2001 Honda Civic LX 1.7 from North America


Excellent value


Nothing major.

General Comments:

Very reliable vehicle, starting or quitting in cold weather is never an issue.

Excellent gas mileage.

Decent traction control in snow/harsh conditions.

Interior is not incredibly comfortable for long trips.

Do the regular maintenance including timing belt and water pump around 100K miles, tires, brakes pads, oil changes, etc. This car will last as long as you want it to!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2009

2001 Honda Civic EX sedan 1.7L I-4 from North America


A fairly quick car, but not very reliable


The lower ball joint completely broke at 2,000 miles.

My front spring broke at 5,000 miles.

Two wheel bearings broke on this car, once at 12,000 miles, the other wheel bearing failed at 18,000 miles.

My automatic transmission failed and would not go into 2nd gear at 24,000 miles. My whole transmission had to be re-built.

The power steering system stated to fail at 31,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has been VERY unreliable for me. Good thing all my repairs were covered under warranty.

The car is not very comfortable, it's not horribly uncomfortable, but it's not very roomy inside either. You feel and hear almost every bump in this car.

The car is fairly quick for a 1.7 liter, it has decent passing power.

The interior is actually very quiet, even on the highway the cabin stays pretty quiet.

I finally decided to junk the car once the power steering started to go bad. It wasn't worth the time, always having to have it serviced.

I was quite disappointed after all the hype about how reliable Honda vehicles are. Maybe I just happened to get a lemon, I really hope not all Honda products are like this, but I don't think I will ever purchase another Honda vehicle again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th July, 2009

1st Aug 2009, 12:19

It's really hard to kill a transmission so quickly, you had to have done something wrong. With so many drivetrain problems, it all falls back to your driving.

2001 Honda Civic EX 1.7 from North America


Too much hype on this brand, reliable only when you keep repairing it


Well I thought Honda's were good, at 4,000 the engine sometimes ticked when cold.. dealer checked it said it was normal..

Kept taking the car in, but they said it's normal, at 12,000 km the head gasket blew, then they replaced the valves and head.. got the car back and the ticking was gone.. nothing wrong from the get go.. think not.. front suspension had squeaks, and noisy shifting it from park to drive or reverse.

These annoying noises were getting to me, but as per usual dealer said no problems..

All this when the car was under 2 years old, my Neon I bought used never had an issue..

More annoying little squeaks, rattles then at 30,000 the timing belt went out again.. then 78,000 the trans went out. I still have the car with a new fuel pump, A/C compressor.. I can't believe the problems of this car. I know other Honda/Acura cars have headgasket, timing belt, water pump, transmission issues on newer models as per my mechanic told me at the dealership.

General Comments:

I use this car in the winter now just for a beater, I thought these cars were good, but it's just all hype. I bought it for its not bad looks, its a 2 door, fuel miles, and the so-called journalists opinions.. yeah they don't keep the car after a week, like they know.. I purchased a new Dodge Charger SXT in 2006 and have 41,000 km and never an issue, no noises etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th May, 2009

19th May 2009, 22:35

It's good to see an honest Honda review. The all-time worst car my family was ever cursed with was a Honda Civic. It was the most under-engineered, poorly built car I ever saw. There isn't room here to list the numerous (and serious) problems we had with that car. It never even made 100,000 miles. The engine went out (AGAIN) at 99,000 miles and it was sold to a junk dealer. There will never be another Japanese car in our family. One of our Fords made 325,000 miles with less than $500 in repairs and our 1977 Buick LeSabre was sold at 277,000 with not a single repair ever.

It's domestics for us from here on.