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 13 of 15)

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problem #49

Jun 292007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


Transmission surges /slips accompanied by "check engine" light. This is second occurrence for this condition. First event deal replaced O2 sensor and transmission fluid and surging/slipping ceased. New event of surging/slipping occurred without prior symptom but at a much greater severity.

- Carol Stream, IL, USA

problem #48

Jul 012006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. When idle at a stop sign, the vehicle will shake and vibrate very loudly. The contact took it to a different dealer who stated that a diagnostic was needed to locate the cause of failure. The vehicle is out of warranty. The transmission was replaced at 30,000 miles. The current mileage is 83,000 and failure mileage was 30,000.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #47

Apr 072007

Civic 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Tranmission failed and car stopped abruptly in the middle of the road. The car has only 72K miles and tramission service has been performed regularly on the car. The dealer quotes $3400 to fix. There are several complaints by many consumers on 2001 Honda Civic tramissions failing abruptly.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #46

Jan 172007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,560 miles


My 2001 Honda Civic with about 76,000 miles was acting up for about a week. It started making a squeaking noise when cold, however once it got warmed up the noise went away. Few days ago when I shifted the automatic transmission into reverse, it barely moved. The RPM's would rev up but the vehicle was not going anywhere fast. Same happened when shifted in drive. I made it to work, and decided to take it into the shop on the way back in the evening. On the way to the shop the car stopped without much warning. At the time it died I was going over a bridge overpass and did not have any room to pull over. Luckily my wife was following me so she slowed down and allowed me to cost down the overpass on to the shoulder. Once stopped the check transmission light came on, unfortunately, too little to late. I had the car towed to a dealer who has informed me that the car needs a new transmission. This is a Honda, only 5 years old with less than 80K miles. This should not happen to this car. The cost of repair is over $2K. Honda is willing to cover half the cost as a good-will gesture, but judging by the amount of complaints about the transmission on 2001 Honda Civics between 50-80K miles, this should be a recall. I only wonder how many people fork over $3K-$4K and do not report this issue.

- Mantua, NJ, USA

problem #45

Jan 112007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles
Cars transmission started slipping on the way home from work. Going down hill transmission completely failed and engine revved up - would not move. Pulled over to side of road and car would not move. Would not move in forward or reverse. Transmission fluid was full, no apparent leaks. Fluid smelled like it was burned. Car had all service up to date, performed by dealer. Car was purchased brand new from dealer. Transmission had been serviced (fluid changed) twice by dealer. Had car towed to dealer - diagnosed as bad transmission. Quoted price of $3876 to replace. Found numerous reports of other Civic owners on the internet with the same transmission failure. Honda transmissions are obviously poor quality and not reliable. Some people had to replace trans. 2-3 times in first 100,000 miles.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #44

Mar 112006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,850 miles
I have bought Honda Civic 2001 in Jan 2001 from goodson Honda, houston, tx. After one year I moved to the Canada and informed the company. They acknowledge the receipt of my move letter. All the repairs have been done by dealers so far in us and Canada. Here in Canada company covers all Civics for up to 60000 km for transmission. In January 06 after oil change and air filter replacement my car started making strange noise at startup, I took it to the dealership who said its a transmission problem. I took to the transmission shop who said there is nothing wrong. Since american Honda claimed and instructed customers not to change transmission oil until 80000 miles, I never thought about transmission problem at that less mileage. But recently my rarely driven car with 45309 mileage broke down. As it was evident that engine was running but car refused to move, I towed to the transmission shop. Apparently it is a manufacturer fault as reported on internet many Civics with my kind of VIN series developed that problem (see as their linear solenoid is faulty. I contacted american Honda and Honda Canada both refused to do anything about it. Transmission expert mechanic told me that he is getting more and more Civics and Accord with transmission problems caused by faulty linear solenoid.

