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 5 of 15)

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problem #209

Jun 302010


  • 146,000 miles


Took my car into dealer for routine maintenance (fluids changed) $278. They reported that all was well with brakes, transmission, shocks, struts, tires, etc. I made it 45 minutes on the road towards home and after a stop-sign left turn onto a 4 lane high way my car would not accelerate more than 30 mph and transmission shaped light came on the dash. Luckily there was no oncoming traffic! I pulled over. Car was normal in reverse, I had to put the car in gear and not touch the accelerator to get it off the road. Called the dealership. They sent a wrecker. They called the next day and said they started it up and drove it around the lot when it came in and there was no problem. Next morning, the mechanic started it- no problem. He took it out long enough for it to heat up a little and the light came on and it barely made it back to the dealership. The dealership told me it was coincidental that it failed after they had done maintenance on it and want $3000 for new or $2600 rebuilt to fix it. I have since found out about the issues with 2001 Honda Civic transmissions. Hoping for a ┐good will repair┐. no response from them, yet.

- Mckenzie, TN, USA

problem #208

Jun 152010


  • 125,000 miles
1. normal driving conditions. On average, middle of the day (no more than 85 degrees F outside), after driving for 30 minutes or so. 2. my 2001 Civic ex has been loosing all acceleration while the rpms still go up. Over the last year the problem occurred once every couple of months. Recently (June 2010) it happens twice a week. The car will initially shake as if about to stall. Then no matter how much the gas pedal is pressed the car looses speed until it is unable to go faster than 2 to 5 mph. The check engine light goes on as soon as the problem occurs. The temperature gauge remains in the normal range (not even approaching high temperature. 3. the car needs anywhere 10 to 30 minutes before it is able to drive normally again. The car was taken to an independent Honda maintenance shop to read the check engine light data. The codes gathered point to a cam shaft or torque converter problem popular in the 2001 Civic model. No other actions to repair or diagnose the specific problem were done to this date.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #207

Jun 282010


  • 125,000 miles
The car check engine light came on. I was driving on the highway at a speed of 70 mph. The car began to lose its acceleration power. It seemed the gear was out of place. It immediately began stop acceleration reducing me to dangerously low speeds on a highway. The transmission went out. A new transmission was needed, but I avoided a dangerous situation. Honda should recall the faulty transmission, as this is clearly occurring in many of their 2001 models.

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #206

Jun 252010


  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic ex (N/a). While driving approximately 60-65 mph the vehicle began to independently slow down. The contact began to shift the vehicle into lower gears to get the vehicle off the freeway. The vehicle was towed to an authorized Honda shop. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The contact stated that the repair shop advised him that the transmission needed replacing. The approximate failure and mileage were 90,000.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #205

Jun 262010


  • 140,000 miles
2001 Honda Civic--my husband and I were driving the Honda Civic on Saturday, June 26. The car was driving normally at highway speeds when the car's transmission completely dropped out. The car lost all ability to accelerate and only revved its engine when the gas was pressed. There was no warning for the loss of the transmission function, and we were left in the middle of the road with no ability to accelerate. My husband had to precariously navigate the car through lanes of traffic to get to safety. The car stopped moving completely as we tried to get it off the road, and my husband had to get out of the car and had to manually push the car to the side of the road. The car had just been taken in for repairs on the shocks, and there was no indication whatsoever that the transmission was in danger of failing (the mechanics had checked the car for other issues). The transmission failure resulted in a very dangerous situation for my husband and myself. Imagine driving at highway speeds three lanes away from the emergency lane when you completely lose all ability to accelerate or even maintain speed. Fortunately, my husband is a skilled driver and was able to navigate us to safety, but a less experienced driver would have likely been in an accident.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #204

Jun 272010


  • 140,200 miles
Sudden transmission failure in a 2001 Honda Civic automatic transmission. Turning right at a light the engine revved high and the car didn't get to 30mph. I pulled over and could not get the car to move in any gear. I had it towed to a local shop I trust, they said my transmission fluid is clean, but the transmission itself is shot. Quoted in the range of $1800-$3000 to replace the transmission. The car is worth around $2000-3000 in good condition (kelly blue book).

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #203

Jun 242010


  • 68,400 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated while traveling at 65 mph, the transmission failed without warning. The vehicle was towed to the nearest dealer where the contact was advised that the transmission had failed and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was left with the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The dealer did not provide a cause for the failure. The failure mileage and current mileage was 68400.

- Malvern, PA, USA

problem #202

Jun 112010


  • 143,665 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated while driving at unknown highway speeds, there was an abnormal increase in engine rpms and the vehicle would not shift gears. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure persisted and the vehicle was taken to the dealer three additional times. A transmission flush was performed each time but to no avail. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair facility where the mechanic advised the transmission was defective, the clutch system had failed and there was an incorrect gear ratio stored in the vehicle ECU. The transmission was replaced. The manufacturer was notified and would not provide any assistance because the repairs were not performed at an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was 143,665 and the current mileage was 144,138.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #201

Jun 082010


  • 179,000 miles
2001 Honda Civic transmission failure, with no warning whatsoever. Driving on the street nearly getting struck by another vehicle. How can Honda products fail suddenly, and not claim it a safety issue" how many deaths must occur, before they open their eyes" pure negligence.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #200

May 192010


  • miles
Transmission failure: Started with a high pitch whining noise, slipping started about the 19th, while driving the car would not climb any hills and within 3 days the car would not move.. the car would not go over 5 mph without the rpms shooting to the red zone. The car has been parked since the incident, it's a driveway ornament. Checked on pricing for parts, but the cost is about $3K for a brand new transmission, used was about $2K. After checking around if the tranny is repaired the problem might happen again, because the tranny for that yr is the problem..

