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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.

9.3

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,331.00
Average Mileage:
102,641 miles
Total Complaints:
642 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced transmission (245 reports)
  2. rebuilt whole transmission (144 reports)
  3. not sure (137 reports)
  4. get Honda to cover the cost (51 reports)
  5. buy a different car...can't afford the repair (20 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 33)

problem #642

Dec 282013

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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

My 2001 Honda Civic's transmission died on December 28, 2013, at 120,000 miles. There was no warning. It died while driving; only the safe drivers around me avoided a car crash; I coasted to the side of the road and had it towed. Honda has known of their dangerous 1999 through 2004 defective transmission problems, but was irresponsible by never notifying me. Honda's known defect with the front air bag (same years) didn't get recalled for ten years (this information is from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety who said "Air bags were activating with excessive force where metal fragments went shooting into passengers when the air bag deployed". Their Honda Customer Service 800.999.1009 is unavailable until after New Year's. Their recorded message says to ask for their "goodwill repair". It remains to be seen.

- , Loganville, Georgia, USA

problem #641

Jan 222014

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

well i loved my civic but it died. not reliable at all

- , Elk Grove Ca, CA, USA

problem #640

Jan 042014

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,500 miles

The main problem I have here is that my model of Civic is apparently ALREADY KNOWN to have this issue, yet no recall was ever issued, no help has been granted, and no one informed me it could happen. My car is 13 years old, but I got it new, and it has been lightly used: only a bit over 80,000 miles. I didn't expect to have transmission issues for years to come.

- , Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #639

Oct 312013

Civic DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

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

Sure wish I found this page before I bought the 01 Civic. Always trusted Honda, after owning four of them!! Can't believe I have to replace transmission and it might crap out again, according to what I have just read. Who has this kind of money to screw around with??

Shame on Honda, you have lost my future business. I guess I am somewhat luckier than most, mine is at 126K miles but just bought it used six months ago. Don't know what to do either.

- , Vernon, NJ, USA

problem #638

Oct 052010

Civic 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

My Civic EX is well maintained. All oil changes and recommended services were done at Honda dealer. Transmission fluid was changed last year. Transmission failure happened at 76000 miles. Call America Honda, the representative said my car is old, there is no recall on this model, they can do nothing about it. By calling transmission shops and talk to mechanics, I have learned that transmission defects on 2001 Civic are very common issue. I would like to know who can help me? What action I should take???

- , Carmel, IN, USA

problem #637

Apr 092011

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,000 miles

The only reason I am adding to this complaint fest is to add to the number and help raise awareness of this issue to the public. After having volunteered overseas serving USA, came home six months ago to purchase a 2001 Civic LX having always relied on Hondas in my 12 years of driving, this being my third Honda.

Only warning I had was this similar sound when I turned on the car (especially in cold) of whistling, or "whrrr." I asked my mechanic and they said they didn't hear it/didn't see any problems/I had a healthy car.

Lo-and-behold, was driving in the mountains, and car all of the sudden wouldn't go into gear in a left hand turning lane, luckily my friends were with me to help me out and a nice gentleman helped push my car to a safe spot - and I wasn't actually going up a mountain in the woods with no cell phone reception. Had to get towed all the way home. And am now trying to figure out if I should spend the minimum of $2000 on repairs or sell as is for $2000 and purchase an older/more reliable civic knowing that it's highly likely my expensive repair would only last one year or something of that nature based on what you guys have reported!!!

ANYBODY KNOW WHAT THE RATE OF FAILURE IS ON THESE TRANSMISSIONS?

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #636

Apr 112012

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

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

I have not owned this car a year, having purchased it for my son intending for it to last him thru high school and also college. I also bought it to help save on gas. Well the transmission has failed and if I would have known the multitude of complaints about the transmissions in the 2001 CIVICS I never would have purchased this car. With the number of complaints I am disappointed there has not been any type of recall.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #635

Apr 272012

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,800 miles

I was unaware until today that 2001 Hondas have a bad transmission. I always associate Honda with reliability and quality. I know that cars can sometimes have problems and I accepted that I might have gotten a lesser quality Honda, but it’s always gotten me where I needed to go so I didn’t mind making the repairs because I figured they were kind of “forever” repairs. After reading this site, I now realize it’s more than a small problem but something consistent and expected. Honestly, I’m rather upset to hear about the lack of support from Honda on this issue.

