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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 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

problem #3

Mar 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


Consumer was not able to remove the key from the ignition switch while vehicle was parked. Dealer notified.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 202003


  • miles
The dealer replaced the ignition switch.

- Burlison, TN, USA

problem #1

Dec 032001

(reported on)


  • miles
1) on several occasions, when key is turned to start the car only an electrical buzzing sound is heard. The car starts normally when key is turned a second time. 2) occasionally, when car starts normally a brief buzz is heard. 3) most recently, when key was turned the engine cranked for 1-2 seconds then stopped and only buzzed. Car started normally when key was turned a second time. These problems are intermittent, have occured for five months and occured three times last week (most frequent occurence so far). Weather and miles driven do not play a role as problem has occured under multiple conditions. Dealer is aware of problem, but unable to duplicate it in four visits.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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