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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,472 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.

2001 Honda Civic windows / windshield problems

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 202013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving in reverse at approximately 3 mph, he attempted to pull the driver's side sun visor down and the mirror fell down and landed on the contact's lap. The contact called the manufacturer in reference to the incident but no solution was offered. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 109,000. Updated 01/14/14

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012009


  • 188,000 miles
Sun visor does not completely retract to the up position and will sometimes spontaneously fall to the downward position. Honda 2001 Civic dx 4 door sedan. 1. events leading to this failure are unknown. 2. failure happens all the time. Causes partial blocked vision field. 3. a safety pin is used as a temporary fix to this problem by using it to secure the visor to the interior roof of the vehicle when the visor is not in use.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #1

Oct 122009


  • 88,415 miles
It started to rain heavily so I turned on the windshield wipers. It was raining so hard I couldn't see so I put the wipers to the fastest setting possible. The moment the wiper on the left reached the far left side of the windshield the wiper came off the windshield and banged the side of the car (the frame) and then flew into the air. The wiper comes off the windshield each time you turn them on full blast. As a result my vision is impaired and I can't see through the rain to drive. I can't see the lanes to stay in the lines or the cars in front of me. This is going to cause an accident due to the faulty wiper. I haven't replaced the wipers yet because I just bought the car a little over a week ago. Also I was in the middle of a far drive when I noticed my front driverside tire was low. I stopped at the gas station and put air in the tire. I reached my destination about midnight so I went straight to sleep when I got there. The next morning I noticed that same tire was low almost flat again. I took the tire off and checked it for holes or nails. None were visible to the eye. I had a full size spare so I put the spare on. But now I don't have a reliable spare tire and if one of my tires pops unexpectedly I'm out of luck because the faulty tire is in my trunk instead of a reliable tire. Im going to purchase another tire to keep as a new spare but because I haven't had the car itself long, I think the dealership didn't do a safety inspection since the tire and wipers are defective.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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