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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
57,650 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. a new side motor mount (1 reports)
  2. bad front motor mount (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

May 232011

Civic EX 1.7L 4

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,300 miles


I knew that I had a shot motor mount when a PEP Boys mechanic working on my brakes showed it to me. When I had the control arm and sway bar bushings replaced a year later I also had the bad motor mount replaced. The front motor mount is an aluminum bracket with a round opening in which was a rubber grommet that actually held the engine. Half of this grommet was torn through. In the old days of automobiles a motor mount was a simple, solid metal bracket which attached the engine to the frame with two bolts, and not being a moving part, would never wear out. Not with a 2001 Honda Civic EX. Perhaps Honda engineers knew what they were doing when they designed this delicate motor mount, that some slack had to be incorporated, but having to replace this after only 42,000+ miles is a disappointment.

- , Silver Spring, MD, US

problem #1

Jun 102010

Civic LX 1.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

When the car was running I could feel a lot of vibration through my seat. It felt almost like a misfire, but the engine runs fine. I checked the motor mount and sure enough the rubber is cracked.

- , Somerdale, NJ, USA

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