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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,500 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 122001

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


Customer lost control of vehicle, resulting in a crash while attempting to disengage cruise control with foot brake w on wet surface. Rear tires completely locked when customer tapped the foot brake to disengage speed control, causing vehicle to skid. Customer attempted to "stomp-and-steer" vehicle, (as is implied with ABS), brakes became unresponsive and pedal travelled to the floor. Customer then applied full throttle to try to pull the vehicle out of the skid, which was unsuccessful due to the traction control overpowering customer's attempt to steer and accelerate out of the skid (the tcs automatically applies front brakes to limit wheel spin at speeds below 20 mph. Even though vehicle was travelling at 70, computer must have registered under 20 at that point). Vehicle violently spinned out of control off the highway down a 40 foot embankment.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 222003


  • 41,000 miles
The vehicle was involved in an accident, and the air bags did not deploy, consumer was injured, however prior to incident, the air bag light illuminated, but the dealer stated nothing was wrong. Also, dealer made repairs on cruise control and radio.

- Ashtabula, OH, USA

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