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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
117,384 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 #7

Apr 192016


  • 120,000 miles


The drivers and passengers airbags did not deploy during a frontal impact crash involving a Honda Civic and GMC Yukon truck. My vehicle the Honda Civic was heading on a two-lane street at approximately 35 to 40 miles per hour before impact into a stopped truck making a left turn across oncoming traffic while Honda was in motion the brakes were applied. Cause is unknown at this time on why the airbags did not deploy. All recalls have been complied with for the 2001 Honda Civic. Recall 13V-132: Recall 14V-351 completed. Number of open recalls are zero at this time.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 132016


  • 192,000 miles
Driving at a low rate of speed, city street, and the hood flew open and smashed right into the windshield, cracking causing me to almost crash. The windshield is cracked. Called Honda dealer and they just laughed and said: Yeah, that happens sometimes.

- Fleetwood, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 082015


  • 135,000 miles
On April 8 2015 while I was driving to my house, I saw smoke coming out of the dashboard so I had to desperately stop the car I run. My car was call for recall and I when to Honda services in hillside, New Jersey where they told me that they had to fix something from the air bag in the dash board they told me they have to order some parts and they will call me to comeback so I waiedt for one month and two month and they never call me I called to find out about those parts and I was told the same thing, that they are going to call me I believe my car was total destroy in fire because they did not fix my car on time.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 092014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


We got into a head on collision with a SUV receiving damage to the front of the car. None of the airbags deployed, but both deployed in the other car (SUV). There were two recalls for our Honda Civic airbags in 2010 and 2013. In both recalls our Honda Civic was serviced and the "driver airbag inflator" was replaced. We were told the repairs were made, but the airbags never deployed. We do not want this to happen to anyone else.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 252013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 99,685 miles
Hood will not latch completely. Upon closer inspection, upper radiator support beam (aka front bulkhead crossbeam) metal is extremely thin and fractured and/or missing in several areas. Hood latch is still bolted into the broken fragments of metal.

- S Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 042012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I tried to Dodge the car in front of it, and failed to do so. I scratch the rear left bumper of the car in front of me, and I lost control of my car, then spin 540 degrees and hit the concrete wall of the interstate. I was wearing the seatbelt so it was ok but the front airbag should have deployed to protect me from certain injuries. I still feel some pain on my neck and my back 3 days after the incident.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 232003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Car has been nothing but problems since purchased in March 2001. Brakes have been replaced 2 times for vibration problems again 4000 miles later brakes are bad. Tires worn to unsafe tread depth w/ 2500 miles. Front struts both blown, told by dealer that they were on national back-order"?" as to when they will be available. Driver seat rocks, dealer fixed once saying a shim was broke, again 8000 miles later driver seat rocks again. Paint on car has many small rust spots. Clutch must have flat spots on it, as when I release clutch to start moving there is a jumping sensation able to be felt by driver. Again car has been nothing but problems.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

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