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 19 of 34)

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problem #315

Oct 172003

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


I was driving when the car just made a big boom noise and jerked hard. I had to keep putting my car in neutral then drive for it to shift to the next gear. I drove it up there and they said that my transmission had died. I was one month away from being out of warranty. They said that it would be a few days till my new transmission would be in the dealership. They were going to pay for a rental but then the rental company they use wouldn't rent a car to a 22 year old. So I had to drive the civic home(which was across town) putting it in neutral and then drive every time I had to shift. Then when my transmission was in they had the nerve to ask me to drive it back to the dealership! I told them about how I had to shift it and that I almost got in a couple of accidents on the way home. So they paid for a tow truck to come and get it. After a couple of days my car was fixed and I went to pick it up. I then found out that they put a refurbished transmission in it instead of a brand new one. I was pretty mad about that so I threw a fit and told them they better put it under a warranty and they finally did.

- , Jonesborough, TN, USA

problem #314

Jun 202009

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

My Honda civic LX transmisssion has failed for the second time, this car must be the worse car Honda ever made, I have a old nissan with 270k miles and transmission still fine..... The first failure occurred at 95k, the cost is astronomical......I will not buy another Honda....

Shameful Honda......

- , Easton, PA, USA

problem #313

Apr 132007

Civic LX 2.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

This was the first of 3 transmission failures for my Honda Civic. It had been an old ladies car, she died, and I bought it. Within a year, the transmission had to be replaced. Honda paid for it, after I asked them why their supposedly reliable Honda Civic's transmission was failing with so few miles.

They repaired it, and sent me on my way. If it hadn't happened so many more times, I'd have been really happy with the service.

- , San Antonio, TX, US

problem #312

Jan 212008

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


Yeah don't get a automatic, i had this car for 4 mouths before the car stopped moving. I was in the middle of no where when the it gave out. it was like it was in neutral, i had it towed and brought to a transmission place. it cost $2,600 to fix, lucky I wasn't living out on my own, i pretty sure i would of been done for.

yeah f*ck honda,

p.s. when selling this heap, make sure to put in the ad the key word "V-tech", those essays will go Loco!!! lol

- , victorville, CA, USA

problem #311

Oct 152008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

My first big purchase! I bought into the name for a reason not so it would die on me 100,00+miles in.

It began to jerk and accelerate and change gears on me when i was going 10 to 20 miles an hour for about 2 to 3 weeks. I called and made an appointment to get it checked because it didn't feel right, especially since 6 months before i had just changed the timing belt, water pump, transmission flush and oil change.

Sadly it didn't make the appointment and crapped out on me when i got off the highway. As I slowed down the car began to accelerate and slow down even more, then when it stopped the engine light came on. WTF! My poor dog was with me and not happy. I ended up getting the car towed to the Honda dealership and that's when the bigger headaches began.

I was told it would cost $2,600 dollars and because my car wasn't under warranty Honda would not cover any cost. I was stuck thinking I had no choice, my car was my livelihood, how am i going to get to work? I thought it was better to pay $2,600 than get into payments again since my car had been paid off for three years.

Then my stepdad who knows a few mechanics told me about the hardship complaints and to check with the Honda Co. about what can be done because apparently there have been complaints with the cars just not enough noise or recalls but enough that even though my car was out of warranty Honda may be able to help.

As for the dealership they stood by the $2,600 until i asked them if they knew there were issues and complaints regarding the Honda Civics transmission. Of course the person i was dealing with played dumb.

