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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
169,300 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced it (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 282010

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 254,600 miles


The light comes on, but not like it used to. It used to be that when the car is locked and you pull up on a handle, the light would come on. Not any more!!

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 282010

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

The light on the inside of the car doesn't turn on when the doors of the car are opened. I've checked the position of the light switch, moved it to on. Doesn't work....

- , Boca Raton, FL, USA

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