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:
48 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
39 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,503 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 6 of 12)

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problem #122

Jun 222010

Accord 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. Immediately after the vehicle was started, it suddenly accelerated. The vehicle failed to stop when the brakes were applied which caused it to crash into a fire hydrant. The air bag failed to deploy when the crash occurred. The contact sustained bruises to her ribs, back, and face. The vehicle was towed to the body shop. The leon county police department report number is 10-19139. The insurance company confirmed that the vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on April 20, 2010 for recall 10V041000, air bag. The failure and current mileages were 40,000. Updated 09/24/10. Updated 09/24/10

- Tallahassee , FL, USA

problem #121

Mar 012010

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Honda Accord. Consumer requests supplemental restraint system fixed for free on September 18, 2009 the air bag inflator was repaired free of charge under a safety recall notice. Six months later, the SRS light illuminated. An independent auto shop informed the consumer a new electronic module was needed. The consumer then contacted the dealer and was told it was probably not related to the safety recall.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #120

May 142010

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
The SRS light comes on in my 2001 Honda Accord V6. Searching on the internet it seems as this is a common problem with this model. When the light is on the air bag will not deploy so I feel this is a safety hazard and there should be a recall to fix this problem.

- Greensboro, AL, USA

problem #119

Jul 292009


  • miles


Consumer has issues with 2006 Buick lacrosse and 2001 Honda Accord the consumer stated his wife was involved in an accident in their 2001 Honda Accord. She rear ended another vehicle. The consumer believed the air bags may have deployed prematurely due to the injuries she received. The vehicle was totaled. After the accident, the consumer received a recall notice regarding the air bags. Updated 12/02/14

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #118

Jan 012010


  • 120,000 miles
I own a 2001 Honda Accord ex V6 sedan. The SRS light on it went on a few months ago. It always stayed on causing the risk of airbags not deploying. After doing a lot of research and repeatedly checking for recalls, found out that it was a very common problem with the Honda vehicles. I finally went to the dealership and had it fixed. They mentioned that the driver seatbelt buckle was causing a short circuit and it was covered under the extended warranty. This should have been a recall issue, or the information should have been better communicated to the consumer.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #117

Feb 152009

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles
One year ago I purchased a 2001 Honda Accord at the time it had 106,000 miles on it. I hadn't had the car a week when I noticed the transmission was slipping. The problem has continually gotten worse. I checked online to see if they had any recalls etc. On this model and sure enough Honda said they would replace the transmissions up to 100,000 miles - so here I am a year later looking at $2,000 for a new transmission. In addition my passenger side air bag light continually comes on for now apparent reason, even if there is no one sitting in the seat. I also have problems with the window on the passenger side; the "part" that holds the window up somehow broke and to replace it costs over $200. And finally (well I hope) my brakes seem to have a mind of their own, at times they make funny noises, sometimes they feel like they aren't going to work. If seems as if its not one thing its another. Very frustrated. And now another recall.

- Cottonwood Heights, UT, USA

problem #116

Aug 092009


  • miles


There was no repaired made.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #115

Mar 042010


  • 125,000 miles
2001 Honda Accord 4 cy coupe - SRS light on dashboard illuminates at random indicating that the airbag has been disabled due to either a faulty sensor or bad control board. Issue occurred after airbag recall was performed on the vehicle. Nothing else was performed that would affect this system's performance.

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #114

Mar 012010

Accord 6-cyl

  • 115,097 miles
SRS light. This involves airbag system on 2001 Honda Accord ex. This will not allow airbags to deploy in a case of an accident. This was not repair by dealer, because they said we need to replace it and I believe it should be a manufactured recall by Honda. This should be repaired by Honda, not by owner of vehicle.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #113

Jan 012010


  • miles
I have a 2001 Honda civic for which there was an airbag recall but the dealer won't fix the defect for free.

- Glendale , NY, USA

problem #112

Feb 092010


  • miles


I received the Honda Accord recall information mailer during the summer 2009 from Honda corporation. I quickly called my neighborhood Honda dealer and inquired about the recall. I was told they needed to order the necessary parts and I would be called when the parts were available- about 1 weeks time. Yesterday (February 9th, 2010) I received a call from Honda that there was an expanded recall and additional Honda vehicles were recalled for the same problem with the airbags. This message reminded me that I had never heard back from sussex Honda regarding the recall from the summer-time. I wanted to file a complaint that the local Honda dealership had failed to address the recall in a timely manner. This could have lead to injury or death to me, members of my young family and the public at large.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #111

Nov 212009


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. While driving approximately between 55-60 mph another vehicle crashed into the driver-side of her vehicle. The air bag system did not deploy, and a passenger was injured as a result. The vehicle was towed to an auto collision center. The failure and current mileages were 119,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Stevenson, AL, USA

problem #110

Oct 062009


  • 193,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. While driving between 50 to 60 mph she rear-ended another vehicle. The vehicle was completely destroyed and none of the air bags deployed. She received bruises on her neck. The vehicle was towed to a wreckage yard per request of the insurance Agency. The failure mileage was 193,000.

- Orange , TX, USA

problem #109

Oct 032009


  • 157,000 miles
Took in our 2001 Honda Accord to have drivers side air bag recall work done. SRS warning light went out, but came back on in a week. Cookeville Honda said this time it was the passenger side airbag, not a recall item, just a frequent problem that would have been covered by warranty, but our car has over 157,000 miles. If it is a problem and is a safety issue, shouldn't they have to fix it regardless of the mileage?

- Silver Point, TN, USA

problem #108

Jan 222009


  • 158,000 miles
2001 Honda Accord ex. The SRS light indicator is on, which means airbags will not deploy in event of a crash.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #107

Aug 072009


  • 151,000 miles
The SRS light came on and stays on as long as the engine is on. No correction done, can't afford to pay for the parts and labor. Car is 2001 Honda Accord.

- Millerton, PA, USA

problem #106

Feb 102009


  • 115,000 miles
SRS light came on for no apparent reason. There are many Honda car owners with the same problem. It's been on for about 6 months or 2K miles.

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #105

Jul 082009


  • 167,000 miles
SRS light on my Honda Accord keeps coming on. Had it reset at Honda dealership still keeps coming on. Worried airbag will not deploy when needed.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #104

Apr 182009


  • 85,000 miles
SRS light on all the time. Called 2 Honda dealers, both told me that there was a 93 dollar diagnostic fee. Research reveals that there is a Honda service bulletin 06-009. On page 7 it states that the inspection is free of charge even if there is not a problem with the opds system. If you have paid for repairs in the past you may be eligible for reimbursement. Honda also states, problems done after warranty expiration my be eligible for goodwill consideration by the district parts and service manager or zone office. Do not give up easily.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #103

Jan 012009

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact was experiencing issues with the SRS air bag warning indicator constantly illuminating on the instrument panel. Her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 08V593000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module), although the failures were identical. The dealer stated that they were unaware of any recalls and the failure she was experiencing may not have been associated with the recall. In addition, the driver's side seat belt would often fail to operate. The failure and current mileages were less than 88,000. Updated 04/24/09. The consumer also stated the seat belt do not lock even when the brakes were applied. Updated 04/28/09.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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