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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
1,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. need dents removed professionally (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 012002

Civic EX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


Ever since we purchased this Civic, we have had issues with dings on the exterior of the vehicle. I used to keep the exterior of the vehicle very clean all year long by hand washing it and maintaining it. While cleaning the car, I began noticing dings along the exterior. I questioned my wife about them and she assures me that she is extra careful with her new car. She has always taken care of her things. Apparently, while she is inside shopping or running errands, the Civic will get hit on the side by a careless neighbor in parking spots next to her. Now that we have owned this car for several years, it is beginning to look a lot like a golf ball. My car has some small pea sized dings and scratches that come from the same thing, but my wife's Civic has quarter size dings and larger. The real let down came when my wife was assisting our son unloading his backpack from the backseat and she closed the door with her hip. A large shoe sized ding was left in the door! HONDA HAS WRAPPED THEIR VEHICLES IN A THIN MATERIAL THAT IS PRONE TO DENTS AND DINGS. We are very unsatisfied with this. Lastly, the trim on top of the car is not very secure. It flew off on the freeway recently.

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

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