2001 civic transmission problems

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CarComplaints.com 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.

Sours: https://www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Civic/2001/transmission/

Transmission failure with the Honda Civic is a widespread problem in models made from the early 2000s. The 2001 Honda Civic appears to be the worst year for transmission failure.

Chris P.

Denton, TX, USA

Civic LX: Automatic transmission
102,000 miles

My transmission has been slipping for a while - perhaps a few months, maybe longer, but I'm not enough of a gear head (like, not at all) to know. Last Thursday, transmission totally went out of the thing. I was barely able to drive it the few blocks to my mechanic (thank the Lord it didn't go out during my commute). My local mechanic mentioned similar problems with Accords and Civics in this time frame.

I had my car towed to Bankston Honda in Lewisville, TX this morning after my local mechanic confirmed it was internal transmission trouble. They gave me a quote of around $2700 to replace the transmission. I asked about the 'goodwill' discount, and the service guy said I'd need to contact Honda Customer Service and take that up with them.

Just got off the phone with Honda Customer Service. The rep said there was no such thing as a 'goodwill' discount and when I asked to talk to a supervisor, she said she could open a case file for me and have it researched. She asked me how many Hondas I've owned (2, counting this one), what I was looking for from Honda (I said 50% of the repair cost) and why I felt they should do something (I said I Honda's quality reputation never lead me to expect to have to get my whole transmission replaced at 100k miles, and if I'd wanted that I would've bought from another company).


Springfield, MO, USA

Civic LX 1.7L: Automatic transmission
68,980 miles

Another 2001 civic automatic COMPLETE FAILURE transmission. I have owned four Hondas in the last ten years, but I see that trend coming to an abrupt end. My civic has 69k on it, and its going to cost $4000.00 for a new trans, or $1500.00 for one with the same damn problems out of a junk yard. Honda, if your listening, this is a big shovel full of B.S. and the likelyhood of me buying anything from you again (dammit, even my lawnmower is a Honda) is getting slim. Pissed in MO, Knobb.


Belleville, IL, USA

Civic EX: Automatic transmission
120,000 miles

On September 12, 2008 the transmission on my 2001 Honda Civic EX failed. I had about 120,000 miles on it. I was at a stop light and put my foot on the gas and my car would not move. A kind person behind me in the long line of cars helped to push my car off to the shoulder. I had my car towed to our Honda dealership in Ofallon IL. Their estimate for the repair was $4000. They would replace the transmission. I called several mechanics in our area and they would rebuild the transmission for about $2000. While talking to a mechanic he told me that he has seen many transmission problems with Honda. After reading complaints on this site, I found out about a goodwill repair from Honda. So I called Honda of America and a case manager worked with our Honda dealership in Ofallon. The final cost for the repair was $1768. At the dealership they replaced my transmission not rebuilt it. It was still far more money than I wanted to spend on a car that I thought was reliable, but better than $4000. Honda of America told me that if you take it to a mechanic rather than the dealership, they might reimburse you. You would have to send in the paperwork and a casemanager would review

Sours: http://allabouthondas.blogspot.com/2008/11/2001-honda-civic-transmission-failure.html
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1999-2004 Honda Automatic Transmission Failures

If you own a Honda released between 1999-2004 and haven't had any issues with your automatic transmission, may I suggest you go to your nearest convenience store and play the lottery? 'Cause you're one lucky son-of-a-gun.

Transmission failure in those model years is a widespread issue with the Honda Accord, Civic and Odyssey. The 2003 Honda Accord, 2001 Honda Civic and 2002 Honda Odyssey appear to be the worst years for transmission failure. Some quick stats:

  • More than half of the reported transmission problems happen under 90,000 miles.
  • 1 in 5 problems happen before the odometer hits 70,000 miles.
  • Owners report an average repair cost of $2,291.

This is one of the most common complaints on CarComplaints.com, which was recently quoted in an investigative article by the New York Times regarding these failing transmissions.

What Causes the Transmission Problem? ∞

If your engine revs up, but the car won't shift into gear or move it could be a defective torque converter. In fact, the majority of Honda owners with transmission problems are saying the torque converter is failing and essentially burning up the transmission fluid, rendering the entire transmission useless.

What is a torque converter and why does it cost so much? ∞

When you come to a stop in your vehicle, drivers with manual transmissions use a clutch to disconnect the engine from the transmission so your engine can continue to spin while your wheels do not. Drivers with automatic transmissions don't have a clutch and instead rely upon the torque converter to perform the same task.