- Mississauga, 00, USA

problem #43

Jan 212005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


Transmission in my 2001 Honda Civic ex with 85,000 miles went out.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #42

Feb 012006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,394 miles
Noticed sudden tugging on day of incident when car hit 20 mph, while driving home from work, and after getting off of highway, car suddenly stalled at a red light. I turned vehicle off for about 10 minutes to see if it would move, but no such luck. The engine was working fine, but the tires gave out completely @ 73K miles. I had the car towed to my local mechanic, and he stated it was P0730 as listed in Honda Civic 01 tsb. Mechanic said I needed to replace tranny. Since it is costly I contacted the dealership, had the car diagnosed and now they ask for $2100 for a remanufactured transmission. I have now contacted Honda zone and american Honda for goodwill assistance since these vehicles are known to have bad transmissions, received a case number and hopefully matters will be solved, since vehicle is out of the 36K mile warranty period. Do note vehicle was purchased brand new from lot and all maintenance records are up to date. There were no prior warnings or indications of such malfunction, and I was put in a dangerous situation. This vehicle should have a safety recall.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #41

Jan 272006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
I have a 2001 Honda Civic. Stopped at a stop sign, my daughter proceeded when traffic cleared. Stepping on the accelerator, the car lunged forward into the intersection, then suddenly lost power to the wheels. The engine was still running fine, but when the accelerator was pushed down, the engine revved but no power was transferred to the wheels. The car rolled very slowly into the intersection and had to be pushed off the roadway. My daughter was lucky the on coming traffic was light and the oncoming cars were able to avoid her. The cause:a shot tranny. Since this happened, I have read so many similar incidents with Honda cars. It seems this problem runs throughout the entire line of Honda automobiles. This car has only 81,000 miles on it and has had scheduled maintenances performed regularly. I heard Honda has extended its warranties to 100,000 for certain vehicles that they make with this exact same problem, but they do not include the Civic. Maybe in the interest of safety for their customers, and the infamous Honda "reliability" they should include the Civic. People pay more for Honda, I think I'll go Toyota next time.

- Maywood, NJ, USA

problem #40

Jan 092006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,600 miles
For the past month or so, the transmission made a high pitched noise when starting the vehicle. After the vehicle is warmed up the noise would go away. Noise became louder with time. Initially noticed transmission problem when vehicle would not engage in drive when shifted from park. When pressing the accelerator pedal there was a delay in acceleration. Took vehicle to a reputable Honda specialist who stated the transmission needed to be replaced!!! the estimate for replacement with a re-manufactured transmission is $2,500... ouch!the vehicle is maintained on regular basis and only has 63,000 miles on it. So much for the infamous Honda reliability and durability. And to think that the wife and I were considering buying a Honda minivan!

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #39

Oct 152005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact states the transmission makes a high pitch noise when starting the vehicle. After the vehicle is warmed up the noise will go away. When pressing the accelerator pedal there is a delay in acceleration. She took the vehicle to the dealer; they stated the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle is maintained on regular basis.

- Bethel , CT, USA

problem #38

Sep 302005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving Honda Civic LX 2001 model it stopped on the road, not moving anymore. Luckily no injury. But if it happened in the highway some major accident can happen. Honda has to make a recall on this issue before big problem arise. And I like to get my expenditure reimbursed too. Transmission has gone completely. My car have only 48000 miles on it. This is not the image I got about Honda from my friend. If I got this issue not resolved I am not going to recommend this vehicle to anybody.I was thinking to get a new Honda SUV myself. Now I have to think again. It costing me around 5000$. please research this issue immediately.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #37

Jan 262004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
While driving the transmission began to slip, the rpms would move out of control. The vehicle was taken to three different service repair shops. All of them did not find anything wrong with the transmission. About three months later the transmission failed over a period of three days. On the third day, consumer took vehicle to a transmission shop, who determined the transmission malfunctioned. Consumer did not have any repair work performed, and left the shop when the vehicle broke down. Consumer had vehicle towed to her home. Called Honda, who said warranty was up and consumer would be responsible for the cost of repairs. Consumer took vehicle to amco, who repaired the vehicle. They stated it was internal problems. The transmission was not replaced but repaired at 64,000 miles.

