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:
126,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. had honda fix it (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

Oct 072011

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles


Within a year of my air conditioning failing to work, my heat also decided to stop working. If you turn the heat up to the highest heat setting and have the air blowing just a little, the heat will work but as soon as the power dial gets turned up, it goes cold. The heat only seems to get warm when the air is fairly warm outside.

- , Hellertown, PA, US

problem #1

Jun 202005

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

One mechanic(recommended by a good friend) originally told us it was the clutch that needed replaced and it would cost over $1000.00.

We couldn't defog the windows very well at all. Made problems driving in rain, etc.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

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