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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,500 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 312002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


When I press on my brakes it makes a loud popping noise.I took it to the Honda dealership and they said theres nothing they can do about it because theres some kind of defect that causes the brake pads to shift.the technicians told me that many people have complained but since they do not know how to fix it they can not do anything for me. So basically I'm stuck with my car making the popping noise because Honda does not know how to fix the problem.I am very unsatisfied with Honda and the performance of my car is a 2001 Honda Civic. I have had it for two years and I have had two recalls on it and just recently my car has been making a popping noise when I turn my steering wheel or press on the brakes.I have taken my car to the dealership three times with in the past week and every time I pick up my car they tell me the noise is gone.I drive it off the lot only to find out the noise is still there. My car is currently at the dealership and they are still trying to figure out why my car is making the popping noise when I turn the steering wheel and the last time I dropped it off they told me that there was nothing that they could do about the brakes.I find it very disturbing to know that my cars brake pads are shifting and Honda will not fix the problem simply because they do not know how. I do not want to be traveling down the freeway and my brakes fail because Honda did not feel that it was important to address this problem earlier.I would be very grateful if you could look int this issue and contact me back with some informaion.thankyou.

- Deer Park, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 232001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer touched brakes to slow vehicle down, but vehicle swerved, and consumer hit another vehicle. Consumer stateed brakes squeaks and parking brake needs adjustment, transmission is making noise, no power on acceleration, upper windshield molding failed and reinstalled, noise is coming from right front wheel, gas gauge will fluctuate at times and front engine mount broke.

- Downey, CA, USA

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