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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,615 miles

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 262004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,845 miles


The consumer was involved in an accident while driving his 2001 Honda Civic. The battery died and lasted for 3 months, the airbag did not deploy and the pollen filter was unadaptable to human breathing.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Jan 242003

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The consumer states that the defrost is in the air conditioner mode. The air that comes out of the vents is cold and does not defrost the window. Consumer vision is obstructed, may cause an accident. Ts consumer added the defroster air is warm, but could be more efficient if air conditioner could be shut off when defrost mode is on.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 092001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When turning air conditioning water would drip from under glove compartment and soak mats and rugs. Also, airbag light comes on and off while driving. Took to dealer, and they said heating core needed replacing.

- Flushing, NY, USA

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