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

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Honda Civic drivetrain problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #6

Nov 202009


  • 125,000 miles


126K miles on my Civic, always maintained very well....slowed to make a left turn, then couldn't get in gear to speed up. Had to drive in low to the mechanic. Transmission failed due to a faulty fan in the radiator. Had to replace transmission. An outside fan added to avoid repeat. Other related repairs done. $4,000! from my research, I see transmission failure of a 2001 Honda Civic is very common! I didn't enter a component as "transmission" wasn't an option.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 022010


  • 140,000 miles
I was driving to Chicago for a wedding. Went to pass another vehicle on I-55 and when I pushed on the gas pedal the engine revved but the transmission did not catch. Let off the gas and it eventually reengaged. Continued driving and it went downhill from there to the point where the engine was working fine but the transmission would not engage in any gear. Managed to get the car to my destination, but could very easily been stranded in 0 degree weather. Had the car towed and it looks like I need a new transmission. The current mileage of my car is 140K. Went online and discovered that there are hundreds if not thousands of folks who have had the same problem. Honda it seems is aware of the problem but no recall has been issued.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
A/C doesn't get cold, can't get Honda to fix as been this way since new. Brakes went bad with about 15000 miles on them. Were bad before that, still does not stop right, and has a vibraton when stopping transmission has a thumping like noise some times while idling. Had to replace strut on passanager side, couldn't get Honda to pay for all of it. I think one on driver side is bad also. Service manager told me this was a problem with the Honda Civic

- Pedro, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 022001

(reported on)


  • miles


The speedometer gauge will become erratic and stop functioning for a short time. This seems a bit dangerous to me. Also, the fuel gauge fluctuates too much making it difficult to know how much fuel remains.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 222001


  • miles
The fuel gauge shows incorrect fuel limits and the RPM gauge does not move in some instances when vehicle accelerates( engine revs).

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 032000


  • miles
Speedometer failure, vehicle been in dealer shop on two occasions, and unable to correct the problem. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Riverside, IA, USA

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