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:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,681 miles

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2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 10 of 15)

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problem #109

Jan 102008


  • 62,000 miles


For 2001 Honda Civic at 62,000 miles, the check engine light came on suggesting a failure of the transmission (code P0740) according to the dealer. The car drives fine. This was in January of 2008. The light came on again 8 months later at 70,000 miles. Dealer says transmission torque converter clutch is failing. There is no noticeable problem with driving or as the car shifts. The dealer recommends replacement of the transmission.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #108

Sep 152008


  • 82,200 miles
My car stop working when I was on a busy expressway I had no warning I had just got my oil change in my fluids checked in everything was find.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #107

Sep 182008


  • 67,000 miles
Yesterday I was driving down a very busy stretch of I-680 in the walnut creek, California area. My car was working perfectly when all of a sudden my 2001 Honda Civic ex at (with only 65,000 miles) slipped out of gear, essentially into neutral. I was unable to get back into gear and had to navigate over 3 lanes of rush hour traffic and coast to the side of the freeway. Luckily I was able to make it to the side of the road without causing any accidents, although it did back up traffic. To top things off, I didn't have a cell phone and was stranded. As it turns out my transmission failed. After doing a quick google search I learned that this is a major problem with this year/model Honda. On there are 200 people reporting the same problem. Many people weren't so lucky and this problem has caused numerous accidents. I am very disappointed and feel this should problem should be addressed!

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #106

Sep 072008


  • 120,000 miles


While driving down the road, my transmission failed, completely without warning. The check engine light did not come on until *after* the car completely failed to continue its forward motion. I was lucky enough to be in an area where I could just hop out of the car and push it to the side of the road. I am *extremely* lucky I was not on the freeway when this happened, since I was literally *minutes* away from it. I had to get a tow truck to tow it to the dealership, where they tell me I will have to fork over $4000 dollars B/C they don't usually fix broken transmissions and said it should just be replaced. I have been faithful in servicing my vehicle *precisely* because I did* want my car to fail on me without warning. I am *extremely* unhappy about this. If Honda already knows about this massive problem, they have a responsibility to make sure that it gets fixed. I think only sheer blind luck has kept so many people from getting killed with this defect. How long will it be until someone's transmission fails in the middle of the road and they cause a major accident with more than one life lost. It is not a matter of* it will happen. It's a matter of *when* it happens. And how will it look when that goes on the news and everyone knew about this problem and didn't do anything about this? this is despicable, irresponsible, and just plain wrong.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #105

Jul 062008


  • 110,000 miles
Code P0740 keeps reappearing in the car even after several checkups. The gear fails to shift from 203 gear which results in slower pickup and may cause excessive noise and "revving" during acceleration.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #104

Sep 012008


  • 88,110 miles
Nothing leading up to it. Was on freeway when the car refused to go anymore and began slowing while merging onto rush hour traffic freeway. Transmission failed! was almost hit 3 or for times trying to get this car off highway. Recall this problem it is affecting people all around the country.

- Mission Hills , CA, USA

problem #103

Aug 222008


  • 48,000 miles


The car is a 2001 Honda Civic LX with 48,000 miles. I was driving on the freeway at rush hour when the automatic transmission suddenly slipped out of gear, stopped shifting, a yellow warning light went on the dash after the transmission slipped and the car lost power. The warning light was misleading and inaccurate in its assessment. The dealer service center informed me that there was an internal clutch failure in the transmission. The transmission had an internal failure and that it needed to be replaced. But they then said they had never heard of this problem and that it must be only my car that has this problem. I have since found out that it is very common on this make, model, and year.

