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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25 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 #4

Aug 222010

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


Vehicle make / model: Model year(s): Honda / Civic ex coupe 2001 manufacturer: Honda (american Honda motor co.) personal report date: Mar 06, 2011 (today) component: Interior lighting cluster summary: I was driving my car on August 22nd 2010 and at night time the interior cluster lighting failed to come on. I looked for recalls on my Civic due to purchasing it the same year and saw nothing. I checked all the fuses and even my aftermarket radio. The interior cluster lighting has failed to worked since August 22 2010 and today's date is March 6th 2011. I just read online a recall for the 2001 Honda acords that had the same problem and recall. Why was there not a listed recall on the Civics as well? listed below is the recall for the Accord of the same year (2001) with the same problem. Recall: On certain passenger vehicles, the dimmer control for the instrument panel lights could fail due to heat buildup. Consequence: If this occurs, the instrument lights may fail and, at night, the driver may not be able to see the instrument panel gauges, such as the speedometer. Remedy: Dealers will replace a multiplex control unit for the instrument panel lights. Owner notification began June 16, 2004. Owners should contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Notes: Honda recall no. P36. Customers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot ********* I need to know what can be done for me*******************

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 252004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Interior map light gets stuck when pressed in to turn on and can't be turned off. Has happened numerous times without my knowledge of being stuck on and then stays on and kills the car battery. Notified original sales dealer of the problem but they would not fix it since I was over 36,000 miles when I first reported it. Problem has happened since the day I bought the car. Reported problem again to brown's Honda in glen burnie, md and gave them a tsb number on the problem. They said they would charge me $40 to fix this problem.

- Severna Park, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When air conditioner being used interior lights and the exterior lights will get very dim which has caused poor driver's visibility when driving at night when lights are needed. Lights dimming a lot when A/C, electric windows, brakes and turn singnals are used.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #1

Jul 292001


  • miles
Interior light hums as it dims. Dealer says it has been fixed. I've had it in the shop two times. I just picked it up today, shop manager, brian, says that it is repaired, but it is not.

- West Creek, NJ, USA

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