Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2001 Civic has transmission problems, transmission problems & more transmission problems. Did we mention transmission problems? And a dangerous defect with the front airbag that didn't get recalled for 10 years.

Although eventually the defective 2001 Civic airbag inflators were fixed under recalls in 2011 & 2013, that meant for 10 to 12 years airbags were activating with excessive force where metal fragments went shooting into passengers when the airbag deployed.

As for the 2001 Civic's transmission woes? Honda conducted a major transmission recall in 2004 & settled a class action lawsuit for defective transmissions in 2006. But, neither the recall or the lawsuit included the 2001 Civic.

Last thing to consider - the 2001 Civic is the most-recalled car ever, closely followed by the 2002 Civic & the 2001 Accord. The 2001 Civic is the 4th most-recalled vehicle overall, only a Ford truck & two Ford vans have more.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,673 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 222008


  • 56,020 miles


My husband and I took over the car from his aunt in 10/2005, at 56,020 miles. The car has been well taken care with periodic oil changes and some maintenance. On 12/22/2008, when it was of 82,409 miles, the check engine light was on. This time we did pay some amount for other services but due to financial hardship could not pay for the torque converter replacement, as advised at kolbe Honda at reseda. After the service performance, the check engine light was off. However, on 6/15/2009, we had no choice but to replace the car's transmission and torque converter for $690.69 (on the 70/30 split).

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012001


  • miles
Paint is developing crows feet in four seperate places. Dealership sent me to a contracted body shop for evaluation to determine whether it should be covered by warranty. Body shop said that it was due to bird droppings or sap. Had environmental protection package applied at time of purchase. I wash this car on a weekly basis and hose off bird droppings as they are noticed. These places are also on the side of vehicle (not a flat surface). I find this impossible and believe it to be a defect in paint. Blemishes and loss of gloss continue to develop in the paint. Landmark Honda did offer a fix to this problem and it is unacceptible. Warranty information about environmental protection package should have been mailed to me immediately after application. It wasn't. dealer explained a couple of weeks ago that they purchase an insurance policy on the paint with the application and that this was never done. They turned around and purchased this insurance after the fact, mailed me the warranty info with 800 number, and asked me to wait two weeks before contacting them so that it wouldn't be suspect. I believe this to be insurance fraud and as much as I do want the car fixed, I don't want to break laws in doing so. No safety defect mentioned.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 042001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When raining water could leak inside of vehicle through driver's side and will make carpet wet, and could be causing consumer not to control pedals or electrical problems.

- Quincy, MA, USA

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