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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,898 miles

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2009 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #17

Sep 152010


  • miles


Paint is peeling, cracking and clouding over the entire vehicle... almost imediately after purchase. Also the brakes failed during the same time and have had to be replaced multiple times, more often than what is normal

- Dunstable, MA, USA

problem #16

Apr 122012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
I brought a Honda Civic 2009 in 2012, April 12. The Honda was supposed to be sold with a power train warranty to bring car up to date for 36000 miles/3 yr. Honda did not offer an extended warranty for these purposes. They called a year later to see if we would then extend the vehicle to 120 miles. We had already purchased an additional warranty called assurance pay to paylink approx $112 mo. We were one payment to the last and Honda finally called, we purchased their warranty too. The car should have been automatic from the sale date. Door locks and ignition/cylinder work and other repairs such as break work have been performed on vehicle since. I am reporting unfair selling practices. Details and repair work will be submitted upon request. Thus vehicle safety issues upon purchase.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #15

Apr 012015


  • miles
The paint on the vehicle has been chipping off throughout various sections of the car's body, down to the undercoat. I purchased the vehicle new, and it has never been in any accidents, or been repainted for any reasons. The problem started occurring approximately two years ago. The nature of the issue is does not pertain to any of the conditions described in the note section of this vehicle information form. I approached Honda regarding the issue, but was told that this issue is not considered under the company's recall policy. Honda vehicles are well known for problems regarding paint, and Honda and several Honda owners are fully aware of such problems. I am looking for assistance to address and resolve this issue. Please help us consumers preserve our rights and get the protection we need against corporations, such as Honda, that profit from us and don¿T adequately stand by us by honoring the quality of their products and services.

- East Taunton, MA, USA

problem #14

Mar 092016


  • 51,250 miles


My Honda Civic was hit on the drivers side door by a Ford Ranger pickup truck. I was driving northbound on a city street in san luis obispo, ca and the truck was heading southbound and attempted to make a left hand turn across the lane that I was occupying when I was hit. The driver airbag in the truck deployed, but the side curtain airbag in my Civic did not deploy. I was injured by broken glass and impact of my left arm & shoulder against the driver door. The impact for was sufficient to bend both the A-pillar and B-pillar into the passenger compartment. I believe that the side curtain airbag in my Civic was defective. Note that a local Honda dealership offered to run a diagnostic test, but since the vehicle is drivable, and was towed to a car storage yard after the accident, the dealer was unable to inspect the vehicle.

- Orinda, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 072015


  • miles
Insane amount of clear coat peeling is happening this year. Roof has soccer ball size of clear coat damage. Hood has spider web all over the place.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #12

Dec 092015


  • 150,000 miles
Interior center led brake light failed, right side engine mount failed, atomic blue paint on roof and edges of rear fenders around trunk faded and chalky.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 152015


  • 42,000 miles


Clear coat on paint failed after 3 years. Sun visors failed after 4 years and 35K miles. Motor mounts failed at 5 years and 42K miles.

- Texarkana, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 292009


  • miles
I have owned my 2009 Honda Civic since July, 29th 2009, I have noticed multiple times that the body frame between the front windshield and the driverside window completely obstructs my view of things including pedestrians and vehicles, this is when I am directly looking. I feel the blind spot size is beyond dangerous and unacceptable, I have almost hit people numerous times because they are in just the right spot to be blocked of view this includes an entire vehicle!! I feel that every single one of these bodies styles should be recalled before someone is killed. I notice this every single time I make a left hand turn I have to move my head to each side of it to make sure there is no one or no object there.

- Cotati, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012015


  • 40,000 miles
Dark gray color fading very badly on the roof over front and back windows even though car was not washed frequently and has been parked in a garage.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 062014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
In early August, the driver's door lock broke and you could not enter the door with a key. I had to pay for the charges to get the lock repaired and to match all the locks with the new key. This should not have happened.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 162013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The paint on my 2009 Honda Civic LX is cracking around the doors around 40K miles.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 202014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 49,024 miles
The driver-side door handle on my 2009 Honda Civic LX broke. I am the original owner, the car has been well-maintained and there is no reason for the door handle to break at such an early stage.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #5

May 012014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
I own a 2009 Honda Civic ex-L which I take very good care of. My paint looks like a much older vehicle. I have never owned a vehicle with such terrible paint and clear coat. I have had the roof painted once already but the paint is peeling off the mirrors, the trunk is spotted with oxidation and the clear coat is peeling off. I will never buy another Honda B/C of the problems having it fixed. I will be telling everyone I know not to buy Honda!!!!! very very disappointed and disheartened with Honda products! I just want my car to look its age and not like a 40 yr old car! you are terrible to your clients by not fixing this problem without having to jump through hoops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Pottsville, AR, USA

problem #4

Feb 132013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Paint job and clear coat peeling on trunk, hood and top of car.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 052012


  • 45,000 miles
I was hit on the passenger side of the car by an SUV. The repairs were with genuine Honda parts but ever since then the front controls where the radio is has been extremely hot. Almost to the point I think I burn my hands to change the radio station. I think it may be hot enough to start a fire with melting the controls in the back. I have been told there is nothing that can be done or it will cost me a lot of money to diagnose it. I just see it as a safety issue to have the dash so hot it burns people. The passenger airbag did not deploy in the crash and possibly should have.

- Cottage Grove , MN, USA

problem #2

Jan 012012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
2009 Honda Civic sedan ex well maintained. Paint and clear coat fading and peeling at 1/2012. I owned the car only 3 months upon onset of the issue. I have noted that this year has been stated to have these issues and will take to local Honda dealership with bodyshop to review and assist. This causes the car to look very old. Unable to polish or wax to halt the issue. Unsure why it began beyond what the forums have noted by other drivers per the paint and clear coat used by Honda was not lasting.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 212013


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda Civic. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the driver's heel became stuck in a hole that was in the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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