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:
21,600 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

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 182009


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated the key would extract from the ignition without the vehicle being in park. The contact stated that the failure was recurring over a period of one year. The manufacturer advised there were no recalls on the vehicle and would offer no assistance. The failure mileage was 105,000 and the current mileage was 126,000.

- Hazel, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 022004


  • miles
Ignition key hot to touch after driving---noticed this occurs more when air conditioning is used.

- Bassett, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 222002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The keys get stuck in the ignition and at times will not come out at all.

- Burlison, TN, USA

problem #2

Jul 032002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was broadsided while making a slow left hand turn, the steering column locked up. No injuries, vehicle was totalled. While making a left turn, an oncoming vehicle hit the passenger side rear quarter panel. Because the vehicle couln't be controlled, it slid head on into a telephone pole, deploying the air bags and totalling the vehicle. The ignition key is stuck in the ignition.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 052001

(reported on)


  • miles
Car is stalling and not wanting to pick up speed.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

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