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:
Average Mileage:
150,380 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced entire steering rack (2 reports)
  3. have to replace entire rack, but too expensive, replacarpet (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 122017

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,536 miles


I'm waiting as long as I can to have this fixed. I've already spent 10k in repairs on this car. It's just all been too much.

- , 95628, US

problem #4

Apr 142013

Civic LX 1680

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,360 miles

Is it very dangerous? It jz happen when I send my car to do the service today. I am not notice it. Foreman told me the leaking. I must repair immediately ? But it is costly

- , Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia

problem #3

Feb 022009

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 201,004 miles

Just one of the many issues going on with this car that was bought new!

- , Richmond Hill, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 312011


  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles

power steering rack leaking power steering fluid into the interior of the car. Ruined the carpet!!!!!

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles

After spending $1,500 on a new transmission, the car started leaking power steering fluid. Now it seems that the car has a humbling round when it is close to 40 mph, and the ridding is tougher than before. A mechanic states that it is a steering problem and the rack and pinion needs to be replaced. I have seen to fluid on my garage floor. Should I fix it, or just wait and use the car as a trade in for a new car?

- , Seffner, FL, USA

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