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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
500 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 182002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles


The gas pedal sticks randomly, causing unwanted rapid acceleration. Happens anytime, anywhere without warning. I have come very close to hitting many cars in parking lots and while driving in stop-and-go traffic. I first noticed it a couple months after I purchased the car, but the dealer service rep told me it would go away in time. A year later, I was still having the same problem. I had moved by then so I contacted a different dealer, weir canyon Honda in anaheim hills, and I had to fight with the guy at service to repair it under warranty. After getting the receipt, I noticed that they had only completed one of three procedures that they explained to me and tried to charge me for. As I drove out of the service center, it got stuck again and I almost hit one of their new cars (if I had, maybe they would believe me). I put up with it for a couple more months and finally took it back again. They told me there would be a charge, although their service is under warranty for 12 months or 12000 miles. I explained that the service manager was aware of the issue and had promised to do whatever necessary to resolve the problem. They grudgingly agreed to perform all three steps of their normal service for this problem but told me it was just a 'one time courtesy' and that future problems would be my responsibility. The service rep insisted that 'Honda does not make parts that cause such problems' and accused me of causing the problem by the way I drive. I have my car back, but I'm wondering if and when it will start having problems again, and if so, whether they will honor their service warranty.

- Anaheim Hills, CA, USA

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