Perennially one of the best small cars, the 2001 Civic was improved in an evolutionary way. It's well designed and economical, handles well, meets Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle standards, and has good crash-test results.
Alerts
There are 27 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.
Road Test

Perennially one of the best small cars, the 2001 Civic was improved in an evolutionary way. It's well designed and economical, handles well, meets Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle standards, and has good crash-test results.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.7-liter 4 (127 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (117 hp)
  • 1.7-liter 4 (115 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Both front lower ball joints were badly worn and I started to experience a handling problem"

Anonymous, MD (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace a CV joint"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower control arm bushings broken on both sides. Replaced the control arms and had new bushings pressed in. Replaced the ball joints and tie-rod ends. Also replaced both CV axles"

Kenneth W., MO (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Bushings were cracked/torn. This is the second time this has happened on this vehicle"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The problems were the control arm bushings, strut, & engine mount"

Bobby B., MD (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I live in a Canadian city with major pot holes causing significant premature wear of bushings requiring replacement of the lower control arms"

Anonymous, AB (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"bushing on the front lower control arms broke. Car has a lot of miles on it"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer said there was a problem with the front control arm bushings so I had them replaced them"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Mechanic had to replace the steering column, I think. He said it was leaking"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"A small amount of leaking from the power steering fluid container under the hood. Not a big issue"

Thom K., NJ (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I was informed 3 years ago that struts were leaking. Did not fix them until last year. Bumpy ride prior to replacement"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"They needed replaced.bCar felt like a boat"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace original complete struts and tie rods Normal wear and tear for city driving (pot holes)"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"This is normal wear for the milage"

Bruce M., AZ (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to be changed at 90000 miles in rear"

Anonymous, WI (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Original parts were leaking had to have them replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had bent axle that resulted in bent strut, vibration and alighnment problem"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"struts were just worn out"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"upgrading from stock shocks improved handling and stability"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn.Replaced all"

Richard P., CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Old and worn. Also: control arms/bushings old & worn @ 183000 miles"

Lance P., NV (2001 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"struts are worn out. i guest it has take a toll after over 229,000 miles on the road. excessive bouncing and rattling"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Coil spring on right side broke. End of spring gouged tire completely around tire, cutting side wall"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Part failure -- had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"tie rod had to be replaced.. very loose"

Anonymous, AL (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"alignment needed and tires (installed and balanced)"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The black paint on the trim on the door where the window re tracks is pealing off on all doors"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim has rotted off"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"loose trims"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"the trim holding the fabric on the interior door is loose an the fabric keeps coming out. overall, the trim on both inside and outside is very shoddy"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Headliner detached"

Richard C., IL (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The cloth on the visors is decomposing--falls apart at almost a touch, especially on the side facing the outside most of the time. The interior roof cloth is falling off--it is almost completely off down the back, exposing the frame. The fabric used"

Kenneth G., OH (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Headliner just fell apart, it is thickness of nylon stocking and just came away from its backing. A real bear to replace, had to remove formed roof liner from vehicle, strip foam backing off, re-glue new headliner to formed roof and re-install"

James P., VA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"most of the paint has chipped or peeled off of the exterior molding"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracking and/or chips off paint by windows"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"White areas formed"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading/pealing on hood, roof, trunk"

Gregg G., TX (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The issues with fading paint on these Civics seems very common. http://www.hondaproblems.com/trends/peeling-paint/"

Bruce M., AZ (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"paint has faded on hood and top almost completly now"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the clear coat on the roof outside is coming off"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Flat black ext window sill, all 4, peeled. Easy to replace but have to use factory parts, so expensive. Paint peeling off ext door guards"

James P., VA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint discolored around driver side gas fill door. also rear bumper clear coat peeled. I had both areas repaired. This may be a cause of repair from rear end accident several years ago and not the original factory paint"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Particularly on the driver's side front fender next to the hood, the clearcoat peeled back about a year ago. The underlying paint seems fine, but where the clearcoat is gone, it no longer has the nice glossy finish of the rest of the car"

Kenneth P., FL (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the clear coat is peeling due to the fact Honda was experimenting with oil and water based paints,and possible the plastic parts were not cleaned properly to keep the paint from doing this"

Lloyd D., WA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling on rub strip on outside of passenger door"

Bill W., TX (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear rightside quarter panel and gravel guard is beginning to rust"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side door rusted at the bottom to the point of needing replacement. The rest of the body is relatively rust free. Very odd for only one component to rust so badly"

John G., ON (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"This is recent. The warning light on the dash says that the ABS module is not working"

Anonymous, BC (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"ABS light came on and we found that the ABS pump had gone bad"

Gregory D., NC (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Caliper was sticking causing the wheel to get hot"

Anonymous, WI (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers failed at 110,000 miles, and then they failed again at 140,000"

Anonymous, WI (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"While driving lost total use of clutch. Had to be towed. Replaced Clutch Master Cylinder. Had more problems with this vehicle, than anyone I ever owned!"

