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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,095 miles

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2001 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 7 of 7)

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problem #5

Feb 202002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


During a trip, the car began to have a rumble in the drivetrain. Expecially at a bout 40-45 mph. Took car to dealer and they told us that the differential was faulty and they needed to replace the transmission. They would only replace with a factory rebuilt, not new. No extension on warranty. This was the second one they had in a month. Transmissions had been on back order which sounds like they had more with problems.

- Alva, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission jerks from start to 1st shift upon morning starting, (cold). Also leaking.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #3

Oct 252000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states dealer diagnosed a transmission problem and was informed that no transmissions were available for one month, was also informed that he was fourth in line for a transmission.

- La Crescenta, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 172001


  • miles
While @ incline in drive the car quickly rolls back as if in neutral and does not stop unless you brake. I have taken the car to the Honda dealer and they compared it to another on the lot. They said the one on the lot did the same thing so they determined it must be a characteristic of the vehicle. The tech said because it is a 4 cylinder it doesn't have enough torche to hold the weight. I also called american Honda at an 800 number provided on their website and per roxanna this is a characteristic of the car.

- Needville, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 092000

(reported on)


  • miles
This model Honda makes a loud noise, coming from the underneath the car, when first started cold. The sound is more like a "thump" and is supspected (although I'm not certain) to be either the transmission or the exhaust system. I tried several different cars and the noise was consistent. The dealer tells me the noise is "normal" which is absurd. Honda has a recall pending on earlier model cars for an exhaust syustem problem--I'm wondering if this could be related. I am not an expert so do not know if this is a serious matter or not.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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