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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About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Honda Civic brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 032000


  • miles


When I first get in the car and pull it out of the garage. When I'm backing up the brakes are fine. When I start out and if I need to brake, I.e. at the end of the alley, I must push with all my might to stop the car. I go again for a short distance and tryto stop and it does it again. I have to do this for about 3 to 4 times before they begin to work properly. The car is at the dealership now and they tell me they can't find the problem although it does that for them too. They also tried a other 2001 models of the civuc and the same thing happens. This I believe is a safety issue and they need to fix the problem, whatever it takes. They say that if they allow the car to warm for 5 minutes it's O.K. I already knew that as after I pushed on the brakes 3 or 4 times then they were O.K. I also advised them today that I would not accept the car back until they found the problem. I also told them it didn't happen in the first two weeks I had the car. I'm just lucky I wasn't going into traffic and on snow and ice. I feel that I should be able to get into my car and drive knowing my brakes will work properly.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

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