving towards a parking space at 5 mph vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer immediately depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle didn't slow down. Vehicle stopped when it crashed into a parked vehicle and pushed the vehicle forward approximately 1 1/2 feet. Engine was still revving after the vehicle stopped while being in park with the parking brakes engaged, and consumer's foot on the brake pedal. Vehicle was towed to the dealership, but the cause of sudden acceleration was not found. Driver sustained minor injuries.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 122004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
While backing out of the garage, the vehicle accelerated. As a result, the vehicle crashed into the house. The gas pedal stuck and caused the vehicle to move forward and struck the rear of the consumers home.

- Verona, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 012001

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
My 2001 Accord has had a problem with the accelerator sticking since it was new. While it hasn't yet stuck open it does stick everday. It seems worse when it is first cranked in the morning, however, letting it warm up has not effect. This is especially dangerous in parking garages and lots. I have had this auto to apple tree Honda on at least six occasions and they tell me they can't duplicate the problem. I have left it overnight for them to service the next day and they insist it doesn't do this with them. I have complained to them on at least 6 occasions and paid for three fuel injection cleanings. The accelerator still sticks. I understand from doing internet research that this is a common problem with my year automobile, yet Honda obviously doesn't want to address the issue. In addition, my transmission is getting worse day by day. It now doesn't engage properly especially after driving, stopping and taking off again on a grade. While this car has a grade logic sensor the sensor apparently doesn't do it's job because I live in the mountains and it never engages. Apple tree also tells me that they just can't seem to duplicate any transmission problem. I am aware that there is an extended warranty due to a recall but apple tree has never mentioned any repair to me. In addition, from internet research, when you take your Accord for this warranty repair they use a "used" transmission under the excuse that it will take to long to get a new one. I have written a detailed letter to american Honda to see if they will assist me, other than another trip to apple tree, whose service is substandard and has been for years. When I owned my first Accord I drove over an hour for service to another state because apple tree actually damaged by car during service, left me sitting three hours durning a 10 minute oil change because they couldn't "forgot" I was waiting, etc. This is my second Accord but definitely my last unless Honda deals with the issues.

- Arden, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 282004


  • 74,000 miles
While driving 20 mph accelerator pedal fell off. Consumer was forced to stop the vehicle in the middle of the road. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Brodnax, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 222003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Car accelerated uncontrollably. Was forced to shut engine off. Next morning, car accelerator stuck again, but car was in park. I took the car to the dealer and the dealer says nothing shows up on the computer, so there's nothing they can do unless they can duplicate the incident. I guess I'm supposed to wait until it happens again and then drive at full throtle to the dealer!

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 182001


  • miles
While driving accelerator pedal got stuck, causing unwanted and unexpected acceleration, and resulting in vehicle running into a tree. Consumer has contacted dealer.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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