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:
No data
Average Mileage:
173,419 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace with used circuit from junk yard (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012011

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 256,256 miles


This is the second time this happened. This used circuit is under warranty by the mechanic who got it from the junk yard. It has a 30 day warranty. But, we would have to pay for the labor to have it replaced. The check engine light comes on, then it "down shifts" or looses power for a time. The light does go off eventually and the car runs normally again.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Lights come on and off as they please. Definite shorts throughout the car. Always a problem even before car was older.

- , Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012009

Civic LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 164,000 miles

My 2001 Civic has the power locks not working, ac not working, check engine light. installing an aftermarket radio in my civic caused this problem even though it was wired correctly. Honda would not confirm the radio was the cause but unhooked the radio to fix the problem and refused to hook the radio back up but offered to put factory radio back in since i had it in my trunk. Whatever!!

- , Loganville, GA, USA

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