17th Nov 2004, 12:45

I bought my Civic LX in August 2001. It has over 60k miles now. I do a lot of driving for my job. The mileage is great. I topped out at nearly 420 miles on a full tank. I average about 320-350 miles before the gas gauge light goes on. It's been great so far. I guess I have been lucky, but yes the gas gauge has been a little inaccurate when it reaches the 1/4 mark.

1st Dec 2004, 08:59

Here is a list I have provided Civic Owners (as myself), that might help out a little.

Trouble Spots.

Climate control: The adjuster tabs for the center vents in the dash break off. (2001)

Seat: The rear seatback lock may not turn or is hard to turn, requiring lock rod replacement. (2001-02)

Steering problems: The steering wheel may be hard to turn or make noise due to a faulty power-steering pump. (2001)

Suspension noise: Front coil springs clash, causing a popping, or knocking noise. (2001)

Transmission slippage: The shift cable corrodes at the end near the transmission, making it difficult to shift and/or causing it to pop out of second or fifth gear. (2001)

Water leak: Water may leak into the trunk because there was insufficient seam sealer applied to the fenders at the factory. (2001)

And the recalls that dealers SHOULD cover under warranty.

2001: A small amount of water in electrical connection of fuel pump could lead to corrosion and engine stalling. Dealers will inspect and replace affected parts. 2001: Fuel-filler neck may have insufficient clamping and could become dislodged in an accident resulting in fuel leakage and fire. Dealers will inspect and adjust hose clamps. 2001: Two recalls for defective rear seatbelt buckles. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace defective buckles. 2001-02: Air-cleaner box cover may be damaged resulting in a broken piece possibly lodging in throttle linkage. This could lead to erratic throttle behavior. Dealers will inspect air cleaner box for damage, locate and remove broken piece, and replace cleaner-box lid.

The dimmer light switch is also a recall. If you are going down the road with your dims on and all of the sudden they cut off, it's the dimmer switch that is shorted out.

I have had the water leaking into my car also, it's on the passenger side floor board. But other than that, it's a GREAT car. I get 42 MPG, and you do have a couple gallons of gas when the gas light comes on, before you run out.

25th Jan 2005, 22:57

I am looking at used Civics, but have been unable to find a reliable source to tell me about how long they last, mileage-wise. Some say 200,000 miles, while others say way less than that. Any ideas?

20th Feb 2005, 23:55

I have a 2001 Honda Civic LX Coupe. I experienced problems with my fuel gauge. It would read that I had at least 1/4 tank of gas, but then one day I got stranded on the freeway because the gas ran out. I finally got the problem fixed at a Honda dealer, luckily they still put it under warranty, which had just ran out a day after this happened. They said the problem was that the sending unit wasn't working properly. If you're having this problem, you should mention this to the dealer. The dealer didn't notify me when the part came in, and so it was sent back to the factory. After several months it was finally replaced, and is working fine. I seem to get pretty good gas mileage, most of my driving is on the freeway, however. Now I am experiencing a problem when driving in the rain. Twice now, my car suddenly starts shaking badly and making a loud sound from the engine. I can't accelerate or it shakes even more. When I pulled off the road for a few minutes, the car ran fine. This only happens in the rain. Does anyone else have this type of problem? Please let me know.

15th Jun 2005, 14:46

I just bought a civic 2001 and I have the same problems as everybody

1.Gas gauge is very inaccurate

2.Water in the trunk

3.The transmission pop out of second speed

I had a civic DX 1994 before and never had any problem with, I should have kept it.

18th Jun 2005, 12:21

Hey pepole how do you guys some many miles on a civic I mean a 2001 Civic with 110,000 that's just crazy. I have a 2001 Civic EX with 55,000 I think it is a lot damn you guys must be drivin a lot.

11th Jul 2005, 20:27

I am trying to figure out how the 2001 model the poster bought in Jun 2002 had 0 miles. No miles racked up during test drives while it was at the dealership?

28th Jul 2005, 16:13

I have a 2001 Honda Civic LX and have experienced similar problems as stated in most of the postings. At the 50,000 mark, my transmission went out completely and it had to be replaced twice due to a leak or something in the original replacement. This was very suprising to me and no one could tell me why a transmission would need to be replaced so early in the game. Which leads me to my next series of questions.

Honda doesn't recommend transmission fluid flushes or maybe I am overlooking it in the maintenance manual, but does anyone know if radiator, transmission, and brake fluid flushes help preserve the life of these parts? If so how often should it be done.

I have also experienced poor acceleration, leaking in the trunk, and poor workmanship inside (the sun visor is broken and the passenger side electric lock). The gas gauge is definitely not reliable and the gas light comes on even though there are about 3 gallons of gas left. I also have poor gas mileage to boot.

An old posting mentioned a funny noise when you drive through a rain puddle and I have that happen as well. It sounds as if the engine is making a rumbling noise.

I have replaced the front brake pads twice with the last time currently lasting over 30,000 miles. (I think the first pair were poor quality; the second time I used Honda brand).

I love my Honda, but my family all joke that it is a lemon. I'm glad to see that I am not the only one with these problems.

16th Dec 2005, 15:42

I have a 2001 Honda Civic EX bought brand new. One week after driving the car it started over heating. I have had more problems with this car than I could possible imagine. When it rains and the car goes through a puddle, the engines makes a loud roaring noise. I took it to the dealer, he told me it is normal for the car to behave that way. The gas gauge does not record properly. There is a constant rattling noise on the right side of the car. They cannot find the source of the problem so now I have been trying to pin point the exact location, but cannot seem to find it. This week I had fumes coming into the car from the engine. No one can seem to be able to find that problem, now two days later the headlights are both out. I have another appointment with the dealer for another overall maintenance. Somehow I know exactly what the answer will be. At one point, I thought I was going crazy until I found this site.