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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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
271,638 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Honda Civic steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 022015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,275 miles


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steering locked while driving

My steering locked up while driving. It whipped to the left, i hit a tree and flipped. I had no control over the car.

- , Felton, DE, USA

problem #1

Oct 291915

Civic LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 333,000 miles

While I was driving, my steering locked at 45-50 mph, and I was unable to negotiate a curve. My car ran off the road to the right bumping along a ditch before coming to a stop. Thankfully, passersby quickly stopped. I left my lights on (plus the emergency lights) so that other drivers would have no trouble seeing what had happened. My car was off the road, but the cars of the good Samaritans weren't.

I went into accident mode; I don't call myself "crash-pilot" for nothing: I "rolled" down my window (automatic), turned the engine off, pulled out my purse, and waited for help. Within minutes, two passersby pulled me out of the driver's window. One drove me home (about a mile or two) where I called the tow truck. After about 1-1/2 hours, I met him at the sight. After he pulled my Honda a little way out of the ditch, he asked me to get in to steer it to the back of his truck. I told him that I'd try, but the steering was locked. To my surprise, the steering wheel was no longer locked.

I loved my little Honda, but that is the last one I ever buy. It is really terrifying to loose control of your car! I just thank God that no one else was involved in the accident, and I am still alive. The only thing that is really suffering is my pocket book. I was planning to keep the Honda for 2-3 more years (until I retire).

I was bunged up, but my car was destroyed. Someone who wanted to salvage what he could paid me $250 for it. That included a brand new battery and alternator.

I plan to report and complain to the appropriate people. I really think they owe me a "new" car.

- , Lower Salem, OH, USA

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