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:
No data
Average Mileage:
138,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new air bag please (2 reports)
2001 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 222016

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles


This one is kind of really scary. Apparently the airbag of my car can kill me with metal pieces when it deploys. I was going to get it fixed and Honda said they would cover it since it's a recall. They even offered me a temp car on the phone but then my car decided to be a jerk and somewhat die. I only had this car for almost 8 to 9 months and it was nothing but problems. Out of all the cars my family has this had the lowest miles to. Everyone I showed and took it to said it would last a while and that it looked great. I'm incredibly disappointed. I hate this car.

- , Concord, NH, USA

problem #1

Apr 062010

Accord EX 2.3L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Got recall notice that airbag might kill you if deployed. Took it down to get repaired and they couldn't get parts in for a couple months. I still am waiting to get repaired. I feel great driving my death trap.

- , Lake Forest, CA, USA

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