- Sierra Madre, CA, USA

problem #102

Aug 032008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles
I had just purchased a used 2001 automatic Honda Civic LX coupe and its at about 116,000 miles and the transmission went out. I understand it is very high in miles, but I also believed the false advertisement of "Honda are made to last". a week prior to when the transmission completely failed, I was driving to work and it started slowing down and it felt like I was in neutral. I pulled off to the side and turned off my vehicle and restarted the car and everything was fine. A couple days later the same thing happened and it felt like my car was jerking trying to switch gears. I found it very dangerous because when my transmission gave out I was lucky enough to had turn into a small residential street from a busy street. Had I not turn and stayed on the busy, traveling at high speed, I would have been in an accident along with other cars behind me. After further research I also found that this was very common for early 2000 Honda and especially for 2001 Honda. In researching I also found the nhsta conducted an investigation and concluded it was not dangerous enough to resort to a recall. I understand that investigations are done vigorously and thoroughly, however I feel different being that I was in the situation. In my opinion, if it this common and many people are affected by it, something should at least be done. I am a student and just paying for a new transmission is so costly and I find it very hazardous and problematic when my car stops abruptly in the middle of the road. I would really appreciate it if there was a second look at this situation. Thank you very much for your time.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #101

Aug 092008


  • 97,000 miles
While driving on a very busy stretch of double-lane interstate highway, my 2001 Honda Civic LX automatic transmission failed. The car just slipped into a lower gear and the engine would rev when I pressed the gas. I instantly put on my hazard lights, but that did not stop cars from almost slamming into my car. I was terrified. After coming to a complete stop (again, in traffic - I wasn't able to pull over) and realizing my car was completely dead, my car was pushed down the street (by a police officer) and over to a side street where I would be out of traffic and could wait for a tow. This incident happened on Saturday, August 9th, 2008 and today, August 13th, 2008, I am still without a car as a whole new transmission is needed. I have since learned that this is an extremely common problem with 2001 Honda Civics. In fact, their customer service (1800-999-1009) department confirmed to me that they are aware of this issue with this year, make and model but a recall is not in place. It is very strange to me that a car company would allow people to drive around in cars they know will unexpectedly die for no reason besides a manufacturing flaw. I am very thankful that I wasn't hit while broken-down in traffic, I wasn't in a bad neighborhood, it was daytime, and my cell phone was working. I'm sorry to think that others are not as fortunate. The fact that Honda has acknowledged this problem and agreed that it is extremely common is especially disconcerting to me as a consumer and as a driver. I am considering a class action lawsuit. I have attached a link to a website that documents this transmission issue with 2001 Honda Civics for your reference:

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #100

Aug 032008


  • 82,000 miles
Honda 2001 Civic 4 door with 80,000 miles. Transmission died on the highway with my daughter in the car. Took it to Honda dealership and the said I need a new transmission ($2800). Car has never had any problems. This happened out of the blue, no warning. There are lists and lists of people who have the same issue with kind of make and model of Honda. Someone needs to do something about this.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #99

Jul 262008


  • 57,000 miles


I was coming from leesburg to falls church with a speed of 45M/H my car stop near tyson corner and the traffic was very fast and I was almost going to hit by lot of cars bcz of my transmission failure, my car have only 57000 mileage and and I have a Honda Civic 2001.

- Fallschurch, VA, USA

problem #98

Jul 162008


  • 120,000 miles
Within the span of 2 miles my transmission went from normal to not working. My car began to rev high when I applied the gas and took longer than normal to shift gears, and then stopped working at all and my car would no longer move. I was not even able to move over to the shoulder, so for the next hour until a tow truck arrived I blocked a lane of high-speed traffic.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #97

Jul 112008


  • 98,000 miles
In the span of 2 minutes the transmission in my 2001 Honda Civic went from working fine to having no gears that work. At the time of the failure I was driving across the ben franklin bridge towards camden, NJ in heavy rush hour traffic. It was only through shear luck that I was able to make it up the upside of the bridge and then cross over 2 lanes to the right lane and coast to the first exit where I was only clogging up a smaller road. This could have easily cause something much more horrific if I had not made it up the bridge and into the right lane.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #96

Jul 122008


  • 95,700 miles
2001 Honda Civic having a complete transmission failure, even though the car was well maintained. This seems to be a common problem with the particular model and Honda corporate is well aware of it. However, they will not recall the vehicle or reimburse customers for the repair. My son experienced this problem while on his 5th day at his first full time job. He was alone in a new city and we gave him the best of the 4 cars in the family, believing it was the most reliable one! now we are looking at a repair bill of $2,800, rental car bill and toll truck bill. The only good thing about this is that he was not traveling at high speed and had enough momentum when it happened to pull into a parking spot (illegal though).

