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:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
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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.

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2001 Honda Civic brakes problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 262005


  • miles


Consumer was almost involved in an accident, swerved, and slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the other vehicle. When consumer turned to check on child after near accident he found that the harness that held the child in the child safety seat was not buckled. Consumer was traveling on highway at highway speeds, and child safety seat was rear facing child seat. It was convertible. Child safety seat was located in rear middle seat of 2001, Honda, Civic.

- Monmouth, OR, USA

problem #5

Dec 012003


  • miles
While driving 65 mph driver applied brakes and they locked up, causing the driver to skid and rear end another vehicle. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy. Driver sustained back and neck injuries, and was transported by ambulance to hospital. Also, vehicle was totaled.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 132002


  • miles
Brakes failed. Dealer notified. Parts were not available.

- El Monte, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 182001


  • miles


The brakes were making a rumbling sound. The car would also shake real bad at times while driving on the freeway, however I didn't realize it was the brakes at this time. I took the car to cush Honda. They said the rotors and brake pads had hot spots. They machined the rotors and replaced the brake pads. I got the car back and I began having problems when I started to drive the car. It wouldn't seem to accelerate. It was a while before I couldn't get the car to move hardly at all, so I slammed on the brakes and it was then I realized it was the brakes locking up. The car was still shaking real bad at times on the freeway, but I still didn't realize it was the brakes because if I slowed down it would quit shaking. My husband then took the car to tipton Honda in el cajon, ca. He told them what cush had done and that the brakes had gotten worse. Tipton felt the left front caliper was sticking. They replaced the caliper and also replaced the front brake pads, which cush had just replaced two months earlier, because they were burnt again. I got the car back and it immediatly started to lock up again. I returned it to tipton that next Monday. They had the car several days and finally called to tell us that the brake fluid was contaminated. The dealer did not know what it was contaminated with, he determined that it was contaminated because the diaphram in the fluid reservoir was swollen so bad they couldn't get it back in. The Honda Corp. Refused to repair the car because tipton said the brake fluid was contaminated. This car has never been to any service center but these two and I have never lent out my car to anyone so I know that if the fluid is contaminated, it is from a defective brake system or it was contaminated while one of these two Honda dealers worked on it. If it was contaminated by one of these two dealers, then the brake system was defective anyway. I have not driven this car since I got it back in February. I have talked to an attor

- Imperial, CA, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Oct 072001


  • miles
While travelling on the highway, I needed to brake for the car ahead of me. As I pressed the brake pedal and began to brake, the pedal started to pulse and the front end to shake. The brakes completed locked up and began smoking horribly. You could not drive the vehicle because the braking system was engaged without any pressure being placed upon the pedal. The car had to be towed, it was not driveable. Honda fixed it stating it was an ABS hydraulic problem. Less than two weeks later the same event occurred with the braking system. Brakes completed locked and were smoking. Vehicle again was not driveable. Honda service stated that they had never seen anything like this problem. They said that they were not really sure what the problem was that was causing the brake system to fail. They would replace the master cylinder to see if this would resolve the problem. Quite frankly, I'm not sure that I want to trust anything with the cars' current braking system. I have been very lucky twice, myself or someone else may not be so lucky a third time.

- Westminster, MD, USA

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