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:
Average Mileage:
86,700 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. got a new set from auto zone (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic lights problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 072013

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


This car was bought new in 2001! I called the dealer and they said the recall had been taken care of. Bullshit!!!

The car hasn't been to the dealer for anything and now they refuse to do anything about the problem. Mistlin Honda in Modesto, CA sucks big time!

- , Newman, CA, US

problem #2

Aug 122009

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

A teen driver was driving the car at the time in the afternoon. Noticed that evening that the low beam on the left side was out. Replaced it. The same one went out again. Had a store warranty on it. Auto Zone replaced it for free.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 142006

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • 50,100 miles

On February 24, 2004 Honda issued a recall - "On certain passenger vehicles, the low-beam terminal on the head light wire harness can overheat and could cause the low beams to fail without warning." - I got the recall notice and took my car for a fix on May 11, 2004 at Conicelli Honda (authorized dealer and service center). A little over two years later on June 13th 2006, I have the same problem occurring in my car. I am driving - returning back from the Mall - and the lights just go out. I have to drive on high beam. In the morning as I get in the car - I smell burnt plastic. I took my car to Pep Boys who couldn't figure out the problem. They replaced both bulbs bit the light still wouldn't work. I called Honda of North America and they said that they couldn't do anything as Recalls are serviced only once. They suggested I should talk to Conicelli. I called Conicelli and they said that this will have to be investigated and paid-for separately and couldn't schedule me before July 3rd (today in June 14th). I am upset about the fact that neither Honda nor its dealer is willing to consider that the problem for which the vehicle was recalled still exists (either it wasn't properly fixed or the fix wasn't good enough). On top of that - the earliest they can look at my vehicle is after 18 days.

- , Norristown, PA, USA

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