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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. inflater was only thing fixed instead of air bag (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 042014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


My grandmother stated that I needed to fix my air-bag because of the notification on CNN News. I took the car to Tom Benson Honda on Friday 12/5/14. The service department was very racist, and suggested that I go to Gunn Honda for the air-bag to be fixed, and to rent a car. Since I am pregnant, I did not wish to drive off the lot, without getting the air-bag fixed. The service department finally called Hertz Rent a Car across the street from Benson Honda.

I received 10 phone calls from John and Tobin in the service department that I needed to bring the rental car back because my air bag was fixed.

My grandmother received several phone calls stating that the rental car was to be turned in that night since my air bag was fixed. I returned the rental car on 12/6/14, and picked up my car, and was told by John that they only fixed the Inflater, not the air-bag. My grandmother is legally blind, and I am 7 months pregnant.

We were treated horribly at Tom Benson Honda, and since no African Americans work there, I now know why we were treated so bad.

Ausset Culberson (

Zaundara Culberson(

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

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