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:
40,300 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 162001

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,800 miles


While returning from vacation the car began to make noises from both front tire areas. The car suspension felt loose and there was a distinct lack of control. The Honda dealer took it in immediately and replaced both front wheel bearings and the links that hold the stabilizing bars to the frame. We have already replaced the bearings in the back wheels.

- Wexford, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 242005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
While accelerating from a stop the accelerator pedal became stuck intermittently. The consumer was able to decelerate the vehicle. Dealership repaired the iac valve. Both rear seat belt became stuck. The transmission was very noisy. Both front wheel bearing were replaced because they were making noise.

- Dagsboro, DE, USA

problem #1

Dec 162002

Accord 6-cyl

  • 20,100 miles
The automatic transmission failed while the consumer was driving. The dealer suggested that they would have to replace the transmission. Ts also, the wheel bearing(s) failed. Scc

- Arlington, TN, USA

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