- Ceres, CA, USA

problem #36

May 252005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
I have a 2001 Honda Civic ex with 62,000 miles. I bought it brand new a little of three years ago. I was driving in rush hour traffic on the freeway when my car without warning malfunctioned and would only rev up. I luckily coasted over to the side of the road (with many people slamming on breaks, honking and nearly missing me). I was right at an entrance to the interstate so while I was waiting for my husband, many people almost smashed into my car. We had the vehicle towed to a Honda dealership and was told that we need a new transmission. We have always had all of the fluids checked every time we get an oil change. We also have the documented dates where the fluids were checked. We have a case in with Honda so we will see how it goes!! I am leery why so many people have the exact same story. The reason the transmission died was due to lubrication (the exact same problem with all the recalled Honda cars).

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #35

Apr 192005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,405 miles
To start off this car was bought with a salvaged title, however all work was done by a shop to make it new again. I have owned the car for almost 2 years and have not had any problems until this spring. I was pulling out of the parking spot at my bank and got half way into the lane when all of a sudden my transmission just let go and started making a real bad grinding and clinking sound. I stopped immediately and the car wouldn't move. I had my car towed to a local transmission shop and they did a full diagnostic and mechanical check on the car. They told me that the differential had just fallen apart on the inside and had torn apart the passenger side axle, and the torque converter, along with leaving a lot of little pieces of metal shards and clutch material everywhere. When the grand total was figured up it was $490 labor, $2,373 parts, plus taxes which came to a grand total of $3,006. Let me explain that this is my 2nd Civic and 1 of 4 in my family. I truly believe that Honda's are very dependable cars. How ever when this happens and it is not because of anything I could control it is very disheartening. This car only has 48,000 miles on it and doesn't show any signs of wear. I have read many other complaints about the transmissions in this year and I would like to know what Honda is going to do about it. I have talked to the dealer and they said they couldn't do anything for me. So, I called the customer service for Honda usa and the lady said she couldn't do a thing because of the salvaged title, when asked to speak to her supervisor she replied, "fortunately I don't have a supervisor." I am still in the process of talking to Honda so I can get this matter solved. I have no choice I am a college student who works full-time just to pay the bills and rent, to have this happen is a real blow.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #34

Mar 302005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Transmission in my 2001 Honda Civic ex went out on March 30, 2005 at 79,900 miles. I was driving home from work and the car began to stall in the middle of a busy intersection, when the engine light came on. Fortunately, I was able to get the car across the intersection and pull over onto a side street. The car had to be towed to the dealer that night. The next morning I was told that the transmission had gone out, and the repairs were approximately $4,000. I have spoken with dealer and the Honda corporation concerning the replacement cost for the transmision. They are requesting that I cover 25% percent of the cost, due to the warranty expiration. Based on the research that I have done, it is apparent that the Honda corporation is either manufacturing "defective" transmissions for al of their late model automobiles, or they are using defective parts to build the transmissions. I am aware that the Honda corporation has extended a courtesy "warranty" for specific Honda's and Acura's due to premature transmission failures, but the Honda Civic is not included in this warranty extension. I was lucky that I was able to pull my car over to the side of the road without someone crashing into me from behind; however, someone else may not be that lucky.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #33

Mar 132005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 40 mph driver applied the accelerator pedal and the vehicle failed to accelerate. Driver pulled over, and the vehicle was towed to a dealer for inspection. Mechanic informed determined that the transmission needed to be replaced.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #32

Dec 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,700 miles
While driving 40 mph vehicle stalled. Consumer managed to pull over, and had the vehicle towed. Dealership informed the consumer that the transmission failed. The problem was not resolved.

- Montpelier, VA, USA

problem #31

Nov 072004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
Car starts driving different when exceeding speed car starts to sound loud as if you were pressing on the gas and the car were on natural. As I was on the freeway the car stalled completely leaving me stranded on a fwy no emergency lane to pull over on merely causing several accidents my three daughters were so frightened and will never be comfortable in that car again. I have taken the car to a mechanic and in the process of finding out the monetary damage.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #30

Nov 102004

Civic 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed. Consumer pulled over. Vehicle towed to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

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