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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.

2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,844 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 032009

Civic

  • 68,500 miles

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

My 2001 Honda Civic has only 68,000 miles on it. I drive conservatively and perform regular maintenance. The car's transmission suddenly died completely on a major road in traffic. It was towed to a repair facility that diagnosed the problem. Honda denies there is a problem with 2001 Civic transmissions but I have seen other evidence that this is a widespread problem. It is very dangerous.

- Brookline, MA, USA

problem #10

Jan 222009

Civic

  • 114,000 miles
I complained in Oct, 2007, about our 2001 Honda Civic having transmission failure at 100,000 miles. We paid $2,598.34 to have a rebuilt trans installed. Much to our surprise, the same thing has happened in January, 2009, 1 year and 3 months later. In both cases, the car came to a an unexpected standstill on a highway which we considered very dangerous. Of course the Honda place won't stand behind it. What are we to do" keep replacing transmissions" we believe that the transmissions for Honda Civic 2001 are all dangerous. We ask that you look into this please. We can barely afford to stay on top of our budget now, much less to afford another transmission. We are just lucky that traffic was light on the roads both times; otherwise it would have been more dangerous. Please help us to figure out what to do. Pauline and robert alley

- Interlochen, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 152008

Civic

  • 140,000 miles
5th gear pops out first the shifter started moving it would move out when I depressed the gas and back in when I released the gas pedal. Now it won't stay in 5th gear on its own it will if you hold the shifter in place. In 05 they replaced components of my gear shift for 2nd & 5th gear because they were popping out this issue started last year and when I asked about it they said it was probably the tranny so I replaced it last August now it won't stay in gear again there are several tsb's on this but none reporting after the repair of the problem continuing the rest of the gears are solid.

- Hudson, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 212007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,900 miles

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

Just recently, my 2001 Honda Civic was having a problem while driving. When I was in 5th gear driving down the highway, the shifter would "pop" out of 5th and go into neutral. I thought that I didn't have it all the way into 5th gear, so I pushed it back into 5th and continued to drive. Just a few minutes later, it happened again, and again, and again. I had to hold it in 5th gear for 2 hours while driving down the road. When I got home I did some research and found out exactly what it was. It was the synchronizer in my transmission that was the cause of the problem. I found out that the only way to fix the problem was to have the transmission rebuilt. This is a very pricey task, and way out of my price range. My car just hit 69,000 miles just a day ago. According to everyone I've spoken with, the transmission should not have problems with a car this old and with this many miles on it.

- Genesee, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 012006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
2001 Honda Civic manual transmission pops out of gear. Reference # 10142255. Suddenly driver is in neutral with no control of vehicle. Being evaluated by car repair shop. Possible significant expense to fix.

- Essex Junction, VT, USA

problem #6

Jun 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
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 #5

Nov 012005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Over the last four years, the manual transmission has repeatedly disengaged, popping out of gear during operation. The transmission has been repeatedly serviced, but problems continually recur. Recurring symptoms: Popping out of gear into neutral, sticking when trying to put it into gear, squeaking during shift, and squeaking clutch pedal.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 112005

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
On, October 10, 2003 I took my Honda Civic 2001 to an outside vendor (Firestone tire & service centers) where they did a computerized engine analysis but they found nothing wrong and the problem still continued. So, on November 14, 2003 I took my vehicle for my 5000-mile max service. I explain to the service representative that my car will not start at times and when it started it felt like it was going to cut off. So the service department did a courtesy inspection. But they found nothing wrong and the problem continued for a couple of weeks. I thought my problems were over until September 11, 2003 when my car started racing for no reason. Then I tried to turn into mcdonalds and my car wouldn't move. So my friend and a strange pushed my car into the parking lot. Then I called aaa to tow my car to my apartment building. The next morning I towed my car to West broad Honda. Later that morning a representative for West broad Honda stated my transmission need to be replaced. (my car only had 65,000 miles).

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 142004

Civic 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,888 miles
There were no warning signs. The beginning of June I was driving and the car stalled in the middle of the street. The check engine light did not come on until the next day. I contacted the dealer (Honda international) West roxbury, MA and I was told that my transmission was only covered under the basic 3yr warranty. I am no longer covered under the 3 yr. Warranty because I am over the mileage. Nothing has been done so far to correct the problem. I took my car to two mechanics and I was told that my transmission should be covered longer than 3 yrs and my transmission should be good up until at least 150,000. Before needing service if required.

- Mattapan, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 232001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission is not working properly, when going up a hill vehicle does not have enough power it will go into reverse, consumer consumer to loose control of vehicle.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 232001

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission is not working properly, when going up a hill vehicle does not have enough power it will go into reverse, consumer consumer to loose control of vehicle.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

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