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:
126,113 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Honda Civic engine problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 172015

Civic EX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,138 miles


So when this incident happened i was turning right onto a four lane road (when this happened it started on a hill going downward 5 days after i got my license) the car accelerated to 75 in a 40 with highway patrol going the other direction and the officer did not believe that it was not my doing. Lets just say that I'm still in school and i work full time as well, but i can't afford all the things that are going wrong on this vehicle or what it is causing me.

- , Kansas City, MO, US

problem #2

Aug 112011

Civic LX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,200 miles

The uninteded acceleration seemed to start happening when I was driving downhill. I could immediately feel it accelerating, but didn't realize it was driving on its own until I came to a flat stretch of road. I traveled almost all the way down the road without pressing the gas pedal at all, even over two sets of train tracks. When I finally found a suitable place to stop, I could barely get it stopped (thank God I just had my rear brakes replaced a couple of months ago). When I switched it to park, it began accelerating furiously and I was forced to just turn it off. Every time I'd try to start the car afterwards, it would just keep accelerating furiously until I turned it off again.

I called my Dad and he got to me shortly. When he arrived, he turned the car on again and tapped the gas pedal a few times. It revved up again, but then actually decelerated. He said that maybe a cable or wire was stuck, and pumping the gas seemed to lodge it back into place. He was able to drive it home, and this morning I drove to work without problems.

I'm still concerned, though, even if this happened to be an isolated incident. Has anyone else experienced this with their Civic? I love, love, LOVE my car and really don't have any complaints otherwise, and I really don't want to get rid of it before I have to. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

- , Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 192009

Civic LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Like others who have reported this issue, we've heard it from other mechanics and the body shop mechanics who had a Honda civic in for repairs as early as last week. Well

it caused and accident, my mothers car on her way home from work....suddenly accelerated uncontrollably to rpm's sufficient for passing on the highway...this occurred

on a city street however and rear ended a pickup with a high tailgate which destroyed the hood and most likely the radiator. Didn't quite reach the back tires of the vehicle in front.

It even occurred to me once and I had to kick the accelerator out of its acceleration by giving it more acceleration, kinda like the previous high idle vs low idle settings on my Isuzu pickup (carburetor) which I had to tap the accelerator to bring it to lower idle when warming it up....this has since been resolved. But yes its a serious issue HONDA REALLY NEEDS TO TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT THIS PROBLEM EVEN IF FATALITIES DON'T REACH A CERTAIN STATISTIC. The vehicle in front was a daughter with whom appeared to be her elderly parents.

- , San Leandro, CA, USA

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