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.


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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 steering problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

May 052006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My 2001 Honda Civic ex SRS light came up last week. This car had lot of issues since I bought in 2000 December 1. radio replaced 1 month after purchase. 2. right front side wheel bearing was replaced within 6 months under warranty. It failed again in 2005. I had it replaced again in 2005 for $500. 3. side airbag light reset within 2 years. It came back again in 2000. The dealer doesn't know what is causing the problem. Its going to cost me $600 to replace the sensor. 4. front side windows get stuck and don't roll up properly in cold weather. In 2003 dealer replaced the motor for $600 but still doesn't work. 5. replaced front struts in 2006 6. power steering pump failed in 2006 will cost me $500 to replace. 7. SRS light came up and stays on in 2006. Don't know what it will take to get this repaired. Overall I think 2001 Civic is a piece of junk.

- Springfield, NJ, USA

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