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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
114,750 miles
Total Complaints:
52 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Nov 202018

Accord EXL 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles


Recurring transmission failure on 2001 Accord with original owner. Average transmission life expectancy of 103,000m for this make/model. First transmission failure at 76,000mi on transmission with. Honda made a 50% adjustment on the replacement and subsequently issued a recall for cars with less than 109,000mi. Owner was not notified of recall extension and Honda has not offered a 100% reimbursement for the replacement. The replacement transmission has now failed on vehicle with 144,0000mi and 68,000mi on the replacement transmission.

Honda response to date constitutes a series of half measures which do not adequately addressed the 1998-2005 Accord transmission failures, a known issue.

- Rick W., Fair Oaks, CA, US

problem #51

May 142018

Accord LX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

After only 80000 miles my p.o.s. Accord is slipping between 1 and 2nd gear. I have seen the extreme amount of problems people have with Honda's around this time and their transmissions. I called to get a quote on a replacement and the dealer wanted $5000 for it, while local shops only wanted around $2000. I'm extremely angry with the build quality of these transmissions. Honda should be forced the recall them.

- Silas H., Monroe, OR, US

problem #50

Feb 082016

Accord EX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

I've called American Honda and they won't take responsibility. Apparently they have a list of faulty transmissions and mine was one of them. I should have received notice from them stating warranty was been extended BUT it was only good for 7 years (until January 8, 2009) or up to 109,000 miles, which ever came first. I never got the notice, otherwise I would have taken my car to the dealer. I was never given the opportunity to fix the problem. Now they won't honor the warranty, stating the offer was not indefinite. I don't understand why if they see my name on the list of owners who had faulty transmission (which they confirmed by the way), they still won't fix it. They are forcing people to sue. I am planning to sue them in small claims court.

Of importance: I noticed my transmission was shifting weird when hitting second. This has been going on for a while, years even, but I was driving fine and I didn't pay attention. I am not a mechanic and I did not know it was a transmission issues. In addition, I had taken my car to be serviced at the dealer and have regular maintenance and they never mentioned anything about the transmission.

I am upset at myself for ignoring the signs, but I don't drive it often and didn't know it was serious. I was thinking of buying another Honda, but after the treatment I have received, I do not want to give them my business. Honda, are you listening and do you care about losing your reputation and customers to save a few dollars?

- dybian'smom, Pasadena, CA, US

problem #49

Oct 012016

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I purchased this 2001 Honda Accord in April of 2016 from a used car dealer. I was never informed of any defects or recalls that had or have with it. I took it in to the local Honda dealership for transmission fluid change and after that was done it began slipping out of gears with the check engine light coming on and the TCS light on and at times the D4 will blink. When I shut the car off and turn back on the check engine light will be on but the TCS light will go off and so will the D4 light blinking stop. Sometime it will go into gear sometimes not.I almost had a wreck due to the transmission going into basically neutral state while on the highway.This has happen numerous times.

- hendersonwv, Parkersburg, WV, US

problem #48

Mar 172015

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

As well of a name as everyone says Honda has. And how reliable and dependable of a company they are and that they make the longest lasting cars is a bunch of crap. This car was bought from me by a one owner who always had it serviced and maintenanced and the car should not be having the problems its having starting at such low miles. Granted it's my only means of transportation and I drive it to work and home and am afraid to go anywhere else in this car due to its problems. Not only with the transmission but the dash lights not working. Replaced all fuses and bulbs. No fix there. Also the airbag light on SRS light for no apparent reason and the brake light for no apparent reason. Had to have my mechanic run new license plate bulbs due to the wiring to the original bulbs being faulty. Come on Honda REALLY?????

- April C., Madisonville, KY, US

problem #47

Oct 102010

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,435 miles

D4 Indicator light blinking and transmission slipping. Hesitation accelerating from stop. Replaced with reman from Honda. Now seems to be doing same thing only 35,000 miles later.

- nhendricks, Portland, OR, US

problem #46

Dec 012010

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


Automatic Transmission started to slip around 75,000 miles. Took it to local Honda dealer - said it would be covered under warranty, but there were no transmission codes and therefore no problem. I said it slips... they said no it doesn't (no codes).

Took it back a year or 2 later - slipping problem was getting worse. Still no transmission codes so still no problem. They told me no worries though... Honda knows there is a problem with an under-sized input bearing (or something like that) - and that Honda extended the warranty to 130,000 miles (should have gotten that in writing).

Slipping problem continues to get worse... so at about 129,000 miles I take it back to the same dealer. The slipping problem somehow now is throwing a code - duh! But hummm - sorry, the extended warranty for the transmission was only to 125,000 miles - so I was out of the warranty period. Are they freaking kidding me?

