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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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
99,740 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
2001 Honda Civic accessories - interior problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

May 012008

Civic DX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,565 miles


At first, the honda had problems with burned cds - but only when it was very cold or hot out. Then is just had issues with burned cds all together. Now, I am lucky if the car will play any cd at all. In order to play, one must remove and insert the disc at least 3 times and receive the "disc error" prompt - 10% of the time, the cd will play - but don't even think about advancing tracks - then you're back to square one.

- , Edmonton, AB, Canada

problem #4

Jan 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,137 miles

A CD got stuck in the CD player and I could not get it out for months. It happened to come out one day I tried it. I no longer use the player and I have not gotten it fixed.

- , Kingston, ON, Canada

problem #3

Nov 012009

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

The lights in the radio are on, but the radio/CD/tape player will not work. The screen is blank, but the backlights are on. I tried replacing the fuse, but nothing. PITA!

- , Bluffton, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 312009

Civic LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 165,000 miles

radio never is always has static, i'm over Honda's

- , Loganville, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282006

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • 102,000 miles

Button #4 on my CD player/Radio stopped working. The problem started intermittently and after a few months, it stopped working altogether. I wouldn't mind so much if it were buttons 1,2 or 3, but 4 is used for setting the hour on the radio. The only workaround is to wait till 1 o'clock, reset the radio clock (resets to 1:00) and then set the minutes using button #5.

- , Kanata, Ontario, Canada

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