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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
106,567 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace power steering rack (3 reports)
2001 Honda Accord steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 162017

Accord EXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


Had to replace power steering pump because it was leaking fluid.

- , Kingsport, TN, US

problem #2

Apr 012013

Accord Sedan Ex Vtec I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

The power steering fluid leaked all out and it became fairly difficult, if it all possible, to turn at low speeds.

- , Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #1

Dec 312006

(reported on)

Accord EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,700 miles

It just came on suddenly. Started my car in the morning and hear a whirling noise coming from underneath the hood. The rest of the day it was okay. Next morning it happened again. It was due for an oil change so I brought it to my mechanic the following day and mentioned the noise.

I got the phone call that the noise was coming from the steering fluid as it was below the minimum line. There was a leak. They needed to replace the power steering rack at a cost of $1100 US.

So much for a reliable Honda, I just had the transmission rebuilt last year for the 2nd time!

- , Surrey, BC, Canada

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