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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles

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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 022008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


I have a 2001 Honda Civic. My daughter was driving the car home from school on interstate 95. The lower control arm broke while she was diving 70 mph. When the part broke, it broke the axle going to the transmission and pulled the sway bar loose. The Honda dealership stated they had never seen this part fail before.

- Bennettsville, SC, USA

problem #1

Apr 052006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Possible suspension defect. Incident date of 04/05/2006 is date informed by dealer of problems. Noticed car squeaked/creaked a lot when turning. Brought car to dealer for 75K checkup and asked him to examine suspension. Dealer informed me that both of my front struts leaked and needed to be replaced, that one motor mount was cracked, and that both of the lower control arms needed to be replaced. Car was maintained in accordance with owner's manual and serviced almost entirely by same dealer for 5 1/2 years. No accident occurred, but all of these problems within such a short period of time (3-6 months between prior major and minor checkups and the checkup that discovered these problems and 5 1/2 years for the car age) are cause for concern, especially since they could have worked together to cause a drastic loss of control of the car. Based on my prior ownership experience with a 1992 Honda Civic and research on the internet, it is difficult to believe that all of these problems should have occurred. Thus, I believe that certain components of my 2001 Honda Civic's suspension may be defective. The assumed defect may be due to a design flaw, since 2001 was when Honda stopped using double-wishbone suspension in their U.S. Civics in lieu of old suspension type.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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