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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced camshaft position sensor (2 reports)
2001 Honda Civic engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 162012

Civic LX V4

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I got beat bad, first car I ever got financed. got beat bad. The Honda had 100.000 miles on it, got extra warranty.and still got beat. the car got towed (2) times to the repair shop.first time i told them the engine light stays on, the car stops, wont start, oh! he said he fixed it (cam sensor) 3 weeks later towed again. He checks it out did his testing on it, told me i had a blown engine he know the engine had problems the first time i took the car to him, he told me my warranty was up.I got beat bad'

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012009


  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Replaced camshaft position sensor. car was not running right

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

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