A torque converter is a type of fluid coupling, which allows the engine to spin somewhat independently of the transmission. If the engine is turning slowly, such as when the car is idling at a stoplight, the amount of torque passed through the torque converter is very small, so keeping the car still requires only a light pressure on the brake pedal.

Essentially, when the torque converter fails your car isn't going anywhere.

Common Signs Your Transmission is on the Fritz ∞

  • Leaking Transmission Fluid
  • Transmission Slips or Won't Engage
  • Car Stutters or Jerks While Accelerating
  • Transmission Pops in and out of Gear
  • Check Engine Light is On
  • Car Will Turn on but Can't Get it to Move

Preventing Transmission Problems with your Honda ∞

The automatic transmission is a complicated beast and is prone to problems. Any repair to an automatic transmission can be complicated and expensive. The following steps can help prevent transmission problems in many cases:

  • Regularly look at your driveway or parking spot for transmission leaks.
  • Change the fluid as your owner's manual suggests. Also change it out when it becomes too dark or dirty. Another reason to change it often it, you can only change about 65% of the fluid at any one time because there is always transmission fluid left in parts like the torque converter.
  • Never shift to reverse or park while the car is moving forward.
  • Always make sure to be holding down the brake when shifting from park to drive or reverse.

Is Honda Doing Anything to Fix the Problem? ∞

Honda has offered some owners out-of-warranty compensation for the transmission repairs. Rather than going through your local dealership, it's best to contact Honda Customer Service at (800) 999-1009 and ask for a "goodwill repair". If you can provide proof that you followed Honda's recommended maintenance schedule, Honda may offer to pay a portion of the repair bill -- typically 50%, although some 2003 vehicle owners have reported having up to 75% covered.

Watch out for Honda dealerships' abnormally high repair bill though. As one owner put it, "Honda has offered to cover half the repair cost. The problem is they want $5,000 to fix it. Are they nuts???" An independent repair shop will generally do the same replacement for $2,500 or less. Just make sure you get a comparable warranty on parts because the rebuilt replacement transmissions can fail just as quickly, if not sooner.

2004 Honda Transmission Recall ∞

In 2004, Honda finally admitted to the problem with a 600,000 vehicle recall. Honda decided to recall the transmissions, at an estimated cost of $153 million to the company, after finding “10 transmission failures” according to Honda spokesman Chuck Schifsky. We're not sure where Mr. Schifsky is getting his information, because we've seen hundreds and hundreds of owner complaints. Honda later expanded the recall to include nearly 1.1 million vehicles. The models covered included:

  • 2002-04 Odyssey
  • 2003–04 Pilot
  • 2001–02 Acura MDX
  • 2003–04 Accord V-6
  • 2000–04 Acura 3.2 TL
  • 2001–03 Acura 3.2 CL

Unfortunately Honda's transmission repairs, especially for those engines that had less than 15k miles before the recall, were not guaranteed to keep working. According to the Wheels blog on NYtimes.com:

In a complaint filed with the Center for Auto Safety, Jeremy Berens of Vienna, Va., said his 2003 Accord was recalled when it had fewer than 15,000 miles on the odometer. But it failed in December, with the mileage at about 67,000, as he tried to merge onto a busy highway.
“I was nearly rear-ended and had no warning,” he wrote in his complaint. “Honda has not properly fixed the recall that occurred in 2004 and are failing to recognize that a problem exists.”
He said Honda agreed to pay 40 percent of the repair after the district manager interceded on his behalf, but it still cost him $2,750.

2006 Honda Transmission Class Action Settlement ∞

In 2006 a class-action lawsuit was settled against Honda in the Superior Court of California for Alameda County. The suit claimed that Honda misled consumers by selling them vehicles with defective transmissions. Honda settled the case without ever admitting a defect and denied the charges.

Owners covered in the lawsuit were given an extension of the transmission warranty to 93 months or 109,000 miles (whichever comes first), starting when the vehicle is first purchased or leased. According to court records, the plaintiff’s lawyers received nearly $5.5 million in addition to expenses, according to court records.

The models covered were the 2000–1 Accord; 1999–2001 Odyssey; 2000–1 Prelude; 1999–2 Acura 3.2 TL and 2001–2 Acura 3.2 CL. The problem is most of those vehicles are well past the 93-month time limit and some owners are unhappy because they're left to cover the bill when their transmissions fail outside the warranty extension, with repairs sometimes costing up to $4,000.

