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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,686 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 #3

Aug 012001

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,457 miles


Lt front brake has knock noise coming from it when either backing or going foward. This is intermittent. Both Honda Corp. And dealership says this is normal noise and quite a few of these 2001 Honda Civic's have this problem. They say it is due to the fact that after some disc pad wear the clearance between the caliper piston and the pad is increased so that is where the noise is coming from. I am worried about binding of the pad or the pad cracking due to the constant hammer of the piston into the disc brake pad. Please look into this as I feel this is a time bomb waiting to go off. Thank you.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 062002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,600 miles
Consumer states he was told by a mechanic that his brakes are not fitting tight to the caliber, which causes his brakes to make a noise in shafting before it can make a stop. He was also told that there is no fix for it. Ts it has been advised that when the vehicle is cold the front brake pads become loose causing the brake pads to shift/noisy while coming to a stop.

- Saukville, WI, USA

problem #1

Jul 182002


  • miles
Consumert states while driving had extened notified said pads wore down. Nlm

- Orlando, FL, USA

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