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #95

Jul 032008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,204 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving 60 mph on the interstate, the check engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. When he depressed the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to maintain speed and the transmission failed. The contact was able to maneuver to the shoulder of the road until it could be towed to a repair shop. The failure mileage was 83,204 and current mileage was 83,205.updated 08/04/08. Updated 08/06/08.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #94

Jun 132008


  • 98,000 miles
2001 Honda Civic, 98,000 miles. Started to lose power while in gear but in neutral engine has full power.. was driving at 65 mph on interstate when car started to lose speed and power during rush hour.. Honda service first said that the transmission is working fine and the problem I was the catalytic converter then after that was repaired the car lost power again and now Honda service then tells me it was the transmission after all that failed. So after $1200 in unneeded repairs I now have a $2900 estimate to replace the transmission... this is joke since I would assume that Honda dealers and service managers would be aware of the transmission problems with the 2001 Honda Civic. Had I known that there was a growing amount of complaints about the 2001 Civic transmissions. I would have would have discussed the problem in detail with the Honda dealer opposed to taking his word that it was working fine...

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #93

Jul 032008


  • 83,204 miles
My daughter was driving from jackson ms to vicksburg ms and the car stop pulling. She was almost rammed in the rear, the car coast to the side of the road. 2001 Honda Civic LX transmission stop pulling forward or reverse. I had it pulled to vicksburg Honda, the service manager was aware of the problem with the dtc P0730 code, he called customer service they decline to fix the problem, there was over 200 complaint lodged against this transmission. Honda is aware of it and refuses to do any thing about it. This vehicle has 83,204 miles. I am very concern about Honda automatic vehicles transmission and to make matters worst is the response I get from Honda.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

problem #92

Jul 042008


  • 85,000 miles
Honda Civic 2001 transmission failure : have been maintaining my car with regular service schedules. Spoke to other folks who own a Civic and they too have the same problem. Was driving in the highway and when I was picking up speed, the car just wont move. I request you to act on this before we start losing lives.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #91

Jul 022008


  • 68,930 miles
I was driving on 101 nb when this incident happened. The traffic was heavy and there was jam as I approached intersection of 101 and 85, so I stepped on the brake to slow down behind other car. While slowing down, I noticed that the radio was gone and then came back on after few seconds. Then ABS and rsr lights started to blink, the car seemed to loose the power, all needles (tachometer, speedometer) came down to 0 and finally the car just stopped moving. I pressed emergency light but it wasn't working. I tried to restart the car but nothing happen. This was very frightening with the car stopped in second lane from left and emergency light not working. There was not warning sign that the car would stop running, I couldn't pull over to the shoulder. I called 911, while waiting to get through, suddenly the all lights came back on. I then started the car, it started like nothing was wrong. So I had the emergency light on, took exit and drove back home. And while driving back home, the car again seemed to have the same problem, fortunately it didn't stop and I reached home safely. I am so scary to drive this car again. I don't know when it will stop in the middle of the road or worse the heavy traffic highway. This is very dangerous situation. Had I was driving at higher speed and there was no heavy traffic, and suddenly my car stop running, I could get into fatal accident as well as other who might have involved. My car has only 68,000 miles and in very good condition. I hope this issue can be addressed soon enough, otherwise some lives will be lost.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #90

Jul 022008


  • 63,384 miles
I bought a brand new Honda Civic ex back in 2001. I change the oil transmission every 15,000 miles with Honda transmission oil. There is no oil leakage around the transmission block. The car has only 67,000 mile. My son was traveling on two-way road when the transmission stalled without warning, I couldn't imagine if he was driving on the freeway. At first, I think this incident was rare, and only happened to my Civic, but when I read on the internet that so many people had experienced the same problem, then I thought that this must be a bigger issue concerning public safety that needs to be addressed immediately.

- Walnut, CA, USA

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