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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,949 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 engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2001 Honda Civic:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #19

Nov 232010

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

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

My 2001 Honda Civic (automatic transmission) will not move when I put it into gear. I tried all the gears: Drive, reverse etc. Nothing happens when I step on the gas.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #18

Oct 022010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Transmission failed while driving on highway at 60mph. Car would not shift into gear and check engine light signaled. There were no warnings whatsoever. This appears to be correlated to many others complaints with the 2001 Honda Civics. I was fortunate to not have been seriously hurt when my car came to a stop. I feel as though this is a defect that needs to be recalled.

- Maywood, NJ, USA

problem #17

Feb 152010

Civic

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While having the vehicle inspected the contact was informed that the check engine light appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was not diagnosed and there were no prior warnings. The failure mileage was 56000 and the current mileage was 57000.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 172010

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle speed independently decreased as if it were attempting to stall. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the mechanic performed a cam shaft sensor override. The mechanic advised the contact to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer. The dealer discovered that the cam shaft was loose and caused friction to the sensors causing damage. The vehicle was left with the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 56,000. Updated 11/15/10 the cylinder head assembly was replaced. Updated 11/24/10

- Canby, OR, USA

problem #15

Aug 102009

Civic

  • 58,000 miles
While driving through an intersection my wife's 2001 Honda Civic's engine died. After several attempts she was able to get it started again, drove it through the intersection and it died again and would not restart. She called aaa to have it towed to the only Honda dealer on our island. We asked the dealership to check and report the cause of the problem. The next day the dealer reported it had a code of "P1362" and need a new cylinder head at a cost of $5300 for parts and labor. Prior to this incident the car always ran fine and was regularly serviced by a dealer. My question is: "how can a car with 58K miles, running fine suddenly need a new cylinder head? I had the dealer reinstall the cam cover (they charged us $100) and drove it out (yes it was running). I'm worried that this will happen again and cause property damage and/or even loss of lives. If it needs a new cylinder head how can it now be running? I wouldn't imagine a cylinder head problem to be an intermittent issue. When living on a small island (kauai) you're at the mercy of the only dealer in town.

- Kapaa, HI, USA

problem #14

Dec 072007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
My 18 yr daughter was driving on a 4 lane interstate on a Friday in rush hour traffic. The average speed on this road at this time of day is 70-75mph. Suddenly and without warning her transmission failed. The car essentially went into neutral. Luckily she was able to maneuver the car to the shoulder. She could have easily been hit and more than likely this would have been a multicar accident. I contacted Honda and they said they only were aware of problems with the Odyssey and Accord manufactured approx. 1999-2002. I did some research and found there were numerous complaints with the Civic (our car is a 2001 Civic). How many complaints and near miss accidents will it take for Honda to be brought to task for this defect?

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #13

Jun 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

The contact stated vehicle stalled intermittently when the vehicle was placed in neutral. When it stalled the vehicle lost power steering and power brakes. This could have resulted in an accident. The dealership and the manufacturer have been contacted. Technical service bulletin 02-083 was issued for the problem but the dealer requested a diagnostic test at the contact's expense before they would use the technical service bulletin to fix the problem. Updated 1/11/2006. This problem occurred mostly at low altitudes in the summer with the A/C on. The consumer believes the loss of power steering and brakes when in neutral in dangerous and he thinks the vehicle should be recalled.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #12

Jan 212005

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
2001 Honda Civic motor mounts had to be replaced.** answer required***. motor mounts had to be replaced after consumer rear ended a tree at very low speed.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #11

Aug 062004

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The vehicle was taken in for a recall for wiring.. after picking the vehicle up, the cruise control was set and the vehicle accelerated out of control. The consumer made a 911 call from the vehicle and had to put the vehicle in park to stop. The dealer refused to accept the vehicle for repair.

- West Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #10

Jun 022004

Civic

  • miles
When on incline and vehicle is stopped---rolls back when brake released.

