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 4 of 5)

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problem #26

Jan 062012


  • 212,000 miles


I was driving home as normal, came to a red light and the car was stalling as if I had it in neutral and would not move in drive. It just quit with no warning and I was luck enough to be push out the turning lane and thank god, my grand daughter & I was not already on the 5 lane highway and then all of a sudden it quit like it did. It was confirmed today that it was the transmission & it cost more then what the car is worth. I had no indications or leaks. I was reading on line and it seems like lately this has been happening at least once or twice a month and Honda don't think it's a problem, I guess until someone has to be seriously rearend or killed to be a concern and that's a shame & it's putting people and their loved ones in danger & harms way.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #25

Dec 102010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Transmission failure - confirmed by Honda service. Needed to be replaced for under $3,000. My car is only 77K miles.

- Dededo, GU, USA

problem #24

Dec 082011


  • 104,000 miles
While driving down the road at only 30 miles per hour, the car suddenly revved and then stopped moving. We were in the middle of a crowded road, and there was no prior warning (engine light, etc.). luckily, we were able to pull off the road without getting hit, but it was a very dangerous situation. After researching, I learned that there are a large number of complaints about the 2001 Civic's transmission, and even with replacement, the problem persists. The faulty transmission is dangerous, and Honda needs to do something about it.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #23

Oct 092011


  • 82,000 miles


I was driving and my car stopped accelerating. I turned it off and tried again. I could not move forward or backwards. I had it towed over 30 miles. After a shop looked at it they said it needs a new transmission, or a used just not the one I have in there now because it obviously doesn't work. Honda Civics in 2001 have a 20 percent transmission failure rate. That is much too high for any vehicle.

- Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #22

Dec 012010


  • 178,000 miles
As I was exiting the freeway I slowed down to stop at the traffic light. When I went to accelerate, my car would hardly move. I tried pressing harder on the pedal and all it did was rev the engine and let off a rubber smell. After letting it rest a few hours it would finally move again, but only at a slow speed. If I press on the gas too hard it will jerk the car.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #21

May 062011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
On May 6, 2011 car would rev up a little after taking off from a red light as if it was having difficulty shifting to 2nd to 3rd gear. By the 3rd red light the car would hardly move and I was trying to get off to the side of the road with the car just rolling. I managed to roll it off the road but cars in back of me were beeping their horns and cars had to slow down so that I could pull into a parking lot. Very scary. 3 weeks prior to this I had my car serviced at crown Honda dealership. They, as a scheduled maintenance had timing belt, water pump, belts, oil change and 4 tires replaced for $1,300. Honda dealership says that the problem is transmission and had nothing to do with the prior work, which is under warranty. Towed car to another service station and they said the transmission burned out and also needs a torque converter. I heard this was a problem with 2001 Honda Civics. This was a dangerous situation but was it caused by the prior work or a defective torque converter or transmission?

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #20

Aug 202010


  • 120,000 miles


My transmission failed in highway traffic two hours from my home. All of a sudden the car would not accelerate. If traffic had been moving faster this could have been an extremely dangerous situation. There were no warning signs whatsoever. Being so far from home I had no choice but to tow it to the nearest transmission shop where they told me my transmission had failed due to a faulty torque converter. I looked this up and found hundreds and hundreds of complaints from Honda owners that had the same issue. Why has this part not been recalled?! Honda owes me $2,200 and will be lucky if I ever buy from them again.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #19

Sep 212001


  • 150,000 miles
I own a 2001 Honda Civic ex it has about 150,000 miles on it but up until about a month ago when my transmission quit it had been running great. I was driving not expecting anything to go wrong I stopped at a light and when I went to go my car only went about 8ft into the intersection but revved a lot and finally wouldn't move it would just rev the engine. I got out and pushed it to the side of the road and waited about five minutes turned it back on and tried in all the gears and it would not move in any.

- Durham, CA, USA

problem #18

Oct 022010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Transmission failed while driving on highway at 60mph. Car would not shift into gear and check engine light signaled. There were no warnings whatsoever. This appears to be correlated to many others complaints with the 2001 Honda Civics. I was fortunate to not have been seriously hurt when my car came to a stop. I feel as though this is a defect that needs to be recalled.

