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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,089 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. reprogram computer (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 262014

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,345 miles


After I paid 2920 to have the transmission fixed, I pick up my car and drove 10 minutes. Car stopped again. This time it was a TDC sensor. I don't know what that is, but it had to be towed again back to the transmission place. They said the problem is NOT the transmission but a TDC sensor. A mechanic nearby fixed it in about 2 hours and charged my $306 for the repair.

So finally I was on my way back home (2 hour drive).

- , San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 282012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,833 miles

every thing is good car starts nothing wrong, but under the hood is another problem. the battery has a corrisive battery post. so i just went ahead and bought a brand knew battery thats was about $95.00 after removing the old one i replaced it with the new one, i have done this many of times on other cars and trucks its not hard at all. Then the best part i get in the car and try to start the car nothing, every thing comes on but the engine won't turn over, after checking every thing to make sure nothing came loose during the install i can not find any thing, so i call the HONDA DEALER and they say i have to bring the car to them to reprogram the computer, i want to no why. they said when i took the battery out, the car had no power to it so when i put the new one in it clears the computer and it wont let the key start the car cause its not sure if thats the right key. and there is nothing i can do to start the car.this is a problem for me. so for $95.00 battery plus what ever it cost to tow it to the dealer plus the cost to reprogram the computer about $100.00 to $160.00 the way i look at it to change a battery it would cost you about $500.00. I know my next car won't be a honda

- , Houma, LA, USA

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