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:
4 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,062 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Feb 012005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The air bag light of the consumer's 2001 Honda Civic illuminated twice. The SRS light was repaired and it may have attributed to the garage door opener. The air bag light stayed on.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Apr 182003


  • 76,645 miles
Problems with keyless entry and headlights. The headlights only worked on high beam. The vehicle had been taken to several mechanics for the problem but they could not help. The keyless entry did not work when the vehicle was returned to the consumer and after that the headlights did not work again. The doors had to be opened and locked manually. The headlights did not work due to a previous accident.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 192004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Low beam lights failed while driving, it was discovered that the head light combo switch failed and the electrical connection attached to the switch melted. After the componets were replaced, the consumer was advised by the dealer to replace the wiring harness to avoid a potential fire.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #2

Feb 042004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,894 miles
Low beam headlights failed while driving. Dealer said that headlight switch failed and the electrical connector attached to it failed. The switch was replaced and cleaned. The consumer was told to replace the wiring harness to avoid a potential fire.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #1

Apr 012001


  • miles
Wind noise can be heard inside the vehicle, the dealer resealed the windshield molding, noise while braking, faulty ECM fuse caused the vehicle to stall while stopped, rattle in dash, dealer replaced the felt tape between the air ducts and vents, cd player skips and was replaced, faulty front spring caused noise in the front end, both left doors leak, the drivers seat is loose at the track, a ripped seal caused the sunroof to leak, steering wheel not centered.

- Wise , VA, USA

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