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.

9.3

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,335.00
Average Mileage:
104,041 miles
Total Complaints:
670 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced transmission (254 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 33 of 34)

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problem #30

Mar 182007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

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

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

problem #29

Mar 142007

(reported on)

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

Bought Honda thinking I was getting my daughter a excellent car for college.... left her standing by the road! Never a warning TOTAL TRANSMISSION!

I have always drove Toyota's, Honda has always had a great rating and my daughter thought it was so sporty.... Untill now I have been won over thinking my next car would be a Honda also.... NOT NOW! My last Toyota now has over 200,000 miles.... The same transmission!!!! Running strong!

The mechanic said this is the 9th civic in the last 6mts, same problem! I think we need a CLASS ACTION SUIT.... MAKE HONDA PAY!

- , Eastpoint, FL, USA

problem #28

Mar 122007

(reported on)

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Bought new after owning prior Honda because of reliability. Last week, gears started slipping, but I attributed the problem to a cold engine. Then on way home from work it wouldn't engage any gears while trying to climb a hill. Shop told me there's a problem with the "secondary clutch" and the only way to repair is to replace the transmission. I can't believe this. Am told a new tranny costs $2,700 plus another grand for labor. Haven't decided on fixing it yet. Just un-freaking-believeable.

- , Arlington, VA, USA

problem #27

Aug 072006

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • 176,000 miles

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

AUG 2006 MY TRANSMISSION DEAD. I TOOK IT TO A NON HONDA SHOP AND RUN THE COMPUTER TEST. I WAS TOLD THERE HAD BEEN PROBLEMS THAT HONDA KNEW ABOUT. FUNNY CAUSE I NEVER RECEIVED A RECALL NOTICE. THE TEST INDICTED TORQUE CONVERTER REPLACEMENT. THERE ONLY ONE QUESTION I HAVE. HOW LONG WILL THAT LAST AND WILL THAT SOLVE THE PROBLEM? THE SHOP EVEN GAVE ME THE COMPUTER PRINTOUT OF THE PROBLEM AND SOLUTION. I HAVE NOT DECIDED WHAT TO DO YET. ALL THIS HAPPENED WHILE PULLING IN TO WORK ON A MONDAY MORNING AND I STAY AN HOUR AWAY.:( I REALLY LIKE HONDA PRODUCTS BUT I WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM. I DO KNOW THAT I HAD TO STOP TAKING MY CAR TO THE SERVICE CENTER CAUSE SCREWS ECT.. WOULD ALWAYS COME UP MISSING AND THINGS BROKEN. THERE WAS A SERVICE RECALL ON THE LIGHT SWITCH. THEY FIX IT BUT BROKE THE HOUSING CASE. I DIDN'T FIND OUT UNTIL A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER. IT TOOK 1 YEAR BEFORE THEY REPLACED THAT PART. SO I CAN'T SAY HONDA IS A BAD PRODUCT BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN PUTTING ON HIGHWAY MILES SINCE FOREVER. I THINK THE BEST SOLUTION FOR ME IS TO GET ANOTHER CAR!!!!! MAYBE OR MAYBE NOT A HONDA,

- , Myrtle, MS, USA

problem #26

Mar 082007

(reported on)

Civic DX 1.6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

After 92,000 mi, the transmission went out. Car wouldn't shift out of first. This comes 5 months after having 90,000 mi service done, at which time it was discovered the struts were bad and new bushings were needed. NEVER expected this much trouble from a Honda. Had an '85 Camry that had 175,000+ mi, some minor maintenance along the way, but nothing major.

- , Spring, TX, USA

problem #25

Jul 122006

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • 38,000 miles

The check engine light came on. Dealer said transmission is failing and need to replace torque convertor. No problems with the car until now. With 38,000 and only light driving, this is RIDICULOUS. Dealer thought I was drag racing the car. What is going on with Honda? I thought this was a reliable car.

- , Reston, VA, USA

problem #24

Mar 032007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles

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

The transmission blew at 81,000 miles. Honda did pay for half of the parts of rebuilt transmission but then I was told that I needed new struts too. Not expected for a civic.

- , Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #23

Mar 032007

(reported on)

Civic LX 4 CY

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

IN HONDAS AFTER MADE AFTER 2000 THE TORQUE CONVERTERIN THE TRANSMISSIONS STARTS TO DISSINTEGRATE. AFTER THIS HAS GONE ON FOR A WHILE THE DEBRIS STOPS UP THE FILTER. THIS IS WHY AFTER YOU DRIVE IT A WHILE AND THE ENGINE GETS HOT IT WILL NOT GO. IT JUST REVS UP THE ENGINE. WHEN YOU STOP OR SHUT OFF THE ENGINE, THE DEBRIS SETTLES BACK DOWN IN THE FLUID AND IT WILL RUN AGAIN. MY MECHANIC TOLD ME THIS A PROBLEM HE IS SEEING A LOT. HONDA NEEDS TO RECALL THIS TORQUE CONVERTER.

- , Mount OLIVE, AL, USA

problem #22

Oct 182006

(reported on)

Civic EX 3.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

Just found out my transmission is completely shot and will need a new or rebuilt tran. always maintained car, etc. dealer said that there were no fluid level problems or leaks, and reported that there were metal shavings in the fluid, indicating an internal breakdown. dealer hasn't decided what to do yet, but says that the problem is not covered by any warranty.

- , Prairie Village, KS, USA

problem #21

Oct 172006

(reported on)

Civic DX ?

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

Like so many others on this site and on various other sites, my transmission just STOPPED in the middle of an intersection. The gas pedal would rev up but the car wouldn't move an inch. This car was paid off 2 months ago (go figure) and has 72,000 miles. Not a good reason for a complete rebuild of a transmission. Honda is infuriating me by not acknowleding any kind of problem and expecting consumers to pay for the damages resulting in their bad manufacture.

- , Vienna, VA, USA

problem #20

Feb 152007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.7 VTEC

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

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

I made it further than most 136K miles. I bought used so it may have been replaced. Bought this car off my '05 Saab trade in, to reduce cost and increase reliability. Was I wrong $2800 to replace tranny. I did not research this car much before I bought because I was expecting it to be like all Hondas. Well hopefully I learned something. I will have to keep this car forever to make up for the repair costs.

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #19

Feb 152007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Well, so much for reliability! My Honda Civic LX is only 5 1/2 years old with 78,000 miles on it and I'm looking at a $2,600 bill to get a new transmission put in! My car was running fine until it suddenly wouldn't move after a stop light! It was just revving and not going into any gear. I also have had brake problems with my car. Everytime I'm going down a hill a press my brakes lightly for a smooth stop it jerks on its own. I'll never get another Honda again!

- , Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #18

Feb 172007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

My Wife drives the car as a comuter and its all freeway miles. I'm a mechanic and own my own shop So I know I take better care of the vehicle than most. Trans fluid has been changed 3 times with a fluid exchange system - not just a drain and fill as most shops do. I used Honda's ATF-Z1 fluid and not ATF with friction modifier added.

Although I can replace the transmission at no labor cost to myself - I'm still looking at $2,000 for the trans and fluids.

Hears the complaint - 130,000 miles on a well maintained vehicle ( Honda no less ) and I'm replacing a trans already - We bought the car under the impression or delusion of reliablility and that just isn't so anymore.

Honda better take notice - as I will never by another one and I'm sure there are more that feel the same. I will also state my opinion to every customer that comes into my shop looking at buying a Civic.

Its great that the motors run forever - but when major drivetrain failures occur at this low of milage - I have to take notice and change my thinking.

Good luck Honda - Stick to motorcycles/Lawnmowers and Generators - its what you do best.

Sincerely

Disappointed

- , San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #17

Feb 052007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

I bought my Honda Civic new in 2001 to replace my 86' trans am. Anything of course, is more reliable than an 86' trans am with 180,000 miles on it except the 2001 Honda Civic. I am a full time college student, I work one full time job and one part time job also. I mistakenly went for Honda for reliability. Although I drive excessively, my tranny crapped out within 3 years of having the car. I was no where near done even paying it off, but because I had 68,000 miles, the dealership wouldn't help. I feel truly ass-invaded. I neither had the time nor money to fix this. Thank god for student loans.

- , Austin, TX, USA

problem #16

Jan 262007

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

I, too, thought that Hondas were supposed to be reliable. Unfortunately, I am not the only one experiencing the inconvenience of barely making it home, having it towed, having to be without my car and practically having to sell my first born child to have the transmission fixed/replaced in an allegedly reliable car. Is it just me or is having to replace the transmission in a barely 6 year old car (2001 Civic EX with 63K miles) ridiculous?

