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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,891 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 202011


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that there was an abnormal clicking noise from the front wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for service where the contact was informed that the front axle bearing was wearing into the transmission and could possibly cause the axle to completely detach from the transmission. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure yet the vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was 160,000.

- Wyoming, RI, USA

problem #3

Apr 172004

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,564 miles
2001 Honda Accord, steering wheel lost out of control, brakes did not function properly. There was no control with the steering wheel and the brakes did not respond. The failure of these two main components caused a serious collision on the freeway. Possible suspension system failure.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #2

May 092001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vbiration in steering wheel while traveling at 55-60 or more mph; vehicle been in dealer shop on three occasions, and problem still reoccurring. Provide any further informtion on this matter.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

problem #1

May 142001

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle experiences excessive vibration of the front end while driving 50-70 mph. Nlm

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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