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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,875 miles

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2001 Honda Accord windows / windshield problems

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 202006

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,500 miles


I bought my Honda Accord V6 in Dec. 2000 (2001 model). I driven for few thousand miles and had to bring in my car to the dealer to redo the windshield. About 23000-24000 miles brought back to the dealer for transmission leak. Probably 1 month later had to bring in for transmission leak against. And April 20, 2006 (115000 miles), the transmission finally broke. I had to replace with the remanufactured one that cost me $ 2300. I feel that I bought this car as a lemon.

- Montclair, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 272002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The windshield has a visual wave, when looking out of the glass it looks warped. Dealer referred consumer to a Honda technician, who indicated windshield should be replaced. Problem still exists. Nlm

- Great Bend, KS, USA

problem #2

Feb 082002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 25-30 mph rear windshield shattered for no reason, dealer and manufacturer were notified.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 242001


  • miles
Front windshield has a uv protectant that causes visual waves. It is a serious problem when driving. Windshield has been replaced twice. Please provide any furhter information.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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