- Bassett, VA, USA

problem #9

Mar 112004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 661,000 miles

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

The 2001 Honda Civic LX I own failed on I95. My son was driving the car. There was no warning of safety lights etc. He pushed the car off the highway. The next day Honda care came and jump started the car, it did start but within a few seconds it sounded like it exploded. The engine was turned off and the car was towed to the dealer where it was purchased, coral springs Honda, in coral springs Florida. I was told that since I had purchased an extended warranty the cost of the repair would be covered but they needed my approval to take apart the engine, again the stated there would be no cost to me. Several days later I called to see what was going on with the repair. I was then told that they were waiting for the warranty inspector to come give approval before they could proceed with the work. I called again at the end of the following week and was told that no one had come but that they did not think it would be covered. I asked why and they stated that the engine had sludge which was caused by the oil not being changed enough. I stated that it was changed. Needless to say the warranty company will not cover the repair. The car has 61,000 miles on it and the oil has been changed often enough. I believe the sludge claim is bogus, I think it is a cheaply made engine that begins to fall apart the minute it starts. What can I do?

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 152003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles
In June 2002 I complained about a cracked motor mount, at that time the vehicle had 18,000 miles. I was advised it would not be covered by the warranty unless it was broken. In October 2003 two motor mounts were bad, one was the one I originally complained about, at this time the vehicle had 38,000 miles.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #7

Oct 092003

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
When I bought the car it had 9,000 miles on it. The dealer bought it from an auction. I was hearing some tapping noise coming from hood. When I took my car for oil changed I asked the dealer about the tapping noise. They said it wasn't important and not dangerous. I took my car back to the dealer a week later and they said that they need to take the oil pan out to determine the problem. Later on they called me and said that "I drove the car in a puddle or I had a flood -which never happened-because they diagnosed" water damaged which caused cylinder # 3 connecting rod is bent and it is very dangerous to drive it. The engine needs to be replaced" I have a factory and extended warranty but Honda denies to cover it. My insurance company inspected the car and didn't see any "water damage". the insurance company also denied the cover the expense. I am very unhappy about the situation. Please feel free to advise me what to do. Thank you.

- Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 222003

Civic

  • miles
Consistent problems with check engine light in 2001, Honda Civic. Dealers had inspected vehicle several times, but problem still occurring.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #5

Feb 102003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23 miles
I purchased a 2001 Honda Civic coupe ex, in November 2000. It has been nothing but problems ever since. Ive been to two different Honda service centers almost 20 times now. The car has 23,000 miles on it and has gone through 3 sets of brakes. The car completely died on two occasions, both needing battery to be boosted. Then all of the dashboard lights were flashing crazy. On one of those occasions, it died right in front of Honda, after they assured me that my car was fine. This has been an ongoing problem with Honda. They fail to find any of the serious problems that are continuing. The car makes all kind of rattling and clicking noises when driving, Honda finds nothing. The windows/windshield fog up, defroster does not work well, Honda finds nothing. All four tires are leaking, Honda at first find nothing wrong, now say I have to replace tires. The driver's seat is loose and rocking, Honda replaced seat track twice, problem continues, took car in again for seat, Honda finds nothing wrong. Seat rocking gets worse, making load noise when driving, afraid for safety. Now the car is getting worse, car brakes without putting foot on brake, car is sluggish, driving funny. I think this is the transmission that is going to go bad. It stalls to start very often, then completely failed twice, needing boost. Im very concerned for my safety at this point. I even reached out to Honda Consumer Affairs in California, they did not help at all, in fact they were rude and even threatened me, while I had the rental, to report the rental stolen because I asked if I could hold the rental until Honda fixed my car (especially since the car had died right in front of Honda, and to make matters worse, my car was dented, twice, while being "fixed" by Honda that day as well) I am completely disgusted with the car and the service ive gotten. There are numerous other problems I didn't list here, too many to list. I would appreciate any help in this matter, thank you.

- Franklin Square, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 192003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving in the rain a grinding sound occurs from the passenger side. Temporary loss of power and control occurred when on the freeway.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 092002

Civic

  • miles
Consumer stated that when applying the accelerator the vehicle would surge forward without warning causing a distraction to the consumer. Dealer notified.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 212001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Consumer is not happy with the dealer during recall repair, dealer refused rental car, while vehicle was being serviced.

- Charles Town, WV, USA

problem #1

Oct 232001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer touched brakes to slow vehicle down, but vehicle swerved, and consumer hit another vehicle. Consumer stateed brakes squeaks and parking brake needs adjustment, transmission is making noise, no power on acceleration, upper windshield molding failed and reinstalled, noise is coming from right front wheel, gas gauge will fluctuate at times and front engine mount broke.

- Downey, CA, USA

Not what you are looking for?