I called the Honda Co. put in my complaint and was basically told not to hold my breath because chances are i wasn't going to see a dime from them because of no warranty. I had the dealership and the Honda Co. go back and forth for about 2 weeks and the dealership guy was real secretive about the whole thing acting like he was hooking me up some how and then told me the Honda would pay $600, then it went up to $1,000. WTF!!!! Anyway long story longer, Honda Co. ended up paying a little over half ($1,400) out of the mess with a 3 years/30,000 mile warranty on the transmission because I could prove with receipts that I maintained my car and it wasn't my fault. I didn't realize how much they would cover until i went to pay and pick up my car because the dealership guy kept giving me the run around. It took that long because they had to order another transmission because it fell under a different category. I was called by the Honda Co. throughout with the information and then asked questions regarding how the overall service was. I must say aside from the initial call to the Honda Co. they were pretty fair in how they handle my situation and boy was I glad they paid more than half. As for the dealership guy he was nowhere to be found. Turns out he was fired but they never told me why. The car has been running ok but I keep thinking somethings going to happen and I don't feel safe anymore. I remember telling the Honda Co. and dealership if I knew my Honda was going to crap out on me $100,000 miles in I would have bought into a Kia or Hyundai with the 10 year/100,00 mile warranty. I hope i can get a few more years out of this car.

Thank you for your website it was the proof I needed and I've been sharing it with every Honda owner I know.

- , Westfield, MA, USA

problem #310

May 232009

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,382 miles

Like all too many on this site, complete transmission failure. Unlike most, discount on service. I made the drive from suburban New Jersey to Houston St. in New York city on a Saturday night. Somewhere on Houston St., in the middle of traffic, after 50 miles without issue on the highways, revving the engine would move the RPM needle, but the car wouldn't go. Changing gears after the car was at stand still (D, D3, R) didn't help. Luckily, as a AAA Plus member, they were able to tow me back home for free. Unfortunately, it took nearly 40 minutes for the tow truck to arrive. Memorial day weekend is a pretty awful time to lose your car away from home.

Two days later, the dealership reopened. It quoted $119 for an analysis, which would be credited towards a $3040 transmission replacement. Armed with stats from this site, I did not agree until I could get Honda Corporate to consider a good will service. I called Honda Corporate at 1-800-999-1009. It took about 24 hours for first contact with corporate (during which the dealership was a bit antsy). It took another 3 or 4 days to verify I've ever used a dealership for service (last was a 60K service at odometer 67K; I haven't used a dealer in 40K miles because: (1) the oil low light came on about a mile after I left the dealership for the 60K service, and I found part of the glove compartment housing on the floor (no more David Michael Honda of Freehold); (2) after a strut replacement, Academy Honda couldn't figure out the caster on my wheel alignment was out of spec by nearly a degree. While I waited, I called several AAMCO. One was unwilling to give a quote; another was hesitant, insisting on a $50 tow to the center, but said the upper bound would be $2700-$2800. The third told me that there had been two similar cases in the last month, inc'l one Odyssey, and that the range for those was $1700 to $2300. This guy was trustworthy - told me I could use AAA to tow from the dealership to his shop FOR FREE by telling AAA I was not satisfied with the work the dealership was offering. Also told me what a lot here suspect - having no serviceable transmission fluid filter is what caused the Torque Converter to fail. It took a while, but Honda Corporate eventually came back with a quote of $2030, and I opted for them since it split the range that AAMCO charged, but for a full replacement transmission.

Would I buy another Honda? Probably. Would I buy the first year of a new generation? Probably not.

- , Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #309

Oct 102008

Civic EX D17a2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


the civic i have now was my mother's and she is a safe driver and upkeep her vehicle well.she got a new 2006 altima so i took the civic it was really kool gettin my own car for free,after a few months i drop in a cool air intake and a custom exhaust and the civic was really movin nice till last year October my transmission just fail on me while driving to work.i did not think much of it till i get the bill and now again this new tranny i got fail on me.i love my car but come on honda sucks now it costin me another 1200 for it to be fixed i think is best i bought my own car a Mazda i kno i would not have this problem wit them.i would have paid 2400 and get me a better car

- , Richmond Hill, NY, USA

problem #308

May 232009

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,250 miles

2001 Honda Civic LX with 125,000 miles = When leaving from a dead stop the transmission slipped between gear changes. I am calling Honda tomorrow, to complain, it's a $2,800 fix! Within 65 miles of the first slip the car died! The car had always been properly maintained, as recommended and now this bombshell.

