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 32 of 34)

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problem #55

Aug 132007

(reported on)

Civic DX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,459 miles



- , Calgary, AB, Canada

problem #54

Aug 132007

(reported on)

Civic LX 1.7L L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

The car just stopped on Freeway. Did not give any sign except for last 10 miles when it was not picking up speed. Had to tow it away.

This seems to be big problem HONDA NEEDS TO ADDRESS THIS. NOW NEED to know if I need to get the PCM software update.

- , Fontana, CA, US

problem #53

Jun 172007

(reported on)

Civic EX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

This is a problem that seems to exist since I brought the vehicle is the transmission. I have been advised this will need to be replaced.

- , Gardena, CA, USA

problem #52

Jun 212007

(reported on)

Civic LX 4cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


I cannot believe that this car with only 84,000 miles of mostly highway driving would have a complete transmission failure with no indication of a problem until it completely failed yesterday morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This totally sucks!!!!!!!!

- , Marietta, GA, USA

problem #51

Jun 282007

(reported on)

Civic EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Car drives fine one day - the next day I'm stuck on a hill, with a $3,200 bill. Here I always ranted against the reliability of an American car and the plastic components on the dash-board . . . I think I'll own American with broken pieces of dashboard all over the floor, than ever own a Honda again - with broken/cheap transmissions.

- , Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #50

Aug 092007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

My transmission just went out on my Honda Civic 2001. My car has 74K miles and I just did a Transmission fluid flush, at 60K miles, and they said it was fine. Have you guys delt with this through Honda Motors? or have had to pay yourselves. I got stuck in the middle of the freeway, I think this is a cause for a Recall, and everyone else is also having the same problem around this kind of miles. We have to do something.!!!

- , Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #49

Jul 032007

(reported on)

Civic DX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Wow, after I found this site I found out I was lucky to get 120,000 miles from this transmission.

This is unbelievable. COMPLETE failure. And my wife is a very gentle driver. (As opposed to me in my other cars).

Nothing burns you more than when a manufacturer knows there is a problem and doesn't take any responsibility.

Toyota is getting my next business.

I bought this thing thinking "200,000 miles without any huge headaches". Oh well.

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #48

Jul 042007

(reported on)

Civic DX-G 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,632 miles

I own a 2001 Honda civic DX-G (141,000 km) and all daily services were made in T&T Honda dealer. In April 2007 I had a service of changing engine oil, hot oil flush transmission etc. The second day after made this service, I noticed when I drove under regular speed (40-60), it will suddenly change to a very high gear shift and the engine revs up (it never happened before). I waited for couple of days and this was still happening. So I called T&T Honda again to book a service to check up. On the day I drove to there, one of the mechanics said he need to take a test drive, so we go for a short test drive. He said this car is very good especially the transmission, very smooth and no problem at all; also told me no need to check up. So I drove back.

But on July 1st 2007, when I drove this car on highway, it suddenly lost the speed when I stepped on gas pedal, then service maintain light was on, check engine light was on. Then I pulled over of the highway and couple of minutes later, it totally didnít move no matter give a gas or change the gear shift.

What a HUGE disappointment!

- , Calgary, AB, Canada

problem #47

Aug 082007

(reported on)

Civic DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

My civic tranny is slipping at second gear and the check engine light comes on and this seems to be common problem for the 2001 model. Honda is supposed to be one of the best or most reliable but not the civic for 2001. Everyone with the same problem should demand for a recall.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #46

Jul 312007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,900 miles

My so-called reliable Honda Civic dies in the middle of a busy freeway in rush hour traffic in Dallas virtually with no warning... not lights, no slipping... nothing. I have it towed in and find that I have to rebuild my transmission, an $1800 dollar repair the very month it is PAID OFF! I am hoping that I can get reimbursed for my repair.. if anyone knows how, let me know.

- , Richardson, TX, US

problem #45

Jul 092007

(reported on)

Civic ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,556 miles


All I have to say is screw Honda. I have a mitsu Mirage as well. It was cheap, is no longer made, and I could not pay someone to buy it. But, (knock on wood) I have only replaced a windshield, brakes, and tires in 70,000 miles. I thought my car would go first. The stupid honda has 65,000 miles and I need to buy and rebuild the transmission. Honda should be ashamed of themselves for something like this to happen so often and do absolutely nothing about it. F*ck Honda.

- , North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #44

Jul 292007

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

This is the first major problem that I have had with my civic. I was left 40 miles from home, my husband had to push the car up a hill while I steered, all during rush hour in a very busy city.

We had the car towed to my Honda dealer, and the next day I was quoted $2700 for a rebuilt transmission. No way I can pay that! I'm leaving for school next week, so I am just going to take the car to my trusted mechanic in my school town and have him repair the transmission -- hopefully the quote won't be as high as it was via the Honda dealer. I'll be towing my car behind the uhaul.

- , Wingate, NC, USA

problem #43

Jul 282007

(reported on)

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I have always been Loyal to Honda, and have always loved their vehicles. I currently own 3 Honda vehicles, even though one is badged Acura. I was tired of have 2 5spd cars that were both 2 doors, so me and my wife decided to buy a 4dr Civic, mainly because I had enjoyed my Honda experience. What a nightmare, after 3 months of owning my used 2001 civic, the transmission completely fails, while I'm still making payments on the car. Now I'm stuck with this piece of crap and since it's a used car I bought it as is. The D for drive is flashing and the car will not move while in drive. I wish I had bought a Jetta, at least VW can make a Transmission that isn't designed for failure! After This nightmare is over and I finally get rid of this piece of crap, I will never buy another Honda!! Thanks ALOT Honda!!!! You suck!

