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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,124 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 262011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 234,117 miles


Vehicle developed leaks in brake line and fuel line in region below floor pan. This was due to rust-through. Service advisor informed me that this condition has been showing up lately, and showed me an assembly that had been recently replaced on a similar vehicle. Vehicle was impounded by dealer because of potential total failure of systems. Vehicle required almost two weeks to repair because Honda had a national backorder on the replacement parts. This suggests to me that there may be a sudden demand for these parts.

- Anchorville, MI, USA

problem #8

Sep 152011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
The gas tank on my 2001 Honda Accord started to leak from the horizontal welded seam at approx. 126,000 miles. It was not noticed for over a month since it only leaked when the tank was over half full. During that period, my daughter used the car and often transported her three children to their school. When the car was brought into the local Honda dealership, Honda bloomfield, they considered the leak serious enough to take immediate fire/explosion precautions around the car. They replaced the tank at a cost of $1,307.20. After I complained, they reduced the bill by 50%, but would not let me have the old tank. I was told that Honda had a 30 day option to keep the old tank since they had paid for part of the repair. They allowed me to take photos of the tank which show extensive rust and delamination of the welded seam all around the tank. I purchased the car new from anderson Honda (now bloomfield Honda) and it has been used as normal daily transportation in the detroit metropolitan area in summer and winter and has had all major maintenance performed by the anderson - bloomfield dealership. The car has had no rear end collision damage and is normally parked outside when not in use. I feel this was a dangerous failure and should be fully covered by Honda. Even a minor rear end collision could have started a fire. Honda gas tanks should be able to survive typical Michigan driving conditions or should have an inspection/replacement mileage limit imposed similar to the engine timing belts.

- Wixom, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 212010


  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the fuel gauge did not give an accurate reading on how much fuel was in the fuel tank. Sometimes it showed that the tank was empty after the tank had just been filled. Five minutes later, it moved up to 3/4 full and moved again. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 156,000. The failure mileage was approximately 147,000.

- Avenel, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 012010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Honda 2001 Accord V6 has stuttering start problem, occasionally engine stops after starting. I contacted Honda usa who said that there was an advisory about it but refused to compensate me for replacing the engine control module (ECM). I went ahead and had the ECM fixed as I was concerned that the car would "die" on the road while driving. I now read that other manufacturers are replacing the ECM as part of a recall because of the safety implication of this issue. The date of the incident is an approximate date inserted for your advisory completion. I have had the car for several years and the problem occurs in spring and fall due to gas formulation changes.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #5

May 052010


  • 83,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord ex. While driving at speeds of 45 mph, the vehicle began to abnormally shake. The contact then drove the vehicle to a local repair shop while driving at relatively low speeds. The independent mechanic advised the contact that the exhaust gas recirculation flow and port were clogged, causing the violent shaking. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage were 83,000.

- Mrytle Beach, SC, USA

problem #4

Mar 232010

(reported on)

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 ex-V6 Honda Accord. Consumer states vehicle was averaging only 9 mile/gallon and expresses discontent regarding an airbag replacement. The consumer stated even though the recall is suppose to be free of charge, she suspects they will try to charge her a ridiculous amount of money as they did previously when she complained about the vehicle not performing as expected concerning the gas mileage.

- Elmhurst, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 252004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While starting the vehicle, the accelerator pedal became stuck. The consumer called the dealership and the person who answered, indicated to the consumer that they already knew what it was, a carbon buildup in the gas line that froze the line. Consumer was charged $120 to fix it. The gas pedal sticks causing the vehicle to lurch forward.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 262002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is subject to hesitation or performing erratic while being driven. The owner has taken the vehicle several times to the dealership which they were not able to correct due to the failure not duplicating while at the shop.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 112000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Once engine is warm, exhaust fumes and raw fuel get into cab. While sitting in traffic consumer feels dizzy. Engine has to be shut off. It is very unhealthy to breath. The dealer could not duplicate the problem after performing short and long term test, fuel pressure check, valve timing check and valve clearance check.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

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