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. 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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
104,024 miles
Total Complaints:
669 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced transmission (253 reports)
  2. rebuilt whole transmission (151 reports)
  3. not sure (141 reports)
  4. get Honda to cover the cost (54 reports)
  5. buy a different car...can't afford the repair (23 reports)
  6. break down the transmission and fix (15 reports)
2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 32 of 34)

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problem #49

Jul 032007

(reported on)

Civic DX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Wow, after I found this site I found out I was lucky to get 120,000 miles from this transmission.

This is unbelievable. COMPLETE failure. And my wife is a very gentle driver. (As opposed to me in my other cars).

Nothing burns you more than when a manufacturer knows there is a problem and doesn't take any responsibility.

Toyota is getting my next business.

I bought this thing thinking "200,000 miles without any huge headaches". Oh well.

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #48

Jul 042007

(reported on)

Civic DX-G 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,632 miles

I own a 2001 Honda civic DX-G (141,000 km) and all daily services were made in T&T Honda dealer. In April 2007 I had a service of changing engine oil, hot oil flush transmission etc. The second day after made this service, I noticed when I drove under regular speed (40-60), it will suddenly change to a very high gear shift and the engine revs up (it never happened before). I waited for couple of days and this was still happening. So I called T&T Honda again to book a service to check up. On the day I drove to there, one of the mechanics said he need to take a test drive, so we go for a short test drive. He said this car is very good especially the transmission, very smooth and no problem at all; also told me no need to check up. So I drove back.

But on July 1st 2007, when I drove this car on highway, it suddenly lost the speed when I stepped on gas pedal, then service maintain light was on, check engine light was on. Then I pulled over of the highway and couple of minutes later, it totally didnít move no matter give a gas or change the gear shift.

What a HUGE disappointment!

- , Calgary, AB, Canada

problem #47

Aug 082007

(reported on)

Civic DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

My civic tranny is slipping at second gear and the check engine light comes on and this seems to be common problem for the 2001 model. Honda is supposed to be one of the best or most reliable but not the civic for 2001. Everyone with the same problem should demand for a recall.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #46

Jul 312007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,900 miles


My so-called reliable Honda Civic dies in the middle of a busy freeway in rush hour traffic in Dallas virtually with no warning... not lights, no slipping... nothing. I have it towed in and find that I have to rebuild my transmission, an $1800 dollar repair the very month it is PAID OFF! I am hoping that I can get reimbursed for my repair.. if anyone knows how, let me know.

- , Richardson, TX, USA

problem #45

Jul 092007

(reported on)

Civic ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,556 miles

All I have to say is screw Honda. I have a mitsu Mirage as well. It was cheap, is no longer made, and I could not pay someone to buy it. But, (knock on wood) I have only replaced a windshield, brakes, and tires in 70,000 miles. I thought my car would go first. The stupid honda has 65,000 miles and I need to buy and rebuild the transmission. Honda should be ashamed of themselves for something like this to happen so often and do absolutely nothing about it. F*ck Honda.

- , North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #44

Jul 292007

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

This is the first major problem that I have had with my civic. I was left 40 miles from home, my husband had to push the car up a hill while I steered, all during rush hour in a very busy city.

We had the car towed to my Honda dealer, and the next day I was quoted $2700 for a rebuilt transmission. No way I can pay that! I'm leaving for school next week, so I am just going to take the car to my trusted mechanic in my school town and have him repair the transmission -- hopefully the quote won't be as high as it was via the Honda dealer. I'll be towing my car behind the uhaul.

- , Wingate, NC, USA

problem #43

Jul 282007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


I have always been Loyal to Honda, and have always loved their vehicles. I currently own 3 Honda vehicles, even though one is badged Acura. I was tired of have 2 5spd cars that were both 2 doors, so me and my wife decided to buy a 4dr Civic, mainly because I had enjoyed my Honda experience. What a nightmare, after 3 months of owning my used 2001 civic, the transmission completely fails, while I'm still making payments on the car. Now I'm stuck with this piece of crap and since it's a used car I bought it as is. The D for drive is flashing and the car will not move while in drive. I wish I had bought a Jetta, at least VW can make a Transmission that isn't designed for failure! After This nightmare is over and I finally get rid of this piece of crap, I will never buy another Honda!! Thanks ALOT Honda!!!! You suck!

