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:
94,027 miles
Total Complaints:
15 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. needs new transmission (9 reports)
  2. not sure (6 reports)
2001 Honda Accord transmission problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #15

Oct 052014

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


The transmission output shaft bearings failed causing severe fluid leakage and unsafe driving condition. Honda dealer wanted almost $6,000 to replace the transmission, more than the car is worth. Found an independent mechanic that did a great job for just under $4,000 with a re-manufactured tranny. This car had only 36,000 miles on it.

- , Lodi, WI, USA

problem #14

Sep 212013

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

It's true that years have past that up to now, my accord has only 39K+ mileage in it. Color is faded, expected because it's park under the sun, but i don't understand why the transmission fluid is leaking. I wonder if Honda Service can still check/repair the issue for free, since i have a low mileage? I live in the bay area, in case Honda is really concern and seriously paying attention to our needs, then they can redirect us to nearest Honda Service Center, my area code is 94544 or 94545. Thank you and God Bless!

- , Hayward, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 042014

Accord Sedan Ex Vtec I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

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transmission fluid leaking transmission fluid leaking

This could be due to the mechanics who replaced my transmission a year ago, but after paying for an entire transmission replacement, the transmission fluid has already begun to leak again after about 9 months

- , Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #12

Nov 172012

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


Bought a 2001 Accord 2 days ago, clean title, Shifted fine, just assumed axle seals need to be replaced. Now that I'm on here I'm afraid to go to the dealer tomorrow after what I've been reading here. Now I'm assuming the transmission is gonna need to be replaced and honestly I'm on disability and there's no way I'm gonna be able to afford to have the transmission redone. This is not right, Honda should really stand behind the bad models they put out. Been a Honda owner for years, guess I got one bad model that they should be standing behind.

- , Martinez, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 092012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

The 2001Honda Accord LX that I own is leaking transmission fluid. Obviously it is acting up because the transmission is failing.

- , Union City, GA, USA

problem #10

Feb 132012

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

HELP!!!!!! The transmission do no works so well and do not reponse to the drive and it can be dangerous.

- , Mayaguez, PR, Puerto Rico

problem #9

Dec 012011

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


My car is under 80,000 miles even after almost 11 years (26th Dec is the date bought) of driving. Noticed leak in the garage for the past few weeks and when I took it for oil change, the Honda dealer noted the transmission leak problem. When I took it for diagnosis, the dealer has recommended transmission replacement and quoted $4000+ as the estimate. So can I contact American Honda even though it is almost 11 years after I bought the vehicle. What should be my negotiation point/ tactics on this issue? low mileage? Any inputs welcome.

- , Arcadia, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 012010

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

Just review a lot of silmilar transmission problem as I have on this 2001 accord, I am disgusted in Honda quality and how they treat the loyal customer.

First of all I think Honda is the best QUALITY model, so I am been own three new honda cars the last one is 2007 Civic.

Last year started had the problem on this 2001 V6 transmission, slip and then engine light came on at ~94000 mile. I though just need to replace the transmission fluid, after that I started aware of leaking transmission fluid. Early this month bring this car to Honda Carland to check out why it leaks, it came back " FOUND TRANS DIFF BEARING ARE GOING BAD CAUSING TRA NS FLUID TO LEAK" suggest $4700 price tag to replace transmission.

Not sure will buy HONDA any more. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My question to HONDA if recall 2002 to 2004 model, why not including this same 2001 and similar model on the recalling list, It seems have a lot of same problem on the transmission?

- , Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #7

May 282011

Accord DX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,400 miles

I purchased this car on 5-27-11 from a car lot.It had low miles. Thought it would be of good service for my grandaughter.On 5-29-11 I was informed that transmission. was not engaging,not going into gears. I figured that it had a leak, but I had no idea where it was coming from. My son looked it over and determined that the fluid was leaking from the differential.The engine reves up but would not move unless fluid is added .It functions fine with fluid. The check engine light comes on when tranny acts up.I understand that this model has problems with the transmission.I took the car to a Honda dealer for an evaluation. I was told that repairs would be over $4000 to replace the tranny. Help !

- , Sanantonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 202010

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

What I am Finding here at My Shop, Most of these transmissions are loosing their differential bearings prematuraly. Drive axles move up and on the seals...causing fluid loss. Transmission failure due to fluid loss...axel "welding" due to friction of the heat of the bearing...onset by low fluid levels?? Poor bearing steal?? Or lack of sufficiant lubrication or fluid for cooling?? Or all the above?? Not your traditional Honda reliability...a disapointment. I am seeing these failures in customers who use proper fluid and regular changing...sad to say the least...sad part...a perfectly operational transmission, shift wise...becomes junk...due to this defect.

- , Needles, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 022010

Accord EXL 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


The transmission was leaking about the same time the engine light came on and the transmission started jerking from 1st to 2nd. had mechanic put new axle seals. it was just a band aid to the problem. It came back in 2 months by then I was laid off and in need of 2 hip replacements. I have to address this problem ASAP to get a job. I am very disappointed in Honda Company and Scholfield Honda of Wichita, KS for blowing me off with the scripted line "It's past the warranty" My 4th Honda from Japan and I'm not able to drive it. I bought it brand new and babied it, garaged it, only to get screwed by the MAN. I'm a pissed woman that feels I deserve this fixed at the same time they are fixing my air bag recall !!!! Help me if you have any ideas.

- , Bel Aire, KS, USA

problem #4

Nov 222010

Accord 4 cylinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I own a 2001 Honda Accord with only 50,000 miles on it. Recently, the transmission went on the car. Honda is aware that they have had numerous complaints about faulty transmissions on these vehicles in 2001, so they offered a 30% discount to repair it. This is very unfair as the vehicle only has 50,000 miles on it and there are numerous complaints posted on various websites regarding transmission problems for 2001 Honda Accords. We advised them that we had purchased 3 Hondas and were loyal customers but they refused to offer more than the 30% discount. They should have recalled these vehicles since these models all seemed to have faulty transmissions during 2001.

- , Parsippany, NL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009

Accord EXL 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

I am currently fighting with Honda to fix my transmission that went out under 60,000 miles. I am too tired to go into it all now but my story basically sounds like all the rest. What I am looking for is some information on my legal rights. Any lawyers familiar with Honda transmission suits and willing to hear me, please contact me. Any pissed off Honda customers who feel they have been shafted by Honda and who know where to start a class action or who have already started one, please contact me... I will definitely join or help to start it up. We all need to stand up to the injustice and it has to start somewhere. Let's get the ball rolling. Thanks for your time.

missymaryjane at sbcglobal dot net

- , Stockton, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 152008

Accord DX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

I have a 2001 accord 4 cyl. leaking transmission fluid on the pax side drive axle. Took the car to a transmission shop and they were unable to get either axle out of the transmission. I was told it would be about 1800.00 to have the transmission opened up to see what the problem is. Talked to Honda dealership and was told the transmission just went out of warranty in Oct. Am i dealing with the same problem as everyone else and is there a fix for it, or should i drive it until it dies.

Thanks for your time Jon Coon

- , South Portland, ME, USA

problem #1

Feb 162008

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

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transmission fluid leaking transmission fluid leaking

Had transmission differential rebuilt on July 2007 paid 1,277.00. Done by Cottman Transmission. I had to take it back because a big clunk when put in reverse after the worked on the car. They replace the reverse selector shaft. Didn't do any good. So I have to live with it. They say it is normal. On August 2007 Dealer Bianchi Honda of Erie, Pa put a new rebuilt one because they found the transmission was shifting not normal and the clunk noise when put in reverse. On September 2007 Transmission leak through the passenger side axle shaft. I remove the Shaft to replace the seal and found out what you see on the pictures that I up load. The transmission the dealer put a month ago at that time show metal shavings melted and welded to the inner cv joint inside the transmission. I took the car (and the bad axle shaft) to the dealer they found nothing wrong. After I replace the axle shaft because I couldn't put the other one back into the transmission, it was so bad It didn't go back into the transmission. I replace the axle because that wasn't a transmission part, it was a drive train part. I also replace the axle seal because it was leaking fluid bad. I took it to the dealer and found (like always) nothing wrong. I been driving the car to shorts drives because I am afraid is going to give up any time. I can feel the grinding on the gas pedal as it goes down the road. And now start to leak transmission fluid again at the same seal. Something is wrong inside this transmission and now is leaking badddddd. I will call the dealer tomorrow, but I have to be prepare because I know what they are going to say. It is out of warranty. The transmission the dealer put the didn't charge me for it because it was under warranty at 108,000 miles now is 115, 000 so I know what they have to say. This is my first Honda car and my last one.

- , Erie, PA, 16510, USA

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