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:
20,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Honda should make a new trim for the channel above the doors on the roofline (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 052002

(reported on)

Civic DX

  • 20,000 miles


I love my car until I take it on the highway, particulary on a windy day- then I want to thrash it or sell it - because the howling noise from the wind buffeting over the roofline in a cross wind is horrible. It's not a whistling noise like loose window trim - It a racket like rubber tires rubbing against the chassis. I thinks it a defect in aero dynamics of the car - and may be from the channels on the roof line above the doors. Honda should come out with a trim to fill in this channel.

- , Chilliwack, BC, Canada

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