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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,333 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.

2001 Honda Civic fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 112005


  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles


Recall campaign O1V183000 concerning fuel pump. Owner received a recall notice from the manufacturer, and took vehicle to dealer for recall repairs. According to the description of the recall the fuel filter was to be inspected or replaced if corrosion was found. Dealer inspected the fuel filter connector and moisture was found. However, the dealer refused to replace the fuel filter connector.

- Prineville, OR, USA

problem #2

Feb 222005


  • miles
I have a 2001 Honda Civic with 67,000 km and when I depressed the release button by the driver's seat to open the gas tank cover, it wouldn't open. I was unable to fill the car up with gas until I took it in to a Honda dealership where I was told this is not an uncommon problem and I would have to have the cable replaced. I am taking it in tomorrow and was told the cost will be approx $120.

- Woodstock, 00, USA

problem #1

Oct 232001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer touched brakes to slow vehicle down, but vehicle swerved, and consumer hit another vehicle. Consumer stateed brakes squeaks and parking brake needs adjustment, transmission is making noise, no power on acceleration, upper windshield molding failed and reinstalled, noise is coming from right front wheel, gas gauge will fluctuate at times and front engine mount broke.

- Downey, CA, USA

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