- , Vienna, VA, USA

problem #42

Jul 242007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I had no problems with the car until 62,000 miles, when the transmission suddenly failed. I used to say to my friends "sure it's slow and boring, but it's very reliable and gets good gas mileage." Well there goes the reliability. There is no reason the transmission should be failing, especially at this mileage. It should be repaired by honda without charge.

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #41

Jul 172007

(reported on)

Civic HX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

could feel slight slipping in the transmission, i thought it was due to wind or cheap tires that were on the car, turns out that was just the start of a deeper problem. when coming from highway speed of 70-80mph and coming to a stop sign or light. when starting to drive the car would rev in 1st gear hard 5-6k rpm or so, then go into 2nd and bog way down low rpm to catch up then finally start going once 50mph+ was attained. The car would always roll back on a slight incline in drive with no brakes applied (not normal with most cars in drive that are automatic)

i was going to a meeting, a 120 mile drive, and 108 miles into it the car decides to down shift to 2nd when my speed was 80mph and instantly speed and revs down to 60mph the check engine light comes on and the drive led flashes green. I pull off, clear the maintenance error, and try to get back on the road, but car will not go into higher gears and the rps are very wavy when trying to drive the max speed is 60 @ 6200RPM. I had the car towed and the tranny had to be replaced. I am disappointed this happened and it's going to run me $3600 to fix I will have it this friday. There was some slight slipping before the car bombed. I hope i don't have this happen again at 280k. Please note the car changed climate majorly from southern CA to Huntsville AL dry to humid. I also lost 5mpg and just get around 500 miles on a tank of gas if mostly highway.


- , Nashville, TN, USA

problem #40

Jul 132007

(reported on)

Civic LX 1.7L I4

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,578 miles

I was just informed today by my trusted mechanic that the differential bearings were shot on my young Civic. This is crazy. I bring my vehicle to an independent Honda/Acura mechanic and have been for over two years. He's saved me, friends and family a great deal of money over the years and tells the truth; unlike the dealership network Honda is so proud of. Evidently, the bearing problem is well known within the Honda mechanic community. Honda did cheap out beginning with the 2001 Civic (no auto lock switch on the passenger side, a constantly failing auto-down driver window, awful rear suspension, etc.). They obviously skimped on the tranny, too. I had the shifter problem as well. Stick coming out of the gear selected. Wound up being that the plastic ball the stick sits in cracks and has to be replaced. My mechanic found a transmission with 1000 miles from an EX. He's installing it on my LX for $1300 (including a new clutch and labor). Not awful but I'm asking American Honda to reimburse. It's a long shot considering the bad news didn't come from one of their mechanics. Good luck.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #39

Jun 132007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • CVT transmission
  • 85,500 miles


I have had the Honda Civic LX 2001. Only one owner and have keep up with all service needed. Took the car in for oil change and smog which ending up costing $800 for items they told me I needed. After picking up my car from Valencia Honda of California the car did not feel right. 2 days later coming home from work, the car just stopped with no warning at all. Pretty scary.

Had the car towed Back to Valencia Honda, Valencia California and at a cost $100. A few days later they called and told me it needed a new transmission. I was pretty upset because the car was running fine until the service department worked on the car.

Valencia Honda did replace the transmission and did pay for the rental car, but would not give me the money for towing. They said that it was a one time good will transmission. I bought this car because I thought is was something that would last 100,000 or more before the transmission would go. I was just getting ready to buy another Honda from Valencia Honda of California, but after this I will go back to a Toyota.

- , Castaic, CA, USA

problem #38

May 032007

(reported on)

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I had the engine light on about a couple of years ago on my 2001 Civic at about 45K miles. I was asked to replace the torque converter. Had this repaired at the dealer. I am really disappointed with Honda for not having a recall for the known problem that is on so many of these cars of 2001 civic model. I recently have a problem again on transmission, not sure what the problem exactly is. Will report as another complaint after I know the details. It is at about 65K miles now.

- , Plano, TX, USA

problem #37

May 012007

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I have a 2001 Honda Civic EX. I purchased it new, I am the only owner. I was parking my car and it would not go forward, then it would not go in reverse. Finally I was able to get it to go forward and finish parking. When trying to leave my parking space my car would not go in reverse. When it finally went forward it would only drive at 10 miles an hour. I had to have it towed to my house. The transmission went with no warning. I keep UTD with all of my maintenances, I just recently had my 60,000 mile check-up. I am a very disatisfied customer at this point. There was no indication that there was a problem and if there was one they should have seen the signs during my last visit to Rt. 22 Honda in Hillside, NJ.

