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 #4

Jun 032003

(reported on)


  • miles


The malfunction indicator illuminated. Vehicle has been to the dealer for this problem six times. The dealer could not determine the problem.

- Astoria, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 042003

(reported on)


  • miles
The dash wiring harness switch melted which caused the head lights to fail.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 312001


  • miles
When I start the car (with my foot on clutch), a buzzing sound comes on and I'm guessing it's from the dash. It has happened several times in the past but I just ignored it. Until recently I read from your website that a similar complaint has been lodged so I decided to complain.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

May 062001

(reported on)


  • miles
When I turn the ignition on, I sometimes hear a spark buzz coming from the interior of the display panel of the speedometer, etc. I am not sure this is normal. It could be a wiring connection problem. Unable to take it to local Honda dealer or ask questions. They are very unhelpful. Have driven thousands of vehicles, and never have heard such spark buzz noise coming from the dashboard when turning ignition on. Honda corporation has not answered my inquiry.

- Kingston, NY, USA

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