2001 Honda Civic EX Coupe 1.7 from North America


The car is great, but needs some work


From what I see I am not the only one with front suspension problems... I personally am on my 3rd set of front struts on my 01 civic coupe, and yes the vibration at 50 to 65 mph is a joy to figure out... I love my car and I love Honda's don't get me wrong. But If Honda USA is reading any of these comments Please could you do something about it... I don't want to have to by a FFFFFord...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2004

2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7liter VTEC SOHC 4 cylinder from North America


Comfortable, reliable, quality


Rear suspension squeaks slightly when going over large bumps. Left windshield washer sprayer trickles out when used. Minor problems.

General Comments:

I've owned this car for 4 years now and it has been nothing, but a reliable and comfortable car that has saved me money on gas. I've had a couple minor problems, but that can only be expected over time.

After test driving this, a Corolla, a Focus, and a Protege, I chose the Civic because of its comfortable ride characteristics and its unmatched interior quality for a car in this class.

My father has a 2000 Nissan Sentra SE and I've personally owned an older Saturn SL1, and haven driven both of these cars, I can tell you that the Civic comfortably defeats them both. At 60,000 miles the Sentra feels as if its going to rattle itself to pieces even though I prefer its engine and transmission to the Civic. The Saturn was simply built poorly with interior pieces I could peel off.

I honestly don't understand the people that have qualms about this car and say that it will be their last Honda. I can understand that there will sometimes be problems with certain models, but take a ride in a GM vehicle and you will learn all about costly repairs and shoddy build quality (I know, I've owned one). This doesn't mean I would never buy a GM vehicle in the future, just that their current strategy is one of extreme cost cutting at the expense of quality. Just because one car of a certain vintage in a maker's lineup gives you problems why would you suddenly dismiss all of their cars to come. That is simply idiotic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2004

4th Apr 2005, 00:17

The 2001 model Civic was the result of a dramatic overhaul and many big changes were made (compared to the 2000). As a result, Honda has had a lot of work to do in terms of refining their product. I am surprised so many people are complaining. I don't think these complaints are without merit. The same problems keep cropping up which makes me think that Honda is the one to blame.

2001 Honda Civic Type R 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


A bargain performance hatch, but you get what you pay for ultimately


Where to begin! Rear wheel geometry misaligned causing lurid tail slides on dry tarmac for no reason. Interior scratched on delivery and centre console silver facing warped. All wheels replaced due to heavy corrosion. Second set already corroded and Honda UK will not replace a second set, even within warranty period. Front struts both replaced due to faulty bushes. Paintwork on both sills and rear spoiler badly flawed and repainted. Bonnet, front wings and front bumper badly stone chipped after only 3 months of ownership. Suspicious of poor paint quality and commonly noted on owner's forums, but Honda UK refused to accept warranty claim. Driver's seat replaced and seat belt mounting replaced twice due to persistent knocking. Been into dealers 6-7 times to sort rattling from dashboard, front door trims and A pillars. Not sorted yet! Gearbox decided it didn't like 5th and locked me out for 2 weeks only to inexplicably resume normality!!! Driver's window constantly jams on the rubber seal when going up- awaiting replacement.

General Comments:

For the money, this is a very quick car, but you really have to use all of the 8000rpm. Below 6000rpm it isn't any faster than most 2.0 litre hatchbacks. Thankfully the shift action is superb and rewards use.

The sound of the engine on full chat is stunning, though it can sound rather rough when driving normally. Not enough of the good sounds reach the cabin, you have to open the windows!

The ride is very jittery at speed and harsh around town. Thankfully the high quality seats cushion you well. Wouldn't like to be a back seat passenger though, with no support and thin cushions.

The steering is ridiculously lacking in feel, but a lot of the road messages reach your feet and bottom so you're not entirely robbed of feel overall.

The handling is very good, but not quite in the Integra Type R's league I'm afraid. Part of this is the high driving position and centre of gravity causing too much body roll, and part is due to the mismatched front and rear damping. The front is good, but the rear lacks wheel travel and is far to nervous to be confidence inspiring. The original tyres (Bridgestone RE080) do not suit the car at all and give very poor wet grip/traction, a lot of tramlining and a high level of noise. I switched to the Toyo Proxes T1-S (going from 205/45 to 215/40 in the process) and all these problems are resolved. A worthwhile change and gives a far better balance to the handling as well.

My car was an early production model and the dealers were not to blame, but Honda UK have been very unsupportive too many of the complaints.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

3rd Aug 2004, 04:42

This is an excellent review. I have put a deposit down on one, that is due to arrive in January 2005. Your comments make sense, as a friend of mine has one and this review is unbiased.

Sorry to hear about all the other small problems. I think you will agree the mechanics of the car are excellent, it's just the quality of other associated materials. e.g. paint, plastic, tyres.

4th Sep 2008, 07:51

Good shout out for the Teg!

I can't decide on a DC2 Teg or EP3 Civic...