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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
103,988 miles
Total Complaints:
665 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced transmission (252 reports)
  2. rebuilt whole transmission (149 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 1 of 34)

problem #665

Apr 172016

Civic LX 1.7L, In-Line4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,580 miles


I was driving on the highway when I noticed the car hesitating when I hit the gas. It worsened as I pulled off the highway and the check engine light came on. The car felt like it was barely going to make it to the next stop light. The car had to be towed to the Auto Center where I always take the car. I talked with the mechanic, and he told me the cost for a new transmission would be $3500.

I am the original owner of this car so I know the maintenance has been handled well. Regular oil changes, maintenance, transmission flush, etc. After this happened, that's when I researched and saw that this is a problem that has affected many Honda owners. That's pretty disturbing that no recalls were issued for this. When I think of what could have happened when I was on a highway, it makes my blood run cold. I only have approximately 63,570 miles on the car and the transmission should not have gone at this time.

I called the Honda Customer Service number and they were no help at all.

I'd like to know why Honda is only extending the transmission warranty for some of their models and not this one? Is it perhaps because they're not so many of the other ones they'd have to extend the warranties for but there are so many 2001 Civics out there, and it would simply cost them too much?

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #664

Apr 042016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,343 miles

My boyfriend and I just got our first car together a few weeks ago, because we are moving and will need the car to go to and from work. We bought it second-hand , and the car was working perfect. i was on my way home from a dr appointment and when i turned onto the back-road(thankfully i was off the highway) the car revved like i was in neutral and wouldnt go into gear. I pulled over, put er in park and then tried going again. she was working again fine for about a km, then started doing the revving thing. We were able to get it to my fathers, and he said ill need to replace the whole transmission !!!! IM MOVING IN 3 WEEKS!!! thankfully i have a friend who is a mechanic so he's doing it for me for a pretty cheap price since he knows my situtation.

But seriously, i had the car a friggin week! since ive read all the complaints on here i really wish we wouldnt have gotten the darn thing.

- , Moncton, NB, Canada

problem #663

May 012013

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

Just got the car as a gift from my grandparents. They bought me the car and did a timing belt and water pump for good measure. The damn transmission completely failed the second time I drove it

- , New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #662

Jan 292016

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 220,000 miles


I guess things could always be worse, but the timing of this just floored me. I had no warning that this issue existed or was upcoming. I was driving one day and noticed this strange revving if I lightly touched the gas, and by the next day when I was literally on my way to the mechanic to get it checked, the revving sensation worsened and the check engine light came on. The car felt like it was barely going to make it to the shop. I am the original owner of this car so I know the maintenance was handled well. Regular oil changes, maintenance, transmission flush, etc. After this happened, that's when I researched and saw that this is a problem that has affected many Honda owners. That's pretty disturbing that no recalls were issued for this. When I think of what could have happened if I was on a highway, it makes my blood run cold. I know I might be considered one of the lucky ones, because I have a lot of highway miles, but I purchased this car thinking that it would pretty much last a very long time if I took care of it. My cousin's Honda lasted up through $300k miles. I wasn't thinking that I would have this issue unless I simply just didn't take care of the car. I'm pretty sure this remanufactured transmission costs more than the value of the car, but it's either that or literally have no vehicle because I don't have the finances at this moment to purchase or finance another car. And the used transmission is no better because 1) you don't know if you're literally purchasing the exact same problem, and 2) the price for some of the used are virtually almost the same as the remanufactured what's the point of that?? Definitely eye-opening...and considering I was already feeling some type of way about Honda after needing a new engine 2 years after I bought this car brand new, I think this issue has sealed their fate with me. I WILL NOT be buying another Honda if this is how they treat their customers nor will I recommend anyone else to purchase a Honda. They can't hide issues, then not recall the cars or offer any other resolution when issues occur that they were aware of...just simply not good business.

- , Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #661

Nov 122015

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles

I've only had this car 3 months and I've taken good care of it. I was without a car (in Michigan) for a year while I saved money. I talked to a number of people before I bought it and they all said this would be a reliable car that should last a while. I saw a couple of the complaints said 'get Honda to fix it'. Has anyone actually contacted Honda? If this happens to every 2001 Civic they should do something about it. No more Hondas for me.

- , Grand Rapids, USA

problem #660

Oct 172014

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

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transmission failure

Mr. Hiroshima Honda would never built a transmission like this one that failed at 150k (RIP). Known problem area and I am about to replace it again. Design error and will fail again. Never buying an automatic again. Top dollar for Mazda with stick shift. These new dual clutch transmissions are going to make cars disposable. CVT good luck. 2002-2006 Accord and Acura V6 transmissions RIP as well. Learn to shift and save a lot of money.

- , Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #659

Dec 242014

Civic DX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,254 miles


Honda 2001..171,000 kms or 103,000 miles and transmission gone. This happened when 600 km away from home. On time oil changes, transmission flush , and regular maintenance didn't save the transmission because it was freaking meant to fail at that mileage. Honda lost my trust completely. This is a Japanese manufacturer and people think American manufacturers are bad! They should have done a recall on it but never did. The car just came to a full stop and it was freaking in December. The solution was to change the whole transmission which would have costed $3000. Also, the heating vent on the passenger side was gone as well at a much lower mileage. I am not buying Honda again!

- , EDMONTON, AB, Canada

problem #658

Jun 012015

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

2001 Honda Civics are notorious for having bad transmissions and this one is no exception. I have been running a p0740 code for since 120,000 miles. So it was a matter of when it was going to go instead a matter of if. Luckily I was on a back road and was able to get to the side of the road after which I was in Tysons Corner with a lot of traffic. Honda should be embarrassed from this production and this many complaints. Estimated cost for the repair ranged from $1500-5000. The car is already beat up from 15 years of being on the road. Although it had a good run, transmission failure after 163,000 miles with regular changes is absolutely pathetic. Luckily I had a guy to give me $1000 for the car and I took it and ran. Too bad, it was a fun car to drive.

- , Reston, VA, USA

problem #657

Apr 282015

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,300 miles

Adding another transmission failure to the list. Knew about this problem and this site several years ago and tried to be proactive in fluid changes (NOT flushes) to prevent trans failure. What good that did... I did 3 drain and fills over 50k miles and slipping started about 2 weeks before last drain and fill, which ultimately ended up killing the transmission. It seems 130K is longer than most get out of this trans, but still stressful and annoying. Good thing it didn't die on the beltway here in DC or I probably would have had bigger problems. Going to try and get Honda to subsidize the replacement but don't expect anything miraculous.

- , Wasington, DC, USA

problem #656

Jan 052015

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Although I've had my car since March of 2001, (I'm the original owner), I neither drive it very much nor very far and I'm probably the most conservative driver on the road (second only to my 85 year old mother)! Thus, and at less than 90,000 miles on a 15 year old car (which equates to approximately 737 miles a month/6,000 miles a year..... but more like less than 5,000 A YEAR for the last few years!), I simply couldn't fathom it's transmission going out already, and when I say going out, I MEAN IT WENT OUT IN A FLASH WITH NO WARNING WHATSOEVER! I was lucky enough to have been within a block of home so I was able to basically coast the rest of the way. Oh, and BTW, I've always kept the car well maintained!

So why is it that Honda is only extending the transmission warranty for some of their models and not this one? Is it perhaps because they're not so many of the other ones they'd have to extend the warranties for but there's a TON of 2001 Civics out there and it would simply cost them too much?

I'd like to know if there's anyone out there who could give me some advice as to how I could get Honda to repair, or better yet REPLACE MY TRANSMISSION? I'm on social security and most of that fixed income goes to over-priced medication that I can't live without (but that's a whole other complaint for a different website... LOL!)


Thank you and God bless you! Michele

- , Orange, CA, USA

problem #655

Feb 262015

Civic LX 1.7L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,039 miles


I am the original owner and did all the usual maintenance. Transmission failed. I'm completely disappointed by Honda. We also own a 2010 CRV and I'm thinking of getting rid of both cars and never buying a Honda again.

- , Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #654

Feb 222015

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 206,000 miles

Loved this little car but didn't know the transmission was going to go out no warning nothing. Just a clunk and gone. Fluids and all where great, just decided to stop working one afternoon, grrrrr. Now that I have read all the complaints I wish I hadn't bought the car.

- , Sugar Grove, VA, USA

problem #653

Feb 212015

Civic EX 1.7L Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,174 miles

While driving at 35 mph on a local road, the car lost power (the engine was fine, but was no longer getting power to the wheels). I had to have the car towed to a nearby shop. They determined that the transmission needed to be completely replaced. Because the car was otherwise in great mechanical and cosmetic condition and had such low mileage on it, I decided to have a rebuilt transmission installed (sourced from Jasper Engines and Transmissions). The cost was quite high, but I was told it was only about $500 more than using a junk yard transmission that would only have a 90 day warranty.

As if my luck wasn't bad enough by having the transmission fail, 4 days and 72 miles after having the rebuilt transmission installed, the car was rear-ended at 30 MPH while stopped at a red traffic signal. The at-fault driver's insurance company declared the car a total loss and paid me less than the transmission cost.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #652

Jan 112015

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,333 miles

Not worth of fixing this old junk!

No Honda anymore.

- , Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #651

Nov 012014

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I am so upset to see so many people experiencing the same problem I have with my car. I love my Honda--I live in the country and it can stand up to the weather and the terrain. It has always been good to me without hardly any problems--until now.

Out of the blue, the transmission went. It just stopped working--no warning, no light, nothing. My husband looked into purchasing a new or refurbished one and we can't afford it. We looked into replacing it with another 2001 Honda Civic EX transmission but my transmission is Canadian-made. The other Honda's has an American transmission.

