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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,928 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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2008 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #12

May 312016


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. While driving 45 mph, the driver and passenger side sun visors fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the driver side sun visor was replaced; however, the passenger side sun visor was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #11

May 022011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the plastic cover, located in the center of the steering wheel where the air bag was located, was cracked. The crack extended approximately seven inches. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who indicated that the failure was caused by excessive exposure to sun light. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 30,000. Updated 09/15/15 the consumer stated an expensive sun shield has been on the windshield, since the vehicle was new. The consumer did not believe the damage was due to sun exposure. Updated 04/07/16.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 012014


  • 55,000 miles
Whenever performing a turn there is a clicking sound made from the rear of the vehicle. Dealer unable to find anything through diagnostics. It sounds like there is a piece of metal broken somewhere that when going over a speed bump or turning it bumps or grinds against something.

- Celebration, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 192012

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


The paint started to peel and white areas appeared all over the body of my new grey Honda Civic. I took it to my dealership and they determined that the paint was defective. I got a second opinion who also said that the paint was defective and there was an thermal issue during the initial application process. I took it to the dealership I bought it and they said they would repaint only certain areas and said I was responsible for the rental car. I told them I wasn't comfortable with partially painting the car, that the older paint was also defective and would obviously fade too. They said it wasn't their problem and they wouldn't do it. I will never trust Honda again.

- Wilton Manors, FL, USA

problem #8

Jun 242013


  • 45,000 miles
I bought a used 2008 Honda Civic coupe from a dealership a year ago. It was a one owner car. I noticed the top had some paint / clear coat wear so I had it painted. Now there is a lot of paint / clear coat wear on the sides, trunk and doors. It looks like an old vehicle. Honda should use more care with their paint and clear coat products. I own two other cars, Toyota, with no paint problems whatsoever. I feel that Honda should take an initiative to have their vehicles re-painted. It looks tacky. There should be a warranty on the clear coat and paint. I have noticed many Honda like this around 2008 and 2009 models - dark colored paints. I will not buy another Honda if they cannot increase the quality of their products.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #7

Jan 052012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The black paint on top of the roof of my Civic has a white fading haze.

- Gibsonville, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 172012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 33,260 miles


I noticed that 2 days ago it was raining inside my car I bought the car brand new off of the lot in 2008. The areas that are leaking/collecting water are where the side front airbag is located, along with the windshield, and side of the door. Called the dealer they are telling me that my warranty has expired therefore I will need to replace the windshield and other components (roof, airbags, etc.) the car has never been in an accident or anything and now I am almost scared to drive it since they are telling me that it is the windshield I am petrified that it will implode soon. This seems extremely dangerous now I am unsure that if I get in an accident because of the water what if my airbag won't work upon impact? what happens if the windshield implodes while I am driving this issue is an accident waiting to happen.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 42,683 miles
The clearcoat paint is peeling on the roof and trunk and other areas of the car are looking dull like they will peel soon too. This car has been well taken care of and there is no reason for this happening, other than defective paint. Although this is not safety related, this is a very expensive to fix problem that should be covered by the manufacturer.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 042011


  • 70,000 miles
I was driving my 2008 Honda Civic when my visor swung down and partially blocked my vision. Upon looking at the visor, I noticed the back had cracked open and the visor would no longer close. Eventually I just removed the visor so I would not have to deal with it any longer.

- Nash, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 152008


  • miles
The paint on my 2008 Honda Civic si a few months after I bought it. The dealer told me that it was from rocks. There are paint chips on the car where it is not possible for a rock to hit it. They refused to fix the problem and said that a rep would contact me. I've been complaining about the paint for 2 yrs and have not heard from any Honda rep. I've put touch-up paint on the car to prevent the car from rusting but the touch-up paint won't even stay on. When I first bought the car I had it "simonized" in the hopes that the paint would be protected. Guess I was wrong and now I don't know what to do. My car is rusting out and it's only 2 yrs old.

- Danville, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 302009


  • 9,045 miles
Rodents eat wires, fuel, brake lines. It seems the car companies have started using a newer material to replace the common plastic used in wire insulation and tubing with a soy based product. This newer product has attracted squirrels and other rodents which eat this material. This is not only a safety issue it's also a hazard as there is no way to prevent this. Any number of things can happen to cause a major accident due to this very bad choice of material used. One only has to search google to see how wide spread this problem is. I typed in "squirrel ate my Honda wires" and came up with pages and page of complaints. The first one in the results given is a person that had two new Honda cars and both were disabled due to this.

- Woodhaven, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 302008


  • 18,145 miles
The hush panel under the instrument panel has started to droop, causing it to come in contact with the top of my shoe when I move my foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal. The hush panel was not designed with enough retaining clips to avoid this interference.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

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