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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
104,172 miles
Total Complaints:
675 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced transmission (257 reports)
  2. rebuilt whole transmission (153 reports)
  3. not sure (141 reports)
  4. get Honda to cover the cost (54 reports)
  5. buy a different car...can't afford the repair (23 reports)
  6. break down the transmission and fix (15 reports)
2001 Honda Civic transmission problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 13 of 34)

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problem #435

Jun 062010

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,100 miles


I've had no significant issues with my Honda Civic for the last 9 years. So I was incredibly surprised when my automatic transmission gave out suddenly with no warning after reaching 130,000 miles. I was driving along accelerating normally from a stoplight when I lost all acceleration. Luckily, it occurred right before I got on the interstate where it would have been a dangerous situation. I was fully expecting my civic to last 180k to 200k without a significant problem. I took my car to AAMCO after Honda was going to charge $3650 to replace everything. Total at AAMCO came to $2570. Turns out the issue was the Torque Converter overheating, failing and destroying everything in my transmission. Again, I was surprised to see how common this problem is with the 2001 Honda Civic.

I was planning to drive this car into the ground, but I think I'm going to have to sell it before this issue occurs again. I can't believe there hasn't been a redesign on the torque converter to replace the unit on the 01 Civic. Very disappointed in Honda right now.

- , Aiken, SC, USA

problem #434

Jun 082010

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

While at a stop light, the transmission failed. Engine reved, but car didn't move. As if a clutch was engaged on a stick shift. (This was an automatic.) Had AAA tow the car to AAMCO Transmission shop. This was based on limited automotive knowledge. Take a tranny problem to a tranny specialist. By doing so, I voided any chance of Honda doing the right thing. The website suggested calling 1-800-999-1009 to request a "Goodwill Repair" since they know about this problem but haven't recalled the car. Well so much for goodwill. The catch is you must take the car to a Honda Dealer. Now that a transmission specialist has disassembled the tranny and diagnosted the problem, Honda won't help. So I am writing this to alert people to take their problems back to Honda first or GOODWILL is only someplace to take old clothes. I will remember this when I look for a new car. Thanks for nothing Honda!!!

- , Satellite Beach, FL, US

problem #433

Jun 062010

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

Please file a safety complaint with the Office of Defects Investigation, an office within the National Traffic Safety Administration or call 888-327-4236 to file a complaint about 2001 Honda Civic transmission failure - - our complaints to demand a recall for the transmission defect is NOT a safety issue according to the NHTSA, your complaint to this department WILL make a difference & may save someones life when their Civc suddently stops accelerating!

Does anyone with this problem know of a pending suit against Honda? Transmission failure is an absolute safety issue and the law needs to force Honda to recall or repair this obvious malfunction. Please reply if you've heard of a lawsuit we can join.

- , Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #432

Apr 032009

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


So Hondas are known for being reliable right? Apparently not 2001 Civics!!! I noticed a high pitched whine that would only occur when I started the car but would disappear after the car had been driven a few miles, so I figured maybe it was a belt. One day my car started slipping into 2nd and 3rd gear, figured I maybe needed the trans flushed. The next day my car wouldn't go into gear at all- managed to get it into gear after a few attempts and drove it to my friend's shop. Learned that the torque converters fall apart between 70K to 90K! Yep, $2,600 later and plus cost of a rental car, my car was back on the road with a rebuilt transmission from the dealership w/ a 3 year warranty. Settled my losses. Pissed cuz Honda has not done a recall, no class-action lawsuit, nothing. This is a safety issue!

Now my transmission has failed AGAIN a year later because of a broken control arm that sent my car to a screeching halt, thus f*ing up the tranmission. So here we go again, sitting in a rental. Going to get this fixed fast and sell it. Hello new car payment. The only time I want to hear whining coming from my car again is from me the damn driver. Get your st together Honda! Will never buy from this company again!!

- , Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #431

May 172010

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

another 2001 civic to add to the list of transmission failures trans started to whine and slip in cold weather car has been well maintained fluid flushes at 32000, 50000,68000 took car to dealer and was told trans about to go out pump / bearing failure dealer quotes $3300 to repair honda willing to pick up $1300 although they tell me they have never heard of any transmission problems with this model very disspointed honda does not stand behind product clearly by all the posts on this model a recall is needed this is my 10th honda all my other cars have easily gone 200,000 miles what gives?? honda

- , crown point, IN, USA

problem #430

Jun 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I did not know about this complaint forum. My Honda Civic had to have the transmission fixed with just 65000 miles on it. All maintanance was completed. It just stopped working and that was it. I wish I would have known about this problem before I bought the car.

- , Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #429

Mar 262010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles


I had problems for 2 months before my transmission finally went. Over those two months it felt like it was driving smoothly when I would turn it on for about the first 10 minutes of my drive (it revved loudly and felt like I was driving through sand). So I took it to my Honda dealer who couldn't hear or feel anything. Well it continued to get worse and I heard a loud bang every so often so I took it in again. This time after me pressuring them again to look at it after they didn't find anything the only thing they said was that my emergency break could be sticking and to not use it for a week. Two days after that I went to leave work and my car wouldn't engage-I tried to drive it to the shop but didn't make it there. I ended up needing a new transmission. I was angry because my transmission went in my last car and that's why I bought a Honda but with this few of miles on it I couldn't believe it. I called the dealer again because I was angry that I had it in there twice before this happened and they didn't catch anything (they only kept checking the electrical work) but they said they couldn't give me a discount to fix it or help out and to call American honda. So I did and what a joke they said that unless it was close to the original warranty with miles they wouldn't even process a request for assistance and even then I would have to have it towed to my dealer and pay for the $200 consultation (why would I do that when they couldn't even do it the first time?). I said that since I had the extended warranty that just ran out would that make a difference and they said no. I also brought up the number of complaints I have seen online for the 2001 Honda Civic and my shop said they couldn't tell me the last time they've seen on in for transmission failure. ha Needless to say after horrible customer service and car problems I will not be buying a Honda again. I had to drive my parents care while mine was in the shop and they also have a 2001 Honda Civic and I swear that it was starting to have the same problems as mine. I suggested they trade it in while they can.

- , Glenshaw, PA, USA

problem #428

May 122010

Civic LX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,400 miles

I bought this car at 94,000 miles hearing about how reliable, dependable, etc honda civics were. I am a graduate student with very little money, so I intentionally picked a vehicle I thought would require little maintenence. I got about 6,000 miles out of this piece of junk before the automatic transmission failed. On Monday of last week I started experiencing slippage while shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. I drove the car to school Tuesday and Wednesday with similar problems. During this time I had no problem getting up to highway speeds or using reverse.

On Wednesday night I started the car and heard a whining sound. When I put the car in drive it did not engage and would increase in RPM upon pressing the accelerator but the car would not move at all, same for reverse gear. I had to have a tow home and now I am picking it up tonight after a complete rebuild which is costing me $2,278. This is not the kind of expense I expected to put into a $5,500 car after three and a half months!!! They told me the torque converter had failed and the transmission was ruined as a result. Let's hope for a recall or class action lawsuit, I would jump on that in a minute!!!

- , Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #427

May 172010

Civic LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I was driving my 2001 Honda Civic and it began acting like it was stuck in neutral. The shop that towed it said it was transmission failure and it is common in 2001 Hondas. I would like to know why it has not been recalled. The cost of the repair is $2,500. and I only have 90,000 miles on the car. I though 90,000 miles for a Honda is "just broke in": What a dissapointment! I don't think I will buy another Honda.

