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:
42,500 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.

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.

2001 Honda Civic exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 252006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


I had an exhaust leak in the engine compartment at 85,000 miles. I removed heat shield and saw the exhaust manifold cracked around circumference of pipe. This is where the header pipe is factory welded to the flat mounting plate. Exhaust manifold is part of catalytic converter. Warranty expires at 80,000 miles. I'm stuck with this defective part. Taking part to a professional welder to try to repair it. Otherwise, I'll have to spend $700 to $1000 to purchase a new one from Honda.

- Blairsville, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022001


  • miles
When driving under wet road conditions muffler vibrates. Cause unknown.

- Villa Lba, PR, USA

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