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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
160,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. hood prop needs more secure attachment (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012014

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 160,000 miles


The mount bracket for the hood prop bar is inadequate at the base and the connection point to secure it properly. As a result our AC will need to have new metal hoses put on (as the prop bar wore a hole in the hose). After the hoses are replaced we will need to have the vacuum redone, and refilled with freon.

This is also bad for the atmosphere as all of the freon leaked out as a result of the damage.

If we had not identified the problem (my husband has a mechanical background) the compressor would have went out also.

To fix the hoses, re-vacuum and fill with freon will cost about $300. Had we not discovered the problem it would have been between $800-$1000, and could have caused injury.

I am concerned about what they EPA may think about this problem as well, since this damage could release a great deal of gas into the atmosphere.

- , Martin, GA, USA

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