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:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,681 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 15 of 15)

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problem #9

Dec 212001

Civic

  • miles

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

My huband was driving on the freeway 65 mph, he aproached behind a slow moving vehicle in front and he slowed down to about 50 mph he downshifted to 4th gear but apparently it went into second gear instead and it felt as if throttle got stuck and all warning lights turned on and lost all power in vehicle, other cars were coming up behind him at the posted speed of 65 mph, he was barely able to coast the vehicle safely to the side of the road. Vehicle was taken to the dealer were I purchased it and they determined that the engine was destroyed and Honda will not honor the warranty. My husband did some research and found out that the same dealer has about 8 or 9 vehicles with engines destroyed internally like mine. It looks as if these new vehicles are almost a death trap if you happen to miss a gear when downshifting on a manual 5 speed transmission.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 082001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission was leaking oil. Consumer took vehicle to dealer, and dealer stated that transmission had two cracks. Consumer is responsible for having it repaired.

- Snowhill, NC, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Jul 272001

(reported on)

Civic

  • miles

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

While driving up on elevated road or slightly elevated road and coming to a complete stop and when the brake is released the vehicle rolls back.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 302001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving through a puddle of water transmission made loud noises. Then, consumer lost some power.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 072001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 3-4 mph consumer lightly touched gear shift and vehicle jumped into reverse. Consumer did not have foot on brake. Consumer then tried same again on purpose, to see if it would happen again. Twice more when lightly touching gear shift did vehicle jump into neutral and into reverse. Called dealer who said bring vehicle on Monday.

- Wyoming, RI, USA

problem #3

May 292001

(reported on)

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When raining, transmission feels like it is getting bogged down and makes very loud noises like it is hitting something. I have noticed a leak as well. Others have had the same problem.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 172001

Civic

  • miles
While shifting the gear in reverse the car went forward, and when I shifted it to drive, the car went backward. When I stepped on the gas pedal lightly, it accelerated really fast and when I lightly step on the brake, it abruptly stops. The Honda service department is trying to fix this car. The first problem reported was the "power switch" secondly they reported that it's a "transmission" but still couldn't figure out if what else is the problem. Lastly, they notified me on April 19, 2001 that the problem is the "transmission solenoid."

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 102000

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission would periodically stop shifting into third and fourth gears. Vehicle would not move at a speed faster than 40 mph. Dealer has advised consumer that transmission could not repaired, but must be replaced. Vehicle has been taken to dealer on three different occasions. Another dealer determined torqe convertor as a cause and replaced it. There was no transmission problem since then.

- West Covina, CA, USA

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