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:
180,138 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace the latch (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 #2

Nov 022015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,275 miles


After hitting a tree and flipping. My car landed on the roof. While upside down i could not unlatch my seat belt. I was stuck upside down hanging there. I am suffering from deep tissue bruising.

- , Felton, DE, USA

problem #1

Aug 172011

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I tried to put my seat belt on one day just to find out that it would not click into the clicker to safely fasten. This is a danger and a pain to replace because the entire attachment that is connected to the floor has to be taken out.

- , Hellertown, PA, US

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