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:
129,350 miles
Total Complaints:
13 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (9 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
  3. rebuild my transmission (1 reports)
2001 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 102018

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


Suddenly one day, my Accord started jerking and banging when I was coming to a stop or taking off from a stop. I took it in immediately to the Honda service center hoping it might be something easily fixable but the news was grim. The transmission was failing I was told. I was also told that this is a common problem with 2001 Honda Accords. They said $6000 to fix.

I contacted Honda manufacturing, they told me to take a hike. I was really upset at their lack of concern for me. It makes me sad they show no pride in standing by their product or their customer. I received a cold-hearted response to say I was out of warranty and so it basically it was ok for the transmission to fail because I was out of warranty.

Where did that Honda spirit go? Its basically ok to leave me burdened -how can a transmission fail in 130000 miles? I took good care of my car, getting her regularly serviced and only at Honda dealerships and before that at the Honda service center in Marysville Ohio (yes I used to work for Honda).

What can I do to get my car fixed? I think that Honda should stand behind their products for way more than the warranty period. Their transmissions should never ever fail and they should make no excuses for it happening, especially the car being out of the warranty period.

- Khushru W., San Francisco, US

problem #12

Feb 032014

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles

The car has already had the transmission replaced due to a recall. It is starting to fail again and we are going to have to sell the car for parts.

We paid $4,500 for the car 2 years ago and it had 170k miles on it. It is going to cost $3k to replace the transmission, so not worth investing any more money into this car.

Wouldn't buy this car again.

- Brooke T., Foster City, CA, US

problem #11

Jul 272011

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

Transmission clunks heavily when shifting from first to second gear, and the Check Engine light comes on intermittently (I'm able to reset the light by pulling a fuse, but it re-illuminates after a while).

- Mark R., Springfield, VA, US

problem #10

Sep 162010

Accord ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles


Have owned this car since since 2002,I have done every manufactures suggested maintenance in the book, almost to a fault. I had plans on keeping this car for twenty years. All work was done at a Honda dealer too!! Had them look into the problem last year (sept 2010) They could find no problem. So I went ahead and had suggested timing belt and water pump changed with new rotors and breaks. Lots of $$ close to $2000. I can't take the problem much longer and took car back to dealer and was told transmission problem was because engine mounts were broken, so with that and new ball joints and driver side widow motor I'm out $1,400. That didn't fix the problem and I'm told the transmission is bad and could totally fail at any time, cost to repair $5300.

I can't afford any more $$ for this car and didn't have repaired.I took care of this car always with the hope of keeping for a while. You always hear how great Hondas hold up, and the reason for keeping with manufactures scheduled maintenance, I feel ripped off. Disgusted with Honda. They should pay all or a good part of replacement!!

- Jim B., Palermo, NJ, US

problem #9

Jan 052010

Accord EX 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Honda makes reliable, dependable cars. However, their transmission are just horrible. What's up with that?

- David S., Charlotte, NC, US

problem #8

Apr 142010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I am so angry about my purchase of the 2001 Honda Accord with a bad transmission. Everyone that I have met along the way who has owned this car has MAJOR complaints. I bought Honda because I believed in the reputation and the myth that you could ride it until the wheels fall off. My investment has been a total waste of money as I have not even gotten 3 good years out of this car. I'm not even at 100K miles yet. This is absolutely ridiculous! I have contacted Honda to request a goodwill repair. I am hoping that things work in my favor and they will at least handle most of the expense for having my car repaired. Particularly since they are fully aware that this vehicle had major problems since being on the market.

- amber.blu, Atlanta, GA, US

problem #7

Dec 242010

Accord EX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


Basically the car transmission started slipping and banging at 95,000 miles. Took it to AAMCO they said the torque converter tore the transmission up because it fell apart...complete rebuild. He said the TC shouldn't of failed this early, was surprised. Called Honda of America and they wouldn't cover anything not even a good will repair. I used to work for BMW in the service dept and they said they don't do good will repairs unless it's done at a dealership, because other techs are not Honda trained. But I know for a fact that some of their Honda trained techs leave to work elsewhere, places like AAMCO, so that's not a true statement. It's a known defect in their cars, they don't or are trained to not call it that...and it's bad customer service. They also don't consider it a safety issue, that's hogwash, just let someones Transmission fail on a freeway in California only to be stranded in the middle of the freeway and get rear ended and killed, not a exaggeration. I'm a Locomotive Engineer it the Port's of LA ( I drive trains) very dangerous occupation, I have thick books of Federal laws and guidelines that I have to follow that main focus is safety. You can't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining. Honda just doesn't want to take responsibility for this issue because they lose money. But what they don't realize in today's economy is they are going to lose loyal customers instead and potential customers because I will tell others to not buy Honda's. At least Toyota finally acknowledged there issue with the acceleration, dude was almost crying because his company took a big hit. Honda has been know for quality and durability, this certainly changes my opinion of them. Oh yeah I didn't want to be charged double for a defect through a Honda dealership, that's why I went elsewhere.

- Richard B., Lomita, CA, US

problem #6

Sep 242010

Accord EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 283,000 miles

I am disappointed with my 2001 Accord. The transmission sucks! Honda should repair it!

- James S., Sharon, MA, US

problem #5

Mar 072008

Accord EX 2.3L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

Dealer can't replicate. My transmission is going out and getting stuck in gears, slipping, and banging. Drives fine according to honda. This is the 3 dealer claiming that.

- Corey O., Lake Forest, CA, US

problem #4

May 232010

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Thanks a lot for sharing the useful information of car problems with consumers. It's good to check before purchasing a new car.

- Lisong L., Fremont, CA, US

problem #3

Jun 012009

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,500 miles


Honda Accord models 2000-2003 have had a significant number of transmission failures. A settlement from a class action lawsuit forced Honda to extend the warranty until 109,000 miles but everyone doesn't know. I called Honda and begged them to atleast give me a discount and they refused.

- dms716, Fredericksburg, VA, US

problem #2

Jan 062009

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

they tell me a transmission should last a lot longer than this

- Veronica W., Kansas City, MO, US

problem #1

Nov 012009

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Car is in class covered by class action lawsuit (, but is just out of the 93mo extended warranty benefit settled under the lawsuit.

- James G., Chesterfield, MO, US

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