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:
65,144 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.

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 282014


  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that there was an electrical short that caused the low beam headlights to fail. The contact had to apply the high beams due to the failure, which was progressing. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V086000 (exterior lighting). Prior to the contact owning the vehicle, it was repaired according to the recall, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #5

May 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,374 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the low beam light switch has blown out 4 times between may of 2004 and September of 2007. The dealer gives her a hard time whenever she brings the vehicle in for repair. The recall number was unknown. The failure mileage was 91,374 and current mileage was 170,300.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 232004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Low beam lighting recall. After recall repairs were done low beam lights failed. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, and mechanic refused to fix the problem. This information was provide by the daughter of consumer jennifer gurbba.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,800 miles


I have a 2001 Honda Civic. The headlights stopped functioning due to a burned out switch and melting of the wiring connector. The dealership contacted Honda and replaced the switch and wiring but could not provide what caused the malfunction and it is likely to happen again. There are a number of postings in regard to this same issue. I also contacted Honda to request information. They initially refused to open a case file or provide information. During the second call they finally opened a case file. When they did call regarding the case they had no information, refused to allow me to be transferred or provide me with another contact and then mark hung up.

- Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 032004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 64,692 miles
While driving on the freeway, my low-beam headlights suddenly turned off and only my high-beams would work. I found out that the headlight switch in the steering collumn has become burned out and needs to be replaced. I've spoken to six other 2001 Honda Civic coupe owners, and they have had similar experiences. This is clearly a factory defect and needs a safety recall.

- Daimond Bar, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 132003


  • 53,000 miles
The vehicles headlight switch melted. As a result only the low beams worked. Dealer notified.

- Yamhill, OR, USA

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