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 23 of 34)

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problem #235

Jan 012009

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


Sounds like we are all stuck with a real LEMON. I cannot believe Honda will not fess up and take responsibility, the way their competitors would!! In an economy that is hurting, if they had any sense they would do all they could to maintain customer loyalty. At 62,000 total miles we expect that the tranny would not fail!!! They want $2,500 to repair it. One of us needs to step up and file suit, we clearly have a case!!!!

- , Chehalis, WA, USA

problem #234

Dec 242008

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,448 miles

Another Honda Civic transmission failure, same style like described here. not shifting, not moving at all. Went dead just before Christmas.

- , Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #233

Dec 242008

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

On Christmas Eve my husband and I were on our way to pick up a puppy for my daughter - the transmission sh*t...........

- , East Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #232

Dec 242008

Civic LX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles


$1000 to replace the suspension last year. $2000 to replace the transmission (less than 100k miles) this year... Is the entire car going to implode next year? What the H E double hockey sticks???

- , Big Bear Lake, CA, USA

problem #231

Dec 232008

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,478 miles

T o all my fellow honda lovers I bought this car for my daughter on the pretense of being a good car. Well after reading many of your complaints I feel I've been had by honda. I took this car to goodyear/certified tire for service since the CV axle was still under warranty for the cv boot then I had them do the timing belt and an alignment. Well to make a long story short on the way home the trans started slipping to the point where it would not go faster than 25 mph, we limped it home then had it towed back to the shop who fixed it, they said everything on their end was good they sent it to a honda dealer because they did not know what else to do. Honda dealer said they got it to set a P0730 code for a ratio error, now hearing about this site and thinking honda's going to throw me under the BUS I don't know what to do! Can somebody please help me stay sane.

- , Riverside, CA, USA

problem #230

Dec 112008

Civic EX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

my piece of crap transmission went out, it started slipping and now it can't even leave the driveway.

- , Oroville, CA, USA

problem #229

Dec 042008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


I have a 2001 Honda Civic LX. It only has 86,000 miles on it. It started slipping gears and within ten minutes of driving completely broke down! It just kept revving in every gear and not moving. I had it towed to the dealership and the said I need to replace the transmission and quoted me at $2800! Who has that kind of money? It is absolutely ridiculous and I have no car now! Has anyone heard of a way to have Honda pay for this problem. These cars are supposed to last forever. I put an ad out to sell it and no one will buy it for more than $2500. What a waste of years paying a car and barely having enough for a down payment on a new one. Please let me know any info you have! Thanks! PS also my SRS light is on. Anyone have that problem?

- , Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #228

Dec 152008

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

Surprise, surprise another 2001 Civic transmission complaint. My car was slipping from 2nd-3rd gear one day and the next day it died while I was driving home. I had it towed to a local transmission place and was told that the torque converter went bad and leaked oil into the transmission. He could salvage some parts but most were fried. He even mentioned that the 01 civics have bad torque converters before he even looked at the car. Still don't know why these cars are not bring recalled when this is such a huge, widespread issue!!

I called Honda today to file a complaint. They gave me a case manager and case # but said I would have to get it towed to a Honda dealership for them to officially diagnose it even though the rep mentioned "we know it's the transmission". If anyone finds out any info re a class action count me in. I'm spreading my complaints and warnings to family, friends and co-workers. No more Hondas for me.

- , Landing, NJ, USA

problem #227

Oct 082008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Hondas are known to be a very long lasting car and have the reputation of being one of the best and biggest car manufactures. Thats not true with my 2001 Honda civic lx. I had no problems what so ever with this car until the transmission blew out at 68000 miles. 68000 miles on a Honda isn't that much. Usually Honda's can last for alot more than 68000 miles. My family only had one car during this time and that was the Honda and to only discover that its transmission blew out in the middle of the road. This put me and my family in a bad position. We had no other transportation so we had to rent a car from enterprise which cost us alot of money. Also then we had to fix our transmission which cost about 1800 dollars. Thats alot of money just wasted because someone failed to put the car together correctly. Now the car is having even more problems with the speed sensor because every time I go over 20 miles a hour the D light starts blinking and the check engine light wont go off. Ive had a friend that the same problem happen to with the same car that there transmission blew out at about 74000 miles and they complained and got there money back for repairing the transmission. I don't think a person should pay for someone elses mistakes. So i think i deserve to get that money back that i payed for. I can even send you the receipt of the transmission and everything. I mean hondas should last longer than 68000 miles.

