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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
161,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. complete rebuild (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 282015

Civic EX 4cl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles


  • When at a stop, I must hold the brake in firmly and I mean firmly to keep it from rolling forward into the car in front of me, or intersection. This is extremely dangerous.

    - Check engine light is intermittently on/off.

    - Under powered when climbing a hill.

    - Car jolts or shakes at times- at speed, and at a stop.

    - Engine drops rpm's from 800 to about 400 at a stop. Without a.c. active, or the fan.

- , Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #2

Apr 242015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

I bought this vehicle from a used dealership, after only 3 months on my way home from a DR.s appointment the car just stopped working. I couldn't go anywhere. So I started coasting along the shoulder. Had to keep turning the car on and off to get it to move. So I'm going ten miles an hour down a busy road on the shoulder with my hazards on trying to get this car to a safe place. Well, after about an hour I finally get it into a parking lot near home. Had a friend the rest of the way home.

I try calling Honda and the place I bought it from and the Honda dealership and none of them could help me or answer any of my questions, they all said it was my problem now and oh well. And the worst part was the warranty had run out 2 days before this happened so they pretty much said screw you too. So I called Honda corporate at least three times trying to figure out how to go about getting this recalled since I saw so many others with the same problem. Of course they refused to answer my question. So I asked my father-in-law if he knew anything and he told me to call consumer affairs and they referred me to the highway transportation number.

So please, I urge all of you, if you still have this vehicle call them up and file a safety complaint. That's how we're going to get this thing recalled. Enough people have to complain to highway transportation. Please figure out what the number is in your area and call them Immediately! And when they send you the paper copy in the mail make sure you sign and send it back!!!! Screw You HONDA!!! For not caring about the likes of me, my family, and other innocent people, all so you could save a buck. JERKS.

- , Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 112014

Civic LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 178,000 miles

Drive today and everything was fine, then all of a sudden, I pushed on my brakes and my car stalled .... It turns on but will not move

- , Temple, TX, USA

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