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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,675 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 miscellaneous problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 212016


  • miles


Takata recall; is this vehicle's airbag need to be changed out" I heard that a car just like my car, airbag, killed the driver. ??" this car hasn't been involved in any accidents that I know of.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #11

Mar 182016


  • 145,000 miles
Steering: I was on the freeway northbound in slow lane, the vehicle was pulling heavy to the right. I remember going into a fishtail then to the right which was grassy and dirt. Slamming sideways up against a wall or fence ending up drivers side. My car was towed to performance towing in santa rosa, ca. I was unable to get it back, I was unable to pay for towing charges. Performance towing place a lien sale on it. Now I'm without a car in debt.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #10

May 142015


  • 79,100 miles
I was driving in heavy traffic, stopped at a light and my car just wouldn't move. I had to turn it off and turn it back on again to get it moving. But, as soon as I stopped again, it stopped moving...turned it off and on again and it barely moved enough for me to pull over and get a tow. I had it taken to a shop, but was told later they couldn't find anything wrong with it. It was moving again. So, I contacted a friend who knows Honda's and he informed me that this year and make has had many transmission problems and that it's likely I'll need a new transmission. I think that this should be Honda's responsibility, the car doesn't have enough mileage and I'm in California where the weather is mild. It's outrageous that Honda hasn't had an official recall. I want them held accountable. I was lucky that I wasn't on the freeway. I was with my seventy two year old mom who has dementia and she was terrified. So I'm angry to say the least.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 072014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 132,000 miles


I recently began having problems with my 2001 Honda Civic's transmission. I noticed the car would hesitated and stalled while I was driving on the highway. I am very angry to learn that vehicles Honda manufactured between the years of 1999-2004 have widespread complaints of transmission failure. I called the dealership where I bought the vehicle and asked what Honda would do to repair my vehicle and was told that the cost of repairing the faulty transmission they put in this vehicles was my responsibility. I am very dissatisfied. This vehicle has had numerous recalls since I have had on everything from the fuel injection to the airbags.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #8

Aug 202010

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard an unusual rambling from the engine. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was advised that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 130,000. Updated 12/01/10 the consumer stated there was no failure. The consumer requested to have the report closed. Updated 12/09/10

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #7

Nov 052008


  • 120,000 miles
P0740 torque converter clutch circuit malfunction on Honda Civic 2001.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


There is a whistling noise coming from, I believe, the front end of the vehicle. I first heard the noise while driving the car home from the dealer on May 5, 2001. Has been to vandergriff Honda 3 separate times. The first time they replaced the windshield. The second time they said they could never hear the noise so couldn't do anything. The third time they had the car for 3 days and still did nothing except said they thought the noise was coming from the back brakes. So they fixed them. There was nothing wrong with the brakes. Two weeks ago took it back to the dealer purchased from. He rode in the car with me for at least 50 miles. Never heard the noise. I left the car. They kept the car for 15 days and did nothing. According to the service report and the service advisor they reproduced the noise, but could not find out where it was coming from. The copy of the service report that I received when I picked up the car, shows 9 hours time spent on vehicle - driving, taping, etc. Not a lot of time spent on it in 15 days. I contacted american Honda caseworker again today. When I picked up the car yesterday, as soon as I got on the highway the noise started. After 10 minutes of continual whistling I called back the service advisor I had just left and he heard the noise. My daughter and granddaughter were also in the car with me. The noise continued all the way home. The dealer is 1 hour from my home. That is the only reason that I did not take it to them before. But when vandergriff couldn't fix it, I wrote a letter to american Honda (9/10/02). Finally got a response back from them the end of October. After which we agreed that I would take it back to the dealer I purchased from. I have asked am. Honda what they are going to do about the problem. The response is nothing. Somehow, someway Honda will make this problem go away.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 152002

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The air bag light illuminated on the dash board, the dealer replaced the part, however the light illuminated again. The occupancy position detector system was replaced, the rear defroster and cruise control was inoperative, there was a loud clunk noise while driving and on turns, the radio was inoperative, the back window was replaced along with the antenna, the fog light switch was loose, the brake light had gone out, there was a rattle in the rear seat, the fuel cap was loose, there was a vibration in the steering wheel, and the trunk lid did not close. Scc

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 202002


  • miles

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 012002


  • miles
Plastic wrapper fell off. Nlm

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 272001

(reported on)


  • miles
The carpet is coming up and balding.

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 302001

(reported on)


  • miles
Panel noise as well, part back ordered for over 2 months. No safety defect listed.

- Natick, MA, USA

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