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 7 of 34)

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problem #555

Apr 012011

Civic LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles


I bought this car 5 year old with 80,000 miles on it. A month ago the transmission began to slip...with only 134,000 miles on it!! I brought it to my local mechanic shop and they said it had failed. They had the transmission re-built; total cost $3000. I did some research when it was in being repaired and found out this is a BIG problem for this year model/make. Lost my faith in Honda.

- , Calabasas, CA, USA

problem #554

Apr 212011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

It seems unusual for a 2001 Honda Civic with 72k miles to have significant transmission issues as to need a total replacement. The car only averaged 600 miles a month. After researching the internet, it appears that there have been a significant number of complaints from other owners of 2001 Honda Civic owners regarding their transmissions. Two class action suits against Honda resulted in recalls and replacements of several Honda models surrounding the year 2001. I feel since there have been a significant number of complaints regarding the "same" transmission issue, Honda should uphold their integrity and replace and/or correct the 2001 Civic transmission issues at their cost, especially on vehicles with less than 100k miles.

- , Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #553

Feb 142011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

Being out of work for a while, I have decided to pursue a new career - transmission shop owner/rebuilder - specializing in 2001 Honda civics. There certainly is plenty of business out there and I won't have to wait for rebate money from Honda, cause there ain't none!!! Since this model in 9 to 10 years old, they all will begin to fail soon, regardless of the mileage.There must be thousands of unlucky owners out there deciding to junk or rebuild or unload their "pride and joy". Look, I know it's just a machine and machines break. But if so many of us have the same thing happening to our rides at about the same age/mileage, it's a pretty good time for a recall. Is there a pile of new Defective transmissions in some huge parts warehouse just waiting to get shipped. Well, I sure don't want one - it's like fixing a window with a piece of cracked glass!! A sucker punch always hurts more. Shame on the Mighty Honda Motor Co. for making this crap and not standing behind it when if falls.

- , Durham, NC, USA

problem #552

Apr 012011

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


I bought this car one year old with 12,000 miles on it. A month ago the transmission began to slip...with only 59,000 miles on it!! I brought it to my local shop and they said it had failed. They had the transmission re-built; total cost $2760. I did some research when it was in being repaired and found out this is a HUGE problem for this year model/make. I did call Honda customer service, and they recorded the complaint, but that is all they will do. They said if I had taken it to a Honda dealership to have the problem looked at, they may have offered some financial help if I had it repaired there. I'm sure any money they would have given me would have been offset by their jacked up service rates. No more Hondas, period.

- , Jordan, MN, USA

problem #551

Apr 032011

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

My in-laws originally bought this car in 2001 brand new. Since the name Honda means reliability, they did not think anything of it when they passed it on to my daughter when she started driving. At the time, it only had 40,000 miles on it. She began driving it around November of 2010. Well, last night, she went to a friend's house and was backing out from her friend's driveway when the check engine light came on. She could not shift gears at all! She was stuck in the middle of the street. Some guys came to help her push the car out to the side. Then she called us frantic. Of course, what can we do? My husband went to check it out himself. Sure enough, it was a transmission failure! He could not shift to reverse nor drive. The AAA guy said "it's your tranny." We had to have it towed back to our house since my repair shop is closed till Monday.

I have to call AAA again to have it towed again. What a headache and it's only the beginning. I'm not sure if it's worth fixing since I've been reading about other complaints.

How can tranny be bad when it's only got 40K on it? I have seriously lost any confidence I had about driving Honda.

- , Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #550

Apr 042011

Civic 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

Bought this honda with 77 k on it.After a few weeks it seemed to rev more than go but never completely until last night.sort of sudden, you would give it gas and nothing no 1,2,3,rev nothing. just had it towed to tranny repair shop.hoping to be able to put in a different year tranny into it ,hope that helps, other than that, like the car.