Sours: http://www.hondaproblems.com/transmission-failure/

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I was unaware until today that 2001 Honda's have bad transmissions. I always associate Honda with reliability and quality. I know that cars can sometimes have problems and I accepted that I might have gotten a lesser quality Honda, but it’s always gotten me where I needed to go so I didn’t mind making the repairs because I figured they were kind of “forever” repairs. After reading this site, I now realize it’s more than a small problem but something consistent and expected. Honestly, I’m rather upset to hear about the lack of support from Honda on this issue.

I am typically cautious and careful about my car since it was the most expensive purchase I’ve ever made ($10,000 in 2006 at a Honda dealership in Atlanta when I was a sophomore in college, it was my first Honda too. I previously drove a Nissan Sentra). I always get my oil changed, tires rotated and always have them check my fluid levels. And have done the required maintenance as needed. I’ve gotten very familiar with my car and the way it drives. I know what to expect when it acts a certain way so when it started being a little louder and nosier than normal I started to pay extra attention to its behavior, especially since there was no engine/warning light. It was already on my radar to get it looked at when my car started having trouble switching gears, struggling to accelerate and was running rougher than normal. I took it to a neighborhood repair guy who has worked on my families’ car for 25 years and is a trusted source. He didn’t even have to take the car out of his parking lot before he diagnosed me with transmission troubles. Because of the type of labor involved, he wasn’t able to work on my car at his shop and recommended that I get a transmission repair shop to look and diagnosis the specifics.

I called a few shops to quote general cost of transmission repairs (they were all in the $2,500 - $3,500 range) so I ended up going with the one that offered to tow my car and look at it. My local Honda dealership hasn’t been the most helpful in the past so I completely ignored their quote. What I was hoping was just a little minor fix, turned into me needing to have my transmission completely rebuilt. It ended up costing me $4,000 (well, my sister really, I had to have someone else pay for it all at once since I don’t have that kind of money lying around) the first time and then required a repeat visit for about $300 for a busted transmission line that they didn’t fix properly the first time. This all happened at 96,800 miles. Which, seemed a little soon. But, I figured this repair would get me till the end of my car’s life (MANY years from now…not apparently one).

Since the repair in 2012 my car has been pretty solid and I’ve only had to replace my brakes and ball bearings (which was a $350 dollar expense). Sadly though, my car has started to act up again and I’m positive when I bring it in to be looked at it will be another transmission issue (trouble shifting, slow acceleration, etc.,) . The place that repaired it offered a 2 year or 24,000 mile warranty that expired 3,000 miles ago (of course) so I might have to suck it up and bring it to Honda. I can’t drive another 150 miles just for repairs, that’s insane. But, I don’t think it’s worth shelling out another $4,000. My car wasn’t even worth that much when I repaired it the first time.

After seeing that 600+ people have had this problem with their car, some more than once, I know that this isn’t just a lower quality car but actually a problem with the manufacturing of the vehicle in general. I guess I need to start finding a new car, even though I only have 126,000 miles on it, and that new car with definitely not be a Honda if this is the type of product they put out.

- alstn, Nashville, TN, US

Sours: https://www.carcomplaints.com/Honda/Civic/2001/transmission/transmission_slipping.shtml

Transmission 2001 problems civic

Despite Honda being a popular and reputable car company throughout the years, the Honda transmission has caused numerous issues for the manufacturers and car owners. Unfortunately for Honda, these transmission problems have not only occurred from 1994 onwards, but have been prevalent in many different models, citing that this is a widespread problem plaguing many Honda models.

Auto Repairs Are EXPENSIVE


Some of the most affected models that have succumbed to transmission problems are the 2003 Honda Accord, 2001 Honda Civic, and the 2002 Honda Odyssey, all showing transmission failure at an extremely low mileage average.


What Is The Transmission?


Your transmission is another name for your vehicle’s gearbox. This mechanism turns the engine’s power into energy that your car can use. Without the transmission, your car wouldn’t be able to run.


What Are Signs Of A Faulty Transmission?


There are a few key things to look out for when determining the root of your Honda transmission problems. Noticing these signs can give you an indication that something is wrong with the transmission, and can help you diagnose and cure the problem.


