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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
109,982 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. re-solder cracked connection on drl module (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic lights problems

lights problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 042011

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 124,274 miles


buzzing from dash when headlights are turned off, easy to fix though Honda wants 200$ for a new module... DIY is the way to go

- , Moncton, New Brunswick, canada

problem #1

Sep 202007

(reported on)

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,691 miles

It started out with my AC not working. Then there was an intermittent problem with a buzzing sound eminating from the dash. One day, the DRL light mysteriously came on along with the buzzing. When I turned on the headlights, the buzzing stopped and DRL light went out. Ironically, if the AC button has been pressed and the buzzing/DRL light comes on, the AC button light dims. The problem has become more frequent, however is still somewhat intermittent. Most recently, when I checked the headlights when the buzzing/DRL light was on, the right headlight was not illuminated and the left headlight was flickering occasionally. I'm waiting for the problem to be consistent before taking the vehicle to be checked out.

- , Mississauga, ON, Canada

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