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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,809 miles

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2001 Honda Accord seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 112008

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,424 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. While driving 40 mph, the passenger side air bag deployed and damaged the entire passenger seat. There was no impact to cause the deployment. The contact was uninjured, but very shaken up. The dealer advised her to call the insurance company and warned her of the $500 deductible she would have to pay because it was considered a crash. The contact stated that the failure was a manufacturer defect because the air bag deployed on its own without any other vehicle involvement. The dealer also advised her to call the manufacturer and inform them of the issue. The failure mileage was 83,424. Updated 12/15/08. The driver side sseat belt buckle was defective and had to be replaced. Updated 12/15/08.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 062004

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,813 miles
2001 Accord has had SRS light replaced and brakes. SRS light continued to illuminate after being replaced. The dealer replaced several parts on the vehicle. The air bag light has not illuminated since Feb 2006 since the front shoulder belt buckle was replaced.. the consumer was only reimbursed $248.40 of the $835.42 repairs made to vehicle. The consumer wanted to know how did the manufacturer come up with that figure for reimbursement. Updated 06/15/06.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 012003

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Plastic "button" that keeps the seat belt buckle at shoulder level ( easy reach position) broke off. Thus when trying to put on seat belt, first have to pick the seat belt buckle off the floor. Also broke off a friendS vehicle of the same make, model, and year.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 152001


  • miles
Buckle assembly for drivers restraint belts failed to remain latched also, buckle assembly may appear to be latched, but while braking or going around a corner latch plate will separate, preventing proper use of restraint system. Dealership has examined vehicle twice, and has been unable to correct the problem. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Albany, GA, USA

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