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 29 of 34)

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problem #115

Jan 032008

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


Found out 01/03/08 that the transmission on my 2001 Civic had failed and had to be replaced. I was shocked as I thought it couldn't possibly be anything major with only 69,000 miles on a Honda. Dealer came back with a price of $2,700.00 for a rebuilt transmission. They then called back and said they could do it for $1,200.00. I started researching a bit and found this website. I contacted American Honda and told the dealership to hold until I heard back from American Honda. Well, they called back this morning and they think I'm getting a great deal for $1,200.00! $1,200.00 for something that should not have happened. Great deal. He denied that there is a problem that Honda should be responsible for and said that is American Honda's stand. I told him i will get teh transmission replaced as I don't have a choice and will trade the car in and it won't be on a Honda. That's my stand. If someone starts a class action count me in.

- , St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #114

Jan 042008

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Like many others, I thought it was just my bad luck but after reading these

complaints I now know I'm not alone. My mechanic just told me that the torque

converter went bad on my 2001 Civic (with 85k miles). Will cost around $2300 to

fix. I was regular with my maintenance, oil change, etc. but did not use Honda only

transmission fluid or service. I will be checking the site again to see if any one has

organized some way of reclaiming our money!

- , W. Orange, NJ, USA

problem #113

Jan 042008

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

Wow, after loosing my transmission, I was pretty disappointed. 151K I suppose is actually 'not bad'.

Still I was expecting more... I've had 'lesser vehicles' (an '89 Mirage, that I beat the daylights out of for 220,000 miles--and finally gave it away after HS!!) without experiencing so major as this.

I'm a bit reluctant to spend a huge amount of money on a car with 151K---especially when the year doesn't seem to be a particularly good one for Honda.

- , Vernon, CT, USA

problem #112

Dec 212007

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles


At first I thought, "Well I got 130,000 miles out of the transmission, and I wouldn't be complaining if I didn't expect so much from a Honda." Then the mechanic told me that he has rebuilt 3 of these in the last 2 weeks. I see the list of other complaints here, and it is obvious that Honda has a problem. I was fortunate to have mostly freeway miles, which is likely why the system lasted this long.

The big question I have is, "Did everyone follow the suggested maintenance schedule and use only the approved Honda transmission fluid? If so, Honda is going to take a big hit in the reputation. I have really enjoyed the car until now, but this could put me off buying another one. If I wanted bad parts and an unresponsive manufacturer, I would just buy another Ford.

There was also a known problem with the exhaust system on the 2001, but the Honda dealership fixed that one for me without any fuss. 2001 was the first year for this model run, and it appears that they had a few more bugs.

- , Livonia, MI, USA

problem #111

Nov 052007

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,500 miles

Update: rms72002

Well, I finally gave in (unfortunately) to have a "rebuilt Honda factory warrant (3yr/36000) trans" installed on Friday, 01/3/07. I guess I really didn't have a choice, due to the fact that this is my only means of transportation. The totally cost came out to $2,049.50 (including tax & labor). The Honda dealership, where I purchased my Civic in Jan. 01 and have kept up with my maintenance schedule in accordance to the owners manual, gave me a "goodwill/customer" deal that I couldn't pass up! Out of the $2,049.50 I only had to pay the labor cost of $749.90. I still plan to fight this with Honda's headquarters. I'm waiting for a response from their customer service manager with regard to these issues. I guess I'll be holding my breath for some time.

- , Oak Park, IL, US

problem #110

Nov 222007

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

i owned this car for a few years now . it was a good car . "was" . until the trans went out on it . i called every where and get almost the same price quote . give or take a few dollars . but as i see here i am not the only one with this headache. if any one here can help me please send me an email on how to do this under 3800 dollars . email is . its been stored since November . and im driving a 02 neon wich in fact much more dependable than the civic at the moment .

- , Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #109

Oct 222007

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


I wrote in back in October regarding this issue with my 01 Civic. After researching here, I decided to have the car re-towed to the dealer in the event that I might be able to appeal to Honda to get them to pay for some of it. The dealership actually gave me a very competitive quote, and enabled me to contact Honda Corporate to request compensation. I faxed them all sorts of documentation to prove that the car's major service had always been performed at Honda dealers, etc. After some research, they called me back and agreed to pay for the part, $1,200 of the $1,900. If you can provide this documentation, I would strongly advise you contact Honda for a goodwill compensation.