- , enosburg falls, VT, USA

problem #549

Apr 012011

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles


I bought my 2001 Honda Civic used in 2004. Like most I thought Honda was supposed to be a reliable car make, oh how I was wrong! If you can think of the issue, my car has had it. Just recently, my 2001 Honda Civic died in the middle of a busy road, sadly after I had just picked it up from my local auto repair shop for some timing belt and tensioner repairs. I had been experiencing for the last 8 MONTHS...what I thought might have been my transmission failing. I was told repeatedly; by multiple auto shops that this was not the issue with my car. You can imagine how beyond upset I was (thinking my car was all fixed and having it completely die after leaving the car repair. My local shop is a really reputable shop and they have definitely gone above and beyond with the repairs and time they have taken on my car (They were equally as upset when I phoned to say my car was dead in the middle of a street). A service rep and tech drove out to my car looked at it, after pushing it to the side of the road, and told me to their surprise my transmission was dead! Also, they told me that a few years ago, Honda mailed out a recall notice to all ORIGINAL OWNERS, regarding transmission failure and that included in the recall, Honda was giving the transmission ONLY an extended 8 year or 105, 000 mile warranty. Well I’m obviously not the original owner and my car is well over the 8 year and 105, 000 mile mark. What do I do? I’ve already put about $6,000 into my car’s repairs in the last 8 months…I can’t afford major repairs anymore!

- , Orangevale, CA, USA

problem #548

Mar 202011

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,100 miles

Yesterday, my wife was driving my parents to a doctor's appointment and our 2001 Honda Civic transmission failed. We had it towed to our local mechanic. I am still waiting for a quote. I phoned American Honda and spoke to a very nice person about my situation. I explained about the amount of complaints that I have seen for this Civic model year and she said there was nothing she could do. I asked her if I should bring it to a Honda Dealership and she thought the only way I would get any type of discount at a Dealership is if I have been taking my car there for the life of the vehicle.

I bought the car used and was very happy, up until this point. Based on all the 2001 Honda owners feedback from this website and other sites, it looks like Honda has a significant quality issue that they are not willing to back/support. This is my first Honda and it will be my last based on this experience.

Update from May 18, 2011: I had the transmission fixed/ebuilt

- , Pacifica, CA, USA

problem #547

Mar 222011

Civic LX 1.7L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

20 year old college student here who purchased this car a year and a half ago for school. When I purchased it i thought it was a good deal and always felt Honda was reliable after my other siblings had Hondas as well. Turns out that same day i bought my car I researched what problems I can come to expect in the future should something go wrong, and boy what do I see mostly, Tranny problems. I told myself oh no maybe I should get my money back, as my parents soon told me to assure me theres thousands of cars and im sure not all of them can go wrong. I said they were right, it may not happen to me. Boy was i stupid wrong. The morning it happened on my way to school I already frieken knew. This problem was always in the back of my mind and it finally happened. Its like waiting for my death. Cost $1800 to rebuild the whole tranny. I sure hope this does not happen to many other people who have this car, and am certainly going to look at Toyota, nissan, for future purchases.

- , Os Angeles, CA, USA

problem #546

Feb 112011

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Bought this car from a dealership for our son in summer of 2009. From the start they car was in service shop more then my son drove it in the first month. We thought it was the transmission slipping we where told it wasn't. Eighteen months later the car just stopped in the middle of a busy road. Had it towed we were told it was the transmission. Called the dealer they told us they would replace the transmission with used transmission for their cost $1429.00. Called Honda they did not want ot hear it about it.

Very frustrating our son is off to college in the fall bought Honda cause its supposed to be very reliable thats a joke. M sister in law owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey and the same thing happened to her van last year under 80 thousand miles, she did enough bitching Honda paid for most she was only out $500.00. We chose to go with a $1800.00 they rebuild the transmission and gave us two years warranty on parts and labor. Are we happy not very. Honda stinks.

- , Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #545

Mar 092011

Civic 1.7L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Dealership is talking with Honda on covering some of the cost as this is a known issue for the 2001 Honda's. My teenage daughter was lucky to make it to the dealership before the car died! A few weeks ago the car wouldn't turn off even with the key removed and now this. We just spent over 400 on bushings and also had the transmission drain and refill and cleaned magnet back in October.

