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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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 312000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Since I bought my Honda Civic 2001 in Oct 2000, the door power locks will intermittenly get stuck. We then are trapped in the car. I've taken it to 2 different Honda dealers and neither have a solution. It's dangerous, and since Honda seems not to care, I'm hoping you can help. I even have records showing that I've taken my car to the dealers.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 302001


  • miles
When exiting vehicle and door lock is pushed down there would be a wierd noise. Vehicle's key would not lock or unlock door. Took vehicle to dealer, and was informed there was a special way to turn key, and door would open. Consumer stated that doors came unlocked.

- Venise, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 072001


  • miles
All four door latches were loose. The driver door latch was so loose, it almost fell off. I had to tighten all four latches with the supplied toolkit. This seemed like a very serious problem to me.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

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