- , California, KY, USA

problem #307

Feb 022009

Civic LX 1.8L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Same story as many unfortunate Honda owners on this site...

at 120k miles had to fully rebuild my automatic transmission on my well-maintained 2001 Honda CivicLX. No sense in complaining more, this sad story has been played-out by many others across the country. Honda was ABSOLUTELY no help.

So...lesson learned. Will not purchased another Honda !!! I will do my best to dissuade

all others within my sphere on influence to stay away from Honda. Go with Toyota, Mazda, or Ford; all vehicles of which I've had good experiences.

Honda should be embarrassed and ashamed of not owning-up to a serious engineering design flaw. I admit: I was fooled into believing Honda was a cut above all the rest. No more. Honda be dammed!

- , Welcome, MD, USA

problem #306

May 232009

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

the transmission has failed for the second time with 109,000 miles, the first in 2006 with 79000 miles, was rebuilt by aamco. of course I did not buy the extended warranty. Don't know what I am going to do with it, hate to spend any more money on this thing. I bought it new because I wanted a reliable car, but have had nothing but problems; wheel bearings, steering rack, ac, fuel pump, ball joints, power windows.

- , St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #305

Jul 062006

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,053 miles


My 2001 Honda civic experienced auto transmission failure, and was rebuilt including torque converter buy AAMCO

- , St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #304

May 152009

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

This POS Honda Civic is a nightmare! Why are Americans so brainwashed to think that Honda's are so damn reliable? I will NEVER buy one again! The car was purchased brand new in 2001. I had all the scheduled maintenance done on time at every interval. Transmission flushes and fluid changes on time etc. Trans started whining when cold and slipping between 2nd and 3rd gear then I took it in... $2200 bucks. Screw that! I will not put any more money into this piece of crap! I would advise that you change your way of thinking about Honda's as well. Don't just buy it cause it says Honda on the back! Get real!

- , Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #303

May 012009

Civic LX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,215 miles

Engine Light came on WITHIN SIGHT of the e-check place on my birthday (what? you all wait until the last possible moment, too, don't you?). Engine Light is an auto-fail at the e-check place.

The code was P0740 (possible TCC failure).

The local car place reset it but it came on within the 10 minute drive to the e-check place. Took it to another place that replaced the tranny fluid, light back on before I made it to the e-check again.

Long and short of it? It wasn't electrical problems or even the TCC (Torque Converter) itself - the entire transmission was going. Before they started the job I called Honda of America and they basically told me the dealership was the only one that could provide assistance. I own two Civics (I also have a 2003), it didn't help my case. Cost me $2820 at the local Honda Dealership.

- , Brunswick Hills, OH, USA

problem #302

May 112009

Civic EX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

just bought the car last week. apparently already had the dreaded transmission failure countless others have experienced here. i will also echo the calls for a some type of class action or a honda recall, or honda helping financially in these matters. college kid, already had my parents help me with the cost of the car, cannot afford myself this $2200 repair. the car is in really great condition, but as others here noted, it's jerky upon acceleration and shifting between 1st and 2nd, won't go beyond those at all, won't travel beyond 30-40 mph, though i'm not experiencing the sudden death others have. i am really posting this as a first step in seeking help from honda.

i'm not the original owner and do not own any of the service records, however, the car is in pristine condition, everything works great, i have little doubt it was serviced correctly [though obviously cannot verify this]. it has 180k miles, so with most cars a problem here and there is expected, but a major component with a $2000+ repair is a lot regardless. because of the breadth of problems these transmissions are causing people, i believe honda should step up and provide aid to consumers who otherwise adore Honda. I used to think of Honda like a they have a blemish, a big one.

- , Munster, IN, USA

problem #301

May 152009

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Bought my 2001 Honda Civic LX new off the lot and have kept all the maintenance up on it (oil changes, etc). Never had a single problem with this car, ever. Was driving yesterday and the car suddenly felt like I had knocked the transmission into neutral. The engine was revving when I applied the gas, but I wasn't going anywhere. The car would only barely creep forward, like it was just coasting on its own forward momentum. I noticed the check engine light at this time...had trouble understanding that it even WAS the check engine light as it had NEVER lit up on the dash before. Pulled over immediately and called for a tow.