Anonymous, NL (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Removed rust lips from front brakes. Replaced rear brake drums"

Christopher B., NY (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Nothing unusual"

Jyoti P., CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace worn parts"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement"

Anonymous, RI (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced noise, decided to replace brakes. They were the originals"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pedal near floor. Replaced rotors & calipers & partial brake lines"

Shari D., NY (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"No difficulties, routine front brake work"

Anonymous, AB (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced lines as they corroded"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to get new front brakes"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal replacement of rear shoes and front rotors and pads"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace all brake lines due to corrosion from the salt used on the snow"

Dan D., ME (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"brake lines had ruptured due to14 years of exposure to salt combined with normal aging of rubber"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brake line leak- rusted"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Wear"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Clutch on compressor broke and had to have system replaced; very expensive"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"About 3months after I bought car , the compressed starting getting loud , and, finally went out in about a month"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"i had to replace the a/c compresser"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"THE A/C JUST FAILED. THIS WAS THE SECOND TIME THIS HAPPENED IN THE LAST THREE YEARS"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working. Does not cool the car or, more importantly, effectively defog the windshield"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The metal bearings inside the AC compressor were completely worn out, producing a loud, annoying noise. Due to the way the Civic's belt system works, we had to replace the compressor to keep the car running, even though we didn't really need the AC"

Mike G., MA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor went at about 147000 miles. Inconvenient but seemed reasonable based on age and use"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor froze up and had to be replaced with a rebuilt compressor"

Joe M., MO (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"AC no longer works. Prohibitively expensive to repair"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C compressor is failing. It only works on cooler days and for 10-15 minutes before no longer working. The compressor has been replaced once before about 5 years ago"

Jeffrey C., CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"a/c compressor ceased function"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped cooling"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan doesn't work for AC or heater. Scheduled to take into mechanic for diagnostic & repair"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"F an stopped working at all speeds. Not a fuse problem"

David O., OH (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has no air. Have been told repairs may not be successful and one part fixed may blow out another"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"they could not find the leaks in the ac"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had a hard to locate leak of refrigerant. I get a sweet smell in the car after it hasn't been driven for a while. The smell goes away by the time I get to the dealers"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I refilled the refrigerant myself using a store bought kit that included leak stopper and it has been working normally since then"

Sam M., BC (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked radiator"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"I noticed that the trans. seemed to be not working well (slipping?). Took it to dealer--guy said it seemed ok/keep driving. I did and in aweek or so ,it totally sropped-luckilly got into a parking lot . it wouldn't even make it to a parking space.Guy"

Bonnie M., IL (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Symptoms appeared suddenly and escalated quickly. I would put foot to pedal and the car would take time to engage until finally the car did not engage at all. Luckily, though the car stopped at night, I was able to move it to a city street parking"

Anonymous, IL (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My brother and 2 friends all had to have their Honda transmissions rebuilt...1 Civic (my '01) and 2 Accords (an '03 and '06) and one Odyssey ('01), so apparently Honda transmissions are the chink in Honda's armor"

Mary G., FL (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"trannys are never the same when rebuilt. Car is at shop being repaired again after 9 months of rebuild"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"With a little less than 90000 miles I had to replace the transmission"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told the transmission pump blew out and the transmission needed to be replaced. Cost $2,200"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failed without warning with less than 98000 miles on the car. Car was well maintained. Transmission suffered complete failure related to that years design of the transmission"

Philip N., IN (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic Transmission Case Had Been Overtorqued And Cracked When The Transmission Was Replaced Shortly After The OEM warranty expired. This was not discovered until the transmission failed the second time"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission in the car died as i was coming home from work. It wouldn't go forward at all. I could go backwards only"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Good but too much money"