- , 134 Lewis Brown Drive, Somerset, USA

problem #426

Oct 012009

Civic DX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I purchased this vehicle from a private seller. I was informed that the transmission had just been rebuilt after 85,000 miles, which seemed strange for a honda. anyhow I bout the car with a little over 110000 miles on it. after driving the car for a couple of months, the car decides to fail completely on a busy freeway. (not a safety issue!) my behind, I nearly got smashed by a bigrig. I proceeded to the nearest exit at 10 mph, mind you. after letting the car rest for a couple of minutes, the vehicle started up as usual and seemed to be fine.

A couple of weeks later my wife is driving to my inlaws, with my 4 yr and new born daughters only to come across the same situation. she was stuck in the middle of the street because of transmission failure once again. She managed to get the car to the side of the road but not befor she got rear ended by a knucklehead tailgater. not much of an impact, thank God, but a good scare for her and my eldest.

not wanting for this to accure again, I went to a transmission shop to get it worked on again. the car ran fine for a couple of weeks and then failed again with the code p740. this problem is related to torque converter solenoid switch. this caused the vehicle to lock up and leave you stranded whereever it accured. this come without warning. It's a danger to anyone.

Honda has taken us for fools and thinks they could just shine this on by saying there's no recall for this matter. I want everyone to know that the civics of this perticular year are a danger and I myself am looking for legal representation after being shined on by the honda dealers. If we could fix everything by just saying "sorry" it would be a heck of a world to live in, but I'm still $1200 dollars in the hole and stuck with a crappy transmission which Honda obviousely has no consideration for. So if anyone has a good lawyer for this or is starting a class action lawsuite "PLEASE" inform me. Thank You

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #425

May 212010

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,500 miles


Tranny failed again. Called customer service when I found out that there have been numerous failures of this type. Honda even has a web page which says to try to get a "goodwill replacement". Wish I had seen it the last time I had a new transmission put in. It's only a matter of time before I replace the car. So much for Honda reliability!

- , Littleton, CO, USA

problem #424

Oct 172007

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,024 miles

Tranny failed. Car wouldn't move forward or back. Had it replaced with a new tranny expecting it would last and was a one off incident. I guess I wasn't alone.

- , Littleton, CO, USA

problem #423

May 052010

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

Another automatic transmission bites the dust with less than 84000 miles. My daughter was driving and without any indications the car just started slowing down and the RPM started going up. She said the car would not go over 40mph. She tried to make it to a parts store to see if the computer spit out a code but could not make it up the hill. She had to roll backwards down the hill to get the car turned around. She finally made it to her house but it would not pull up the driveway. She was lucky that she was not on a freeway or on a busy street at the time. I have contacted Honda since there are so many failures related to the 2001 Civic's with automatic transmissions to see why they do not recall these. I feel like this is a safety issue and either a recall should be done or they should own up to the problem and correct it when (and it will) the transmission does fail.

- , Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #422

May 052010

Civic LX-G

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,778 miles

Wow, wish I had known about the 2001 Civic problem a few years earlier. Then I would've been able to sell the car for a better price. Now it's a piece of junk, sitting in my parking space waiting to get fixed.

It died on me on the road like everyone else's. I had a whining sound for a while, but thought it might have been the timing belt or maybe even the alternator. I was going to have the transmission fluid replaced, but it didn't make it. I'm shocked, to say the least, the problems the Civic has, as I bought it thinking I'd run it to the ground and get a new one. But I didn't think it would happen in less than 9 years! I'm quite disappointed with Honda and looking to buy a Toyota next.

- , Burnaby, BC, Canada

problem #421

Apr 302010

Civic EX 2.0four cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Hey...I guess I am not alone with this problem.My transmission died in the parking lot at work and had to tow it to AAMCO (highly acclaimed recognized dealer and much cheaper than Honda) .I was stuck between a rock and a hard place.My car was bought with 39,000 from a dealership (Autoway Dodge) 2.5years ago. A one owner car,(elderly lady who had all maintenance records). I chose Honda for its reputation and am very disappointed in HONDA. They did not come through for me this time. I have own several Hondas and Toyotas. I got my car fixed and took the loss. SOLD it last week and bought a new 2010 HYUNDAI ELANTRA with 10yr/100,000 drive train/trans warranty.

