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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 062010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the ECM in the vehicle was defective which made it difficult for the vehicle to start. The dealer stated that NHTSA recall campaign id number, 01V329000 engine and engine cooling was related to the failure; yet, his VIN was not included. The owner believed that this is a safety issue and the VIN should be included in the recall. The current and failure mileages were 114,000. Updated 11/03/10. The consumer was informed that a bulletin had been issue for that same problem he experienced regarding the PCM. However, his VIN was not included. Updated 11/04/10

- Carson , CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 042006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
: the contact stated the transmission locked in the drive gear and would not accelerate. An attempt was made to change gears by turning off the vehicle and restarting it. When the shifter was put into park the indicator was still in drive. The dealer was able to diagnose the problem and informed the contact that the transmission control module needed to be replaced.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
I received a warning light on my instrument panel in may, 2005. I was told by my local mechanic that this was due to my gas cap being loose. Tightening the cap did not resolve the problem. When I had the car inspected in June, 2005 it failed due to a "torque converter circuitry" problem. I took it to Honda service and was told that the on-board computer had to be reset and that I had to drive it around for 2 weeks and it would clear. It did not and the light was still on. I took it back on September 28, 2005 and was then told that the transmission was in need of replacement because of the electronic controls. The car itself is still drivable and has demonstrated no bumping or noises. Honda America has said that it will pay for remanufactured parts if I pay for the labor which will be $500. I have 67,000 miles on the car. The car's transmission should not be failing after 4.5 years and excellent driving habits. The car still cannot pass NJ state inspection because of this failure. I am currently waiting for the part to come into the Honda service department and they will call me to make an appointment to have the work done.

- Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA

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