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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,700 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2001 Honda Accord transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012007

(reported on)

Accord DX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles


One day my car was in park, and I couldnt get it out of park into another gear. I had to wiggle the gear out of place to make it go in to drive. I had wiggled the gear so much trying to get it into drive or reverse that the damn gear just came off one day. Luckily I was not far from home and some one had to come out and put it back on so I could go where I had to go

- Unknown W., Oglethorpe, GA, US

problem #2

Dec 272006

(reported on)

Accord EX 3.0 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

The transmission is locking in drive. I must use the shiftlock override to get it into gear. The check engine light has come on and recently the thing gear shift seems to be clicking at me when I try to put it into gear.

- Jeremy R., Auburn, GA, US

problem #1

Oct 292006

(reported on)

Accord EX-L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

problem started off occasionally, but then started to occur more often. finally had to use the shiftlock override to get into gear, dont know if honda will warranty or not as of right now

- jk, Sanford, NC, US

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