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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,766 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Mar 022008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,456 miles


The SRS light came on in my 2001 Honda Accord. Nothing prompted it. It means the airbags won't work in an accident. Apparently it is a common problem and costs anywhere form $600-1300 to fix.

- Cedar City, UT, USA

problem #51

Feb 202008

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,749 miles
On my 2001 Honda Accord ex SRS light on after small accident, this is not covered via my insurance nor is it covered via Honda. Honda states that it will only repair the passenger side portion. How does this help if I am in an another more serious accident. To add I am a low income person and spending $2000 and 105 to have nothing done is not acceptable.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #50

Sep 082007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact noticed that the air bag light would remain illuminated everytime he started the vehicle. The dealer stated that he would have to pay $89 for a diagnostic. The current mileage was 177,000 and failure mileage was 167,000. Updated 03-04-08 the consumer stated there was a recall for the air bags, but it was only good for up to a 160,000 miles.

- Rch Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #49

Dec 162007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,025 miles


The supplemental restraint system (SRS) light remains on while the vehicle is in operation, which supposedly indicates that there is a problem with the airbags or seatbelts. As I understand it, this is a common problem with this model of car.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #48

Nov 122000


  • miles
Since I purchased my car from Honda in 11/2001. My SRS light has been on repeatedly throughout the years. I would inform Honda every time I went in for a service or oil change. They would adjust the light and it would come on weeks later. I finally had the SRS light serviced by Honda. Currently the SRS light is on again.

- Maplewood, NJ, USA

problem #47

Jun 122004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The SRS light came up for no reasons on my 2001 Honda Accord. It came on after the 3 year warranty was over. I had brought it back to dealership and they had reset it. However, the light came back within a week. I hope this complaint will trigger a recall from Honda as it seems there are many people complaining the same thing!!!! I don't want to shell out $$$$ to fix something that was a defect in the first place!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #46

Nov 272007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles


I own a 2001 Honda Accord ex V6 vehicle. I have had the SRS light come on since the last couple of days. Having gone through the list of complaints registered with NHTSA, I am really concerned with this issue. My vehicle had run a little more than 103,000 miles and I believe it still falls under the free opds replacement period as stated by the NHTSA authority. Please let me know how this problem is to be resolved.

- Plainville, MA, USA

problem #45

Jun 012007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The SRS light stays lit on my 2001 Honda Accord. Airbags may not deploy. Honda should fix this since it is manufacturer fault.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #44

Oct 262007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 107,400 miles
On 26th October 2007, Friday, it was raining heavily in New Jersey. When I arrived at work, the car was fine. When I started back home, the vehicle's SRS light was permanently on. It still is after 4 days. Researching, I found out that this is a common occurrence in this model year of this vehicle and is very expensive to fix. Kindly take action to make sure this isn't an expensive repair for thousands of consumers given the popularity of this vehicle model. Thank you. Please see this page - for tales of similar failure.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #43

Jun 112007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,200 miles
2001 Honda Accord, 71,500 miles, SRS light will not go off.

- Midland, NC, USA

problem #42

May 172007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles


The 2001 Honda Accord SRS light kept coming on. Very expensive to fix for an airbag.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #41

May 172007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,740 miles
SRS light is on.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #40

Apr 282007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
2001 Honda Accord purchased new at dealership. A few months later (less than 1 year) SRS light indicating problem with airbag came on and stayed on. Auto was brought back to dealer for repair; temporarily light off, but came back shortly thereafter. In all total, car brought in for this problem probably 6 or more times, variably called sensor, light bulb and seat belt problem. Daughter now has car, and has moved out of town. Light is on, indicating problem, and she has a wreck, with no injuries but causing moderate damage to front of car. Front end repaired, light temporarily went off, but came back on within a, month or two, another wreck with damage to front and back car, this time to point of having to be towed and undrivable. In neither case did airbags deploy, and daughter sustained mild neck and head injury from hitting head repeatedly on steering wheel. We believe that there is a serious flaw in airbag sensor and deployment system that lead us astray in assuming it was minor, and could have allowed major injury to daughter. We are very anxious about letting her drive car again.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #39

Apr 042007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,003 miles
I started getting an indication of SRS light. Started doing research online and noticed the a lot of people are having the same issue with 2001 Honda Accord. What is the deal is this car safe?

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #38

Apr 052007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,560 miles
I purchased a new Honda Accord ex in 2001 at a Honda dealer in Texas, now the check engine light and tcs light came on and stayed on. I checked the owner's manual and found out it could be that the gas cap might not have been tightened. So I have to wait until 3 driving trips to see if it wentoff. Thats waswhat manual suggested first. Then itwent off to Honda dealer to see if computer needed a new catalytic converter, which I heard could likely be inaccurate diagnosis, and more likely oxygen sensor. Also another problem occurred, the SRS light stayed on and did not go out. SRS light coming on, I have also had my check engine light and tcs indicator come on. It is a bit concerning that I have had so many issues with this particular Accord with so few miles on it. Seems like a huge safety issue that an air bag does not deploy with the SRS light on. What is wrong with this car" did I buy a lemon" I will definitely not buy another Honda. Extremely disappointed in Honda's lack of concern for safety, which they tout so much about, and disrespect for consumer's concerns.

- Bertram, TX, USA

problem #37

May 012001

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The SRS lights remained illuminated. The dealer stated the opd sensor is the cause of the failure. The opd sensor was replaced twice and did not solve the problem. The failure and current mileage were 130000.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #36

Jan 042007

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
SRS air bag sensor faulty, possible risk of injury or even death due to faulty air bag deployment.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #35

Dec 022006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Honda Accord SRS light came on with no reason and stayed on.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #34

Jan 022007

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,900 miles
Supplemental restraint system becomes inoperative for several reasons, possibly including weak battery, cell phone use, placement of lightweight package on front passenger seat. Dealer was intent on collecting scanner fee claiming no warranty responsibility on a temporary error message. I offered to buy a replacement battery at above market rate if dealer would absorb the scanner charge. Dealer declined and urged me to leave and never return.

- Port Matilda, PA, USA

problem #33

Sep 052006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
: the contact stated the air bag light illuminated. The dealership determined the control module was bad and the air bag would not deploy during an accident.

- Walnut, CA, USA

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