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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
27,550 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2001 Honda Accord fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 242005

(reported on)

Accord EX

  • 55,000 miles


I bought a Honda Certified 2001 Accord EX back in January and have noticed that I do not get the proper gas mileage; I barely get 350 out of a tank.

I addressed it with the dealer and they said there is nothing wrong b/c the 40 point check revealed nothing and "it drives fine" so I was instructed to "watch it" I've watched it get seemingly worse, but they keep saying it's fine and it's related to city driving and warming it up in the winter... which is funny b/c it is only October. Not using heat or ac, so they are not factors right now.

I can't help but feel that they are avoiding addressing the problem b/c the car is under warranty and they'd have to pay to fix it! I just called another dealer today and they didn't even look at it before they were telling me there was nothing wrong. ????

- , Brighton, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 282003

(reported on)

Accord LX

  • 100 miles

The car is 2 yrs. old with 15,000 miles. I rarely get 300 out of a tank of gas. I have had this problem from the beginning. Dealers keeps telling me there is nothing wrong. I know about cars, I have 6 cars and I know that this car is drinking too much gas. I also have 2 friends that have Hondas, one is a 2001 and the other 2002. They have no complaints. I guess not, their gas mileage is excellent.

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

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