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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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

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 272001

(reported on)


  • miles


When braking, car idle drops so low that car tends to hesitate and sometimes stalls. The problem is intermittent. Have taken the car to dealer about 4 times regarding idle and stalling. PCM was checked each time, and dealer found no codes. Dealer could not replicate problem. Car also stalled and cut off when I was at a traffic light after applying the brakes. I noticed that there was a recall by Honda for the LX and dx regarding a similar problem. Why hasn't Honda looked into the ex model" what could be the problem? could it be the iac? could it be the PCM? I am terrified of driving the car. What if the car cuts off/stalls and an accident occurs? I hope Honda looks into this problem as soon as possible. I am not the only one experiencing this problem with the ex models. A few other people have been, and this is beginning to be a growing concern among Honda consumers. Honda seems to be a reputable car manufacturer, how can they let a problem like this slip through there quality control? I am quite frustrated with the car and all the problems I have been having. The reason I spent so much money on a Honda, is because of quality. Where is the quality? I have even had problems with the driver side car seat rocking back and forth. Dealer finally fixed the problem after 4 attempts. Again I am asking what happened to the quality in a Honda car, where has it gone"

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Aug 202001


  • miles
Consumer contacted dearlership for airbag illumination on dashboard. Dealer has replaced computer, but the problem was not remedied.

- Terra Billa, CA, USA

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