The local dealer contacted Honda - and Honda said they will help with the repair/replacement of the transmission with a remanufactured transmission. It still cost me $3000 out of pocket - and had to go back twice for leaking transmission cooler lines.

Because I actually paid money for the replacement transmission, they gave me a 90 day or 1000 mile warranty... geeze, thanks! We have put another 60,000 miles on the car and have not had any more transmission issues.

Now just dealing with SRS Control Module issues and Knock Sensor issues. May have to replace this car soon... nickel and diming me. Promise, I won't be buying another Honda this time!!!

- David A., Newark, DE, US

problem #45

Jan 152015

Accord LX V4

  • Manual transmission
  • 300,000 miles

First off let me say that I have loved every minute of driving this car! Super reliable and low maintenance. I will say it does start to burn oil around 180,000 miles but other than that I had no trouble with it.

It was once I hit 300,000 on the same transmission and engine that she finally tanked and I couldn't even get it out of first without going to 4000 or above rpm AND IT STILL WOULDN'T CATCH. I got it to my house and there she sits.

A neighbor kid and his dad might buy it off me for about $200 dollars for a summer project.

My family owned this car from the 20 mile mark to when I hit 300,000 miles. When it entered my drive way for the last time it was sitting at 300,112 miles.

Here's how we got that far in this car: 1. Frequent oil changes. Keeping up with them and making sure as the car aged (over175,000) that we took it in once it hit the recommended mileage to change the oil. 2. Not treating it like a race car. This was hard as my brother and I both drove it in high school. Tempting but over all we resisted. Its a manual after all so it felt "cool" to throw it in 5th on the highway when your 16 years old. 3. Always check tire pressure and replace tires. Tires are not cheap but its worth shelling out the bucks if your goal is drive a car into the ground. 4. Make sure the to monitor oil burning. This model is notorious to start burning through oil around the 175,000 mile mark. Always check the oil when you get gas. It may need to be topped off. If you live in a cold climate (I spent 4 years with this car in Pittsburgh, COLD!) and are in upper mileage then you might consider putting in some oil stabilizer as well. Lucas oil worked for me.

Over all, Loved the car. It is a pain to keep up with the oil and other things but my goal was to hit 300,000 miles and it was achieved.

I hope at least someone finds this helpful! Hitting 300,000 is something that is rare these days and I want to hear some one else do it especially in this model of car.

Oh yeah, just bought a brand new 2015 Honda accord sedan LX. Definitely trying to drive this mother til 400,000!

- Matthew S., Cincinnati, OH, US

problem #44

Mar 162015

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

This is a commonly know problem with Hondas. I had a 2004 odyssey van had the same issues and cost me $1400 to replace and now it's my Honda Accord. Another fail by Honda and them not standing by their products.

- J K., Gardena, CA, US

problem #43

Nov 012014

Accord LX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 186,411 miles

I contacted Honda Malaysia and they refuse and try to avoid the responsbility when so many complaints about this model and its transmission was on the internet.

- a565753, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

problem #42

May 012014

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


Transmission should not go out at 78,000 miles but when I checked on line it appears Honda has had a lot of issues with the transmission. Honda won't pay the $3000 to get a transmission installed. I know the car is old but I should have been notified of the transmission issues.

- Deanna P., Springfield, MO, US

problem #41

Feb 272014

Accord LX 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

Bought this vehicle used for my 17 Year Old Daughter in Year 2013 @ $5,000 USD. it had about 95K Miles and was in excellent condition. All of our research indicated that the 2001 Honda Accord was an excellent used car with limited consumer complaints. In fact, Edmunds reviewers gave it 4 1/2 Stars out of a possible 5 based upon 200+ reviews from consumers. The car ran well for about 1 Year and then the Automatic Transmission started to slip upon acceleration into 2nd gear. The Engine Light stayed on. This slippage became progressively worse to the point where she felt unsafe and asked that I bring it to an Auto Mechanic. The Mechanic ran a computer diagnostic test and the fault codes indicated a Transmission Problem. Did some research and discovered that Honda had a "Silent Recall" on this vehicle as the Transmission Failure was a known issue. I contacted Honda America and pleaded my case asking for Warranty Coverage coverage. This claim was denied as the vehicle now has over 100K Miles. So now this 2001 Accord is at the Transmission Repair Shop and we are paying $2600.00 to have the Tranny Rebuilt.

