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.

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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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,164 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 032008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,473 miles

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

I have owned a 2001 Honda Civic LX since late December 2006 I have had the car a little over a year, when I bought the car it had 60,000 miles and it currently has 86,000 miles on it. Since the car was purchased I have had nothing but suspension problems. It seems like each time I drive it something is making a noise in the front end. I understand that this problem may be or may not be Honda's fault. I did purchase the car used and the suspension was not serviced at a certified Honda dealer; but I have read online that there is a lot of other people that experience these same issues with their 2001-2002 Civics. I think Honda should be forced to recall these vehicles its a matter of their consumers safety when the suspension is jeopardized. My warranty has covered most items but its a constant hassle to constantly keep bringing the car into the shop. I bought the Civic cause everyone said how wonderful of a car it was and this one has been nothing but a nightmare both with the suspension failures and other things that constantly go wrong with it. I think I might be trading the vehicle in but I wanted to voice my opinion.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 152004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The front suspensions failed prematurely for a 3 year old car. Both struts needed to be replaced. Not cover by warranty after 3 years.

- Woodside, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 012003

Civic

  • miles
Loud clunking noise coming from front suspension. The consumer has had ongoing problems with the loud noise coming from the suspension. The dealer was notified and to date problem has not been resolved. Please review for further investigations.

- Annandale, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 012001

Civic

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 302002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles
Consumers vehicle shakes while running, once car is stopped it continues to shake and does not shut off.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

problem #4

Oct 062001

Civic

  • miles
Faulty handling characteristics: On a few occassions, while turning or changing lanes at moderate speeds on pavement that was not perfectly smooth, the car 'hopped' sideways unpredictably. This was very disconcerting, and despite this models excellent crash-test results, this problem presents a safety hazard. Automobile magazine, April, 2002, P. 124, refers to this front suspension flaw on 2001 models only (corrected on 2002 models) as "like driving a tired, old taxicab". I've asked the service dept. Twice to look into the matter & received no response. I've also written to Honda Corp. In torrance, ca twice, with no response to date. I believe that a recall or similar measure would be in order to remedy this handling problem. I would like Honda to correct this problem at no cost and provide me with a loaner car, or to replace my car with a 2002 Civic LX coupe at no cost to me. Would you please look into this matter and advise? thank you. Sincerely, phillip S. mitchell (ps - I will not be at my work number again until 4-22-02. Please contact me by E-mail.)

- Oro Valley, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 302002

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles

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

Consumers vehicle shakes while running, once car is stopped it continues to shake and does not shut off.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

May 302001

Civic

  • miles
When turning sharply to the left or right the steering wheel shakes.

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

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