I am typically cautious and careful about my car since it was the most expensive purchase I’ve ever made ($10,000 in 2006 at a Honda dealership in Atlanta when I was a sophomore in college, it was my first Honda too. I previously drove a Nissan Sentra). I always get my oil changed, tires rotated and always have them check my fluid levels. And have done the required maintenance as needed. I’ve gotten very familiar with my car and the way it drives. I know what to expect when it acts a certain way so when it started being a little louder and nosier than normal I started to pay extra attention to its behavior, especially since there was no engine/warning light. It was already on my radar to get it looked at when my car started having trouble switching gears, struggling to accelerate and was running rougher than normal. I took it to a neighborhood repair guy who has worked on my families’ car for 25 years and is a trusted source. He didn’t even have to take the car out of his parking lot before he diagnosed me with transmission troubles. Because of the type of labor involved, he wasn’t able to work on my car at his shop and recommended that I get a transmission repair shop to look and diagnosis the specifics.

I called a few shops to quote general cost of transmission repairs (they were all in the $2,500 - $3,500 range) so I ended up going with the one that offered to tow my car and look at it. My local Honda dealership hasn’t been the most helpful in the past so I completely ignored their quote. What I was hoping was just a little minor fix, turned into me needing to have my transmission completely rebuilt. It ended up costing me $4,000 (well, my sister really, I had to have someone else pay for it all at once since I don’t have that kind of money lying around) the first time and then required a repeat visit for about $300 for a busted transmission line that they didn’t fix properly the first time. This all happened at 96,800 miles. Which, seemed a little soon. But, I figured this repair would get me till the end of my car’s life (MANY years from now…not apparently one).

Since the repair in 2012 my car has been pretty solid and I’ve only had to replace my brakes and ball bearings (which was a $350 dollar expense). Sadly though, my car has started to act up again and I’m positive when I bring it in to be looked at it will be another transmission issue (trouble shifting, slow acceleration, etc.,) . The place that repaired it offered a 2 year or 24,000 mile warrantee that expired 3,000 miles ago (of course) so I might have to suck it up and bring it to Honda. I can’t drive another 150 miles just for repairs, that’s insane. But, I don’t think it’s worth shelling out another $4,000. My car wasn’t even worth that much when I repaired it the first time.

After seeing that 600+ people have had this problem with their car, some more than once, I know that this isn’t just a lower quality car but actually a problem with the manufacturing of the vehicle in general. I guess I need to start finding a new car, even though I only have 126,000 miles on it, and that new car with definitely not be a Honda if this is the type of product they put out.

- , Nashville, TN, USA

problem #634

Sep 022013

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles

Brother in-law purchased this car new in 01 and always had it serviced at the dealership, brother in-law was 48 at time of purchase. His sister bought it from him in 09, she was 47 at the time. She always had it serviced at a local foreign car repair shop. Last transmission service at 150,000, now at 163,000 this great Honda civic left her stranded in the middle of the road not quite 50 miles from home, with no warning! I drove it the night before and it ran fine.

So I have a 51 year old female an hour away in an area that she is not familiar with, scared to death, on Memorial day. So after a bunch of hours of calls, going to get her, dealing with the car we finally get to bed. The next day we call the local dealership, yep that happens, it'll be 4000.00 dollars to replace. What kind of crap is that? Is there another option? Nope a REBUILT transmission from Honda is the way to go. Your kidding! Why the hell would I trust Honda to rebuild something when they could not build it correctly the FIRST time.

Its a HONDA and it is JUNK at 163,000 miles?

I have a 98 ford f250, 252,000 on original transmission, a 2004 ford f250, 178,000 miles on original transmission, a 2000 Chrysler Sebring, 198,000 on original transmission and a 1998 VW Golf with 180,000 on the original transmission. So Honda can't make a car go over 160? If I were the people at Honda I would have to kill myself out of embarrassment of making a POS and claiming that it was a good car. Thank God they are not in the construction business or building airplanes

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If you are reading this DON'T buy a Honda, they will screw you over.

