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 4 of 15)

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problem #229

Nov 192009


  • 140,000 miles


Bought a 2001 Honda Civic started slipping into 3rd. Tried changing transmission fluid with stop slip transmission fluid. Problem persisted. One night it started doing a continual slip and couldn't accelerate. If I wasn't in the country and instead was in a big city this could have been dangerous.

- Bremen, IN, USA

problem #228

Aug 012010


  • 137,000 miles
My Honda Civic 2001, stopped in the middle of a super busy street. My car began to rev up everytime I needed to move forward. And then at a certain point I noticed that it would not go pass 40 km/hr and then I stopped for a bit and my check engine light came on. I started move out of the parking space and then the car would not go pass 20 km/hr and 2 minutes later, my car stopped completely. My car would not move forward but it would reverse. I was then forced to tow my car to my neighborhood mechanic but now he can't seem to find a transmission and since this happened in the summer, the transmission shops are closed. I have lost so far 4 days of work because I do no have access to a car. I am still waiting...

- Dorval, 00, USA

problem #227

Aug 012010


  • 138,000 miles
2001 Honda Civic ex with 138K miles. While driving to work (I am a police officer) my transmission goes out leaving me with no acceleration on a busy highway causing traffic to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. After doing some research it seems that it is a very common problem for transmissions to go out without warning even when serviced correctly and taken care of.

- Celina, TX, USA

problem #226

Jul 302010


  • miles


I was driving on highway 95 when I started to feel the car slowing even though I was in drive. Most cars are going 60-70. I had enough time to exit when the car stopped in the left lane of a busy city street. The car felt as though I was in neutral any time I tried to drive. My 2001 Honda Civic apparently had transmission failure and I will now have to pay $2400 for the rebuilt transmission. I am shocked to see how many others have had this complaint. I was lucky that I had enough time to get off the highway.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #225

Jul 292010


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle stopped accelerating but the rpms continued to increase. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane and towed to an independent mechanic where she was informed that the transmission failed. The transmission was replaced by an independent mechanic. The failure and current mileages were 103,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #224

Jul 292010


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while making a U turn at 10 mph the rpms began to increase and the vehicle would not move forward. She turned the vehicle off and restarted it but it would not move forward or backwards. The vehicle was towed to a local transmission mechanic who drained the transmission fluid because there were metal shavings in it. The dealer stated that she needed to have the vehicle towed to them and that they may or may not be able to assist with repairs. The failure and current mileages were approximately 91,000.

- Coronado , CA, USA

problem #223

Jul 282010


  • 147,253 miles


I have a 2001 Honda Civic and without any warning, the transmission blew in the middle of a busy intersection and my car stalled. The car has been well taken care of and has approx. 147K miles on it. I've been told that the car requires a new transmission out of my pocket. It is in my opinion that my transmission should have last a lot longer than 9 years and 147K miles. I own three other vehicles, two of which are about 5 years older and both with over 300K miles on them each and have never had a problem. Honda does not consider this a safety issue and won't recall it. It's clearly a safety issue is ones car stalls in the middle of rush hour traffic. I was lucky to not be hit. I have researched this problem and found 453 similar complaints on; I am a very conservative driver and take very good care of my vehicles. There is no reason to believe that a Honda wouldn't last longer than mine has.

- Luther, OK, USA

problem #222

Jul 132001


  • 127,683 miles
Transmission code P0740 told transmission needs to be replaced. Driven car normally and has 128,000 miles, but the check engine light has been on for quite a while, and the transmission is the problem. This is a defective part and should not be allowed to be made. Many mechanics have claimed this is a typical problem for this model. There are stories about transmissions going out in the middle of driving. Can be very dangerous.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #221

Jan 012008


  • 100,000 miles
My horn stopped working and my SRS light came on about a year and a half ago. The dealer originally told me it had to do with the wiring... costing me $300 which I could not afford to repair. I took the car in for the air bag recall and now they are saying the SRS light is on because of a defect in the seat belt buckle ($200)- but why would that make my horn stop working? there are a lot of complaints and this needs to be recalled as this is incredibly unsafe and obviously widespread!!! Honda also needs to recall the transmission problems. I had fought them and they paid for half of the repair costs when my transmission dangerously and quickly went out in the middle of traffic during rush hour about three years ago. These are major safety issues!! unfortunately I cannot afford the repairs but I am scared to drive the car with the SRS light on. I bought this car because of the supposed reliability and cheap maintenance. It is ridiculous that Honda is not taking car of the SRS light problem and transmission problem!!!