- , St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #226

Dec 162008

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

driving to work in the cold and snow, and my car stops shifting from second to third gear. i pull over and check the trans fluid and it smelled a little burnt. i wasn't that far from work and its COLD out so i figure the fluids full i can make it a couple miles driving slowly. nope i made it about a block before it stop shifting at all. stuck out in the cold. great just how i like starting my day.

- , Dyer, IN, US

problem #225

Dec 122008

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,236 miles


the tranny just went out on me yesterday on the highway during rush hour without a warning. here i am always talking about how reliable Honda is and then this HUGE expense comes up. I haven't gotten the damage report yet but i'm pretty confident that it was the transmission from what happened. Transmissions shouldn't fall apart at 100000 miles. so now i have to take the money from the Christmas money and whatever i get from my tax return instead of actually getting ahead now. Sorry kids, we can't have Christmas because Honda was cheap and decided to cut corners. THANKS HONDA!

- , Conroe, TX, USA

problem #224

Dec 102008

Civic EX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Car was using the transmission as part of the braking of the car. As the car got older the gear shifter would slip into low gear.The automatic shifting was very rough. The sound emanating from the engine and transmission was very loud when the car went into passing gear.

- , Bedford, NY, USA

problem #223

Nov 242008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

WOW I thought Honda was supposed to be reliable. What the hell, I have a JEEP (Just Expect Extra Parts) Cherokee 2001 and this topped all the other repairs I had to do for that. I counted on this civic. POS that is all it is, at least the Jeep looks good, Honda civic doesn't have anything going for it except I big pain in my ass.

- , Midland, GA, USA

problem #222

Dec 042008

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

I'd like to start off by saying how much I hate Honda's right now. I will probably never by another Honda ever again. I am the original owner of a 2001 Honda Civic EX and take fairly good care of it. I usually have it maintenance at a dealer as well with just a couple of exceptions. However, the transmission on this car gave up on me today. I came to a stop light and hit the gas pedal when the light turned green and guess what??? Nothing happened. The car wouldn't go. It only has 78K miles on it and is only 7 yrs old!!!! Can you believe this? It was pretty scary since I am 6 months pregnant and had a 3 yr old child with me in the back seat. I thought Honda's are supposed to last forever or at least 150K - 200K & over 10 years. That's why I bought a Honda. This is my first new car purchase. What a disappointment There have been so many problems with this car other than the transmission. Automatic doors and windows have failed on me several times each. Luckily, I purchased a $900 extended warranty to cover these minor repairs. Also, the interior is starting to fall apart. The piece of fabric on the ceiling's interior is starting to peel off and hang down (By the way, this is quite an annoyance every time I look at the rear view mirror). Too bad the extended warranty is NOT going to be able to help me with this transmission problem since it expired 6 months ago. I've had a couple of quotes for a rebuild transmission costing at least $2000. Another unexpected expense this month; thanks to American Honda Corp. I'd like to also mention that my husband also owns a 1998 Honda Accord EX with a transmission problem. We changed his transmission last year for about $2000. Also, about 3-4 years ago, I had recommended my brother-in-law to purchase a new Honda Civic EX as well. And guess what? The car didn't even hit 20K miles and needed a new transmission. Thank goodness for him that the vehicle's transmission was still under warranty. I also found out while talking to different people about this that another brother-in-law had to have his transmission repaired twice on his Odyssey. Based on my experience, Honda is not a brand known for it's reputation, reliability, or workmanship. Apparently, a lot of consumers are having issues with their Honda vehicles as I read through these complaints. You can count on my full cooperation if a class action law suit is ever initiated. I will not be purchasing a Honda again nor would never recommend anyone to purchase a Honda either. Please stay away from Honda's if you don't want to deal with a freakin' headache and an unnecessary $2000+ bill.

- , Beverly Hills, CA, USA

problem #221

Dec 012008

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

Well, without much warning I had tranny failure, it really upsets me that the Valvoline Oil Change center didn't let me know how bad my trans fluid looked (guess I coulda checked it myself... but still, they said they checked everything) NONE the less, started slipping between 1-2 and 2-3 gears, but thought maybe the problem was because of the oil change place since I had the problems after I went there. Then I see the posts saying pretty much if I get my tranny oil changed it wouldn't make a difference anyways, SO I didn't and ddin't have time or money to get it in the shop. Well, NOW I'm up a creek with no paddle, I've already missed one DRILL with my National Guard unit and can't afford to miss anymore, I have about 60 bucks in the bank, and don't know what to do... thought these were supposed to be dependable cars:(