- , Vienna, VA, USA

problem #42

Jul 242007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I had no problems with the car until 62,000 miles, when the transmission suddenly failed. I used to say to my friends "sure it's slow and boring, but it's very reliable and gets good gas mileage." Well there goes the reliability. There is no reason the transmission should be failing, especially at this mileage. It should be repaired by honda without charge.

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #41

Jul 172007

(reported on)

Civic HX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

could feel slight slipping in the transmission, i thought it was due to wind or cheap tires that were on the car, turns out that was just the start of a deeper problem. when coming from highway speed of 70-80mph and coming to a stop sign or light. when starting to drive the car would rev in 1st gear hard 5-6k rpm or so, then go into 2nd and bog way down low rpm to catch up then finally start going once 50mph+ was attained. The car would always roll back on a slight incline in drive with no brakes applied (not normal with most cars in drive that are automatic)

i was going to a meeting, a 120 mile drive, and 108 miles into it the car decides to down shift to 2nd when my speed was 80mph and instantly speed and revs down to 60mph the check engine light comes on and the drive led flashes green. I pull off, clear the maintenance error, and try to get back on the road, but car will not go into higher gears and the rps are very wavy when trying to drive the max speed is 60 @ 6200RPM. I had the car towed and the tranny had to be replaced. I am disappointed this happened and it's going to run me $3600 to fix I will have it this friday. There was some slight slipping before the car bombed. I hope i don't have this happen again at 280k. Please note the car changed climate majorly from southern CA to Huntsville AL dry to humid. I also lost 5mpg and just get around 500 miles on a tank of gas if mostly highway.


- , Nashville, TN, USA

problem #40

Jul 132007

(reported on)

Civic LX 1.7L I4

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,578 miles

I was just informed today by my trusted mechanic that the differential bearings were shot on my young Civic. This is crazy. I bring my vehicle to an independent Honda/Acura mechanic and have been for over two years. He's saved me, friends and family a great deal of money over the years and tells the truth; unlike the dealership network Honda is so proud of. Evidently, the bearing problem is well known within the Honda mechanic community. Honda did cheap out beginning with the 2001 Civic (no auto lock switch on the passenger side, a constantly failing auto-down driver window, awful rear suspension, etc.). They obviously skimped on the tranny, too. I had the shifter problem as well. Stick coming out of the gear selected. Wound up being that the plastic ball the stick sits in cracks and has to be replaced. My mechanic found a transmission with 1000 miles from an EX. He's installing it on my LX for $1300 (including a new clutch and labor). Not awful but I'm asking American Honda to reimburse. It's a long shot considering the bad news didn't come from one of their mechanics. Good luck.

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #39

Jun 132007

(reported on)

Civic LX

  • CVT transmission
  • 85,500 miles

I have had the Honda Civic LX 2001. Only one owner and have keep up with all service needed. Took the car in for oil change and smog which ending up costing $800 for items they told me I needed. After picking up my car from Valencia Honda of California the car did not feel right. 2 days later coming home from work, the car just stopped with no warning at all. Pretty scary.

Had the car towed Back to Valencia Honda, Valencia California and at a cost $100. A few days later they called and told me it needed a new transmission. I was pretty upset because the car was running fine until the service department worked on the car.

Valencia Honda did replace the transmission and did pay for the rental car, but would not give me the money for towing. They said that it was a one time good will transmission. I bought this car because I thought is was something that would last 100,000 or more before the transmission would go. I was just getting ready to buy another Honda from Valencia Honda of California, but after this I will go back to a Toyota.

- , Castaic, CA, USA

problem #38

May 032007

(reported on)

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

I had the engine light on about a couple of years ago on my 2001 Civic at about 45K miles. I was asked to replace the torque converter. Had this repaired at the dealer. I am really disappointed with Honda for not having a recall for the known problem that is on so many of these cars of 2001 civic model. I recently have a problem again on transmission, not sure what the problem exactly is. Will report as another complaint after I know the details. It is at about 65K miles now.

- , Plano, TX, US

problem #37

May 012007

(reported on)

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I have a 2001 Honda Civic EX. I purchased it new, I am the only owner. I was parking my car and it would not go forward, then it would not go in reverse. Finally I was able to get it to go forward and finish parking. When trying to leave my parking space my car would not go in reverse. When it finally went forward it would only drive at 10 miles an hour. I had to have it towed to my house. The transmission went with no warning. I keep UTD with all of my maintenances, I just recently had my 60,000 mile check-up. I am a very disatisfied customer at this point. There was no indication that there was a problem and if there was one they should have seen the signs during my last visit to Rt. 22 Honda in Hillside, NJ.

- , Newark, NJ, USA

problem #36

Apr 292007

(reported on)

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

I am happy to know that I am not the first person that has the problem. My transmission went out the first time at 53,000 miles in June 2004. It wasn't even three years old! Then three years later, April 2007, my transmission has went out again at 110,000 miles. I replaced it with a used transmission the first time. I was in school and couldn't afford to pay 3,000 to get it rebuilt then. Now.... it has happened again! I am a teacher. I can't afford to pay another 3,000 to get if fixed again! I won't pay that. It isn't worth that much. That is another car. I haven't decided what to do and I just feel like Honda should do something about it. But they aren't going too. I know that I will never buy another honda, accura, or anything else by that company. Unbelievable!

- , Atlanta, GA, US

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