I am still waiting to hear from the mechanic, but after reading a few pages on this site, I have a sinking feeling I will be replacing my transmission. I, like most of the people on this site, bought a Honda because of their excellent reputation as reliable and lasting vehicles. This transmission issue is a disgrace to Honda for not stepping up and taking the lead for what is obviously a massive problem for consumers who have bought their product in good faith.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #300

May 132009

Civic EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

*First I would like to thank everyone in Texas from this website that emailed me to give Advice, Support, and Shared Their Experience with me. I only contacted people in Texas because that's where i live and it was easier for me to verify information. I am sad to say that everyone's Honda Failure story was true. And They were also right when they said Honda is turning it's back on consumers and acting negligently, by ignoring this product default. HERE IS MY STORY.

My 2001 Honda Civic just quit working a few months ago right before the Holidays. I didn't know what had happened to my "reliable car," My cousin who also owns a Honda (different year) started doing some online investigating to help me solve this Honda Civic Mystery. He uncovered tons of information about this Honda product failure and directed me to this site; where i read excerpt after excerpt from this never ending Honda Transmission Failure Horror Novel. So I went straight to the source of all this malfunction and called American Honda Motor Company. Here is the follow up letter i sent after my first phone call.

"Mr. Terry Nielsen Manager, Automobile Customer Service

Customer Concern & Request Mr. Nielsen; I am a Honda Civic owner in,TX. I had some concerns when my Civic recently stopped or 'died' on the road while I was driving. I called Honda Customer Service near the beginning of November and spoke to Mr. Eric Osuna; below are the details. Honda Civic LX sedan 2001.

Purchased New Summer of 2001 Lute Riley Honda 1331 North Central Expy. Richardson, Texas 75080 Financed By: American Honda Finance Company

1st Scheduled Service Lute Riley Honda 1331 North Central Expy. Richardson, Texas 75080

2nd Scheduled Service @ 95,000 miles David McDavid Honda of Frisco 1601 Dallas Pkwy Frisco, Texas 75034

Regular Oil Changes & Other Services David McDavid Honda of Frisco 1601 Dallas Pkwy Frisco, Texas 75034 & Bankston Honda 601 Waters Ridge dr. Lewisville, Texas 75057

I had my car towed to a nearby Auto Service Center in Lewisville not knowing the severity of the problem; but I have since been informed that my car's transmission failed. The work needed is costly (over $1,000) I am requesting assistance from AHMC to cover the cost of my Civic's failed transmission. From what I have researched; I know that AHMC Customer Service did help other customers with the same situation, cover costs of the transmission work needed. I ask that American Honda Motor Co. Customer Service also offer that assistance to me. This occurrence was beyond regular wear & tear and even out of the capability of 'Preventable Maintenance'.

In closing; I cannot think of any words or phrasing to fully express the trouble of not having my car has caused or the financial strain of this emergency."

American Honda Corp did call me after they received that letter. Through our conversation she admitted that before returning my call she had called all the dealerships that i had listed to make sure that i was telling the truth (1 or 2 consumers suggested that if you maintained your car with Honda you would be deemed a Loyal Customer and they might discount the transmission work) The Corp Rep did find that i was truthful about my car maintenance.....but said the reason that i was denied Honda assistance was because my car had worked up to 140,000 miles (so I'm sorry folks but Honda seems surprised that their own cars will even run after 100,000miles)

My Holiday did suffer a bit because I spent over $1,000 dollars on repairs at an auto shop (Not Honda shop because they cost over $2,000 and even they can't completely repair such a defect) My 2 letters to Honda Corp were a little less pleasant. The only thing that I ever got from them was "I'm so sorry for your inconvenience." I'm like don't be sorry be helpful. By the time I had decided to quit wasting stamps I had:

1. Reported American Honda Corp to the Better Business Bureau 2. Sent 3 customer service letters to American Honda Corp 3. Completed 2 customer service surveys to AHC 4. Conducted 5+ calls with AHC.

