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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,319 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. have car repainted (5 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
2001 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #8

May 012016

Civic 4-1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


We have owned 3 Hondas. Honda knew of the issue with the paint peeling. Honda did not inform their customers, they did not take responsibility for their problems and have left us with a car that has lost value and looks awful. We want Honda to repaint the car with paint that will last and not peel. At this point we will never buy another Honda as this is a company that has shown they do not stand behind what they build and sell.

- , Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #7

Feb 132014

Civic LX 2.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 165,000 miles

The paint job is horrible. The hood, roof and trunk is all bubbled up. The sides all the way around have lost clear coat over halfway down. Again, not something I, as a single mother of 3, can afford. This is ridiculous. Honda needs to get these repetitive problems fixed.

- , Cairo, GA, USA

problem #6

Jan 132013

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

My paint is rapidly going away! At 94,000 it was minor. Now at 114,000 it's becoming a lot worse.

- , Manchester, CT, US

problem #5

Sep 012012

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,150 miles


The clear coat is peeling away and the car looks terrible (roof, hood, and door)

- , Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

Dec 312009

Civic EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

This is obviously not an isolated incident! I've been reading many blogs regarding the same issue. It is not normal wear and tear, but of course after 10 years my car is no longer under warranty. I don't know if I should even address it with the dealer?

- , Glendora, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 222010

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

The clear coat is flaking on the roof of the car behind the sun roof. I can almost see why it's happening. The hot weather these last few summers have been intense here in North Carolina. I'm getting it fixed today. I noticed that some Honda owners say that it seems to happen to most Honda cars a lot. So, I decided to perform a search on other makes and models. I find that it happens to most makes and models within just a few years and not just Honda.

I care about how my car looks on the outside. But, what I won't complain about is the durability of my Honda. I have yet to have a major engine problem, and I have 154,000 miles and it still rides as smooth as butter. I've only had to replace parts, like a motor mount and a cracked windshield. But, other than that, she runs well, and I make sure she stays maintained and greased up.

If I had to choose between paint chipping and a reliable car, reliable gets it every time. So, I guess I'm not complaining as much as I'm commenting.

I can see the complaints on paint flaking after owning a brand new Honda for less than 7 years. Cars get old. We can't keep them perfect forever....

- , Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Sep 142007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Paint started peeling off on the hood of my CIVIC and this made my real good car look ugly. Honda paint job really sucks.

- , Quincy, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052001

(reported on)


  • 400 miles

The hood, bumper, driver and passenger door are being repainted. This car is 3 weeks old and has spent its 4th at the dealer which is where it is now.

- , Lexington Park, MD, USA

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