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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,937 miles

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2008 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #28

Apr 112015

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


My son was involved in a car crash with a large SUV. He hit them from the rear. My Honda Civic went under the bumper of the large SUV. Due to the impact my bumper tore off, my headlights broke, my hood was smashed in and the front end of the car was smashed in. Why weren't the air bags deployed"? that is our concern" my son could have died in this crash due to faulty air bags. We have pictures of the crash. Our main concern is the air bags not being deployed. I would like to notify Honda Corp of this incident.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #27

Mar 062015


  • miles
I have a 2008 Honda Civic ex and I take really good of my car, the paint on top is fading to the metal, I see this is a problem for a lot of Honda Civic's. also I am having major electrical problems, awhile ago my horn randomly stopped working and then 5months later started working again, then my passenger window wont roll up or down half the time, the lights where my stereo is stopped working and now the buttons on the radio or on my steering wheel are working, when I turn my heat/ac up or down it messes with my headlights. I had all the fuses checked and they are just fine. Wondering if anyone else is having electrical problems and if there is a recall!!! I love Honda but I am to the point where I want to get a different car and not go with Honda.

- The Plains, OH, USA

problem #26

Jul 072014


  • 64,800 miles
The top of my car completely lost paint in two large sections (the size of a desert plate, it went down to the bare metal body of the car as of summer 2014. October 2014 I paid $566. To paint the entire top of the car by a local, reputable body shop. I take very good care of my car and wax it regularly. This is the first Honda I have owned and never before have I had to paint a car due to paint totally wearing down to the "bones" of a car.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #25

Feb 022015

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


I own a 2008 Honda Civic ex and take excellent care of the car. Since August the paint has been turning white on the roof and cracking on the hood, trunk and around the rear window. According to Honda they have no reported issues with this problem and that I am just not taking care of the vehicle and its my fault. Last August my brother-in-law received a warranty extension for the paint on his 2005 Civic that is a light sandy color. My Civic is dark red. When I mentioned this notice to Honda they said that the issue is VIN by VIN based and my car because it is a "light" color doesn't qualify for this warranty extension. I said to the rep then you do acknowledge that there is an issue with the pain on Civics. She again said no and if the paint is cracking then its something I'm doing wrong in taking care of the vehicle. I took the car to the dealer and they confirmed the issue and stated that Honda is not being supportive of the issue and my car was the 3rd one this week brought in with the same failing paint. It is despicable that Honda can sell a defective item and then blame the consumer for the issue.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #24

Apr 022014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 81,200 miles
2008 Honda Civic, paint color gold is faded on hood, roof and truck. This car in not old enough to look like it is ten years old! I have waxed it to help prevent peeling of paint but does not help. This year I also had to have my engine replace by Honda (at their cost) for a cracked head. Very disappointed in Honda.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #23

Nov 012013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Clear coat began cracking, had it redone by the dealership. Now the paint on the hood is chipping abnormally fast, and the right front fender had to be redone (12/15/14) since the clear coat was flaking off. I take great care of my car, but find myself highly discouraged to continue doing so given that I cannot afford a new car and I'm fighting a losing battle with both rust and chips. I don't have time to touch up 10-15 spots bi-weekly, regardless of size.

- Renfrew, PA, USA

problem #22

Aug 172012


  • miles


Paint on my black 2008 Honda Civic is fading on the roof, trunk, sides and hood.

- Beeville, TX, USA

problem #21

Nov 072014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Paint on my atomic blue 2008 Honda Civic is fading to a white color on the roof.

- Amherst, NH, USA

problem #20

Nov 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The clear coat is flaking off.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #19

May 192014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Collided with truck and damaged front and right quarter panel (approx. $6400 damage) collision threw me from driver's seat to passenger door. I was wearing seat belt as prescribed. The seat belt was completely stretched across both seats but did not restrain me from crossing to opposite side of car. Nor did any air bags deploy (nether side or front). SRS system showed activation.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #18

Mar 232014


  • 110,000 miles


The steering wheel began to pull my car to the left side. The steering wheel did not respond to the direction right and felt as if it had gone "limp". the front of the car hit the left center median guardrail. I suffered herniated discs and lumbar back injury. The drivers airbag never deployed resulting in my head hitting the steering wheel. I suffered a concussion and cervical neck injury. There were no other cars involved and no weather conditions. Also I was going below the speed limit. I called Honda and they said they could not explain nor help me with the airbag not deploying and the concussion I suffered. They also could not help me regarding the steering wheel pulling left then "going limp". I am still seeing a neurologist and physical therapist for my lumbar and cervical injuries, and neurological signs and symptoms.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #17

Jun 032013


  • 110,000 miles
Clear coat is coming off the roof around the sunroof you can now see metal. I want Honda to fix this and I never receive any recall on this.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #16

Jun 032013


  • 110,000 miles
The paint on my roof around the sunroof the clear coat is coming completely off. I want Honda to fix this as I never received a recall on it.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #15

Jul 042012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
When I bought my Honda Civic, the blue color was one of the reasons I chose it. Had I known the paint job was going to fade after only 4 years, I probably would've chosen a different color or even a different make. Is there a recall for this problem?.

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 012013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Paint is peeling - started on hood looks awful - checked with dealer -the dealer stated there is nothing they can do - they did concede that this should not be happening.

- Perkiomenville, PA, USA

problem #13

Aug 052013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
There are whitest, silver looking places on roof and top of trunk. This happened sometime within past month or two but I didn't notice right away. Car stays under carport cover. Have been retired for over a year, so car has not been sitting in sunlite at work. Showed service manager on August 09,2013 and he took pictures and said he would contact someone at Honda since there was a 'goodwill' allowance for this and my car is not under warranty now. I had a 93 Accord for 16 years and never had anything like this to happen. Got the used 2008 Civic in 2009 with very little mileage. It is to last me rest of my life, I thought. Have always took my Honda to Honda service dept. For all scheduled maintenance. Have not heard back from service manager. What to do??

- Centerville, GA, USA

problem #12

May 012012


  • 55,000 miles
About a year ago I started noticing large white patches on the roof of my Honda ( black). I thought perhaps something had scratched it. Now, a year later, it has worsened. The car looks about 10 years old, the paint is faded throughout, the roof is covered in white patches.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 012013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
The rear of my vehicle's clear coat paint is cracking and peeling. There are crows feet and cracking on the rear quarter panels, panel connecting the quarter panels to the roof, and the right rear door. Honda only offered to pay 25% of the cost to repair when it has already been admitted that the clear coat paint they used is defective. Unacceptable.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 042013


  • 80,000 miles
I was turning on from a left lane into a left lane separated by a cement divider; the car went over the cement divider and almost overturned. At night with normal lighting and normal speed. I have had another incident 3 months prior making a right turn. I noticed carefully by comparison of the exact position of similar make sedan cars; this car has the mirror attached to the door panels and presents a hazard (has 2 blind spots) making it especially dangerous at night with low beam lights and old painted divider lines. It needs immediate action and recall so the dealers can reposition the mirrors.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #9

Sep 012012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The paint is oxidizing and flaking off even though the car was washed and waxed regularly.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

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