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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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2001 Honda Civic clutch problems

clutch problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 012003

Civic EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles


About five years ago I made an abrupt stop to avoid running a red light. Ever since my clutch has squeaked TERRIBLY. It is really, really, really annoying. I've tried spraying the clutch pedal with WD40, but of course that has done nothing as the squeak seems to originate on the engine side, not the cabin side. Very, very, very annoying!

- , Odenton, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 192007

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I really like this car, but today I was leaving a business and realized the radio in the car didn't work, then I put the car in first to go thru an intersection and it made this horrible noise. I am wondering if the radio and the noise are connected? I later realized the heater is not working either. It only happens in first gear, and only while my foot is still on the clutch. Any ideas?

- , Helena, MT, USA

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