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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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
8,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

May 012002

Civic EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


When the car was a year old I had to replace the gas cap because the engine light kept coming on. I was told it was worn. About another year (or 2-3) I had to replace it again and again one more time after that. The light continues to come on and when I had an engine check done at Pep Boys they told me it could be the computer codes. Hearing that, I have done nothing. I have since found a local mechanic and he checked it again to see why the light was coming on and suggested it might be the oxygen sensor (after seeing it mentioned on-line). He told he has to order a part for that so we're holding off on it since it's only a problem when you need to get an inspection. I have had a 1975 Toyota Celica (bought used) and a 1988 Chevy Corsica and NEVER had the problems I have had with this car. I am extremely disappointed with Honda. My friend has a 2000 Civic and has had none of the problems I have had. Looks like those of us who bought the 2001 model got lemons!

- , Ridgewood, NY, USA

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