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:
84,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

May 252007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


I bought a Honda Civic LX before I went to college hoping it would at least last me until I graduate. WRONG. Transmission fluid started leaking at around 80k miles. Took it to the dealer and he recommended me to feed it half a pint of transmission fluid every time I get gas. Ok I took the cheap way out, thought maybe I'll be able to find a better car and trade this junk in. Now, the compressor failed on me. The clutch on it doesn't engage. Called the dealer again and asked how much would an extended warranty for 2 years cost me, $1800.

Long story short, I will never buy a Honda again in my life. People say that they last forever, but I have NEVER seen one. And if they do, its probably only one of their models.

I'd rather buy a 1980 Mercedes with 150k miles on it before buying a New/Used Honda.

- , Forest Hills, NY, USA

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