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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,333 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Problems in engine's emission's control system. While driving the vehicle's check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the engine's emission control systems was defective. The vehicle's lock up solenoid was replaced.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 082002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The vehicle stalls when slowing- especially on off ramps or went entering traffic after traveling at highway speeds. The souce of the problem (as reported by many consumers about the same vehicle) is a software defect in the emissions control module that cause fuel to be withheld from the engine. Honda knew of this problem when they sold this dangerous car to me and did it anyway. They claim that they are navigating the epa to get approval, but my dealing have been contentious at best in getting information. There should be a recall issued because this is a systemic problem. The millions of dollars in fines have obviously not taught them any more respect for consumers.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #1

Apr 302002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated that emission malfunction light came on repeatedly, the vehicle was taken to the dealer five times, the dealer put a module on and the light came back on 2 days later, the delaer then stated the problem was gas cap, but the problem still remianed and the delaer finally admitted there was a real problem.

- Swansea, MA, USA

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