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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
121,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace transmission (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 042016

Civic EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


Honda Civic 2001, with not even 120,000 miles on it. Drove with care and caution, did routine maintenance, including brand new tires (though that has nothing to do with transmissions). I am the second owner.

2 days ago, I am at a red light with a perfectly functioning car. The light turns green, I hit the gas pedal, and realize I am in neutral. I then look at my shift only to see it is IN FACT, in Drive. Car is dead ever since, has not worked with any troubleshooting like shifting gears or restarting engine.

Damn Honda, wont even provide any percent coverage towards a new transmission. I am no longer a Honda fan and wish the company would go bankrupt.

- , Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 012011

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

The transmission runs and shifts fine. The lock up on transmission into overdrive doesn't work or engage, which is the 0740 code. the p1298 code is the electronic load detector which is in the fuse box. I replaced this for $40 and did not get rid of code. I brought to dealer and they told me I need new tranny and replace ELD for $3000. I think that is total bullshit. There has got to be way to fix just the solenoid problem, they told me no that there isn't. I have found that is a very common problem with this year civic and yet there is only a voluntary recall, which still puts the bill on the owner. In the process of trying to find other solutions to problem, but in the end I feel that replacing tranny is only option.

- , Nashua, NH, USA

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