The first sign of a faulty transmission is whining and clunking noise. Although this is fairly obvious, you’d be surprised at how many people ignore this glaringly-obvious sign that something is happening inside of your car. When your car begins to make noise, it’s time to get it checked out. This humming, buzzing, whining, or clunking coming from your transmission shows that you need to get your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. A transmission mechanic can give you a proper diagnosis of the issue.


Second, your transmission might be delayed. The transmission is designed so that you can instantly switch gears without pause. Your car won’t be able to stay in a particular gear. With a delayed response in shifting, it’s time to bring your car in for a transmission check.


Next, you might smell burning – which is never a good smell to be coming from your car. This could be the cause of numerous things, but a common reason is the overheating of transmission fluid. Transmission fluid is the lubricant which keeps the transmission in working order, and is imperative for your vehicle to drive.


Fourth, your Honda transmission problems might be brought to your attention by leaking fluid from your car. This fluid will be emitting from the bottom of your vehicle, and can usually be seen in a puddle after you move your car from your parking spot or drive away.


Fifth, grinding gears in your vehicle can be a clear sign of Honda transmission problems. This issue shows itself in different manners for manual and automatic transmissions. Regarding manual, when you change your gear, you will feel a sense of grinding. This means that the clutch may have been worn out and needs replacing. Regarding automatic transmissions, if your car is shifting roughly, then you should bring your vehicle to a mechanic to diagnose.


The next symptom of Honda transmission problems is your car making a lot of noise while in neutral. Even though a bumping sound doesn’t necessarily mean that your Honda is in trouble, you might need to get your transmission fluid replaced.


The last symptom of Honda transmission problems is when a ‘service engine soon’ light or ‘check engine’ light is shown on your dashboard. With sensors placed all around your car’s engine, they can pick up on various issues that are occuring with the transmision. Be sure to bring your Honda to a mechanic to diagnose the Honda transmission problems shown by the dashboard light.


What Causes The Transmission Problems?


If your engine is able to rev, but the car can’t shift into gear, then the problem could be related to the torque converter.A majority of the Honda transmission problems are directly related to the torque converter failing or burning transmission fluid. The torque converter is in charge of connecting a power source to the load, transfering rotating power to a rotating driven load.


Honda Transmission Problems – 2003 Honda Accord


The Honda Accord is a popular make and model from the Honda brand – but that doesn't mean it isn’t without faults. The most common Honda Accord transmission problems cost an average of $2,700 to repair, and occur at around 100,000 miles. The worst model year of the Accord is the 2003 Honda Accord transmission problems. This model contains widespread transmission failure and stereo backlight issues. Let’s dive deeper about the details of hte Honda transmission problems in this specific year and model.


The transmission problems with the 2003 Honda aAccord are mainly due to the transmission failure. The other categories containing negative reports and complaints deal with not being able to shift properly, transmission slipping out of gear, not being able to shift into 3rd gear, unintended downshifting, and shifting violently at low speeds.


Transmission Failure


This issue costs an average of $2,720 to repair, and occurs at around 97,750 miles. Many car owners have reported the car making a loud clunking sound while in park, the car not being able to move after stopping, and the car starting to slide and drift while driving. The most common solution for this problem is to replace or  rebuild the transmission. Rebuilding a Honda Accord transmission costs around $480-$699 for labor, and $1647-$2448 in total.


Not Shifting Properly


Accord owners have said that their car is mis-shifting while driving, down shifts erratically, and stopping without meaning to. The average repair cost for this problem is $2,610 and occurs at just over 100,000 miles. The most common solution is to replace the transmission. Replacing the transmission costs an average of between $1000-$6000.


Transmission Slipping Out Of Gear


The net problem in the myriad of issues regarding the 2003 Honda transmission problems involves the gears slipping, the car not being able to stop, and the car not being able to go into the drive gear. The transmission gear slipping has certain signs that can foreshadow the issue, like the check engine light on, a high RPM, burning smells, and problems shifting. The average repair cost for these problems costs $2,640, and occurs at 95,000 miles on average. The main solution for this is to either replace or rebuild the transmission.


NHTSA Complaints


The NHTSA is the US government agency that is in charge of vehicle safety. When the NHTSA has numerous complaints about a vehicle, specifically in one category, then this vehicle is unsafe to drive – and should definitely be avoided.


