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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,000 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.

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2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 152004

Civic 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 44,000 miles


I drive a 2001 Honda Civic LX with manual transmission. One day I was standing at a light waiting to take a left turn. As the light changed and the traffic started to move, I sped up and shifted to 2nd gear. As I entered the intersection, suddenly the gear slipped and shifted into neutral. And the car did not move under acceleration. I quickly shifted back into first and sped away. I have since found that this is a frequently occuring problem. I am very careful when I am at an intersection or trying to merge into traffic on a highway from an entry ramp. I found that this is because of a malfuction in the transmission and the bushes to the manual transmission cable. Honda has issued a service bulletin about this problem. But I think this is a serious hazard because the problem occurs when you are at low speeds in second gear and trying to accelerate. Causes problems at intersections, yield signs and exit ramps. Highway on ramps is a place to consistently duplicate the problem as you try to merge into traffic. I checked with other owners of manual transmissions. An acquaintance who bought the car in the same quarter also reports the same problem. Please contact me for more info about service bulletin

- Dublin, OH, USA

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