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #220

Jul 122010


  • 145,400 miles
I own a 2001 Honda Civic- I have maintained my car properly and have went in for all service maintenance. My transmission went out - all of a sudden- it stopped on street- I could have been killed. They now say repair bill is 3200.00- is there any help I can get. Saw information on website stating transmission problems concerning Honda 2003 & 2001 Honda Civic transmission problems.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #219

Jul 092010


  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While the contact was driving approximately 25 mph, the engine revved excessively high and stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a transmission auto shop where the technician informed that there was a defective head gasket. The torque converter, barons and washer kit were replaced within the transmission. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Chulavista, CA, USA

problem #218

Jul 102010


  • 120,000 miles
Stoplight turned green and as I went, my engine revved up like crazy but the car was going only about 20mph. Then I had parked my car to check what was going on. We noticed a burning smell and checked the oil & water but it seemed okay. We weren't that knowledgeable with cars and so we decided to let it cool down first before we try again. When we came back the car started and rolled a few meters on this uphill road we were on and then it just stopped and started rolling back. Luckily it was 4am and there were hardly any cars at that time. Had my car towed and I wasted a good amount of money since I was 30 miles away from home. I found out later on that the torque converter had failed and it may have possibly ruined the transmission. The transmission has yet to be fully checked but I'm thinking worst-case scenario here and the amount I'd have to spend just to get the faulty Honda parts. I noticed how apparent that this condition is to many early 2000 Honda. So much for "reliability", Honda. I was just lucky to be local and for it to happen at 3am when there aren't much cars anymore in hollywood.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #217

Jul 072010


  • 197,000 miles
I was leaving work and driving home. It takes me about an hour to get home. I was going down a major highway when I saw break lights so I started to brake until I came to a complete stop. When the car in front of me started to move I hit the gas but it would rev up but would only go a few inches. I tried to get onto the side of the road away from oncoming traffic and my car refused to move. It revved up but would move at all. I called 911 and was told my the dispatcher that someone would be there to help me. My fiance showed up and pushed my car to the side of the road so I wasn't blocking traffic. I had to have it towed to my mechanic and spent $200 just to have it towed. The next day I called and was informed that I needed a transmission which would cost $2560 to fix. I do not have that kind of money since I am about to get married and I still owe about $1675 for the car. The car is now sitting in my parking lot since I had to have it towed back to my house in order to avoid any charges for leaving it there. If it wasn't for the traffic and the car seized up when I was driving 65 on the highway I could have died.

- New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #216

Jul 102010


  • 149,955 miles
P0740 tcc (transmission failure) check engine light came on so I got a check engine light service at pep boys. Came up with P0740 so I took it to my local Honda dealer in victorville, ca and they said I had to replace the transmission because it couldn't be fix but yet didn't tell me exactly what was wrong with it after paying them $102 dollars for diagnosis. But insisted on charging me $3,200 to replace the transmission.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #215

Apr 022009


  • 80,000 miles
2001 Honda Civic. Transmission failure. I was driving on the freeway and the transmission failed. With no transmission I had no power and had to pull over. This happened over a year ago. The reason that I am complaining now is that 5 months later the flex plate broke. I was online looking for an owner's manual for my car and the first 3 pages related to transmission failures. One suggested that it was related to the flex plate. After the flex plate broke, the Honda mechanic suggested that the flex plate was unrelated (but did offer a 10% discount). The transmission going when driving is dangerous. Not fixing it properly extends that danger.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #214

Jul 062010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Automatic transmission failure.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #213

Jul 072010


  • 100,000 miles
I drive a 2001 Honda Civic LX (100K miles) which is in a+ condition and is impeccably maintained. I was driving on highway 264 on 7/7/10, in nc. My car suddenly jerked and was left with just a neutral rev when I tried to accelerate. Because of heavy traffic I was unable to get off of the highway and was stranded on the roadway. Other motorists assisted me in pushing the car from the roadway. I was towed to a repair facility where it was determined that the transmission had failed. After doing some research I have found that this is a common issue with this year vehicle. I found hundreds, if not thousands, of other owners of my same year vehicle with the same identical issue. There are many, many websites that are addressing this to the public. I even found that "consumer reports" is aware of it and shows it in their ratings for this specific year and model. Having a vehicle spontaneously disable on a highway, or anywhere, is a true safety hazard.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #212

Jul 032010


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving 30 mph the contact noticed that the vehicle had suddenly shifted into third gear without warning causing the rpms to increase to 4000. Within a few seconds, the contact noticed that the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the vehicle needed a new transmission. There were no prior warnings and the vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 102000.

- Decoursey, KY, USA

problem #211

Jul 042010


  • 133,000 miles
While driving my 2001 Honda Civic ex my daughter was almost rear ended by autos due to the transmission failing. The transmission went into neutral and the car wouldn't accelerate. Honda has known about this issue. Please correct.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #210

Feb 042010


  • 121,253 miles
Daughter was driving to school when the car died in the middle of traffic in a large city (tallahassee). She could not re-start the car and had it towed to a mechanic's shop. The transmission was shot and we were told this is a common occurrence with the 2001 Honda Civic and will happen again as this is a mechanical/design problem that Honda knows about but doesn't recall. Cost over $1700 to rebuild and Honda was of no help.

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

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