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:
52,800 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 #2

Apr 142008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,600 miles


The shift lock mechanism on the 2001 Honda Civic will occasional remained locked and not allow me to shift from park into any gear. Usually I can get it to free up by depressing the brake pedal several times. Once while out late at night, it would not go at all, and I had to put a screwdriver into the emergency release hole to get the car into gear.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 012004

Civic 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Vehicle has unsafe starts when the transmission is cold. When changing gears from park to drive vehicle surges forward. An updated clutch assembly is being installed to correct the problem. However, the dealer wants to charge for the work. Consumer is meeting with the Honda representative on April 30, 2004. After the meeting with the representative the decision was made to trade the vehicle in because the vehicle was not reliable.

- Stony Point, NY, USA

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