2nd Apr 2003, 09:46

I bought this car in March of 2001 and so far can say that the interior is the only thing that I have no complaint about. My struts have been completly replaced in the front, and they need it again. the car and steering vibrates. The paint is flaking off. My transmission feels like it is hesitating to shift up and down. My brakes are warped. shall I go on? I thought when I bought a Honda that I was going to get a quality vehicle. Not so far! It's unfortunate, because the civic seems to have a good track record previous to the new model makeover.

2nd Apr 2003, 13:35

I have a 2001 Civic LX. I have had one strut replaced already and it has blown again, along with the other one. This makes for three struts total needing replacement in a little over 2 1/2 years. Something seems wrong with the struts for this model year. I haven't been able to replace the last 2 yet as they have been on backorder for almost 2 months. Could the backorder be caused by many, many struts for this year requiring premature replacement? Has anyone else had problems with struts on 2001 Civics?

11th Apr 2003, 11:55

I have a 2001 civic EX Coupe and I've been experiencing the same problem. It feels as if there is something loose in the front of the car. It's always noticeable, but when you go over a bump you really feel it. Honda says it's the struts and they're on back order. My girlfriend's civic (2001) is also experiencing the same issue. This is my second civic and my first experience was a good one, so far I'm disappointed in my 2001 coupe.

25th Apr 2003, 20:07

I'm also having the same problem... bought a 2001 Civic LX-G back in May 2001, had the struts replaced in June 2002, and they need to be replaced again. The parts are on backorder again... I had heard that there was a defect in the design of the strut when the car was released and they needed to redesign the part. Other than that, a great car - lots of room, good zip, and it looks sharp.

28th Apr 2003, 17:23

I bought my 2001 Civic Coupe in Feb. 2001; I had to get both front struts replaced in April 2002; and I have been waiting for a month for (once again) new struts, as they need replacing again, less than 10 months later. No other problems with my Civic other than that... yet.

7th May 2003, 15:31

Same boat here. I have a 2001 Honda Civic and apparently now struts are on back order now from the factory. I am having mine replaced as well. Shame I love the car too.

A 2001 honda civic 4 door plum purple owner.

8th May 2003, 10:31

2001 Honda Civic.

I am currently have both front strut assemblies replaced. The front right one broke. I though honda's were known for their reliability? The car only has 26,000 miles on it.


8th May 2003, 11:46

I have a 2001 Civic Coupe. I have 80K on it. (all Highway). From the day I bought it there was something wrong with the brakes (Rubbing sound and vibration when I stop). I have replaced the brakes 4 times, the rotors twice. I am at my wits end as to why I am going through brakes so often. The dealership has looked at it a few times and said nothing is wrong? I really like the car, but the brakes are driving me crazy. I also have a knocking noise when I turn left in the front now, I wonder if it is the strut?

19th May 2003, 20:39

I also am having problems with the struts of my 2001 Civic EX. It has 25,000 miles on it. Are the people who are having the struts replaced having it done under warranty or are they paying out of pocket?

25th May 2003, 12:06

Interesting that other owners of the 2001 Honda Civic are experiencing front Strut problems.

As for myself, I noticed that both front struts were leaking (10,000 miles) while I was performing my 2nd oil change on the car. The dealer promptly replaced both strut assemblies free of charge under warranty, but I now seem to be experiencing a sharp clunking sound/sensation when I go over a sizable bump or pothole. Upon observation I noticed that the struts aren't leaking this time, but I wonder if these replacement struts don't indeed need to be replaced themselves.

I know that Honda added a stabilizer bar for the rear suspension on its 2002 Civic models, but I'm uncertain if this move was designed to rectify the effects of what seems to be a faulty front strut suspension system.

If anyone out there knows if Honda is developing a solution, or if one can replace Honda factory strut assemblies with "good" aftermarket equipment, let us all know via this website.

Concerned 2001 Civic LX owner in Detroit.

26th May 2003, 12:21

I've also had problems with the front suspension system on my Civic. Almost from the day I bought the car I have been hearing weird rattling noises. The replacement of the suspension system on the front got rid of one of the rattles, but I am still experiencing a rattle from the overhead area inside the car. When I place my hand on the dome light (or anywhere on the ceiling in that case), the noise stops. I've had the car in 3 times now to fix it with no success. Anybody else had this problem?

The drivers side door also used to rattle, but was fixed on the fourth attempt by adding some grease to the moldings.

28th May 2003, 20:15

I was considering buying a new 2003/2004 Honda Civic Ex Coupe, but after reading the problems you guys are having I am reconsidering. I, like you, thought Hondas were cheap, but reliable (not to mention cute). But now, I think I'm gonna get me a MINI instead... BMW behind the label makes me feel a lot better.

If you have any suggestions please email me at mattpdx@hotmail.com.



30th May 2003, 14:28

I had 2002 Honda Civic (7,000 miles only) both front end struts replaced for free at dealership. The front end noise is caused by bad stunts, nothing to do with break. It happened to my co-worker, too. If anyone experiencing same problem have both struts replaced ASAP.

5th Jun 2003, 20:00

Yesterday, my wife and I brought our 2001 Civic EX to the dealer to have the front end assessed. Both front struts leak and need to be replaced. They gave us the car back and said the struts are on back order. Hopefully, they will be in within two (2) weeks! That tells me there are a lot of Civics having the same repair done. I asked the service dept if there is a service bulletin regarding this problem. He was not aware of one, but he has replaced quite a few struts on the latest generation Civic. Not just the 2001's, although they seem to be the most common due to higher miles than newer Civics. Hopefully Honda will own up to their mistake, go back to the double wishbone suspension, and give us all an apology and compensation. I have been faithful to Honda since 1975 but my next vehicle will probably not be a Honda.