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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,919 miles

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2001 Honda Civic drivetrain problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #46

Jan 072013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 151,000 miles


Trasmission failed. Left stranded beside the road at night in bad weather conditions.

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #45

Mar 202013


  • 130,000 miles
I was driving home from picking my daughter up from school when at 65 mph the car started to jerk. The transmission was slipping in an out of gear. If I pulled over an sat for 15 min it would start to pull like normal again for a couple miles then do it again. I had to do that several times turning a 15 min trip into a 2 hour trip.

- Quapaw, OK, USA

problem #44

Mar 022012


  • 235,000 miles
Was turning left and when I went to go the cars rpms went up but the car didn't just didn't do it once but three times at three different stops...the transmission wouldn't allow the car to move.....where's the recall? almost got hit from behind on one of the incidents...

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #43

Feb 132013


  • 107,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the transmission warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 107,000.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #42

Nov 222012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 88,108 miles
I was yet another unfortunate victim of Honda's cheap transmission and I say cheap in that it doesn't work properly not that it is cheap to get it repaired. No that is over $2000 according to my local Honda dealership. After taking such good care of my car diligently taking it in for oil changes and tune ups at Honda's recommended mileage; I am severely disappointed. I had just pulled up to a busy stop light, when the light turned green I hit the gas and my car moved forward like usual, but suddenly right as I past the intersection the car's transmission started slipping and then just died. I shut the car off, started it back up and some how after a few minutes managed to get the transmission to hold just enough to pull it into a turn off. I had numerous people honking and yelling at me to get off the road. Honda if you're listening, I won't be buying another vehicle from you. NHTSA if you're listening please I implore you to do an investigation this could very likely cause someone to get hurt or killed.

- Junction City, KS, USA

problem #41

Jan 242013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Driving on high way and car just stopped and almost got hit from several vehicle behind me ! due to transmission failure.

- Greentown, PA, USA

problem #40

Jan 042013

Civic 4-cyl Diesel

  • 47,200 miles


Came up to the street light once it turn green tried to accelerate and car was just moved than the RPM went high and than did not move...

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #39

Jan 072013


  • 122,768 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the transmission failed and the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact stated that there were no warning lights illuminated and the vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 122,768.

- Redding , CA, USA

problem #38

Jan 052013


  • 68,895 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated while driving. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where a diagnostic was performed that located the failure at the transmission. The transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacture advised that there were no recalls for the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 68,895.

- East Norwich , NY, USA

problem #37

Jan 182011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 163,008 miles
As I crossed into a busy intersection, my car's transmission began to slip as cars were coming at me. I was terrified. My transmission failed. After extensive research I found the 2001 Honda Civic had a faulty transmission. Over 600 complaints. I called Honda and was told I had already exceeded the alloted miles on the power train warranty so it was not covered. I had to buy a used transmission for $1095 and hire a mechanic to replace my transmission. It is my opinion that Honda was well aware of this bad transmission and they should have offered a replacement, no matter what the mileage on the owners vehicle.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #36

Dec 232012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 80,404 miles


I was able to start the car and drove to some distance while experiencing some gear engaging problems. Then suddenly the following symptoms: 1. car stutters or jerks while accelerating. 2. check engine light is on. 3. transmission slips or won't engage. 4. transmission pops in and out of gear. 5. car will turn on and starts to move a bit, then can't get it to move. I had to call service to tow my car back to home because car dealership was closed for holidays. This happened on 2012/12/23 and the mileage on my 2001 Honda Civic was 80404 miles.

- Belle Mead, NJ, USA

problem #35

Dec 052012


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the while driving 65 mph, the transmission failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in any recall. The failure mileage was 87,000.

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #34

Oct 112012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Total transmission failure! while I was stopped at a traffic light it felt like the car would not get in gear. I would press on the gas and the engine would rev up but I was not moving. I was able to let it coast to a side street to get out of traffic. This could have been really ugly if I was on the highway or on a busier street. I had to get it towed to the nearest service station. Apparently the oil pump and torque converter failed which basically caused the rest of the transmission to burn up. I had to do a complete new transmission rebuild. I know my Honda has a few miles but 104K seems too early for a transmission failure.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #33

Jul 232012


  • 167,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while sitting at a stop light, the vehicle completely lost acceleration power without warning. The vehicle was pushed to a nearby parking lot and was later towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was inspected by a private mechanic where the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure and current mileages were 167,000.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #32

Aug 092012


  • 97,000 miles
Car stopped suddenly, would not engage into gear. No warning of problems, car is regularly serviced, one owner. Transmission failed and will have to be replaced.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #31

Jun 112012


  • 80,000 miles
Car was driving normally, all of a sudden couldn't make it up a hill, speed wouldn't go past 20mph. Transmission problems.

- Goffstown, NH, USA

problem #30

Apr 302012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
2001 Honda Civic - 84,000 miles stopped moving in the middle of busy highway - rt. 70 in brick NJ. I coasted into a ditch on the side of the road and was towed to a local repair shop. I was told the transmission blew - I had no warning at all. After doing research on this issue I found hundreds of complaints online and also found that Honda was taken to court for this issue in the past. The transmission should not have blown on a car with this low mileage. I called Honda just now and was told there is no recall for it, and no good faith efforts will be made to assist me in paying to have it fixed due to the age of the car. But the mileage does not matter to them. I would like to know why they are able to get away with a serious issue such as a faulty transmission placed in hundreds of the same vehicles and not held responsible for this"??"

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #29

Apr 242012

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Transmission failed while vehicle was on highway. Vehicle would not engage gears and therefore could not accelerate. Had to pull off to side of highway and get vehicle towed. Again, this was a transmission failure.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #28

Feb 062012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 183,000 miles
Transmission failed without warning in traffic, luckily had momentum to maneuver vehicle into center turn lane, out of way of traffic.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #27

Jan 082012


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph when the vehicle began to decelerate abnormally. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where the technician advised the contact that the transmission would have to be replaced. The failure was caused by debris from the torque converter overheating the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

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