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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
108,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace brakes (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 182012

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


Well in all retrospect the car sat for a year ( garaged for most of it). after coming back up north ( chicagoland) I was getting ready to take it back on the road only to find out the entire brake system had seized . when I drove it I would put my foot down to the floor before the car would attempt to stop, and even then I had a burning smell from the front. I had just replaced the pads since the car sat for a year , all was lost. thankfully I know how to do all this work myself so purchased a new master cylinder new calipers, and rotors ( already had the new pads) for the front and drums & shoes for the rear. The parts alone totaled $300 from ebay, Amazon & autozone, same parts at the dealer would be around $600-700. I had to replace all those for my civic and bleed all the brakes again now ny civic brakes semi properly Im sure I will need to replace all the brake line hoses as well in the future, damn you Honda I have friends with early 90s honda (civic and accords) and have had less problems than I have with A 10 yr newer car, I tell you this.... never again !!!

- , Ocala, FL, US

problem #1

May 162008

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


I started the car and put in Reverse mode. The car then stated running back. I pushed the breaks paddle but it didn�t work. The break paddle was so jam to push.

Somehow I managed to stop the car by pulling the handbrakes. But when I restarted the car, everything worked perfectly.

I have recently changed timing belt with other accessories.

Is this problem serious or it has happened because of some my mistake?

- , Caldwell, NJ, USA

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