- , Rockford, IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 122006

(reported on)

Civic EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

I've owned this car for 5.5 years and never had a major problem until now. With 61,000 miles on it, my transmission just died. No warning at all. My "check light" went on and I couldn't get my car to budge. I'm not sure what kind of warranty Honda has for my type of car (since it is over 3 years old), but this is outrageous for this to happen! I bought my car and have had it serviced at the same dealership. I bought a Honda because it was considered a reliable car. Now I've read all sorts of upsetting stories from other Civic owners and the many problems with the transmission system.

- , Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 092006

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I just had my 2001 Honda Civic LX in for service at Ohio Valley Honda in Steubenville, Ohio. It was making noise when I shifted gears, and I was concerned. I left my car, and was called back to be told that I needed a whole new transmission, and clutch. The transmission, (which was supposed to be new), was covered under warranty, but the clutch wasn't. I decided to go ahead and have the clutch done anyways. After being told that it would take like 2-4 days for my car to be fixed, I had to get a loaner car because the dealer was waiting on parts because the warranty company decided that instead of replacing the transmission, they would just rebuild it with new parts. Well, it turned out that I had to use the loaner car for at least 2 weeks, and when I finally went to pick up my car, I had to pay $100 dollars more than my quoted price to pick up my car. Now, it's only two weeks later, and the transmission has just dropped out completely. I was just driving along, and it popped out of 4th gear, and now it won't go into any gears, and I can't put it into reverse. It makes a terrible noise, and I can't even drive it to the shop. Now I have to pay to have it towed to the shop, which is 28 miles from my home, so that they can fix something that should have been fixed to start with. Talk about being ticked off. This is the first time that we have bought a Honda and this will definetly be the last. Everything that I heard about Honda is not true, we are very dissapointed, and will continue to tell everybody that I know is thinking about buying one, to STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Chester, WV, USA

problem #13

Jan 122007

(reported on)

Civic LX SL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,600 miles

Well, I thought Honda is supposed to be "reliable". My 2001 Civic has only 56K miles on it, but a few weeks ago the check engine light was on. I brought my car to the Honda dealer and they told me it is the transmission. I couldn't believe what I heard. I have less than 60K miles on it! They said it might be a computer glitch and reset the computer. I drove the car home for a month and thought, well, probably it was just a computer glitch. Today on my way home, the check engine light was on again. And very quick, I started to feel that the car was losing power. I still managed to drive it home, but I know the transmission is dying. The quote to fix the car was about $2000. I searched the web and found Honda recalls lots of their models for transmission failure, but very unfortunately, they didn't include Civic. I didn't have much luck with this Civic, as I've changed struts two times in the past 6 years, just changed the break pads a few months ago, and some other smaller problems. Sigh. I thought Honda is supposed to be reliable.

- , Providence, RI, USA

problem #12

Dec 132006

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Well, let me get started by saying that I loved my Honda until the transmission decided to just simply fail out of no where. I drove this car off the lot, so I can testify that I've taken very good car of the car. I've seen similar comments with other Honda owners stating that their transmission has quit with only 86,000 miles. I think it's a bunch of bullshit that Honda will not cover anything if the car has over 60,000 miles on it. I was thinking about trading my Honda in for a newer model, but now since this happened, let's just say I'll be going for something like a Volvo. Oh!, and get this... so they quoted me a price of $1860 to get a new transmission at the dealership, and being a college student and all I have no way of affording to get this fixed, especially with the holidays a week or two away. Anyhow, so some Honda rep. was at the dealership and heard about how my transmission went out with so few miles on my car and he offered to pay for half of the costs if I had the work done at the dealership. It sounds that someone knows something that I don't... maybe the higher ups in Honda know what is going on and they don't want the general public to know about it, considering it would tarnish the known motto that "Hondas last forever," well... they DON'T!!!

- , Norman, OK, USA

problem #11

Jan 032007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Way to start off the first day of the year! My transmission goes out! I bought my 2001 Civic LX back in March of 2005 (used) and it only has 70,000 miles on it now. This is my first car and never thought I would have this problem so soon. Like everyone else, it's well maintained. I was half way home and all of a sudden, my car starts to act up. It would rev up, but didn't want to move forward. And as I got closer to home, it wouldn't go no more than 30 mph, then 15mph, and suddenly stopped. So, I had to tow it home and paid $70. At this point, I'm just frustrated having to rely on other people to take me to work and coming up with $2,000 or more to fix it. Happy New Year Everyone!

- , Lakeland, FL, USA

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