- , West Des Moines, Iowa, USA

problem #633

Aug 022013

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

Honda thinks they have the best cars on the road, well they do not. This car had 103,000 and the transmission gave out without warning. My daughter was driving this car and it died on a major roadway. I owned a 1994 toyota Camry that had 250,000 and the car ran great only doing basic maintenance. The only thing that killed the car was a drunk driver that totaled it while parked otherwise the car would still be running today. Honda should be ashamed of the craftsmanship and quality of their work. I will never buy a Honda again!

- , Spotswood, NJ, USA

problem #632

Jul 112012

Civic LC 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

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

Transmission died on the road !!! Car was always taken care off..126000 is too low for a transmission failure !!

- , Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #631

Aug 192013

Civic DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,527 miles

2001 honda civic automatic 4 door transmission failed= Toyota next time.

- , Enfield, Nova Scotia, canada

problem #630

Sep 132012

Civic LX 4cy

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles

The transmission is bad, the complaints should amount to recall on 2001 civic LX Junk.

- , Winchester,, VA, USA

problem #629

Jul 032013

Civic DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

This is a known problem with Honda transmissions, documented in TSB 04-036, diagnosed by a Honda dealership. I called Honda customer service and they said there was nothing they could do to help me.

- , Seattle, WA - Washington, USA

problem #628

Jul 082013

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

Transmission failure! I see that this is a known problem, yet Honda is not stepping up to fix the issue. With over 800 complaints on this board alone, you would think a company like this would listen! We sold this Honda to our daughter, who now has to decide what to do, spend $2400 or junk the car! Not fair for a lemon of a car, which is not normal (in my experience) from Honda -- we have owned 6 Honda's over the past 12 years, all are still running, except this one.

Going to call Honda and see if they step up, but based on this boards response, I am not overly confident.

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #627

Jun 302013

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I have owned three Honda Civics (this is the 4th) ;prior to this piece of crap!!! Problem after problem after problem! I have always had the oil changed in a timely manner and started out having all the recommended maintenance until the price was too high and the Honda dealer kept giving me a list of things that were wrong that came to 1000.00 anyway. I should have gotten rid of it years ago, I have put so much $$ into it!! Now the transmission fails and I have it rebuilt and find out the exhaust has a crack in it and it needs new front motor mounts plus bushings! I guess I was lucky to make it to 110,000 miles with the transmission since I have read were many people have had it die around 48000 to 780000. I was hoping to have this car last me a few more years...I guess I was dreaming. Honda, shame on you!!! I will NEVER buy another piece of crap Honda or any Honda again! I am a single parent and have been for many years, I can't afford to have an unreliable car that could break down anywhere at anytime and that is what this car has done to me a couple of times now. Again, after this Honda Civic experience, I am done! Too bad they don't make them the way they used to, I rarely had issues with my other three and they would probably be running better than this one had I not traded them in!! Next car...I am thinking Toyota...I need to do my research though. Hondas are over rated expensive and Unreliable...at least this one was and I am not willing to take another chance after wasting all the money I have.

- , Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #626

Apr 172012

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,156 miles

Car was running fine then out of nowhere my transmission slips and wont kick into third gear. Top speed I was able to go was 30 mph. Never had any kind of signs or warning just gave out one day. Almost a grand to fix and in the shop for three days. Same problem as everyone else reports torque converter burned up the oil from working too hard. I suggest to keep an eye on your transmission oil look for dark burnt looking oil.

- , Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #625

Jan 242013

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

almost got killed in line of traffic going 55 mils per hour and car just shut off.

- , Greentown, PA, USA

problem #624

Apr 102013

Civic DX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

I bought a 2001 Honda Civic DX with 42k miles on it. I had the transmission fail when I reached 48k and that's just utterly ridiculous. I'm constantly online trying to find a decent priced used transmission (they're out there, but rare) and I feel that since Honda never issued a recall on it that I am being baited to buy an over priced transmission. Used parts stores having a 2001 base model transmission come into their store must register dollar signs in their eyes.

- , Bridgeport, Ohio, USA

problem #623

Feb 102013

Civic LX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,626 miles

Really expensive transmission issue including the torque converter and other electrical issues. The air bag light is on and it has never been in a front end collision. The SRS light is on and there doesn't seem to be an issue with the air bag. It is going to cost me more than the car is valued at and I can't sell it or get it inspected. Honda won't do the recall because there aren't enough complaints.

- , Winooski, VT, USA

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