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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,583 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 022016


  • 112,000 miles


I was at dealer for regular check up and they mentioned my car subframe rear beam passenger side is rusted and its very unsafe to drive. They quoted me $2500 and other mechanics $1600. I was keep on checking the rust regularly for my safety and noticed the ac water is dropping from the subframe and that part is always wet. After research in online, I came to know this is a Honda 98-02 car design issue. Because of the ac drain pipe now my car is unsafe to drive and I cant spend $2500. There has been so many complains about this this should be a recall to avoid any crash. Request you to take this very seriously otherwise there will be many crashes in upcoming years and now this defect is for 15 years and people might have not noticed until now. In upcoming years they will see this or run into an accident.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #11

Jul 132016


  • 181,000 miles
While driving down the road at 60 mph going around a turn, heard a loud bang from the front passenger side of the vehicle. Had vehicle inspected and found the subframe had snapped. Just had oil changed at a Honda dealership less than 1 months ago. They said they didn't see the subframe rusted. This vehicle has been 90% dealer maintained it's whole life. I live in Ohio and dealership stated they have never seen an Accord rust in that area. Honda needs to resolve this issue and fix issue. My car is now unsafe to drive and almost not worth the repair cost. $2500+ at the dealership. This is unacceptable. I am not the first to report this this and there should be a recall.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #10

May 052016


  • 225,000 miles
Took my vehicle to get rear struts replaced and state inspection. Was told car would fail because rear crossover sub frame was rotted beyond repair along with rear bumper frame. Ive been hearing thumping coming from rear right of vehicle thts why I thought it was a strut. Im getting it repaired but it seams like an aweful lot of these vehicles have the exact same problems, sounds like a manufacturers problem to me. The rest of my car is rust free.

- Slippery Rock, PA, USA

problem #9

Sep 012015


  • miles


This is just to enter a complaint with NHTSA about a subframe issue on this make/model/year car. I understand there have been other complaints on this but not enough at this time to involve a recall. I am writing to you in regards to a safety concern with my 2001 Honda Accord. The subframe of my 2001 Honda Accord LX has rotted through. This is located on the front passenger side near the strut assembly, beneath the air conditioner drain, as noted by others on posting on the internet. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the subframe was rusted due to the air conditioner hose leaking. The vehicle is in excellent condition otherwise, especially with very low miles (77,000) there is no other rot on the vehicle. My mechanic says it is unsafe to drive. It appears to be the result of a design flaw relating to the location of the air conditioner drain. Honda should be held responsible for this design flaw and be accountable to repair this unsafe situation. This is an obvious design flaw and should be corrected by Honda Corp. These vehicles should be recalled immediately given the mounting evidence of this flaw before some poor unaware soul is hurt. I would also like to point out another design flaw with my 2001 Honda Accord. The car's clear coat is peeling and has been since about 2013, when I brought it to their attention I was informed many others of the same car have the same problem. I explained I went to a professional paint place and they explained that it was either the way it was applied or the batch lot was a bad catch and you can typically isolate it to an area or manufacturer. I have not had my car repainted as I believe that Honda is responsible for this design defect and they should pay for this to be repainted. Thank you for your time regarding these issues. I look forward to hearing your response.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #8

Mar 012013


  • miles
I own a 2001 Honda Accord LX that I purchased new from a Honda dealership in May 2001. The front passenger side sub frame has rusted through. The driver side sub frame has not rusted in that manner. In checking further, the air condition drain hose/outlet drips directly on the front passenger side sub frame and is the source of the rusting condition that only exists on that side. I no longer feel it is safe to drive this vehicle and believe others may be operating their 1999-2002 Honda Accord without knowledge of this dangerous passenger side sub frame issue. Honda should be required to alert registered vehicle owners of this issue and also take corrective action to make the vehicles safe again to operate.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 282014

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while servicing the vehicle, the private mechanic stated that the contact that the front passenger's side sub frame was rusted making the vehicle unsafe to be driven. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,000 and the current mileages was 137,010. Updated 10/07/14 the consumer stated the vehicle stated the rust was caused by the A/C leaking. The vehicle was repaired at the expense of the owner. 3/16/15

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #6

Dec 292011

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles


I had my 01 Honda Accord ex recently inspected by an independent mechanic and they found a rusty hole (size of a quarter) on the topside of the subframe on the passenger side. They stated, that other than this small rusted area, the rest of the subframe and car body was in excellent condition and completely free of rust. Mechanic stated, air conditioning unit is draining on this area of the subframe and this could be under recall. They said this was very dangerous and serious safety issue, the subframe should be replaced asap, and recommended I take it to a Honda dealership for recall issues. Took it to mike pruitt Honda akron, oh for inspection (for this issue), they put it on a lift and from underneath said they couldn't find a hole in the subframe. I told them, the rust hole is only visible on the topside of the passengerside subframe. They found a small hole (where I mentioned), said it wasn't a safety issue, and there weren't any recalls for this issue. They denied it was caused by the air conditioning leaking on that part of the subframe, yet couldn't give me an alternate reason.they were evasive and dishonest and told them I'm going to another dealer. I brought it to park Honda for their inspection, they found the rust hole, and recommended the entire subframe be replaced at the cost of $2250. They evaded answering what caused this issue (air-conditioning leaking on subframe). I had them do this work and in the meantime, I will consult a lawyer.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #5

Jan 062005

Accord 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving consumer heard a rattling noise. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, but mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Excessive vibration from steering wheel at stops, ,,brought this to the Honda dealer @ 1700 E sahara ave, las vegas nv.. on March 25...April 9th/03 dealership replaced engine rear mount 16029 C- check for idle vibration C-idle adjustment bulletin 03-016 & rear engine mount malfuinction R-bulletin perform idle speed adjustment prodecure replacement rear engine mount..was not pleased...complained to Corp...on May 22 met with regional manager, service manager and took the car for a ride...the regional manager assured me thats the way Honda's ride and all is normal...I had asked why was the service done re: Bullentins...his comment was...they were wrong....I now find out thru your site that it may be suspension/steering...they sent me on my way, saying I was nuts

- Las Vegas, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states when driving between 25-40mph under light throttle, vehicle shudders/vibrates excessively. Checked by dealer 3X who finally replaced right rear wheel bearing. Problem still occurring.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 182002

(reported on)


  • miles
Vibration problem - vibration is felt throughout the car at highway speeds. The vehicle has been tested by the Honda dealer and by the district manager and they acknowledged the vibration. Honda took back the car for three weeks and conducted tests. They concluded the vibration is acceptable - however they would not provide me with any written coorespondence. I have spoken to several other Honda owners with the same model and year as my car and they are having the same problem. It appears to be something that cannot be easily diagnosed. Please investigate. Thank you.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 012001

Accord 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at highway speeds of 45 mph or higher vehicle begins to wander and there is a vibration in steering column. Dealership has examined vehicle, and could not determine a cause for the problem. Vehicle experiences starting problems.

- Kulpmont, PA, USA

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