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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
67,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. honda installed a new clutch (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012009

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


My 2001 Honda Civic A/c clutch started making an annoying noise and my air stopped blowing cold hair. I took the car to the dealership and they told me I needed a new A/c compressor and that it would cost $1500+ to fix. I bought a compressor at Advanced auto parts for $400 and also purchased the condenser, oil and refrigerant. After purchasing all these and paying my local mechanic to drain the system, install the new compressor and charge the system, I paid a little over $1000 including having to rent a car for a few days.

After six months, the problem happened again. I'm really disappointed in Honda's product in the early 2000's and I think they should take responsibilty for the repairs.

- , Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 282004

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

I was driving and even though it was February, I lived in Alabama at the time and spring starts earlier there so I turned on my A/C and I noticed that it wouldn't work. I called the Honda 1-800 number and complained to them that I bought a Honda because I thought they were good cars and I've had nothing but problems with it since I bought it. The warranty had run up about 4 months before this happened so I felt that it wasn't fair that I would have to pay for this repair. It turned out that the air compressor clutch had fallen out and not from anything that I had done. So after lots of complaints, the initial cost was going to be between $600 and $1000 to fix. It only cost me $100. It pays to complain!!

- , Jonesborough, TN, USA

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