We don't want to fork out $600 for a car that needs more work than my car, but we're also wondering what the difference is between the two transmissions? If anyone knows, that would be great---problem solved. I haven't called the dealer I bought my Honda from because I doubt they will do anything about it. I bought it in 2005, and the warranty is up. It's just a shame we'll have to scrap a car that is great condition save the transmission.

- , Brogue, PA, USA

problem #650

Dec 062014

Civic DX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,605 miles

While driving on the highway my vehicle abruptly stopped responding to the gas pedal. I was able to exit the highway, call a tow truck and be towed to an auto body local to where the incident occurred but 45 miles from my home. Upon review,they determined the car would need a new transmission, much to their surprise as, overall, the car was in "great condition". I've now found out this repair will total over $1800 for a car that I have maintained and as the auto body verified, kept in great shape.

- , Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #649

Nov 182014

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

I was driving on a bitter cold day, and soon after I left it did not seem to be shifting correctly and the RPMs were not responding appropriately. However, it soon "normalized", and I figured it was due to the cold, which had happened before. Not but a few miles into my drive, while driving up a hill in a school zone, my car suddenly stopped accelerating/moving. The engine revved as if it was in neutral, and I could not engage into any gear - not even reverse - so I was stuck on the middle of this hill. I turned on my 4-way flashers and had to coast backwards down a hill, with oncoming traffic, and maneuvered my car into exit of elementary school, while buses were trying to leave. Thank goodness there were no kids using the crosswalk.

There was no warning, no indication lights, no way to prepare for this scary event. On the coldest day ever recorded in history, I had to wait over an hour for it to be towed to my mechanic. He said the transmission had completely failed on me and it would cost $2500 for the transmission to be rebuilt. He also said that the timing belt, oil valve cover and water pump should be replaced too. Now looking at $3000+. He has access to the "best of the best" in transmission rebuild companies in the city, but in his opinion, was not worth the money to pour into this car and was time to "throw in the towel".

My parents were the ones who googled "Honda Civic 2001 transmission problems" and came across this site. The first line said it all about the problematic 2001 Honda Civic, notorious for defective transmissions, and apparently the most recalled car. I am the sole owner of this car, and purchased it after college with the hopes of having the reliable Honda stay with me for the long haul. I am in no position to get this thing fixed, and also in no financial position to get purchase a different car.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #648

Nov 152014

Civic EX 1.7L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 245,000 miles

Transmission stopped engaging after we got off the highway. Like it was stuck in neutral or something. Had to let the car sit for 5 minutes on a busy street during rush hour. I guess letting the torque converter cool off helps it re-engage. We were able to use D2 but had to stay in 2nd gear at 30mph revving at about 5500 RPM, going uphill. After the hill, the transmission failed again, fortunately this was now off the main road. The transmission would not engage when we checked every 5 minutes, had to let the car sit for 15 minutes. We were only 3 blocks away from home but did not want to tow it home. Transmission re-engaged, took it home and just parked it.

Lucky for us, this was before we got snow. In fact, just the next day we got snow. The car still engages in gear but it has a hard time getting out of snow, like it's slipping pretty bad. Sometimes it takes a while to engage in gear even when in D4, had to give it some gas then it would engage. Will most likely have the transmission replaced. eBay sells JDM transmissions for under $700 shipped. Recommend getting a 2004-2005 transmission as those have less reports according to this website. Cost of labor, I will be paying a friend to install the transmission for $500.

We're pretty lucky that our 2001 transmission lasted until 245,000 miles as I'm seeing a lot of reports where they had much less miles on their transmissions. Most of our miles are highway miles, so that could be why. I will admit that we did not change the transmission fluid as often as we should had. We owned it from 166,000 miles up until now, and only changed it once at 200,000 miles. Lots of gunk came out.

- , Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #647

Jul 072014

Civic ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

I bought a Honda so it would last 150,000 miles plus, not for its extra ordinary good looks.:) It was fine for the first 8 years and then really has not been great and the transmission crapping out at 102k is really annoying - especially since there is really no good solution. I have replaced it with a used one as I don't want to spend a lot on this old car that only needs to last a year or two, but I will be so mad if it breaks again before that. People at Honda HO were useless and unpleasant and, unlike other companies, that all seem to now, they don't ask for customer service feedback. I have a Lexus that I drive most of the time, and an Audi, and have had a Ford for a long time - will never go back to Honda.

- , Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #646

Jul 202014

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

My 2001 Honda Civic has only 66xxx miles on it. The transmission just quit on a major highway as I was driving to LAX to pick up my young granddaughters arriving from Tel Aviv. They were traveling as unaccompanied minors. I had to get a tow truck, rent a car and leave my Honda for a week at a shop more than two hours from my home. Really annoying.

I bought a Honda because I thought it was reliable. I won't make that mistake again.

- , San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

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