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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
103,217 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced both front struts (3 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
  3. replace control arm and sway bar bushing (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 132014

Civic LX 2.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 165,000 miles


I have a clunking noise in front end on passenger side. I was told it was the cv joint. I replaced both, still there. I have now replaced the entire front suspension and the noise is still there. It is embarrassing as well as annoying. I have no idea what it is. I've sent it to several mechanics, no one knows. Everyone has a suggestion, but nothing pans out. WTF?

- , Cairo, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 012015

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

Can't figure out where the noise is coming from, put new control arms and bushings in and new shocks.

- , New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 012012

Civic LX Coupe 1.7L I-4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

Front suspension is making a clanking creaking noise over bumps and uneven pavement, not sure whats causing the problem it just started doing it recently but I dont have the money to get it looked at.

- , East Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #3

May 232011

Civic EX 1.7L 4

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,300 miles


I realize that my car is ten years old, but in my opinion having to replace control arm and sway bar bushings after only 46,300 miles is way too soon. My favorite auto repair shop, highly rated by the local Consumer Checkbook, told me that this was a common problem with Hondas. And after paying $633 for this repair, the clunking noises when traversing over irregularities of the pavement is still present, though reduced somewhat.

- , Silver Spring, MD, US

problem #2

Jun 012009

Civic LX Non Vtec I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

3rd time!!!!!!!!!! and now my transmission went out!!!!!! F this car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read my numerous other complaints about this piece of $hit. If you own this car and it's still driveable park it in a bad neighborhood and get it stolen. Don't sell it, no one should have this car...I'm sure the thief will end up writing a complaint on here too....

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Aug 032007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

I bought the car new in Aug., 2001- steering was sloppy from the start- was told nothing wrong- finally replaced steering rack at 27K miles- still made a sloshing and klunking sound at the slightest bump in the road- dealer replaced right strut- still noises, etc.- dealer replaced left strut- still not right- went to different dealer- replaced left and right bushings-- was okay for only one day then same noises came back--don't know what to do now- I've read here that people have had steering rack or struts replaced more than once ??? We had two of these cars- 2001 Civic LX's- and luckily we sold one in 2005- now I'm reading about transmission failures at low mileages--- what a bummer as this car is paid off- never get another Honda- We had a 1990 Acura Integra and got 245K miles on it with the original transmission, etc.-- but that was then, as they say--will never happen with this car!- back to my Toyotas, I guess!

- , Williamsburg, VA, US

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