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:
119,346 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2001 Honda Civic engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 162009

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles


I know that the car has fairly high miles, but the car burns oil way too quickly. I go through about a quart a week by driving anywhere from 400-1000 per trip. Not only does the car burn oil, it seems to burn oil quicker in the summer than the winter. When I bought the car, the head gasket immediately blew and had to be replaced. Ever since, the car still leaks oil from the gasket.

- , Hellertown, PA, US

problem #3

Jul 102010

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,644 miles

In july 2010 i noticed a smell of burning oil & noticed a oil leak on the valve gasket.valve gasket was replaced & 3 months later leak on the same spot.this car is a mess..

- , Bronx, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 142008

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

leaking oil from the gasket lining every 1k-2k miles I loose a quart , not ideal a new gasket kit is around $100 or less but the labor is 3X that. along with all the other issues this car has l wont bother to fix it unless I'm fixing everything.

- , Ocala, FL, US

problem #1

Mar 262007

(reported on)

Civic SE

  • Manual transmission
  • 108,740 miles

Car is burning oil. I have to add approximately 2 liters between oil changes every 5000kms. The repair shop says that it will likely be a valve replacement to fix the problem. Over $1,500.

- , Calgary, AB, Canada

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