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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,583 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 fuel system problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 012017


  • 176,400 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking fuel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 176,400.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 112016


  • miles
While driving the car you could smell strong gasoline on the outside behind the area of the rear driver side tire after reaching a normal engine running temp.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #5

May 062015


  • 36,006 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While the vehicle was being inspected by a dealer, it was discovered that fuel leaked on top of the fuel pump and locking cap, which spilled on to the fuel tank. The dealer replaced the fuel pump locking cap. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,006.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 192014


  • 117,772 miles


8/19/14-gas smell bad mileage-repair shop replaced gas cap. Still smelled gas. Brought to Honda dealer for services and stated smell of gas, they couldn't find anything and said we may have overfilled tank, must have spilled gas down side, or the poor gas mileage could be the way we drive the car. 5/11/2015-127,148 miles- check engine light-had charcoal canister & vent solenoid replaced. 5/13/2015-check engine light back on. Apparently know problem with leaking gas/fumes Honda has not recalled models affected with exception of Honda Odyssey. Much of my research effecting 98-2002 models. Tsb's ( technical service bulletin's ) 01-011 ( evap control canister vent shut valve 98-99 models ) and 03-001 ( evap bypass solenoid valve 98-02 since code and diagnosing problem is difficult and basically Honda is aware of this issue they should be recalling these vehicles as leaking gas/fumes is a safety issue.

- Cinnaminson, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 132014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
I'm the original owner of an Civic 2001 LX with 159,000 miles. It started smelling obnoxious gas smell inside the car. The dealer findings were, the fuel filter cracked. Estimated repair of $541, they advised me to not drive the car until it is fixed also, the car was well maintained by them since day one. The service disorder suggested to me to contact Honda headquarters and explain the problem to them since it is a safety issue. I did contact Honda they were not willing to do anything about it. Thanks so much,

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 122012


  • 89,900 miles
Honda Civic gx CNG fuel tank valve failure, causing the car to leave you stranded for hours. Car would not start or run, only after trying it 10+ times.

- Claremont, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 112012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Total transmission failure! while I was stopped at a traffic light it felt like the car would not get in gear. I would press on the gas and the engine would rev up but I was not moving. I was able to let it coast to a side street to get out of traffic. This could have been really ugly if I was on the highway or on a busier street. I had to get it towed to the nearest service station. Apparently the oil pump and torque converter failed which basically caused the rest of the transmission to burn up. I had to do a complete new transmission rebuild. I know my Honda has a few miles but 104K seems too early for a transmission failure.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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