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:
69,026 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 #9

Jun 062010


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the transmission suddenly failed by shifting from first to second gear and then slipping from second to third gear. The rpms increased by the vehicle did not move forward. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the torque converter was the cause of the failure and was a widespread problem. The current and failure mileages were approximately 125,000.

- Hermosa Beach, CA, USA

problem #8

May 062008


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. While driving approximately 65 mph with the accelerator pedal depressed, the vehicle lost torque power and would not move forward. The contact had to shut off the vehicle momentarily and then restart it in order for it to move forward at a slow pace. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who diagnosed the vehicle as having torque converter failure. There are no recalls for this failure. The current mileage was 72,000 and failure mileage was 71,000.

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 222008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
2001 Honda Civic, complete transmission failure while driving. Transmission slipped while driving up hills and then completely failed while driving in the middle of the street. Nothing was done by Honda, but I had to have the entire transmission replaced for a total cost of 2,400. But according the Honda this is the only possible fix for the problem, an entire replacement of the transmission.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 062008

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,236 miles


My 2001 Honda Civic LX started to rev on a cold day when it tried to go into gear at 30 mi/hr. It happened in the same spot for three mornings in a row, but no other time (yet). Then on the 4th day, it was happening going into 1st and 2nd. I checked the tranny fluid and it was full. I was trying to be gentle with shifting...releasing the gas when the car tried to shift. That worked for the day. On my way home from visiting my mother, I stopped at the local Honda dealer. I told them the tranny was slipping. They ran a diagnostic test, charged me $105 and told me the tranny was slipping (I told them I already knew that!). they wrote on the paper that the car was drivable but the tranny would need to be replaced in the future at a tune of $2,600+tax. Well...on the way home from that Honda dealer, the tranny failed. I got stuck on the side of the road.

- Wingdale, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 072007


  • miles
Transmission went out before 90,000 miles on Honda Civic. Repaired through aamco for over $2200 no warning. Vehicle just would not go over 20 mph. Saw on internet Honda had known problems with Civics in 2001 model year.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #4

Sep 102007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Transmission failure of the Civic LX 2001.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #3

Oct 192007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Car engine shudders and feels like it wants to stall. Sometimes feels like it stays locked in a gear. Diagnostic check shows "torque converter clutch" problem. According to multiple websites many, many people have this problem. Some have engine failure while driving. Is Honda doing anything to help us with this dangerous problem? this is not a rare problem. It seems quite common for 2001 Civics. This definitely discourages me from buying another Honda. Everyone says Honda's are built to last, well not anymore. Please help.

- Andover, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 152004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Check engine light came on with a code of P0740. Had car checked and told nothing was wrong, reset light. Mil came on again and took car to brown's Honda in glen burnie. Charged me another $90 to tell me the light had the same code P0740 and they changed the transmission fluid. They said not sure if it is fixed. If light comes back on brown's Honda said I would either have to replace the torque converter or the transmission, they are not sure. Car drives fine but brown's Honda can't tell me if there seems to be a problem with the torque converter or transmission. They told me to wait and see if the light comes back on. Asked brown's if they have seen torque converter failures in 2001 Civics. Chris responded rudely "do you know how many Honda Civics are out there". I repeated my questions and was told "yes" she has seen torque converter failures on the 2001 Honda Civics.

- Severna Park, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 102000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission would periodically stop shifting into third and fourth gears. Vehicle would not move at a speed faster than 40 mph. Dealer has advised consumer that transmission could not repaired, but must be replaced. Vehicle has been taken to dealer on three different occasions. Another dealer determined torqe convertor as a cause and replaced it. There was no transmission problem since then.

- West Covina, CA, USA

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