21st May 2003, 14:51

I own a 2001 Honda Civic Sedan, which I purchased in June of 2002 with 0 miles. I have noticed the gas gage as well. When I turn off the car I have 1/4 gal. difference than when I get back in again. As for my m.p.g. that too is abysmal. I figure my mileage by the amount I use to fill it at the pump, and I am currently getting 17 m.p.g.I drive my car frequently and have accumulated 57,000 miles, with regular tune ups and oil changes. Yet as new as it is, my transmission started acting up and from that point to only 3 1/2 miles from then it is completely dead! The mechanic was surprised a Honda did this, being so new and not having any evidence of a problem with the transmission fluid etc. This is not the usual Honda, I have owned three besides this one and my daughter, who got me hooked on them has had four. One of which she had until 133,000 miles and no major repairs. This is "our" first Civic however.

13th Jun 2003, 07:39

I have a 2001 Honda Civic EX that I bought brand new and have owned for just under 2 years. I have had more problems with it than with any other Honda (3) that I have owned.

The front struts needed to be replaced at 24,000. The struts had to be ordered, which took 3 weeks. This repair covered under warrantee, it seems like this was a known issue and seems to me to be more like an undeclared recall. I have a friend with the same year Civic who also recently developed the same problem with the left front strut needing to be replaced. Why isn't Honda considering this strut problem a recall?

I have also had 2 problems with the cruise control. The first associated with switch at the brake pedal needing to be replaced. I have an appointment to see why it has stopped working completely this time.

As for the gas mileage, no complaints here, I get 30+ mpg around town and at least 35 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission.

6th Sep 2003, 20:31

I have a 2001 Honda Civic EX Sedan that I bought brand new 4/2001. I have had my headlights fail 2 times and repaired 2 times under the warranty. Both times they replaced the switch. The third time my headlights went out my mileage was 36,020. I took it to a dealership. They charged me $70.00 and said they had to fix the connectors. I never would have left my car there had I known they would charge me. My boyfriend who is a Honda mechanic inspected my car. He said they had jerry rigged the connectors to work without replacing the switch and that soon the switch would burn out again and possibly cause more damage to surrounding parts. I also have rattles, an inaccurate gas gauge, and a squeaky moonroof. My gas mileage is okay. 25-28 mpg.

15th Oct 2003, 14:10

I have experienced consistent problems with the inaccurate gas gauges in both of our Civics (2002 and 2003 LX). As mentioned above, the gauge fluctuates significantly when the cars are turned on or off. I would strongly recommend filing a consumer complaint on the NHTSA website:

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/complain/complaintsearch.cfm so that Honda will become aware of this not-so-unusual problem. Until then, we should carefully monitor the mileage/miles driven, so that we avoid being stranded!

24th Jun 2004, 17:30

I have always loved Honda Cars, but for some reason I have a major problem and no where I take it even the Honda Dealership can figure out what is wrong. If anyone can help please email me at sadu630@hotmail.com

I am somehow getting rain water inside my car on the carpet and it is not coming from the bottom. can anyone tell me where it might be coming from? thanks.

22nd Jul 2004, 06:20

I currently own a 2001 Honda Civic EX which I purchased new. Needless to say I also have experienced many of the same problems mentioned by other Honda owners.

As of today's date I have had to replace the alternator (after approx. 6 months). I also have problems associated with the front struts (ongoing, despite my repeated visits to the Honda dealership). Last month the check engine light came on and after having the vehicle diagnosed I had to replace the torque converter. The problem (which has been identified by Honda per the spec sheet that they faxed to my mechanic (the paper material on the torque converter is deteriorating). Well, that only cost $769.92 for the part and extensive labor fees for dropping the transmission. (Should be a recall in my opinion). Today, my starter has just gone out which prompted me to post this message.

In addition, I too have had the usual problems with the gas , the SRS light that stays illuminated, annoying noises so to the point that I too often get out of my vehicle to see what the heck is going on. The interior is flimsy and poorly constructed. I also find that running the a/c while going up hill is a problem, but who's complaining? After all, I do get good gas mileage (approximately 37 mpg) when it's not at the mechanic's shop.

All said and done, I think that I'll opt for the Toyota for my next purchase which probably won't be very far away!

6th Aug 2004, 12:39

I have a 2001 Honda Civic EX which overall I love, but there have been a few problems lately.

What is concerning me most is the grinding/rattling sound I hear on the left side whenever I accelerate. I brought it to the Honda dealership 2 times last week. The 1st time they thought they fixed it by tightening a loose heating cap. The 2nd time they couldn't find anything and assured me it was safe to drive. They did, however suggest I come back in a week for more diagnostic tests. Does anyone know what this could be?

10th Aug 2004, 11:57

I own a Honda EX 5drs. I really love the car, it has a lot of room and gives good mileage.

There are some problems however, there is a vibration coming from the transmission whenever I am moving off or when going up a hill. I have been to a number of mechanics and they haven't been able to correct it.

Also if I travel long distances, the steering makes this weird sound when it is turned.

Anyone with these problems.

29th Aug 2004, 08:16

For the civic owner that had a problem with water intrusion...

Is the water in the front or back part of your car?

I had a car (thought it was not a civic) that would leak water into the rear passenger carpets.

It was a BMW. I found an article in a BMW magazine that identified this very common problem. Check the seal on your trunk or hatchback lid. The rubber (if damaged) will allow water to run down along the insides of the car (behind the carpet). If enough water gets inside it seems to be soaking from an "invisible" place. This was the problem for me and I fixed it. Took about 2 hours. Also check the seals around your doors.

Good luck.

4th Nov 2004, 18:52

I have a 2001 Civic EX with almost 110,000 miles. Overall, I have enjoyed the car, considering the value. However, I have experienced the following problems, which continue to plague me and seem similar to what other's are experiencing:

1. Inaccurate fuel gauge. Ceased to function below 1/4 tank. Honda dealer replaced entire console at about 25,000 miles. OK now.

2. Front struts were shot by 80,000 miles. Replaced all around. Very expensive.

3. Front brake problems continue to persist. Front calipers locked up at the 100,000 mile mark. Replaced. 8 months later it happened again and ruined the front left rotor. Replace entire front brakes (rotors, calipers, pads). Continue to have some grinding/squeaking 1 month later.