2001 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 34 of 34

2001 Honda Civic S 1.6 VTEC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTEC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance2000 miles
Previous carDaewoo Matiz


Well built and engineered car


Rear Door Window Seal came loose. Dealer replaced it straight away under the warranty.

General Comments:

A very good family car. We have just come back from holiday having covered 1000 miles and it was a joy to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2001

2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7 VTEC from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.7 VTEC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired39 miles
Most recent distance3800 miles
Previous carHonda Civic


I should have purchased an Accord or Camry


Anti-theft radio "goes to code" every few days for no reason at all, clearing the clock setting, tone settings, and all radio presets. Supposedly Honda knows about this problem, but where's my letter of acknowledgement?

Various interior rattles have already cropped up, which I find surprising on a Honda with less than 4,000 gently-driven miles on it. The glovebox door doesn't fit properly, and neither does the passenger's side airbag cover or climate control surround.

Various rubber pieces around the windows and along the roofline don't fit properly either. I'm quite surprised (and generally disappointed) in these poor build quality traits, even on a cheap model like the Civic. But hey... this thing has an $18,400 sticker price! It's not THAT cheap!

Also, the dealer-installed alarm system hasn't worked properly since about week three, but that's a DEI problem.

General Comments:

The automatic transmission delays its downshift too long, which is very (very) annoying. I'll slow down to turn a corner, then step on the gas to accelerate. The car lugs in too high a gear for about two seconds and then it finally realizes to downshift. My 1989 Civic's auto transmission never did this, nor do any of the GM auto transmissions I've driven and owned over the years. Oh, and sometimes it clunks heavily into 3rd gear, which I don't particularly like either.

I can't stand the driver's seat right-side armrest, which is almost completely useless and only gets in the way. Why, oh why did they design that? Honda should've installed a full center console, like the one in my Mom's 1999 Civic Value Package sedan. The idiotic little "pen holder" (I can't think of any other name for it) in the console is useless too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2001

7th May 2001, 19:36

I'll add one more item to this list. We just picked up our civic ex from the dealer. It had it's check engine light lit. The problem. Bad torque converter. It seems that they have seen this problem before. Humm, we also replaced the radio, which was recalled.

5th Jul 2001, 17:54

I just bought a 2001 Civic LX 6 weeks ago and have noticed similar annoyances with the automatic transmission. In addition, less than 2 weeks after I bought it, the weatherstripping along the top of the windshield was coming up. I also noticed that when the brake was applied half-way, in an attempt to merely slow down, more than half of the time the brakes would grab unexpectedly. This is not the smooth braking that I would expect from a car with less than 2000 miles on it.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 115 reviews