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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


1) no accident yet, but frequently the side of my right foot hits the accelerator while putting the brakes on; part of my large foot is on the brake - part lands on the accelerator. (I am 6' 1" tall). Dealer has said there is nothing that can be done about it. I do feel this represents a hazard to my car and occupants, as well as to others. My only solution is to get rid of the car to a short person. (the required date below is invalid and irrelevant.)

- North Chili, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 212001


  • miles
My huband was driving on the freeway 65 mph, he aproached behind a slow moving vehicle in front and he slowed down to about 50 mph he downshifted to 4th gear but apparently it went into second gear instead and it felt as if throttle got stuck and all warning lights turned on and lost all power in vehicle, other cars were coming up behind him at the posted speed of 65 mph, he was barely able to coast the vehicle safely to the side of the road. Vehicle was taken to the dealer were I purchased it and they determined that the engine was destroyed and Honda will not honor the warranty. My husband did some research and found out that the same dealer has about 8 or 9 vehicles with engines destroyed internally like mine. It looks as if these new vehicles are almost a death trap if you happen to miss a gear when downshifting on a manual 5 speed transmission.

- Highland, CA, USA

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