pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
66,000 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repaint vehicle (4 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 102013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles


Substantially lowers the resale value of the car!

- , St Augustine, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 072009

Civic EX 1.7L

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles

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I bought my first new Honda Civic in 1976 and owned (5) CIVIC's, (1) S2000 and (2) Odyssey Vans ALL NEW since. This civic is a 2003 with 45k and in excellent condition otherwise. The defective clear coat on the paint looks like HOLLY SH**. The will definitely affect the resale value. The Honda Motor Corporation have slowly comprised their quality of ALL their auto since the lat 80's.This is VERY hard to admit. :^(

- , Glendora, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012008

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

This problem is with numerous Civics and Accords as I have spoke to several owners and seen the condition first had on their vehicles. It's not just a coincidence but a defect with the paint.

- , Garner, NC, US

problem #2

May 152013

Civic LX 1.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Clear coat coming off entire car. Looks terrible. Not normal, defective clear coat.

- , Nanticoke, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 202013

Civic LX Unk

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

Vehicle has defective paint only in blue. Honda is aware but dealer has done nothing as they say "car is too old, time to buy another". I have seen several out there with same problem. My Son has noticed even more. I on my income do not have the money to buy a new vehicle or fix the problem. This is my only car. It is an admitted manufacture's defect. They do not want to address it. What can be done ?

- , Avoca, PA, USA

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