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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
117,020 miles

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Mar 042016

Civic

  • 144,000 miles

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

The instrument panel lights have failed to work. The fuse and connections have been checked and are in good repair. The problem lies in the multiplex control unit (mcu). There was a recall on 1998-2000 Honda Accord for the same issue. The problem occurred at night while I was driving. I could no longer see my speed and cannot see any instruments at night.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #28

Feb 042016

Civic

  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 04V086000 (exterior lighting). A year later, the low beam headlights failed to function. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the low beam headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #27

Sep 172015

Civic

  • miles
Running lights do not shut off. Must disconnect battery to turn them off.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #26

Aug 012015

Civic

  • 205,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the headlights failed without warning. The lights came back on and the failure did not recur. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 205,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Newport, KY, USA

problem #25

Jun 032015

Civic

  • 141,635 miles
We were driving from reno nv to antioch ca and were in the Sierra mountains at about 2:30 am and all of the sudden we lost our low beam head lights in which we couldn't see the road and we went off the road we avoided an accident because I knew how to steer the vehicle to avoid hitting anything we got out and attempted to see why we didn't have the low beams and could not see why we clicked the high beams and they worked and we proceeded to drive with the high beam headlights

- Sun Valley , NV, USA

problem #24

Dec 022014

Civic

  • 195,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph, the low beam headlights failed. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The repair specifics were not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V086000 (exterior lighting). The approximate failure mileage was 195,000.

- Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #23

Aug 042014

Civic

  • 104,073 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign id number 04V086000 (exterior lighting) by the previous owner. The contact stated that the failure recurred. The dealer informed the contact that the vehicle was unable to be repaired a second time under the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 104,073.

- Snowville, GA, USA

problem #22

Feb 272014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
Headlights low beam failed was repaired in a recall one before but failed again shows in there service bulletin www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/ucm426719/rcrit-12V136-0022.pdf to cut out the repair again.

- Ceres, CA, USA

problem #21

Feb 272014

Civic

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the low beam headlights failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 04V086000 (exterior lighting). The failure and current mileage was 200,000.

- Ceres , CA, USA

problem #20

Feb 092014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
We got into a head on collision with a SUV receiving damage to the front of the car. None of the airbags deployed, but both deployed in the other car (SUV). There were two recalls for our Honda Civic airbags in 2010 and 2013. In both recalls our Honda Civic was serviced and the "driver airbag inflator" was replaced. We were told the repairs were made, but the airbags never deployed. We do not want this to happen to anyone else.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 292013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 215,966 miles

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

As I was driving home in my vehicle at night. The low beam headlights went out suddenly, my high beam lights work so I was able to make it home. This problem was corrected before on a recall campaign. Now my question is can this problem be fixed again free of charge" and is there a better fix for this problem" I have replaced both bulbs with no avail. It seems to be the same problem again. Being a safety issue on my vehicle and possibly other drivers.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #18

Sep 172013

Civic

  • 205,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving approximately 57 mph, the high beam headlights were activated and suddenly became inoperative. The headlights failed to illuminate after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection, who stated that the headlight switch had melted. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 04V086000 (exterior lighting) however, the contact's VIN was not included. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 205,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Greenview, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 252013

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the low beam headlights malfunctioned and would not re-illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who advised the contact that the wiring was melted, causing the board to overheat. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised him that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 06E044000 (exterior lighting). The failure and current mileage was approximately 150,000. Updated 04/30/13

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #16

Dec 202012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
This vehicle was recalled by Honda because of a faulty headlight switch which causes total loss of the low beam headlights. The recall was performed, but the lights have gone out again because of the same problem, and Honda refuses to make the repair at their cost. This is a big safety problem, and Honda should fix it, since they obviously did not fix it correctly the first time.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 112012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving home from work at approx. 12am the low beams stopped working. High beams still work, but low beams will not come on.

- Macedon, NY, USA

problem #14

Feb 012011

Civic

  • 162,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While parked, the contact noticed that the low beam headlights failed and only the high beam headlights were functioning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the mechanic advised that the headlight switch would have to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 04V086000 (exterior lighting: Headlights) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 162,000.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #13

Jun 042011

Civic

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that his headlights began to malfunction and would not function properly while driving at night. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor was it repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 116,000.

- Dallas Town, PA, USA

problem #12

Apr 232011

Civic

  • 120,000 miles
My Honda Civic was brought in to planet Honda located in union NJ for a recall on airbags and headlights to be corrected in May 2010. I was giving back my vehicle and assured all items were corrected. A year later, on April 23, 2011 at 1am I was driving and my low beams failed. Luckily I was able in a well lit area and was able to access my highbeams before any incidents occurred. After speaking to my mechanic he reported it was due tot the switch that was involved in the recall. I then went back to planet Honda and after much arguing I had to agree to pay $105 diagnostic fee to have them review their work. I was then informed 6 hours later that indeed this was related to the recall and it was their mistake. Honda needs to review all their work they have done on all Civics because it seems they were unsure how to correct the problem in the beginning.

- Kenilworth, NJ, USA

problem #11

Mar 252011

Civic

  • 213,572 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 30 mph, the headlights shut off. The contact was unable to turn the low beams back on but the high beams continued to function properly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the low beam head lights were replaced. The failure continued. The manufacturer was also notified and the contact was told the vehicle was not included in the recall 04V086000 (exterior lighting: Headlights). The failure and current mileages were 213,572.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #10

Mar 242011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2001 Honda Civic was part of a recall due to a problem with the SRS. I went to the dealership and I was told that my car was also under recall due to a problem with the switch for the lights. The problem was with the low-beams. I made an appointment for both to be fixed. When I brought the car in, I was told that it was not part of the recall for the lightswitch, although the recall contained the make and model year of my car. I am disappointed that this wasn't fixed as part of the recall because I have been experiencing problems with the switch, going so far as to purchase two sets of headlights in the two years I have owned the car, and I don't understand why if it occurred in other cars made the same year as mine, why wouldn't Honda fix it knowing it has been a problem. My VIN apparently was a few numbers off. I would think that if I'm having the same problem, Honda would fix my switch even though it isn't within the recalled VIN range. My second complaint is that after having replaced the recalled part, the SRS indicator light is still on. This dealership allowed me to drive away in my unsafe car, which will not pass inspection due to the safety issue. The final issue is that I was promised the car at 1 O'clock, and I didn't get a call that it was finished until almost 2 O'clock, and at that time I had to scramble to find someone at the very last minute to pick up my child from school. I will own this car in another six months, and I was sincerely hoping to trade it in for a newer model Honda. I am not sure I'll do that now.

- Saugus, MA, USA

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