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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,465 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 #3

Dec 222007


  • miles


When driving my 2001 Honda Civic ex, I experienced the complete loss of my headlights. This has been an on going problem that the dealership cannot or will not correct. There was a recall for the over heating of the headlight switch in 2004. After two attempts by the dealer to fix this problem, (replaced the switch, after extensive troubleshooting, according to them), I have for the third time experienced a loss of headlights while driving due to the over heating of the switch. The consequences of losing the headlights at night time are self explanatory.

- Center Barnstead, NH, USA

problem #2

Jan 212004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,894 miles
Headlights suddenly went off while driving. Headlight switch connector to wiring harness melted. Dealership replaced the switch and cleaned the connector. This was a common problem with these vehicles, per the dealership.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #1

May 052003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,500 miles
I have a 2001 Honda Civic LX. The low beam headlights stopped working due to the headlight switch getting hot and burning the wire. The headlight switch and wiring all had to be replaced.

- Portland, OR, USA

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