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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About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Honda Civic exhaust system problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 202008


  • miles


Honda Civic exhaust manifold for 2001 model is defective. When my check engine light came on I took in the car for service check and the mechanic reveled to me that there was a one inch crack in the exhaust manifold. After saving up $800 for a replacement I ordered a new one. That was in 2008. Now coming into the new year find myself in the same predicament with a less than two year old part. This defect is widespread and I have yet to purchased a new one for fear it will suffer the same cracked fate. This part and labor are too expensive to require a constant replacement. I have has the part welded twice but that does not stay for longer than 3 months. Not having a properly working part has lead to the property damage car the crack has caused a horrible puffing sound and undue buildup up in the exhaust system.

- Chamblee, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 072009


  • miles
TL * the contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. When driving he smelled a strong odor of fuel inside of the vehicle. He speculated that the odor of gasoline was related to the exhaust system. Also the front passenger side power window was inoperative. No repairs were made. The failure mileage and current mileages were unknown.

- Mount Holly, NJ, USA

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