2001 Honda Civic LX from North America


Far less than expected; I will not buy another new Honda


When I got my 2001 Civic I thought I would have it for ten years. I had only heard good things about them. However, now, after three years I have had continued problems with the front end, and transmission, and driving in rain. I feel like I need to dump this car as soon as possible - and it only has 41,000K.

At 21000 miles I had to have both struts and springs replaced in the front end. They had blown out all their oil. 20,000 miles later they feel the loose and noisy again, and after reading this page I'm going to have them checked ASAP.

The transmission is rough and sometimes hard to get into second.

The map light has stuck since the day I bought it.

I experience a loss of power when driving though puddles and a loud noise from the front of the car. I have brought it to the dealer three times and they "cannot recreate the noise" and "don't know what it is".

My first Honda will probably be my last!

General Comments:

Good on gas, poor on suspension, and noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th April, 2004

2001 Honda Civic EX Vtech from North America


Would not recommend to anyone!


Transmission, had to be rebuilt, falls out of 2nd and 3rd. Hard to get into any gear.

Door panels lifted.

Windshield seal replaced 3 times.

Brakes went out first year.

Rear struts noisy.

Drivers seat rocks back and fourth.

Doesn't get rated gas mileage.

General Comments:

I have lost my faith in Honda after purchasing this Civic. I am shocked because I have owned other Honda's and found them to be reliable.

This car is slow compared to other cars in its class.

The cabin is very noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th February, 2004

24th Feb 2004, 13:28

I have a 2003 Civic that has turned into my worst nightmare. The seat DOES rock. Violently. It feels as if the engine is working too rough and the shakiness is passed to the seat. And the driver. And the passengers. I come out of the car feeling as if I am coming out of a milkshake machine. Boy, machine versus driver?!! I had Honda cars in the past and had awesome experiences. And I only heard good things about these cars from everybody I asked. But after this experience, I will never, ever, ever buy another Honda again.

Folk, before buying this car, think it twice Once you buy the car, you will have to live with it! And the noise, and the shakiness, and the rough ride.

2001 Honda Civic LX Coupe 1.7 from North America


Should have waited until the


The cassette player never worked since I bought the car. I brought it to the dealer, who said I "shouldn't play 90 minute tapes," which, of course, I wasn't.

The driver's side map light sticks. No big deal, but annoying, and the kind of detail Honda used to always get right.

I think I'm a victim of the infamous Front Suspension Problem. Although my wife doesn't believe me, the whole front end seems like it's loose. I've read other reviews on this site and was pleasantly surprised to see others have had the exact same problem. I haven't had the dealer look at it yet, because I don't trust my dealer, but I'm looking to get rid of it anyway. From the other problems noted on this site, I better get rid of it quick.

General Comments:

This is my third Civic. I had an 84 CRX I bought for my wife (I drove it for a while until she learned to drive a stick) and an 89 base hatchback which I loved absolutely to death. It lasted for 180,000 miles and I still see it driving around town. After this one, I may not buy another Honda for a while.

It's still a great car to drive, and it's very well designed. The interior is comfortable (for the most part) and nothing big has happened to it -- I've packed on the miles and I haven't had any breakdowns at all.

However, I'm really disappointed with the overall quality of the car. Honda always nailed the details -- the little things that make a car great. This car misses the mark.

First off, the cassette player never worked right. The radio was fine, but tapes would play very low. I'd have to crank the volume just to hear it. The dealer was no help, basically blaming my tapes for the problem. Needless to say, I gave up.

Also, the left map light sticks. No biggie, but still an obvious manufacturing flaw. I also didn't like the change to the multi-level windshield wiper stalk (from the more intuitive dial on my old Civic) and how the left stalk needs to be pushed forward to activate the high beams (my old one had a spring-loaded pull switch). Both of these changes are pretty much industry standard now, and were probably done as a change of suppliers, but I don't like it.

I also noticed something amiss in the front end a while ago. I thought I was imagining things. My wife still does. But after reading other reviews on this site, I think I'm experiencing the Front Suspension Problem (FSP). The whole front end seems loose. When I hit bumps, the steering wheel wants to jerk out of my hand (the right side is far worse than the left). I haven't had the dealer look at it yet, but I think I'm going to get rid of it first.

I think the problem comes from this being the first model year of the first truly all-new platform (the previous ones were evolutions of my old 89 Civic's platform). This is the first Civic to sport a strut front suspension (as opposed to the excellent multi-link suspension from previous generations). I guess it took them a year or so to work out the bugs -- again, very un-Honda like, as they usually get those worked out before the car hits the showrooms.

I'm looking at new cars now, and none of them are Hondas. A shame, as I used to be a die-hard Honda fanatic.

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

Review Date: 11th February, 2004

12th Feb 2004, 15:04

I wrote this, but for some reason, the title was truncated. It should have read "Should have waited until the new-model-itis was fixed."

24th Feb 2004, 13:47

I agree with you: the 2003 civic is a total disappointment. The front end feels too too "heavy", the driver's seat rocks, the gas pedal shakes, the suspension is way too stiff and the ride is way too bumpy. I am trying to get rid of the car knowing that I will lose tons of money, but I cannot live with it either. This car is way too overpriced for the quality of the ride and comfort. I am sworn off Honda for ever, despite the good things I heard about them. For the $22,000 Can I paid for this car, I would expect QUALITY and some COMFORT. It is a shame that Honda expects consumers to suck it up and take it, when we are talking about that much money.

5th Mar 2004, 16:19

An update...

The problem in the front end has been getting worse. It now rattles constantly when I drive. SO...

I'm getting rid of it! I traded it in on a 2004 Saturn Ion 2. Got a great deal, despite owing more on my Civic than it's worth. I also got 0 percent financing, another big plus.

It's a little bittersweet, though. It's the end of an era - I'll no longer own a Honda. This was my third. The other two (84 CRX and 89 Civic hatchback) were amazing. It's a shame Honda has let their cars degrade so much, or at least got so complacent that they didn't catch the problems of an all-new suspension design before it hit the market.

Wish me luck. I pick up the new car on Monday. I'll write a review after I get a few miles on it.