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #199

May 142010


  • 44,652 miles


Failure of 2001 Honda Civic transmission with 46,000 miles.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #198

May 062010


  • 123,000 miles
Transmission failure problem and complaint against 2001 Honda Civic May 6, 2010. Sudden failure to accelerate while in traffic will kill someone, as it almost happened to me today and I want the NHTSA to get serious about a safety recall! there are hundreds, if not thousands, of transmission failure complaints against the 2001 Honda Civic and this problem deserves investigation which will surely prove this manufacturer is very well aware of the massive problem yet refuses to do anything about it, leaving 2001 Civic owners in deadly situations, and if not killed, with huge repair bills. My towing bill alone was over $400 due to the remote location in New Mexico where the incident happened. The law must step in, with a class action suit filed on behalf of 2001 Honda Civic owners immediately. This failure reported here had no events leading up to the inability to accelerate, never happened before, no strange noises. In fact, new front struts were recently installed (the old ones were leaking, another major complaint from owners of this model!) the consequence was a near miss accident between my Civic and a heavy duty, lifted 4 X 4 truck, which nearly wiped me out when my car suddenly would not accelerate. This is one of hundreds of near misses reported, why won't someone make Honda accountable for their obviously faulty vehicle problem & demand a recall" why do we have to have death, injury, fires, damage, and crashes before ODI and NHTSA look at the complaints??" to correct the failure, I'm filing a complaint with ODI and requesting a good will repair from Honda and opening a file and get a case started for this safety related defect.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #197

May 012010


  • 116,000 miles
Transmission failure in 2001 Honda Civic dx within average mileage of the lifespan of the vehicle. I have found numerous complaints on this same year Honda on the internet, over 4,000 to be exact. All of which are referencing why a recall has not occurred yet on this make and model.

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #196

May 172010


  • 70,000 miles
Transmission failure at 70,000 car maintained transmission flushes at dealer X3 at 35,000 / 50,000 / 69,000 dealer states unaware of any transmission defects with this vehicle although internet search turns up thousands of complaints manual states no fluid change until 100,000 miles normal conditions severe conditions a little more often.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #195

May 252010


  • 136,000 miles
The transmission on my 2001 Honda Civic LX (136,000 miles) suddenly failed without warning. High-pitched whine, then revving of engine, and car wouldn't go. I've maintained perfect scheduled maintenance since buying the car. Many similar accounts online of how 2001 Civic transmissions have similarly failed recently without warning. Honda dealership service will replace for $3500, but no assistance.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #194

May 042010


  • 92,000 miles
I have 2001 Honda Civic with approximately 92,000 miles. One day I was driving the car and I noticed that it was acting sluggish. When I can to a stop and then tried to go the car would not go past 5 mph. The rvm gauge was going up but it was not picking up speed. When we got the car to the mechanic I was informed that I had to replace the entire transmission. There were no warnings or signs that there was an issue with the car. I have always been current with the maintenance and the transmission just gave way all of a sudden. I was then advised that 2001 Civic have a lot of transmission problems but a recall has not been issued. I drive 30 miles on the highway every day, I was just lucky that the incident occurred while I was on the streets.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #193

Mar 142010


  • 47,000 miles
My check engine light turned on and I brought it to my mechanic to inspect. It turned out there was a problem with the transmission. I did notice that my car was not picking up speed as usual and when the gear shifted, it felt slightly off. I bought my car new and maintained it well. It is 9 years old but has only approx. 47,000 miles when I found out I had transmission problem. I called Honda assoc. And notified them the problem and asked if there was a recall or if they were aware of any transmission issue and they said no. I also told them the same problem happened with my dad's 2001 Honda Civic when the car was approx. 4 yrs. Old and 2 other people I know who owns a Honda Odyssey also had transmission problem within the first 5 years of owning the car. I expressed my concern that it seems like Honda's have transmission problems but they just brushed it off and were non-responsive. This is my second Honda Civic I have owned and was so sure I will buy Honda again but I know for certain I will never buy a Honda again. And to top it off, I received two recalls for the car! the transmission issue should be investigated and those you had transmission problems should be reimbursed.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #192

Apr 102010


  • 91,530 miles
2001 Honda Civic, I was driving normally when the car started jerking, then it was difficult to control and maintain the speed. The car began slipping out of gear until all I could do was go 5mph until the car stopped. The automatic transmission failed with 91,530 miles on my vehicle. The computer fault codes in my car are PO740-tcc circuit malfunction and PO730-gear ratio incorrect. The initial failure of the torque converter now can only be resolved by a complete transmission replacement.

- Strafford, MO, USA

problem #191

Apr 272010


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving at 50 mph, the vehicle suddenly stopped accelerating but the engine kept running. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the transmission failed. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 62,000.

- Palisades Park, NJ, USA

problem #190

May 052010


  • 84,000 miles
My daughter was driving home and her car started slowing down and the rpms started going up. She called and I told her stop at the autoparts store and see there was a code but the car would not make it over a small incline and stopped in the middle of the road. There was no place to pull over so she had to roll backwards to the flat ground and turn the car around. She made it home but she said the car would barely go. After researching it appears that Honda has had this reported many times and they have not had a recall to repair the issue. If she had been in rush hour this would have been a very bad problem.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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