Bottom line American Honda Motor Company ..Does Not Value Us. What You Can Do: hit them where they hit the not by their products or their affiliate's products. Spread The Word!!!

- , Levisville, TX, USA

problem #299

May 052009

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,400 miles

Like some other folks who have posted here, I began to hear a whining noise when I started the car and when I accelerated for the first few miles. It was much worse when it was cold. We checked drive belts and whatever else we could think of but could not find the source of the whine. (It sounded like "YEEEE YEYEYEYE", if that helps). After I found this website, I asked two places -- both a Honda dealership and a Toyota dealership -- to look at the transmission to make sure that it wasn't the transmission that was making the noise (and so, also failing). Both places told me that the transmission appeared to be okay (though the Honda dealership in Mishawaka, Indiana, managed to find $1300 worth of other repairs they said I should take care of, none of which were necessary).

Then, one week later exactly, as I was driving to work, suddenly the car revved up very high between 2nd and 3rd gear (over 3,000 RPMs) and wouldn't shift into 3rd gear for several seconds, and the "check engine" light came on. I took it straight to the Toyota dealer who has always been honest with me. They ran an engine scan and got the code P0370 -- "incorrect gear ratio." Which, it turns out, is a problem that requires a transmission replacement. Because of the Honda dealership's absolute unwillingness to treat me like an intelligent person (because I am female?) and their dismissiveness of my complaints (after a few email exchanges, the service manager began typing in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS to let me know that he was annoyed), I am getting a rebuilt Jasper transmission (with a much better warranty) put in my car this week. My transmission should not have failed at 88,400 miles -- like everyone else here, I bought a Honda because it is "supposed to go forever." I am really disgusted, saddened, and furious that my Civic is going to require nearly half its value in repairs, and I am also disgusted with the local Honda dealership (even the regional office for Honda said they understood why I wouldn't want to take it back there). My family members have long been Honda owners, but after this, we will be considering other options.

- , Sb, IN, USA

problem #298

Jan 202006

Civic ES 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I bought my 2001 Honda Civic with 54 k miles. I was doing great until the begining of 2006. My transmission went out. I had to pay a little over 2,000 dollars to fix it. Then In 2008 the transmission went out again..being that I would be upside down I fixed it again in a panic bc I needed a car to get back in forth. I was living in a city with no friends or family around. So, I once again paid over $2,000 dollars to have it fixed. Well, the damn car is in and out of the shop every other month. Now the barrings and CV joints are busted, o2 sensor is out...THIS CAR IS A PIECE OF CRAP. I WILL NEVER BUY A HONDA AGAIN! If you are having problems the best advice I can give you is...GET RID OF IT BC YOUR PROBLEM WILL ONLY GET BIGGER AND WORSE.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #297

Apr 182009

Civic LX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

My 2001 honda civic lx was working fine then one day, the car will not go pass 5mph even accelerating.the car started slipping and only picked up speed when or change gear when i started breaking.after parking the car for 8 hours, it worked fine until last night, but this ti me, the engine shuts off and it took me several tries to start it, then it happened again when i was trying to start my mechanic is my best friend.we even go for lunch together sometimes.

- , Bronx, NY, USA

problem #296

Apr 242009

Civic ES 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

This is in addition to about 300 previous complaints posted about 2001 Civic Honda(who knows what the real number of consumers who hasn't posted?), owners who had transmission problem. One day going home from an errand, as soon as I got off the freeway/interstate, as I was crossing the road from the ramp my car would just run from 20 to 25k as I tried to accelerate, the rpm would shoot up, but never the speed. Thank God, it got me home even if it was just crawling. As soon as I got home, it just stopped moving even if the engine was running. What was curious was, it never gave me an indication prior to the problem. To make it short, in the Honda dealership services, diagnoses was a transmission failure and needed to be replaced. What a shame, I had such a high regard for Honda cars. They need to admit there is a quality problem in their transmission built in this particular model and should try to help the owners if they want to keep their customers, specially in these hard economic times.

- , Camden, SC, USA

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