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:
Average Mileage:
147,037 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 042014

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles


My transmission just died yesterday at 170k. It was right at the intersection during rush hour in the evening. I took it to a local shop and the mechanic quoted me for $2,000 to rebuild it. He said everything inside the transmission will be replaced with new parts and it will be like a brand new again. Is $2,000 a typical price to get a transmission rebuilt?

- , Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #3

Feb 272013

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 204,000 miles

I got this pos 3 months ago for 3 grand and it had 204110 miles on it got it from a used dealer and dint. Have it was a good deal but i beg to differ. now got to pay tp get the thing look at and put a new transmission in and thag is more then i pay for the car to put that kind of money in it i could of just a new car for 7it grand

- , Painted Post, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 252010

Civic EX 1.7L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,769 miles

Like most complaints on this site, the transmission failed and needs to be replaced. I've contacted Honda about this but they haven't been of any help. It's shocking to see that so many have gone bad and owners are stranded. I'm doing everything I can to get the word out on this problem.

- , Orange, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 302010

Civic EX L4 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,378 miles

I got the Engine light on at my 105000 mile and got 2 codes,

P1298 AND P0740. I understand that for the P0740 I need to change the transmission. 100K is a significant mileage on the car, but it is definitely not fair that I need to change/Rebuild the transmission with 2.5K to 3.5k$ expense.

- , Sd, CA, USA

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