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.

9.4

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,294 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 #17

Mar 232002

Civic

  • miles

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

While driving at any speed the vehicle engine will suddunly shut off. Consumer states' vehicle will restart. Took vehicle to Honda and Honda reset the electrical codes in ignition switch. Consumer states this will make the third time electrical codes have been reset.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 232001

Civic

  • miles
While driving at any speed the vehicle engine will shut off. Took to dealer and they replaced all the electrical components in ignition. This will make the third time this problem has occured. Dealer's fix is not working.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #15

Jul 092001

Civic

  • miles
The vehicle hesitates when going uphill almost to the point of stalling, the vehicle was taken to the dealer but the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Carmel, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 232001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

There is a shaking/vibration that occurs when the vehicle is turned off after being driven for approximately 15-30 minutes, possible engine related.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

problem #13

Apr 162002

(reported on)

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles
Vehicle stalls at low speed and when going around corners, loses all power. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer noticed vehicle losing power, but didn't have have a remedy for the problem.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #12

Oct 232001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a shaking/vibration that occurs when the vehicle is turned off after being driven for approximately 15-30 minutes, possible engine related.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

problem #11

Jul 092001

Civic

  • miles

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

The vehicle hesitates when going uphill almost to the point of stalling, the vehicle was taken to the dealer but the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Carmel, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 032001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
1) on several occasions, when key is turned to start the car only an electrical buzzing sound is heard. The car starts normally when key is turned a second time. 2) occasionally, when car starts normally a brief buzz is heard. 3) most recently, when key was turned the engine cranked for 1-2 seconds then stopped and only buzzed. Car started normally when key was turned a second time. These problems are intermittent, have occured for five months and occured three times last week (most frequent occurence so far). Weather and miles driven do not play a role as problem has occured under multiple conditions. Dealer is aware of problem, but unable to duplicate it in four visits.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 182001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
I have this reccurring problem of my car stalling when in drive gear when the car is at a slow speed. I have taken my car to the dealer 3 times now, the first time I thought that this was related to the improper fuel gauge reading I was having, which the dealer fixed by replacing the fuel gauge and the odometer. My car has stalled around 6 to 7 times now when it is slow or at a stop. I have to then put the car to park and start the engine again. The dealer has not been able to fix this problem, he does not have any clue, and everytime they try something and say its fixed, whereas the problem still persist. Once the car stalled on the freeway and the car behind almost ran in to me almost causing a fatal accident. Ever since I am really concerned with my and my family's safety. The reason I paid so much money to purchase a Honda vehicle was that Honda is considered one of the safest cars, but my experience states otherwise. I am really annoyed & frustrated by the car. I have paid too much and have had no satisfaction until now. On reading the complaints with Honda 2001 Civics I found that this problem was a common one with the new 2001 Civic ex models.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #8

Nov 012001

Civic

  • miles
Vehicle has been cutting off while driving on an intermittent basis. Also, SRS light on dashboard remained illuminated. Dealer has been contacted for repairs three times, but consumer was experiencing same problem.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #7

Oct 272001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles

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

When braking, car idle drops so low that car tends to hesitate and sometimes stalls. The problem is intermittent. Have taken the car to dealer about 4 times regarding idle and stalling. PCM was checked each time, and dealer found no codes. Dealer could not replicate problem. Car also stalled and cut off when I was at a traffic light after applying the brakes. I noticed that there was a recall by Honda for the LX and dx regarding a similar problem. Why hasn't Honda looked into the ex model" what could be the problem? could it be the iac? could it be the PCM? I am terrified of driving the car. What if the car cuts off/stalls and an accident occurs? I hope Honda looks into this problem as soon as possible. I am not the only one experiencing this problem with the ex models. A few other people have been, and this is beginning to be a growing concern among Honda consumers. Honda seems to be a reputable car manufacturer, how can they let a problem like this slip through there quality control? I am quite frustrated with the car and all the problems I have been having. The reason I spent so much money on a Honda, is because of quality. Where is the quality? I have even had problems with the driver side car seat rocking back and forth. Dealer finally fixed the problem after 4 attempts. Again I am asking what happened to the quality in a Honda car, where has it gone"

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Jul 252001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Repairs for recall 01V183000 was performed, and engine stalled intermittently, approximately 8 to 9 times since the end of July. Dealership cannot determine cause of this problem. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 242001

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While traveling approximately 25 to 30 mph and making a turn, engine stalled and caused steering column to lock up. This problem did not result in a crash or injuries. Dealership examined vehicle for engine stalling, but has failed to remedy the problem. While driving, consumer heard a metal to metal sound coming from right wheel well. Consumer was told computer was not set properly according to the VIN code, this was a service bulletin, dealer stated this could be why stalling was occurring, 4 fuses blew and now dealer replaced fuse box, dealer thinks this may be a reason why the vehicle stalled also, dealer also states that he does not know why the fuses blew to begin with, the blown fuse caused moonroof to be inoperable. Vents loose. Trunk release inoperable. Springs squeak and were replaced. Defective weld in the passenger side door rusted. Vehicle experiences rough idle. Driver side tweeter cracking. Driver side mud flap loose. Passenger kick panel uneven. Fuel gauge erratic.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #4

Apr 182001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When making a complete stop or in stop and go traffic engine will turn off and stall. But, vehicle can be quickly restart.consumer has taken vehicle to dealer 3 times, but dealer could not duplicate defect. Vehicle jerked intermittently while driving. Consumer now states dealership is able to duplicate the problem, but unable to remedy the problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 282001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There wasn't a steering lock when driver turned steering column for security reason. Dealership was aware of problem. Consumer states problem still has not been fixed. Humming noises and rough idling also occur.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 282001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
While making right turns at any speed vehicle would stall.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 052001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalls when coming to a stop and again when taking off. Has stalled about 10 times. Taken to dealer 3 times, cannot remedy problem.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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