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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,806 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 142015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles


Honda is refusing to fix the clear coat issue on the 05 Civics. It starts off as a light area usually on the roof of the car and then spreads. The clear coat is now gone from almost half of the roof and has started on the trunk lid and doors of the car. Customer service told me that after 10 years they expect all cars should be repainted and that it was my job to have that done. Since this problem started 3-4 years ago and I have tried all I could to stop it and correct the issue I'm pretty sure the fault lies with Honda and the paint/clear they used. After being told that they only expect their paint to last 10 years they have lost a customer.

- Franklin, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 166,000 miles
Water is leaking into front driver's side of car (onto floor, carpet). Wolchase Honda did not find problem but told me it was windshield. I purchased a new windshield at auto glass place but still had water from rain running into my car. The glass technician actually found leak after returning, roof of car not welded to body of car correctly leaving hold where water is running directly into car on left driver's side from roof. There is strip of rubber on each side of top of car (under that water runs directly down in car from hole in metal on top of roof on left side not sealed or welded). Tech. Did water & air test, not windshield. Wolfchase Honda had me wasting money on new windshield when that was not the problem. Dealer refused to even look at car even after I told them the problem was found how water was getting into car. Service mgr. Do not want to deal with issue because he says older car & out of warranty. Trunk also leaks rain (rust in trunk & other places on car.

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #3

Dec 082012

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Clear coat is peeling off my 2005 Honda Civic at an accelerated rate since last year. The resulting pattern is distracting (and embarrassing) to myself and other drivers.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 122010


  • 59,500 miles
On 2/26/10, I had 4 new tires installed in my 2005 Civic; at 56,000 miles. Even purchased the warranty. About two weeks later, I felt a very mild vibration between 48-52 mph. I didn't make such a big deal of it then. The past 6 weeks or so, about 60,000 miles, the Civic's vibrating has gotten worse between 48-52mph. I took it for it's maintenance, had everything done, especially the break rotors and alignment. The vibrating has not stopped. I brought it back to the dealership. According to them, the car was checked, and felt the vibrating. Car was re-aligned, the said it was the rear struts. I had them replaced with a different auto mechanic, then had it re-aligned once more to another auto mechanic. Still vibrates. Brought it back to the mechanic who installed the rear struts. He did a test drive, and balanced the tires. The vibrating is still there. Now it's between 48-60mph at random. Sometimes it does it, sometimes it's mild, sometimes it stronger, depending after my apply the brakes. The vibrating occurs under the seats, floor, rear, some is felt very mildly on the dashboard. Could be since the rest of the car is vibrating. I'm very frustrated.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 142005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,529 miles
(1) new vehicle - steering was not as responsive as previous vehicle (same model) (2) during a left turn motion of engine caused skid into right wall of underpass. (3) left front engine mount was replaced - I have the original mount. Vehicle had approx 4700 miles when accident occurred.

- Beverly, MA, USA

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