The 2003 Honda Accord has been reported to have widespread transmission failure. The transmission begins slipping, and eventually needs to be replaced just after 90,00 miles. Transmission failure has continued to be a huge problem for the Accord and other Honda models in this time frame. Although Honda extended the transmission warranty to 109,000 miles for the 2000-20001 Accord due to a class action lawsuit, other Accord owners are not as lucky – this includes the worst rated 2003 Honda Accord.


Regarding the Honda transmission problems that the NHTSA complained about, these transmission issues have caused at least 15 crashes, two fires, nine injuries, and occur at just below 85,000 miles.


Recalls of The 2003 Honda Accord


In addition to the NHTSA complaints, there were numerous recalls for the 2003 Honda Accord – 24 to be exact. One of these dealt with the electrical system and the ignition negatively affecting the transmission, exacerbating the HOnda transmission problems.


Honda recalled certain Honda Accords, specifically the 2003 version. The interlock lever in the ignition may deform, which causes the interlock function with an automatic transmission to not work correctly. If you remove the ignition key when the selector has not been shifted to park, then the vehicle can roll away. This only occurs with the automatic transmission version of hte HOnda Accord, showing one of the many issues with the Honda transmission problems.


2001 Honda Civic Transmission Problems


Just like the 2003 Honda Accord, teh 2001 Honda Civic has numerous transmission problems which cannot be overlooked. The NHTSA had 317 complaints on just the transmission category of this vehicle, showing the lack of safety in this make and model.


Transmission Failure


The main problems within the transmission category is the transmission failing and slipping. The transmission failure typically costs an average of $2,330 to fix and occurs at 104,000 miles. The most common solution is to replace the transmission or replace the whole transmission. For a Honda Civic, it costs approximately $514-$765 for labor costs, and a total of $1203-$1922 to rebuild the transmission.


Transmission Slipping


The slipping transmission costs around $2,290 to fix and happens at just over 110,000 miles. The most common solutions for these Honda transmission problems are to replace the transmission or replace the torque converter.


NHTSA & Recalls


The NHTSA has reported numerous issues with the powertrain in the automatic transmission of the HOnda Civic. Although HOnda conducted a huge recall in 2004 and settled a class action lawsuit for defective transmissions, no recall has included the 2001 Civic. It is important to realize that the 2001 Civic is the most-recalled car – ever. With a car being recalled so much, you can see just how detrimental the Honda transmission problems are to the driver and the passenger safety.


2002 Honda Odyssey Transmission Problems


The Honda Odyssey is in a timespan of Odyssey vehicles having numerous transmission problems from the 1999-2004 era. The main transmission issues feature transmission failure, which typically costs $3,400 to repair and occurs at an average of 97,000 miles. The main solution for this issue is to replace the transmission.


The price of a new Honda Odyssey transmission depends on the type of transmission used. A used transmission ranges from $800-$1500, while a rebuilt transmission costs around $1300-$2400 for a remanufactured version. The labor to remove and replace the transmission generally ranges from $500-$1200 and takes around 4-10 hours of billed time.




The NHTSA has issued a whopping 461 complaints about the 2002 Honda Odyssey transmission problems. The transmission failure occurring at dangerous times has caused at least 1 crash, three fires, one injury and has a severity rating of 10.


Is Honda Doing Anything To Fix The Transmission Problems?


Honda has offered a few owners out-of-warranty compensation to cover the cost of the transmission repairs. Instead of going to your local dealership, you should contact the customer service line to ask for a “goodwill repair.” However, most of the models included in this article are not covered under the warranty – despite having deadly transmission issues.


If your car is under warranty, then Honda may offer to pay a portion of the repair bill, coming in at around 50%. Some 2003 vehicle owners have reported having almost 75% covered by warranty.


Honda Dealerships Might Have Very High Repair Bills For Honda Transmission Problems


Despite some problems being covered under warranty, Honda might charge you an exorbitant amount to have the issue fixed. An independent repair shop will generally do the repair for half of the price, but it just depends on if you want to obtain the warranty benefits or not. Be sure to get a warranty on parts, since rebuilt transmissions can commonly fail.


What If I Don’t Feel Safe Driving My Honda Due to the Honda Transmission Problems?


If you have one of the aforementioned vehicles, or you have another Honda with numerous transmission problems, then you are better off not driving your car anymore. The risk of driving with a faulty transmission is not worth the damage that could be done to your vehicle – and to yourself.


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