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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,375 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 102013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 180,626 miles


I bought this vehicle and then found out there are $3000 minimum issues with the vehicle. Including replacing the transmission because of the defective torque converter, the airbags aren't working properly, the rear window won't roll down. Also, the evaporation sensor and canister need to be replaced and I cannot find the right part to replace it. The SRS light is on because of the seatbelt issue, the check engine light is on because of the transmission problem from the torque converter and the cruise control doesn't work even though the lights say that it is engaging.

- Winooski, VT, USA

problem #6

Nov 072009


  • miles
TL * the contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. When driving he smelled a strong odor of fuel inside of the vehicle. He speculated that the odor of gasoline was related to the exhaust system. Also the front passenger side power window was inoperative. No repairs were made. The failure mileage and current mileages were unknown.

- Mount Holly, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 012007

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Brakes never worked right, felt like not stopping quick enough, had replaced 3 or 4 times since 2001, but to this day, when stopping suddenly with brake pedal fully to floor, car doesn't want to stop & is scary. Was rear ended, radio & speakers quit working, replaced & alarm quit working, had to have it completely removed & had damaged fly wheel. Alarm malfunction was causing car to run in "safe mode" and car was using too much gas. The gas indicator is not accurate, and slow to adjust to empty or full levels, even when in perfect weather. Even now I am certain that I do not get good gas mileage in city or highway driving & feel this car is vastly overrated in every way! SRS indicator light is always on for 3 years now, red in color, I never knew this was a problem before reading bulletins ( but do now). Right front window was slow to roll down for months, then wouldn't roll up in cold weather, and now won't work at all regardless of weather conditions. Is stuck, and where I thought it might be a simple fuse issue, now we're finding out it will be a $600 window motor issue. Not a very happy Honda customer right now. Ironically, I bought this Civic because of a prior positive experience owning a Honda crx, which was wonderful. This Honda Civic 2001 has changed the way I view Honda's in general, unfortunately.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #4

May 052006

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My 2001 Honda Civic ex SRS light came up last week. This car had lot of issues since I bought in 2000 December 1. radio replaced 1 month after purchase. 2. right front side wheel bearing was replaced within 6 months under warranty. It failed again in 2005. I had it replaced again in 2005 for $500. 3. side airbag light reset within 2 years. It came back again in 2000. The dealer doesn't know what is causing the problem. Its going to cost me $600 to replace the sensor. 4. front side windows get stuck and don't roll up properly in cold weather. In 2003 dealer replaced the motor for $600 but still doesn't work. 5. replaced front struts in 2006 6. power steering pump failed in 2006 will cost me $500 to replace. 7. SRS light came up and stays on in 2006. Don't know what it will take to get this repaired. Overall I think 2001 Civic is a piece of junk.

- Springfield, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
A/C doesn't get cold, can't get Honda to fix as been this way since new. Brakes went bad with about 15000 miles on them. Were bad before that, still does not stop right, and has a vibraton when stopping transmission has a thumping like noise some times while idling. Had to replace strut on passanager side, couldn't get Honda to pay for all of it. I think one on driver side is bad also. Service manager told me this was a problem with the Honda Civic

- Pedro, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 202002


  • miles

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 202001

(reported on)


  • miles
Passenger's side door power window fails to work properly. Will not go either up or down when button is pushed.

- Las Crues, NM, USA

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