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:
33,438 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Honda Accord suspension problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

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 #3

Jun 102002

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,950 miles
I heard a loud pop while making a right turn into a driveway. I brought the car in a dealer who replaced a broken driver side rear stabilizer link. In February 2005 I heard a knocking noise while driving. I brought the car to an independent Honda repair shop. The driver's side rear stabilizer link broke again. I had to replace it.

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012003

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
My father is an owner of a 2001 Honda Accord ex V6 sedan. The car was purchased in July 2001 and has recently exceeded its warranty mileage of 36,000 miles. Two weeks ago, as my father was replacing the rear break pads, he noticed the linkage connecting the rear sway bar to the left rear wheel assembly was broken at the weld points. This broken linkage had caused the inside break pad to wear at much greater rate than the outside pad. My uncle is also an owner of a 2001 Honda Accord V6 sedan and upon hearing of the broken sway bar in my father??S car, he inspected the rear sway bar in his Accord and found that the same linkages were broken on both sides. His broken linkages also caused the same pattern of uneven brake wear in his car.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 112001


  • miles
Both right and left links connnecting the rear stabilizer bar to the rest of the rear suspension broke. This allowed the bar itself to swing freely and bang against other suspension components and the underside of the car. Both links failed in the same way, breaking into two at the lower welded joint.

- Rosemead, CA, USA

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