- , Denver, CO, USA

problem #108

Jul 102007

Civic LX 1.7L I4

  • Manual transmission
  • 61,000 miles

I am following up from my previous posting and complaint below regarding my transmission's bearing failure. As I noted below, I bring my vehicle to an independent shop that only works on Hondas and Acuras. He only uses Honda parts. He did replace my LX transmission with an EX with only 1000 miles on it and installed a new clutch. I called American Honda and explained the situation and after a day, the manager called me back and said that he would send me a check for the cost of the transmission and the clutch. He did not cover the cost of the labor ($395) but I'm not complaining. It was not a Honda dealership that completed the work. Note that my vehicle only had 61K miles on it but Honda still did me right. Also, I am a long time Honda buyer and have financed through AHF. They probably looked that up in their database and perhaps that had an impact on their decision. I've been receiving a lot of comments and thought that this would help others in their quest to be reimbursed. Good luck.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #107

Dec 102007

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles

I don't know how I stumbled across this website but I'm sure glad I did. After getting really pissed off at yet another problem with this car, I find that I am not alone. My husband took it to work yesterday morning (60 miles away) and had to bum a ride home because the damn transmission wouldn't shift into gear. Today he had the car towed to a Honda dealership and found out that it would cost us $2500 to get it fixed! This is ridiculous!! I can't believe Honda is doing nothing to recall this issue. Obviously we are not alone. A class action lawsuit should be followed. We haven't figured out how he's going to commute back and forth to LA but he still has to go to work. And might I add for free for the next month just to cover this expense. We originally bought a Honda because of it's reliability but now I'm looking at my Ford and just loving it. Never has my truck given me any problems like this. What happened Honda? I thought your cars were built to last. I lose trust and faith easily and NEVER again will we buy a Honda.

- , Fontana, CA, USA

problem #106

Jun 302006

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I just wanted to add my complaint to the long list. I also purchased a Civic due to its reputation for reliability and had the transmission fail at 90k miles. I was extremely disappointed. I also paid to get it rebuilt.

I'm now in the market for a new car and will not consider purchasing a Honda again. I'm going to give Toyota a try.

Does anyone know the requirements for a class action suit?

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #105

Nov 092007

Civic EX 1.6L D16w7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,300 miles


Let me first off let everyone know that this precious (until it bit the dust, of course) Honda Civic EX coupe of mine was bought for me by my parents in 2001 when I was 18 years old right after I graduated high school, just like many of you, for its so called "reliability."

This car, today, only has 71,360 miles on it. It's my one and only car that I drive really, really carefully. On Nov. 9th, after attending a concert at the Masonic in San Francisco, my friends and I decided to hop back into my car to go grab some late night dessert and that's when it all happened. By the way, for those of you who have never been to SF, let me first say that this city has some pretty steep hills. You can probably already imagine what happened. While our car was driving upwards on a hill, we were just about to reach the top when our transmission slowly started slipping. Not too long afterwards, the whole transmission gave out. The gear wouldn't catch drive nor would it reverse so we were stuck with only my brakes doing the work. This is San Francisco. You can never 1) find parking here and 2) be on an empty street. Needless to say, it was very nerve racking trying to handle the situation when you're immobile right in front of a hotel with four very busy lanes. Luckily, one of my friends had AAA so we towed it to the nearby Pier 27 where she works. Long story short, I towed this car to one shop in SF so they could diagnose it. They wanted $2500 for a new transmission. That wasn't going to work into my budget so I had it towed to another mechanic in Oakland that was referred to me by a friend. The previous shop charged me $150 for the diagnosis. The shop in Oakland told me they could find me a used transmission and replace it for me at the cost of $1560 including labor and the towing from SF to Oakland. I was lucky for the decent pricing. After all the running around, I was finally able to have my car back this morning fixed and running. Overall, the total costs for this whole situation is $1,780 and over a month without my car. Nice, huh. (sense the sarcasm?) I'm bringing this up to the Honda Corp. tomorrow and they better cooperate, otherwise, I'm letting you all know here, I'M VERY INTERESTED IN FILING FOR A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. This is all too ridiculous beyond words.

- , Hayward, CA, USA

problem #104

Dec 202007

Civic LX 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Had my transmission fail right before the holidays and that was a pain in the ass. I am glad that I was able to make it home after my car stalling a few times. I took the car to my local mechanic and right away he said i know what the problem is and its the transmission. He was dead on because he had a previous 2001 civic and his had the same problem a few months back. Now its going to cost me about $3,000 to have it fixed at the dealer but from what everyone is writing I am complaining to their corporate and I definitely agree with everyone that class action needs to be done.

- , La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #103

Dec 282007

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Yeah, I had the same problem as everyone else. I have kept up with the maintenance and even specifically had my transmission serviced three months ago, but on Friday the whole thing failed. I do have more miles on my Civic than most of you (120,000) but I still feel like it is a young car and is supposed to be very reliable. I am extremely upset and will probably not buy another Honda ever.

