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:
4,610 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 #5

Mar 142010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 23,050 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated the cord to the fuel door fractured from the vehicle. The dealer replaced the cable. In 2006, while refueling the vehicle, the fuel door chord broke a second time in 2010. The dealer advised the repairs would be at the owner's expense. The vehicle was not been repaired. The failure mileage was 23,050 and the current mileage was 24,000. Updated 08/10/10. Updated 8/25/10 updated 08/27/10 updated 08/30/10

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #4

Sep 092001


  • miles
Complete recurring fuel system failure and recalls on 2001 Honda Civic LX 4dr 5speed. Problems: 2 recalls on fuel system components, fuel guage is incorrect/inoperable, tank assembly / evaporator failure leading to severe leak and heavy fumes with extreme possibility of fire. Property destroyed is asphalt.

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 242001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While traveling approximately 25 to 30 mph and making a turn, engine stalled and caused steering column to lock up. This problem did not result in a crash or injuries. Dealership examined vehicle for engine stalling, but has failed to remedy the problem. While driving, consumer heard a metal to metal sound coming from right wheel well. Consumer was told computer was not set properly according to the VIN code, this was a service bulletin, dealer stated this could be why stalling was occurring, 4 fuses blew and now dealer replaced fuse box, dealer thinks this may be a reason why the vehicle stalled also, dealer also states that he does not know why the fuses blew to begin with, the blown fuse caused moonroof to be inoperable. Vents loose. Trunk release inoperable. Springs squeak and were replaced. Defective weld in the passenger side door rusted. Vehicle experiences rough idle. Driver side tweeter cracking. Driver side mud flap loose. Passenger kick panel uneven. Fuel gauge erratic.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 272001

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 60mph on highway and vehicle stopped. He lifted hood up, and there was gasoline sprayed all inside of engine compartment. Vehicle was towed to the dealership.

- Havredegrace, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 132000

(reported on)


  • miles
Fuel guage does not register correct levels of fuel, cause unknown.

- Tacoma Park, MD, USA

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