- , Auburn, NH, USA

problem #544

Mar 042011

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Same car.............same story as the rest. Transmission completely failed about 20 miles from home. Had it towed to my driveway. I'm not sure whether it is worth fixing. Outside of the tranny issue, the car ran well. Time for a Toyota.

- , Broad Brook, CT, US

problem #543

Feb 242011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

JI have had my civic since it was brand new a few weeks ago the transmission died while heading to work. I have never had any other problems with this car just typical brakes etc. i thought having the tranny go at 115k was normal figured i got my moneys worth out of this car until i read this,The car is in tip top shape thats why i got it fixed for 1850.00 on long island. After reading all these complaints now i feel i got jipped by Honda and the transmission should have went alot longer.

- , Seaford, NY, USA

problem #542

Mar 012011

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,386 miles

Was driving home when transmission started slipping.There were no warning signs.Called my friend who re-builds transmissions.He said there were lots of problems with Honda transmissions.He said the problem is that the filter was probably clogged,he said the trans.filter was internal and couldn't be cleaned unless the trans.was taken apart.He said to do all that work I might as well re-build it because of the mileage154,000.I thought I was good to go to 250,000miles but was wrong.I now have doubts about Honda and will look to another manufacturer in the future.Also I will stop promoting the Honda name.By the way I had it re-paired for $2000,complete re-build.

- , Columbia, MD, USA

problem #541

Apr 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I thought Honda is the best. I have Honda cars and this one is definitely annoying as it burned out on me after 90K miles, where you would think it should be good after a good maintenance. I have tried discussing this with American Honda and they did not acknowledge, as I have fixed it at a local shop.

Dealership charges twice as much, so there was no reason for me to pick dealership.

This is quite annoying especially when you know that this is a prevalent issue in all 2001 Honda civic cars.

- , Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #540

Nov 112010

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,500 miles

I hate the dealership so much. The charged way too much for this problem. They didn't even offer any discounts or anything.

- , Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #539

Feb 272011

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

I have a Honda Civic 2001 LX and all of a sudden ran in to a transmission problem. The car didn't move from a stop light. After pushing the accelerator heavily it moved slowly and I could manage to pull it over to a parking lot. Bottom line th transmission sucks. When I saw this website, I sensed that Honda 2001 civic has the maximum transmission problems. I was given a quote of $4,200 by a Honda dealer. HONDA should replace these without any expense to clients.

- , Westborough, MA, USA

problem #538

Feb 202011

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

First tranny failure at 95,000 miles, $2,700 to fix. Second tranny failure at 136,000 miles, still in shop.

Shop called and said that Honda had a service bulletin out that said the transmission had to also be reprogrammed because with existing programming, over time the second drum would get chewed up, which is exactly what has happened both times.

Hoping this is a permanent fix, but I'm sure not to big on Honda as a manufacturer at the moment.

- , South Portland, ME, USA

problem #537

Dec 312010

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

Bought the car for my college going daughter, maintained the car very well and after putting in about 15K miles, the transmission started to act up and finally gave up completely. Towed the car to a local transmission shop and had to rebuilt the transmission -- the bearings were worn out, converter had to be replaced. The transmission shop guy told me this is a common problem with all the 2001 model Honda cars - Civic, Accord & Odyssey. He showed me a list of repaired Honda's, irrespective of the year & model, I could only see 2001 models. As per the shop, this is a design problem with the Honda transmissions because the transmissions lack the pan and hence no filters to keep out metal slurry, which in turn wears out the transmission sooner.

I am never ever buying a new or old Honda cars --- make sure my kids won't buy it either. Now there are lot more reliable brands available, like Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, to choose from.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #536

Jan 152011

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Same story, going down the road and the car stopped all of a sudden ... almost got into an accident - can't believe that HONDA didn't recall for transmission failure ! so disappointed! I've just spent 700 bucks fixing t-belt and front brake pads - and now this happens - I would never purchase Honda cars!

- , Johnson City, TN, USA

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