- , Yorktown, VA, US

problem #102

Mar 052007

Civic EX 4DR 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Wow.... I really thought I was the only one that their transmission failed on them. I guess I'm going have to complain to Honda and get some money out of this because this is the lamest thing ever! I'm a student and have a job that barely pays for books and school. The last thing I want on my tail is a car that has problems. I'm just really sad to have seen myself work longer shifts in order to pay off this damn transmission and installation after how reputable I believed the Civics were for a "low maintenance vehicle." Bull crap.

Other problems with my car is the cloth on the roof sagging, struts leaking, cv joint or boot making weird noises, car is starting to jerk a little, plastic headlights cover are foggy.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #101

Dec 302007

Civic 1.7L Sohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

my 2001 civic transmission messed up yesterday and thats really disappointing

because they claim to have the most reliable car well not no more I really think Honda needs to look in to this matter......

- , phoenix, az, USA

problem #100

Dec 132007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I want to thank you for the detailed information you provided (CHANG). My 2001 Honda Civic, 84,000 miles transmission failed 2 days ago. As in all the stories here, I have had excellent upkeep of the car, am the original owner, and it failed at an intersection. I had it towed to the dealership ( new to the city with no mechanic referrals) and immediately got on line to see what I could find out even before I received a diagnosis. I used your advice, contacted Honda and had a case manager assigned to me before the dealership had even called me with the transmission failure diagnosis. When the dealer contacted me to tell me the bad news -- $3300-- I told them the case manager would contact them. The case manager told me they would pay 75% of the cost repairs. After the case manager contacted the dealer mechanic the price went down from 3300 to 2000 and i paid 450. THANK YOU AGAIN> THE trick really is to get HONDA CORP involved before the dealer TOUCHES THE CAR!!!!!

- , Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #99

Dec 152007

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

y 2001 Honda civic transmission just fail completely today. I was checking for transmission on the net when I ran across that people are having the same problem. So far its cost me $85 dollas for for tow. What can we all do to resolve this problem?

- , Fair Grove, MO, USA

problem #98

Dec 302007

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

My wife bought her Honda Civic new in 2001. We have kept up with the maintenance according to the requirements. So needless to say, it was a shock when I was driving down the road and suddenly my car slips into neutral. I took it to a very reputable mechanic in my area known for transmission work. He informed me that some of the inner workings of the transmission had broken. This was very unusual as he had not seen that many. However, he also informed me that he was working on the transmissions of two or three Hondas a month and that my problem was not unusual at all. I called the dealership and they informed me that my car was not under warranty even though similar accords and oddessy's (sp?) have had their powertrain warranties extended for just this circumstance. He also let me know that it would be on my own dime to replace or repair the transmission, a total cost of between $2,000 to $3,000. For anyone out there with this same problem, I am putting in a call to several attorney's offices today about a class-action defective product liability suit. There is no way a car manufacturer who touts their reliability as much as Honda does can have this kind of track record with no recalls or extended warranty and get away with it.

- , La Vergne, TN, USA

problem #97

Nov 052007

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Geesh, after viewing the complaints on this website, I now see that I'm not alone. I've always kept up with the maintenance on any vehicles that I'd previously owned as well as my current 2001 Honday Civic LX A/T. Prior to purchasing this vehicle I've completed extensive research on the safety and reliability of this vehicle. Nothing was mentioned on any websites (at the time) with regard to the "transmission problems" listed. On Nov 5, 2007, I'd taken my vehicle into the dealership regular maintenance service as well as to inform them that my check engine light have been intermittently flickering on and off for approx 2 weeks. The told me that after running a few test the codes (P0700, P0740) indicated that I need a new transmission installed that will cost me approx $2800 bucks. I was appalled!

I currently have 97,600K miles, I just recently had (2) reliable mechanics to inform me that this is a continuous problem with the 2001-2003 honda's, across the board. A definite "civil suit" should be administered, immediately. I'm totally pissed off, that HONDA is getting away with this cramp! Honda has not heard the last of this from me. Good luck to all!

- , Oak Park, IL, US

problem #96

Oct 212005

Civic LX 1.7L L4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

My Civic 2001 was driving great until one day started taking a long time to start - then was driving good again. the following day while driving it started to lose power until almost stopped in the middle of the way at night. I did push the car to the side and after 10 min started to move slow. I went to the Dealer that has extended service and left the car there. the following day they call me saying that there is a faulty code in the electronic system of the transmission and I have to pay for the replacement transmission and the work. It took 3 days calling the Honda dealer until the factory approved to place the refurbished part and I to pay the work.

Definitely seems to be something beefy with this specific model.

- , Cleveland Hts., OH, USA

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