I am certainly in no position to fork out 2000 and will pursue this issue with Honda and the BBB.

A Happy Hyundai owner now

- , Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #420

May 212010

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,098 miles

Pretty much the same complaint,my transmission blew on the middle of the highway and I have to get it towed and to nearest Honda dealership.And then they obviously have to charge me 95 dollars to look at it called Diagonist Fee and then I was told to get a new transmission.This is f*cked Up,never had a problem before with HONDA, thou I love Honda I never seen such problems before..

- , Albany, NY, USA

problem #419

Apr 122010

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

I just purchased an 01 Honda civic EX just yesterday with the transmission down. I thought it would be a easy fixed due to the fact that I can get it repaired by a friend and just buy the transmission for a 1000 or so. However, after coming across this website I NOW KNOW that I made THE BIGGEST mistakes in my life. Now I am thinking of getting the car running and selling it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. It is not worth my money or time because I'm a college student who doesn't need to add on more stress esp. knowing that the transmission IS gonna break down anytime and I'm a girl who know nothing when it comes to my car braking down in the street. The problem with transmission is exactly how all the rest of the complaints describe it. DO NOT PURCHASE an 01 honda civic if your even thinking about it. "MAJOR REGRET!"

- , Fresno, CA`, USA

problem #418

May 062010

Civic ES 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

My wife bought my son a 2001 Honda Civic from a local dealership with 17,000 miles on it as the former owner kept the car in great shape and put little mileage on the car. We made a terrible mistake in not having the repair shop not test the car for any mechanical problems. The dealership put pressure on my wife to buy the car or someone else would because of it's great condition and low miles. Needless to say my wife made the decision. My son has been using the car for 2 years and did not have problems until recently when the car started shaking. I took the car to a reputable car repair facility who had to replace the ball joints and indicated the transmission was going to imminently fail. The owner of the car repair ship indicated the 2001 Honda Civic has a history of transmission problems and he would check with the dealer to see if the manufacturer would replace. The Car dealership responded it's the owner's problem. I have purchased 3 Honda Accords and been very satisfied with their performance and reliability. I am calling Honda but feel very pessimistic they will account for the systemic transmission problems and live up to the poor workmanship and higher than acceptable failure rate. I feel like I have been ripped off

and will reluctantly buy Honda as I have never had a problem with the Toyota's I have purchased and used. The moral lesson is to always have a skilled mechanic check a car out before buying. It's well worth the $50.

- , Marietta, GA, USA

problem #417

Apr 242010

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

My daughter's 2001 Honda Civic's transmission stopped working on the interstate leaving her stranded. We have owned several hondas and never had a problem. Still own a honda van. This was such an odd thing to happen. We actually thought there might have been fowl play with the transmission fluid. I got curious and started researching the web when I came across this site. I also went to the NHTSA site to see if I could lodge a complaint, which you can.

I would suggest that everyone that has this problem go to and in the upper right hand corner in a blue box you can submit your complaint. You should also contact the Better Business Bureau and submit a complaint. There is a action in numbers, so I would encourage all of you to complain, not only to Honda, but to as many places as possible.

- , Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #416

Apr 182010

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Pretty much the same complaint. 01 Honda Civic, about 120,000.My wife was driving late at night and the car just gave up and would not go faster than 2 miles an hour. It happened as she was coming off of the highway and she barely made it out. She put her hazards and was lucky enough that a tow truck happened to be nearby. She was towed to a near garage and we have to go there at 8am tomorrow to find out all the details.What sucks is that we have a 9 am appointment at a doctor with our baby and then i have to go to work too.Don't know how we are going to do all this. On top of that with the new baby and possibly another one soon, we were looking to buy another,bigger and this time new car. Our obvious choice was Honda, but after reading the amount of complaints i think we will go for a Toyota instead ( at least they are owning up to their mistake and i am sure due to that their cars will be more reliable than any others now). Bye Honda!

- , Arverne, NY, US

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