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.

CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,350 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.

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 012012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 124,150 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Clear coat is peeling away from hood, roof, and door.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #8

Jan 262007

Civic

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the rubber seals around her window were peeling. The dealer stated that inclement weather caused the failure because her vehicle was not placed in a garage. The contact was also informed that she would have to replace the window seals at the cost of $50 each. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN and mileages were unknown.

- Burlington, KY, USA

problem #7

Apr 032008

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,800 miles
While having the transmission replaced, also another defect, it was discovered that I needed 2 new front struts. This just added to the already extremely expensive repair. My daughter drives the car and the safety of this vehicle scares me. Honda should recall the entire vehicle.

- Middletown, MD, USA

problem #6

Apr 052006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Possible suspension defect. Incident date of 04/05/2006 is date informed by dealer of problems. Noticed car squeaked/creaked a lot when turning. Brought car to dealer for 75K checkup and asked him to examine suspension. Dealer informed me that both of my front struts leaked and needed to be replaced, that one motor mount was cracked, and that both of the lower control arms needed to be replaced. Car was maintained in accordance with owner's manual and serviced almost entirely by same dealer for 5 1/2 years. No accident occurred, but all of these problems within such a short period of time (3-6 months between prior major and minor checkups and the checkup that discovered these problems and 5 1/2 years for the car age) are cause for concern, especially since they could have worked together to cause a drastic loss of control of the car. Based on my prior ownership experience with a 1992 Honda Civic and research on the internet, it is difficult to believe that all of these problems should have occurred. Thus, I believe that certain components of my 2001 Honda Civic's suspension may be defective. The assumed defect may be due to a design flaw, since 2001 was when Honda stopped using double-wishbone suspension in their U.S. Civics in lieu of old suspension type.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 272004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,200 miles
The plastic cover for the air bag developed a two inch crack. The consumer was told that the vehicle is out of warranty. The consumer would like to know if the air bag would be compromised because of the crack or if the cover will break off and hit the passenger when the airbag is deployed.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 132002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Customer hit a truck head-on. The fuse panel shattered and severely lacerated the drivers leg.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 012001

Civic

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Wind noise can be heard inside the vehicle, the dealer resealed the windshield molding, noise while braking, faulty ECM fuse caused the vehicle to stall while stopped, rattle in dash, dealer replaced the felt tape between the air ducts and vents, cd player skips and was replaced, faulty front spring caused noise in the front end, both left doors leak, the drivers seat is loose at the track, a ripped seal caused the sunroof to leak, steering wheel not centered.

- Wise , VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 142001

Civic

  • miles
New car smell comes from interior of vehicle and is making consumer sick. Consumer has yet to contact dealer. Consumers is very sensitive to chemicals, and is concerned with health issues.

- Potrero, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 182001

Civic

  • miles
Small rocks were found in the front splash guard after hearing them hit the undercarriage 4-8 times. One dealer removed the stones and they fell 3 more times. We took the vehichle to the original dealer and it was checked again with no stones being found. The stones were hazardous and their origin should be determined.

- Largo, FL, USA

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