7th Generation (2001—2005) Civic Problems

This generations ranks 61st out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and will be a constant headache to anyone who owns one. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (62%), engine (7%), and the interior (5%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 1025 complaints at an average of 115,491 miles in the 2001 Honda Civic.
  2. Transmission Slipping 135 complaints at an average of 106,216 miles in the 2001 Honda Civic.
  3. Transmission Won\'t Engage 63 complaints at an average of 117,634 miles in the 2001 Honda Civic.

What Civic Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 129 12 160 32.58
2004 169 12 243 30.32
2003 191 21 309 36.04
2002 549 21 315 73.26
2001 1220 24 423 106.12

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