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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,286 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 #7

Apr 082015


  • 135,000 miles


On April 8 2015 while I was driving to my house, I saw smoke coming out of the dashboard so I had to desperately stop the car I run. My car was call for recall and I when to Honda services in hillside, New Jersey where they told me that they had to fix something from the air bag in the dash board they told me they have to order some parts and they will call me to comeback so I waiedt for one month and two month and they never call me I called to find out about those parts and I was told the same thing, that they are going to call me I believe my car was total destroy in fire because they did not fix my car on time.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #6

Sep 302014


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while at a stop light, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle. The passenger's side air bag was the only air bag to deploy. The contact also stated that the driver's side seat adjusters became fractured during the crash, which caused the seat to fall in reverse. A police report was filed and the driver sustained internal bruising from the steering wheel. The driver also sustained a herniated and bulging disc in the neck, which required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Belleview, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 012005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,000 miles
: the contact stated the driver seat rocked back and forth and was not stable. The service dealer stated the brackets and bearings needed to be replaced and were faulty.

- Hightstown, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 152001

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have had my drivers side seat track replaced at least 5 times since I have owned the car. I have also have had both front struts replaced, both front springs, rear speaker, rear bumper repainted. I am trying to get rid of the car under the NJ lemon law. To this day I have not been satisfied. This has been going on for more than a year.

- Keansburg, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 302003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Driver seat rocks back and forth under normal use. I've now had this repaired twice, once at about 10,000 miles and again at about 20,000 miles. The second time, a note was on the receipt noting a service bulletin but not what it said. Both times, paperworks says bushings were replaced. Not very happy with the idea of owning a car that has driver seat bushings requiring replacement every 10,000 miles after the warranty runs out. I notice this problem noted in service bulletin 01057 of this site.

- Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The air bag light illuminated on the dash board, the dealer replaced the part, however the light illuminated again. The occupancy position detector system was replaced, the rear defroster and cruise control was inoperative, there was a loud clunk noise while driving and on turns, the radio was inoperative, the back window was replaced along with the antenna, the fog light switch was loose, the brake light had gone out, there was a rattle in the rear seat, the fuel cap was loose, there was a vibration in the steering wheel, and the trunk lid did not close. Scc

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 232003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Car has been nothing but problems since purchased in March 2001. Brakes have been replaced 2 times for vibration problems again 4000 miles later brakes are bad. Tires worn to unsafe tread depth w/ 2500 miles. Front struts both blown, told by dealer that they were on national back-order"?" as to when they will be available. Driver seat rocks, dealer fixed once saying a shim was broke, again 8000 miles later driver seat rocks again. Paint on car has many small rust spots. Clutch must have flat spots on it, as when I release clutch to start moving there is a jumping sensation able to be felt by driver. Again car has been nothing but problems.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

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