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:
Average Mileage:
107,047 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new converter required (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Honda Accord exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 022012

Accord EX 2.0L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,000 miles


Failed along with rack and pinion, engine mount broke, and needs 3rd set of lower ball joints. Junk car.

- , St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 012008

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141 miles

At 115K miles the Catalytic Converter started making loud rattling noises and progressively got worse over time. It sounded like someone put a tin can inside the exhaust pipe. I lived with strange looks from other drivers probably not wanting there car to sound like a Honda. At 141K miles the engine check light came on. The dealer said the converter was bad and needed to be replaced. My cost $1050 dollars incl. labor. I almost had a heart attack. They said Honda converters are extremely expense $800. If I selected a cheaper $200 after market vendor it would go bad again in 1 year. These things must be lined with gold and silver. I think 7 years is to early for a converter to go bad. I purchased a Honda for reliability. That's not what I got. It will be a Toyota next time. If you have Honda beware.

- , Fuquay, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 072007

(reported on)

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

This is a government law that all cars have to have one. But cannot pay $900 for this! Will try to find a cheaper one

- , Mamou, LA, USA

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