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:
81,000 miles

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2001 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 252005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles


I recently purchased a 2001 Honda Accord, auto transmission (VIN: [xxx])with 81000 miles on the odometer. Noticed that when my wife drove the car, the vehicle was parked with transmission left in drive and fortunately she had engaged the emergency brake. She usually drives a car with a five speed manual transmission. The switch was turned off and keys removed which is not supposed to be possible. I had read articles concerning recalls for several year model Accord being recalled due to the same safety issue as I had observed on this car. I searched the Honda owners link using the VIN and my car was not listed as having this defect. I validated the defect by turning the ignition off and removing the key while the vehicle was in reverse and all the drive gears. I called the NHTSA and got the customer service number for Honda. Called Honda customer service and explained the problem. Their response was that I did not know the car had a problem and that it was not on any recall list. I responded that I believed the car had a safety defect and would file a complaint with the NHTSA for investigation. The response was I should take the car to a Honda dealer. Updated 07/18/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Union Grove, AL, USA

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