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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
57,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Honda Civic seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 122010

Civic EX 1.7L 4

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles


When my 2001 Honda Civic EX was only 4.5 years old the SRS light would remain on all the time. I learned from my Honda dealer that this meant that the airbags wouldn't deploy. Honda wouldn't fix this problem as my car was no longer under warranty, so I had my favorite repair shop fix it. The problem was due to a bad air bag control module. This repair cost me more than $450. Four years later the SRS light would again remain on all of the time. I choose not to repair this because I drive very safely, maintaining good braking distance from cars ahead of me and the fact that I'm not rich enough to do this every four plus years. This is regrettable.

- , Silver Spring, MD, US

problem #1

Aug 122005

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

In August 2005 I was unfortunately involved in a car accident where I rear ended another vehicle at 55mph. The other vehicle left the accident & thankfully I wasn't injured. But to my great surprise, my seatbelt did not lock & my air bags did not deploy. I hit the steering wheel with my chest & to say the least it did not feel good. If the air bags had deployed I would have been seriously injured. I went to my local Honda dealership to inquire why both my airbags & seatbelt had failed. The mechanic told me I did not "hit the vehicle right" so my seatbelt did not lock up & the air bags did not deploy. I told him next time "my car will jump on top of the vehicle so I can hit it right."

- , Oliver Springs, TN, USA

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