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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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

2001 Honda Civic body / paint problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer stated collided with neighbor's car travelling approximately 5mph and the front bumper was completely destroyed. Consumer feels that bumper design is unsafe and would not offer any protection in a more serious collision. Ts consumer has had 3 other occasions where the bumper was damaged.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 252001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was traveling approximately 40-45mph in a rain storm. Consumer heard a "womp" noise, but didn't have enough time to stop. Consumer found out it was a cat that was hit. Front bumper was destroyed, but was being repaired under warranty. Consumer was questioning why damage was so severe from hitting a small animal. Consumer also backed slowly into mailbox post and caused $800 damage because of a slight cut through the rear bumper.

- Savannah, GA, USA

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