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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
667 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 #3

Mar 152008


  • miles


2001 Honda Civic lost control. Consumer states that the right rear tire was on its side. Consumer had someone look at the vehicle that told them that the right rear control arm came off and the bolts were missing.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012002


  • miles
While traveling on highway consumer is hearing a ticking noise coming from rear of vehicle. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 122002

(reported on)


  • 2,000 miles
While driving a noise was heard from the rear. The vehicle went into a 180 degree spin hitting a mailbox and causing damage to the vehicle. The arm, rear suspension broke disconnecting the right rear wheel from the frame.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

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