Anonymous, RI (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"bearing broke in the transmission and at the same time change the cluck because it was wearing"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Very expensive to replace ($3000) and I have now learned this is a common problem with this generation of Civic"

Sam M., BC (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"none just expensive"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission would not properly shift. Usually over-revved before changing gears. Transmission needed to be rebuilt, cost $2,000"

Matthew H., MD (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Even though we took our Civic in for every mileage based service and ask for everything to be done, when the transmission failed the dealer told us we had never had it serviced. Servicing the transmission is listed in the mileage based service"

Gregory D., NC (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission stopped working. Issue covered by recall in USA but not applicable in CDA"

Marc D., ON (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Driving along, all of a sudden it wouldn't accelerate normally. Had to slowly drive to parking lot for appointment. After appointment car wouldn't move. Had to have towed"

Sharon C., IN (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"Parts had to be replaced for the cruise control"

Bill W., TX (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"engine check light won't go off even though no one can figure out why"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent loss of display on dashboard, so that no gauges can be read. No loss of power to other accessories or headlights, but disturbing anyway. Display returns on its own, but unpredictably"

D G., OH (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The dashboard has been haywire for the past three years. At first, lights started coming on (e.g., battery, check engine), even though the diagnostic computer at my mechanic said everything was fine. Lately, the temperature gauge sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. It's a crap shoot"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights had leaks of rain water into the lights"

Bill W., TX (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"head lights burned out three times this year"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beams have stopped working. Using high beams"

Kenneth W., MO (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Both headlights constantly blew out the light blubs over an 18 month period. Lights would only last 4-6 months before new ones had to be replaced. Went with an aftermarket HID headlight and have not had a problem since"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"power locks now do not work on either of the front doors. Need to manually lock and unlock doors"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Chime for leaving headlights on hasn't worked in years. Discovered after numerous dead batteries that the chime was supposed to work, but didn't because of a bad door sensor"

Peter M., VA (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The seat belt warning light illuminates. It has been repaired at least six times, but the repairs last only a few months. Several sensors have been replaced and the wiring has been replaced"

C R., VA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"they were almost all dead. too difficult to replace. Also motor to open and close 1 window was dead"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"one oil leak - repaired 2014"

Michael L., GA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"just a worn out gasket"

Daniel D., NC (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"oil pan leak repaired at independent shop"

Gary M., TX (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"i had to replace the oil pan because it was full of rust and leaking oil"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Slow leak of oil, difficult to pin down, tried replacing valve cover gasket"

William R., CO (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There are various leaks around the engine, resulting in the loss of about a quart every 500 miles"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have a rubber gasket replaced, but I don't remember the name of the part that this was performed on. It fixed the problem"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks a fair bit of oil around valve cover end near camshaft seal. Also quite a bit underneath...possibly oil pan gasket. Hard to tell exactly where. Doesn't actually amount to anything measurable, just makes a mess on underside of engine and a few drips on the garage floor"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"It's an old car, but I notice a few drops of oil on the garage floor when I get home from work most days. I am guessing that a seal will need to be replaced"

Kenneth P., FL (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had almost every engine seal replaced - some more than once - and the oil still leaks"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Accessory belts or pulleys

"Routine maintenance to replace old belts"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Because I did not replace the thermostat when I first noticed it, the head warped when I let it overheat. That caused me to have to the head machined and gasket replaced"

John S., TN (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Head gasket ruined, over $2000 to replace. Bought a used engine that was imported from Japan; cost $800 installed"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was not driven for over 6 months so the brakes rotted and the engine seized up and had to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I replace my engine with an use engine. due to constant overheating due in part to a blown headgasket. the headgasket was previously replace but it did not hold that long"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken Crankshaft bearing meant replacement of whole engine/transmission assembly as it was cheaper than dismantling the engine and replacing the bearing"

John G., ON (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer said wouldn't pass SMOG test because needed head gasket replaced but when we took it in it passed. also wanted more money for repair than car was worth"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement of gasket was expensive; cheaper to replace engine witha used motor from Japan"

Anonymous, ON (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket and radiator needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt broke at 160,000 miles. Convention says to replace every 100,000 miles. So it shouldn't have broke at 160,000 miles"

Melissa D., CO (2001 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"constant overheating if the car is not started driving slowly and I need to let off the gas just before gear shifts or car overheats quickly. Already replaced 6 thermostats and radiator, and still car overheats especially quicker if I allow v-tec to"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"It failed. This was the second time it happened with this car (the previous owner was a close friend)"

