2001 Honda Civic LX from North America


Not your Father's Honda


A/C has been recharged 2 summers in a row, waiting on number 3. A leak that can't be found!

Steering has been really loose about the last 5000 miles.

Notice the same problem as another user, after going through a puddle there is a noise from the right side near the engine. Feels like a brake problem, but doesn't fit the mold. I think it might be a problem with the Front Wheel Drive.

Fit and Finish is fair to poor.

General Comments:

Overall, I like this car. Good mileage, not bad on room, etc. But, compared to the 1988 Accord I drove before... that's a different question.

The 88 Accord still drove well after 100,000 miles. Heck, even the A/C still worked! The interior was starting to show it's age in 2001, the transmission needed to be replaced, but it was worth it for this car.

The 2001 Civic is not typical of Honda. Hopefully the 2004 Accords are not as bad. If they are, I'm looking for a new car brand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2004

2001 Honda Civic SE Executive 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Very ordinary, and not that well built


Various minor (but annoying problems) :

Noisy brakes

'Squeaking' clutch release mechanism

Poor gear change (weak synchromesh on 5th gear)

Various interior trim rattles (drivers' door, behind the instrument cluster and from behind the radio)

Sticking wind deflector on sunroof (sticking in the down position)

Variable idle speed (on occasion it would try and idle at 300-400rpm, fail dismally, cough splutter and then return to a more sensible idle speed)

General Comments:

In general this has been a very disappointing car to own and spent more time off the road having problems attended to in 9 months than any previous car I have owned in 9 years.

In particular the gearbox could only be described as ‘horrible’, the quality of gear change being directly related to temperature. In temperatures of <10C it needed a good 30 – 45 minutes of driving to get the gearbox warm enough to be able to engage all gears cleanly.

The interior plastics seem to be very susceptible to damage and quickly start to look rather ‘worn’.

Fuel economy was OK around town, (average 40-42 mpg) but rather disappointing on long (faster) motorway journeys. (anywhere from 38mpg to low 40’s)

Road, engine and wind noise are all higher than the average for the class of car (this was not apparent on the test drive as it was raining heavily and blowing a gale!), and the engine which needs to be worked hard if you want any kind of performance is not very refined when you do.

Given the reputation that Honda has for quality I can’t say that this car lived up to expectations. I’m prepared to accept that I was unlucky (and this car was built on a Friday), but I’m not going to buy another Honda to find out!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

2001 Honda Civic LX-G 1.6 from North America


Great Econo Car!


Front Struts.

General Comments:

The car has been great just the routine maintenance other than struts. Got the 7yrs 160000Km extended warranty package.

Dealership know customer service! unlike Ford!

Planning to buy the Accord next.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2003

2001 Honda Civic EX from North America


It's a wonderful, reliable car


My car had been wonderful, a complete delight to own. I purchased my Honda Civic EX the year the came out, 2001. The first problem began just about 1 1/2 months ago. The dealer thought the struts had blown out, both were replaced. Then the noise continued (knocking when going over a bump/the same). The dealer said the right strut had blown out again, it was replaced. The noise still continued. They changed a bushing. Need I repeat myself. Took it back, the dealer had my car for 2 weeks. They changed the struts (both) again and several right end parts. I got my car back on Dec. 4 with the same knocking noise. Now they're telling me the want to try to put the front end of a 2004.

The dealer has been great in trying to help us out, but I think the "Lemon Law" would be our next alternative. Has anyone else had the same noise/problem?

General Comments:

I love my car, it's my first big buy. I really don't want to resort to the "Lemon Law" and give it up even though it would mean I would get another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2003

13th Feb 2004, 12:57

I have had similar results with my Civic. A 2002 EX Sedan. I lost both front struts, but the knocking was not coming from the struts, but a defective steering rack. It took lawyers and 18 months to get Honda to agree to fix it. After new struts and a steering rack, the noises are gone.