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:
93,494 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 242016


  • 157,459 miles


I had my car taken in for the airbag recall and the SRS light remains on. I also have the check engine light on constantly. I do not believe they fixed my recall completely and believe my vehicle has several other recalled issues at hand. Including the transmission not working properly. The headlight S do not give proper lighting and visibility is horrible at night. The seatbelt on my driver side locks all the time when I try to look over my shoulder. The tcs light sporadically comes on when the road conditions change and I do not feel safe but I don't have the finances to get dealership autoshop work performed. So if I do get into an accident due to these defects being faulty to begin with don't say I didn't try and get help.

- Crystal, MN, USA

problem #6

Jul 072015


  • miles
The axel that holds my tires on do not hold the bolts that are put on. I have had to replace every single bolt on all four tires once a month, if not more. The bolts come lose after replacing them and tightening them. The bolts keep cross threading after fixing them and putting them on correctly. My driver seat belt comes undone while driving down the road. The interior lights where the clock is and below come on and off randomly. This happens on a day to day basis, ever since I purchased my car. I will be driving down the road and hear a noise coming from my tires, pull over and a bolt or two has come off. This is unsafe for not only me but my family.

- Jasper, GA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
The interior dashboard panel lights fail to light up.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #4

Jun 102014


  • 117,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord.the contact stated that the turning signals and the brake lights failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed an electrical problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000 and the current mileage 118,218.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 212013


  • 50,000 miles
Obviously, motor vehicle headlights are essential safety equipment. The headlight lenses in all cars become clouded over time regardless of maintence or brand of vehicle. This is a definite safety hazard as light from the headlights is greatly reduced. Replacement on my car is approx. $400 per lens. This is perfectly avoidable by using better materials. Auto manufacturers should be made to replace them at their cost, and use proper materials in all new cars manufactured. I am stunned that no regulating body has done their job in addressing and correcting this serious issue.

- Warren, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 272011


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that vehicle instrument panel lights, interior lights, parking lamps and tail lamps were defective. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V256000 (component: Interior lighting). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 99,000.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #1

Aug 022008


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 04V086000 (exterior lighting:headlights); however, the contact is currently experiencing the failure described in the recall. While driving 65 mph, the headlights suddenly dimmed. There were no warnings prior to the failure. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 61,000.

- Falorhan Park, NJ, USA

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