Robert G., PA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I kinda covered it in my reply about major trans failure. Slipping before death"

Bonnie M., IL (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"While driving, you can feel the tranny slipping. It gets worse & worse then goes out altogether. It won't shift or even make any noise. Then you let it sit for a few days, and it works like nothing is wrong"

Anonymous, KY (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Particularly when cold, the transmission would either fail to c=shift or shift, shift very slowly, or shift at an inappropriate time"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle slips out of fifth gear"

Stephen P., VA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission fluid leaking, needed to replace hoses"

William R., CO (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Replaced original catalytytic converter and pipe Original muffler still good"

Anonymous, MA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Hole in catalytic converter developed and entire exhaust behind the manifold had to be replaced"

Roy M., OH (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked twice I the last two years"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter rusted through and broke requiring a complete replacement of the exhaust"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"the bolts that connect the exhaust to the catalytic converter rusted so we replaced the bolts and all is quiet"

Anonymous, OH (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"hole in exhaust / muffler rusted after 14 years in salt and snow environment"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"The car was not driven for over 6 months so the battery died and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery was several years old and it needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Honda Civic Unsure 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery cable failed and all electrical power was lost"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The valve cover gasket failure caused an oil leak that got into the coils & plugs ruining them. The underlying problem was therefore the valve cover gasket"

Bobby B., MD (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"two switches needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, HI (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Misfires and sticky valves"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cylinder 2 was misfiring. Replaced all the spark plugs and cylinder 2 only. Car is still reading a 'check engine' issue and is currently in the shop to further diagnose this problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Both rear door handles came loose and needed to be replaced"

Richard C., IL (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side door handle had to be replaced due to handle separating from the unit. Plastic split away"

Bill W., TX (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

"DRIVER'S SEAT BELT VERY DIFFICULT TO CONNECT/CLOSE SECURELY"

Anonymous, CT (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"seat belt latch issue leading to airbags being disabled"

William C., VA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Window motor quit"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side window mechanism failed and had to be replaced. Costly to replace"

Anonymous, MT (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"window motor failed, so window was stuck open"

William C., VA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"There is a water leak on the drivers side from under the dash. I was never able to pinpoint the source of the leak"

Anonymous, LA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Front struts are a common failure point on these cars, have been replaced twice within the first 100K and need to be replaced again"

Anonymous, AB (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"seem to be caused by the suspension or frame"

Anonymous, TX (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rattle in the dash area near the right clove box. It does not effect the performance"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"So loud I check to see if any of my windows are open, which they are not"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Noiser now than when purchased"

Michael L., GA (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Antifreeze leaks probably caused by head gasket failure"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Overheating

"Overheating probably caused by loss of antifreeze"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine heats up intermittently, especially at interstate speeds for prolonged trips. We had the head gasket replaced and the thermostat, but it still heats up some (not as bad) and will overheat if pushed too long. The problem is unresolved"

Anonymous, VA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine overheats when driven more than 5 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Car overheated on a long drive - radiator needed replacement, water cooler was leaking so air was getting into the system and causing the thermostat to read higher than normal levels"

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"If I had fixed the thermostat when I noticed the problem, then I think the head gasket and engine would have been fine. I let it overheat"

John S., TN (2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light came on, dealer diagnosed a pinhole leak in the vapor recovery system"

Peter M., VA (2001 Honda Civic DX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Evap system areas kept tripping engine warning light. Needed new evap canister, fuel cap, purge valve and bypass valve"

Anonymous, IN (2001 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"14 year old Civic with 160k miles. Sensor failed, causing car to stall suddenly. Was able to restart engine, but basically idle only - minimal power to the wheels (at least had heat while awaiting AAA!). Private mechanic successfully replaced sensors"

Becky F., CA (2001 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cam shaft sensor"

Melissa F., CO (2001 Honda Civic HX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"While driving with headlights on, all of a sudden everything would go black. Dash lights, headlights, everything!! Extremely dangerous! The dealer was very uncooperative. After much argument the headlight switch was replaced. Never Buy Another Honda!"

Anonymous, NL (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"Both CV axles are worn out and need to be replaced"

Keith B., TX (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"dash goes blank, does not effect anything else tho, its just a connection. when I turn on the windshield wipers everything comes back on"

Daniel D., NC (2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7-L 4 Cyl)
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