- Robert D., Raynham, MA, US

problem #40

Sep 012012

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Not being a mechanic, I had noticed that the transmission seemed to be slipping. However, not being a mechanic, I thought it was my imagination and that it was because of the small engine. Well, in February 2013, I could barely make it up a small drive way. I took it to a mechanic. Said the transmission fluid needed to be changed. It was black. End of problem, I thought. But it struck me why should it be dirty because I had it change about 10,000K ago. Anyway, now another 10,000K passed and the car slipped going up the same driveway. I took it to the mechanic. He said the fluid was dirty. How could this be. It was then he explained that the Honda had tranny problems. Upon further research, I noticed there was a lawsuit. It could not help me because first, I never received notice of a lawsuit, and second, it was pass the mileage/month warranty. I feel ripped off. The Honda was the first car to make me happy. And, now I find out about the tranny problems. Its going to cost me more than $3K to get a new one. Or the mechanic recommended changing tranny fluid twice a year. That is more than $200 a year just for the fluid!

Honda, are you listening? Up until the other week, my hopes was to buy a new Honda in 2014 or 2015. Now, I am not sure about this.

Anybody have thoughts on this? The Honda has only 131000 miles on the engine. Should I get a new transmission? If so, any particular one? Or should I just change fluids twice a year?



- surftuna, Alexandria, VA, US

problem #39

Jan 012012

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Paid for a re-built transmission because the car is otherwise fine. I can't really afford this and believe there should be a class action suit because of the huge number of people dealing with this problem with their 2001 Hondas.

- Linda A., Clearlake, CA, US

problem #38

Jul 082013

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

I cant give you a price to repair yet as it goes into the shop tomorrow. Estimates range from $1800-$4000 depends on if the transmission can be rebuilt or has to be replaced. (Honda dealer said they must replace, independent dealers will look to rebuild unless to much damage then they will replace). Appears to me Honda is aware of the problem in this vehicle and should have to cover the cost to repair.

With 2 adults working and 3 kids working and playing sports, it is beyond a pain in the ass to have to put a car in the shop for a week and try and juggle everything with two cars.

- scasto, Lancaster, OH, US

problem #37

May 012013

Accord EX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,500 miles

Its really messed up when as a consumer you put you faith in a brand for its reputation for quality and have them fall short. Not because of the faulty transmissions that were installed but for the sad fact that the Honda company is still not taking care of the problem its loyal consumers are dealing with. They have failed us in a way that goes beyond profit lines and quarter margins. They have lost focus on what keeps their company afloat. Ask yourself Team Honda. ..If there were no one to put into your products where would your company be? So protect your most valued asset, your customer and do the right thing! Fix our cars so that we can enjoy driving them as you meant for us to do so in the first place. Thank you!

- hondars, Newark, DE, US

problem #36

Sep 212012

Accord LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,400 miles

Vehicle was never recalled for this transmission problem in 2004 and we were never notified about the transmission issue with the Honda Accords. Now at 107,400 miles transmission is going out. Never expected a quality vehicle like the Honda to have the transmission fixed or replaced at only 107,000 miles. At this point since the warranty period and the extended warranty have expired for most vehicles over 100,000 miles, Honda needs to help with these on going transmissions problems that they know exist theses vehicles have.

- Christine M., Phoenix, AZ, US

problem #35

Mar 302012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

Just adding on...ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

- Noreen H., Marysville, OH, US

problem #34

Feb 152012

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

My wife and I purchased this car new in July, 2001 for her use. I picked Honda for its reliability and long life. I wanted a car that I could trust would get her from point A to point B and I would not worry and it would not fail. I expected that it would last for 200,000 miles to 250,00. I followed Honda's recommended preventative and scheduled maintenance and invested thousands of dollars doing this. I never received a notice of product recall or problem. Now the car does not down shift when it comes to a stop. When the gas is applied it roughly down shifts and bangs into first gear. I took it to Independence Honda, Independence, MO where it is serviced. They double flushed the transmission. It worked like new for a few days and is now is slipping at cruising speed and down shifting at will.

- connaghan, Lee's Summit, MO, US

problem #33

Jun 012012

Accord EX 2.3L 4 Banger

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

I just bought this car 2 months ago. I didn't notice when I test drove the car that the transmission was shifting/vibrating from 1st to second gear. Now, in the past few weeks, it has started doing that. The CarFax shows that this car has been serviced regularly since the initial purchase. I took it to a service shop and they tell me that second gear is burnt up and I will have to rebuild the transmission. Cost 1895 plus tax. Now, after doing research, I'm finding out about all the complaints with this year model Accord. Why is Honda not doing anything about this? Typically, these cars go for 200,000 with very little trouble. Obviously, there is a design flaw here and the consumers are having to pay for Honda's mistake. If this doesn't get repaired for little or no out of pocket cost, I will never buy a Honda again.

- cluny, Iron City, TN, US

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