- , Cheboygan, MI, USA

problem #220

Nov 212008

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

well my lil gas saver just started to cost big bucks. Like many of you it started with the ever loving whine..."ZOOOOOLL"..... noise on start up. then the slip between 2-3 gear, I figure it was a cold day cause it quit after 25 miles or so, but next start up same thing. But after it warmed up no slippage a little further this time, So I decided it was tranny fluid change time again and headed to the autoparts store but returned home immediately, It slowly went into reverse, then slowly went into drive, then slipped between 1-2 then 2-3 and became very unstable slipping and downshifting on its own. Changed fluid, fluid was unremarkable, tried to run it again, it went right into gear both fwd and rev. yippee I thought,so I backed out of driveway to test it and warm it up to change fluid again, cause on fluid change you can only replace 2.9 qts at a time and if this was the problem I would dilute the fluid as much as possible. Started down the road and same thing slipping downshifting but made it home barely, got check lite I think it was pg740 gear ratio or pg730 something like that. Now I'm hoping Bryan can send me some info since he is experienced in replacing the parts needed so I will post progress as things go. hoping for a recall. #219

- , West Salem, OH, USA

problem #219

Nov 252008

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Jumping on board, same tranny problem, 2nd time I'm trying to post here, On a cold day I could hear a 'zoool' sounding wine and between 2-3 gear it would slip tillit was warm, 30 miles or so, then was alright, wife complained the next day too, then it was slipping going into rev or fwd, replaced fluid and it went into gear 2 or 3 times then would slip and finally complete failure, took about 100 miles all together. will be fixing it myself so Bryan if you got my email please send me info. really bad tim efor this to happen around the holiday and no money to fix at the dealer.

- , West Salem, OH, USA

problem #218

Nov 272008

Civic LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,676 miles

Bought my 2001 Honda in March 2003 with exactly 50,000. Did regular maintenance on it as everyone here does. Problems started with tranny two days ago where it would shift hard or not at all into second and third gears. Was in Pa for Thanksgiving today and got back to jersey and trans went as soon as I got off the highway (thanks god). I had my dog and my boyfriend with me, so I am already annoyed....Tow truck wait time 2 hours....wont tow to an open mechanic if they are not open which they are not because its f*cking Thanksgiving! Now my car is sitting in a church parking lot until i can get it to a Honda dealership tomorrow morning...sigh..let see what Honda says......don't have too much confidence after 215 posts of all negative sh*t

- , Clementon, NJ, US

problem #217

Oct 212008

Civic EX 1.7L V Tech

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,500 miles

My wife's car all of a sudden died like the rest of you. It had 81000 miles on it. The transmission just quit working. It put out the dtc p0730. I did some research and found that there is a technical service bulletin on this very thing. It says that the probable cause is excessive wear in the second clutch. It also says to just go ahead and replace the tranny. I decided to take the transmission out and rebuild it. Just to let everyone know, I have never been inside a transmission before. I went down to the local community college to there automotive department and got the rebuild procedure. It is not that hard, just very intimidating. By the way when I got to the second clutch it was horrible. All you really need if your a do it yourselfer is a metric socket set up to 32mm, a 6" gear puller, a 15 inch chisel, a feeler gauge, a pick set ( for removing seals), screw drivers, and a set of snap ring pliers, and a couple of home made tools. If you have some or most of this stuff, a garage with a jack and 2 sets of jack stands, you can do this yourself and save a ton of money. My email is if anyone has questions. I can email pictures and the whole tear down and rebuild procedure as well as set you up with where to find tools and materials.

- , Reno, NV, US

problem #216

Nov 182008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

This is my wife's 2001 Honda Civic. she complained Friday that she thought something was wrong with the car..has no power! We did not get a chance to look at it over the weekend and on Monday morning on the way to work it died on her thankfully not too far from home. The tow truck dude said he thinks it is the transmission; I was like no way -it's a Honda; transmission issues are not in their DNA. Towed it off to the dealer where we bought it in 2001 and the only place we take it in for service. Dude calls us later and says the transmission is toast...! WHAAATTT!!! Long story short; $2800 to fix. I google 2001 Honda civic transmission and for the 1st time I come across We call Honda Corp... it's been 4 days... no call back; we have a case number! We will fix this car and get rid of it and I will preach all I can against Honda...for the rest of my life! Lemme holla at Clark Howard real quick! This is an absolute sham; they know there is an issue and refuse to take responsibility....

- , Norcross, GA, USA

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