- Maywood, NJ, USA

problem #17

Aug 302010


  • 146,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The driver was driving at approximately 45 mph when the vehicle stopped accelerating. The check engine light began to illuminate on the dashboard so the vehicle was pulled over and shut off. A few other service lights were also illuminating, but the contact was not in the vehicle at the time of failure so she was unaware of which service lights those were. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop where the transmission and axle were repaired. The failure had not recurred. The failure and current mileages were 146,000.

- Chester, SC, USA

problem #16

Aug 262008


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the vehicle independently rolled backward from her residential driveway and into a gutter in a neighbors front yard. The vehicle was not turned on and was not occupied upon the failure. In addition, the emergency brake was engaged during the failure. The vehicle was towed from the ditch and sustained damages to the trunk and the rear body. The vehicle was repaired by her insurance company. The contact stated that she advised the dealer of the failure and they responded that it was impossible for the vehicle to roll backward while in park. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Gold Hill, OR, USA

problem #15

Oct 012009


  • 145,000 miles
I was diving down the hwy when my car would no longer accelerate. I was pressing the gas pedal and my rpms were shooting through the roof, but my speed was declining, as cars going 70mph were shooting around me. Then I came to a halt, and then my check engine light came on. I had no warnings, it came out of nowhere. I had my car towed to the mechanic. He replaced the entire transmission and stated it had something to do with the radiator not cooling the fluids, yet my car never read as hot. $3000 later I have a new transmission, which is not made my Honda. Honda failed to provide me with any information on this and seem "shocked" when I called them.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #14

Jul 232010


  • 104,000 miles
My husband was driving on the highway in my 2001 Honda Civic. The car was struggling to reach 30 all of a sudden. We were almost hit from cars coming up behind. He slowed down and pulled over to the shoulder only to find that the car would no longer drive when he pressed the gas. The transmission had failed and we were left on the side of the road. Not repaired yet.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 172010


  • 230,000 miles
Driving at highway speed when the car seemed to slip into neutral causing a sudden deceleration. This almost caused me to be involved in 3 separate accidents this week as the problem comes and goes and thus far have not been able to diagnose it.

- Coram, NY, USA

problem #12

Jun 302010

(reported on)


  • miles
2001 Honda Civic. Consumer states low mileage vehicle with transmission problems

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #11

May 282010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact was exiting the highway at 50 mph when the vehicle began independently decelerating. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where a diagnostic test was performed and determined the transmission would need to be replaced. The dealer advised contacting the manufacturer but the contact had not. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 11/03/10 the consumer stated the transmission was replaced at a cost of $2000. Updated 11/04/10

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #10

Jun 162010


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a local repair facility where he was awaiting unknown repairs. The contact stated the transmission was rebuilt the previous year. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted. The failure and current mileages were 180,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #9

May 232010


  • miles
In 2001, I purchased a brand new 2001 Honda Civic from a Honda dealer. The car runs great and I have no complaint until recently. I bring my car to a Honda dealer for all maintenance and service. Two weeks ago, I was driving on the freeway at 65mph and out of nowhere, the transmission stopped working. Luckily I was on the right lane and I was able to pull over and not cause an accident. I have been researching and there have been lots of websites with similar complaints, one is: other owners of 2001 Honda Civic are having the same issue where recently they have been having transmission dying on them. I called Honda to check if there is a recall for the transmission. Honda rep mentioned that the car is out of warranty and there is no recall for the transmission. I have no problem paying to fix the transmission. But my goal of submitting this to call 3 is hopefully you can investigate about Honda and get them to be aware of the transmission problem. I don't think it is safe for anybody if there is a known transmission problem for the 2001 Honda Civic and Honda is not doing anything about it. I seriously would not want to drive behind a 2001 Civic when it can stop working anytime. My goal is for Honda to accept that there is an issue and put a warning out for all drivers.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 012010


  • 111,000 miles
2001 Honda Civic transmission failure appears to be a wide spread problem with this year and make.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #7

May 112010


  • 65,548 miles
2001 Honda Civic LX approximately 67,500 miles. Check engine light code P0740 requires a replacement torque converter or, possibly, an entire transmission. Hasn't caused any incidents or accidents yet, but if isn't fixed it will. This seems to be an inherent problem with certain Honda transmissions as there have been many complaints on the internet about the same problem.

- Sebastopol, CA, USA

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