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:
100,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace clutch (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic clutch problems

clutch problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 152005

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Have an '01 Honda Civic and when it was only 4 yrs old I was on my way to New Mexico and the clutch went out. Totally unexpected especially since I have a '95 Mitsubishi Eclipse and it is still on its original clutch. I bought a new clutch and my father in-law put it on for me, but I found so many problems with it at the same time. This car is a Lemon and if anyone is thinking about buying one I say buyer beware! This is a horrible car!

- , Sapulpa, OK, US

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