- , Newark, NJ, USA

problem #36

Apr 292007

(reported on)

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

I am happy to know that I am not the first person that has the problem. My transmission went out the first time at 53,000 miles in June 2004. It wasn't even three years old! Then three years later, April 2007, my transmission has went out again at 110,000 miles. I replaced it with a used transmission the first time. I was in school and couldn't afford to pay 3,000 to get it rebuilt then. Now.... it has happened again! I am a teacher. I can't afford to pay another 3,000 to get if fixed again! I won't pay that. It isn't worth that much. That is another car. I haven't decided what to do and I just feel like Honda should do something about it. But they aren't going too. I know that I will never buy another honda, accura, or anything else by that company. Unbelievable!

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #35

Apr 122007

(reported on)

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I Purchased the 2001 civic used over a year ago with 70,000 miles, and the engine light went on 2 weeks after purchased it. Took it into the dealer under warranty and got it checked out and they claimed it was a generic loose gas cap code (but i suspect otherwise now). Knowing that, I continued to drive the car with the light intermittently turning on or off. After declining mileage and slipping gears, i took it in to a Honda dealership and checking the codes they found that the torque converter was breaking down, and despite a recent transmission fluid change there were metal fragments in the fluid. Needless to say I was shocked and appalled at needing to replace the transmission at 84k miles, the thought that the dealership I purchased from could have been lying to sell a lemon, and that Honda Corporate refuses to touch the issue peeves me as well. My previous Honda civic was dependable and trustworthy, this one is not.

- , Amherst, MA, USA

problem #34

Apr 122007

(reported on)

Civic LX 1.6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

Catastrophic transmission failure, no hints, no warning. Left me in the middle of a busy two lane road during rush hour. Had it towed to a Honda dealer, they wanted to charge me $3,900 for a complete replacement. WTF?!? Had it towed to a transmission specialist. Stay tuned for more details.

I have owned several Hondas and not had any major problems. This has me really wondering if my loyalty is misplaced.

- , Mundelein, IL, USA

problem #33

Apr 142007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

After reading other posts, is there much else to be said? Daughters 2001 Civic coupe EX trans would not engage. Dealer told me it would cost $3,700 to repair. Because of the fact I had once owned a 2000 and a 2002 Odyssey which required three trans replacements between them, I asked the dealer if this was a common problem with this particular year of the Civic. Of course, the dealer said that he has not seen many with this issue (internal failure was the diagnosis). I will never buy another Honda. My post as well as the many others pretty much explains why I have reached this conclusion.

- , Centreville, VA, USA

problem #32

Apr 092007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

Don't know how much to complain. Like everybody else here thought that Honda's were really reliable. I was coming back from the airport with 3 bags and the civic suddenly failed - right in the middle of the road on a Saturday evening. Spent $100 on towing and renting a car to get the civic to the dealer.

The dealer calls me Monday mentioning that I need a new transmission and it would cost me $3400!! Its only got 72K miles and I have serviced the transmission twice - a full flush. Lost all my faith on Honda....

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #31

Mar 182007

(reported on)

Civic EX 2.0 VTEC

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

2001 civic. 46K miles. and they tell me my tranny's bad, and had to replace it, plus the throttle body! supposedly, as i write this, my deductible will kick in and cost me ONLY 500.00 U. S. but how can i brag about hondas now!

- , Hiram, OH, USA

problem #30

Mar 182007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

I got a job that required to drive 140 miles round trip. At the time I was driving a gas guzzler. So I sold it and bought a Honda civic. I was told that the car would get approx 35 mpg and run forever. I changed the fluid when recommended using only honda fluid. Well about 80k the tranny started to slip occassionaly when cold. Then consistantly when cold, now all the time I have to lay off the gas to shift. I was quoted 2,300.00 for a rebuild and haven't been able to find one from a junk yard. My neighbor is a honda mechanic and he can't even get me a deal. I am so pissed off . I sold a reliable gas guzzler only to dump the difference in gas money into air conditioner control, struts twice and now a tranny. I am also lucky if I am getting 29 mpg I will post those other problems in a seperate complaint . But I just wanted to get this out . I dread the day when I get stuck. Right now I have to drive the car with slipping clutches (diagnosed by Honda) till it drops dead. Then I don't know what I will do. Hopefully ther will honda will get sued

- , Patchogue, NY, USA

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