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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.

7.3

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$371.00
Average Mileage:
118,050 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace coil pack (1 reports)
  3. replace the torque converter (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 112012

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,300 miles

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

THE ENGINE LIGHT IS ON SOME DAYS AND OFF OTHER DAYS......WHAT THE HELL??????????

- , Griffin, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012011

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles

REGRET GETTING THIS CAR IT SUCKS!!! AND I THOUGHT HONDA WAS GOOD. TOO MANY PROBLEMS OR AT LEAST THIS YEAR MODEL DOES NOT RECOMMENDED TO ANYONE THAT IS LOOKING FOR A CAR SKIP 2001 HONDA CIVIC

- , El Monte, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 252011

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

After spending 2200 bucks on a rebuilt transmission in Oct my car had no power to climb a hill. I heard a pinging noise and my check engine light came on. i drove to the repair place and the car was shaking terribly. It's putting several codes. The 4th cylinder has no compression and it's not a coil pack or the injectors. I'm told it may be a bent piston and it will be pricey

- , South Hadley, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 202010

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 186,000 miles

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

Car fails emissions in the state of Arizona. The failure code is P0171. I have replaced both O2 sensors, added fuel additive. I'm able to reset the computer at my shop, then I take the car on a drive to make sure the changes have registured on the computer. I have also replaced the gas cap. The Civic engine check light continues to come on with the same failure code. Need some help. The car runs fine, but will not pass emissions.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Oct 202010

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I was just about ready to take my car into the dealer to get all belts serviced. Well, nothing got me into the shop sooner than seeing the check engine light come on! The car started shaking at random intervals when idling or at stop lights. I thought great, well...maybe it's related to the belts! Not so. After pulling a code, Honda tech found the engine was mis-firing and coil pack #2 needed replacing. My baby is running again, but still not as smooth as before.

- , Frederick, MD, USA

problem #1

May 272010

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

Like so many others, my 2001 Civic engine light has been going on and off periodically. Finally took it in and was told I need to replace the torque converter for $1600. I've been agonizing over that, and was just about ready to do - thinking that it's a reliable Honda and this is probably just a glitch. After reading all of this and doing more research, I'm thinking I should probably just fix it, but start looking for a new car much sooner than I ever expected to. I'm amazed that Honda hasn't addressed this. I was going to get another Honda, but probably not now.

- , Rochester, NY, USA

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