pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
80,075 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. honda should repaint my car!!! (6 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
1998 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 152004

Civic LX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles


My wife has 98 dark green civic and around 2004 I noticed the paint on the roof starting to discolor. I tried using different types of paint protectors but nothing seemed to help. Now the whole roof and part of the hood and trunk have the same problem. It is like the clear coat is just pealing off. I have seen other civics around in that color that have the same problem. iIt looks like only the dark colors are affected by this issue. The car runs and drives great and had almost no problems with it but the paint. We are planning to get a Honda Pilot next, I hope it does not have the same issue.

- , Maple Shade, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 062011

Civic EX 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Sounds like I have the same problem as a lot of Honda owners. I keep it in good shape mechanically, it was garaged for many years, and still it looks like crap. I've been trying to avoid buying a new car with the economy being like it is. I'm perfectly happy with this car but it's embarrassing to take to a client meeting or anywhere else I might want to make a good impression (i.e., not look like a loser for driving what LOOKS like a clunker). At the same time, I hate to bind myself with car payments just for cosmetic reasons alone. This really sucks. Honda should be ashamed and should have the integrity to do something about it. Yaa, i know...dream on.

- , Manassas, VA, US

problem #6

Jan 012001

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My green 1998 Civic's protective coating's been disintegrating for a while now. The 2005 Honda Odyssey has the same problem, and those ustomers had problems getting Honda to repaint the minivans. But at least those customers received a notice in the mail stating that it was a problem. Funny, but I had no paint troubles with my 1997 Accord station wagon. Maybe it's the darker color vehicles with the peeling problem.

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #5

Jan 012006

Civic EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Joining the complaints of many more Honda owners regarding the clear coat on my dark green 1998 Honda Civic purchased at Billy Craft Honda in VA. Have noticed many others of same color and year in my area with same problem-have wondered for years what is wrong with the paint on all these cars. Now see that people in all areas of the US are experiencing this issue.This is my 5th Honda and has just 88,000 miles on it but I hate this car more every day. Honda needs to correct this problem- it is not due to the environment. It is a faulty paint job. We should not have to pay from our own pockets to make our cars look decent again !!!!!

- , Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #4

Nov 142006

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,600 miles

I love my car, but I hate the fact that the paint is just fading away. Most of the paint on the roof is gone and now starting to get really bad on the top of the trunk. Also starting to fade on the sides. Is there anything that can be done about this? Great car bad paint.

- , Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

There is no reason this should be happening. The spots are getting bigger and bigger. It really bothers me because it only has 65K miles and the car could last for a really long time. Honda should pay for a paint job on the car.

- , Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

May 012006

Civic LX 1.6L Non Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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paint is fading paint is fading

there is no reason for paint on a later model car to look like this,no reason whatsoever. i have seen the same problem on accords of the same year,and green paint color. i can tell one a mile away by the paint stripes on the roof and hood. i know how to do body work,and this car has to be stripped down to bare metal and re primed and repainted. going to cost me close to a grand and thats with my own labor.

- , Moultrie, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 112006

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I have a 1998 Honda Civic. It is a medium blue color. About two years ago I noticed a small white spot on the roof of my car. It wasn't very big, but a month or so later it was a big white spot, like someone came by with sandpaper and rubbed the paint off. Now my whole roof is white! It looks horrible. It is an embarrassment to be seen in this car. The top of my trunk is doing the same thing. Also I have had 3 of 4 doors, stop working. The doors just won't open. I took it to the Honda dealership and they had no clue, but charged me $98.00 to tell me that. I took it to another mechanic and he had to air hammer the doors open. He found out that it was a $5.00 plastic piece in the locking mechanism that had broken, but it cost me $200.00, per door, worth of labor. Six months after spending $500.00 to fix three doors, on a problem they said was a flux, another door has done the same thing. I loved my car when I bought it. But it has been more trouble than it has been worth. Things that should never happen have happened to this car. Will I ever buy another Honda? NO! NO! NO! Honda should replace the paint on my car, I had nothing to do with their shoddy work. If there is a Class Action Lawsuit with Honda for the paint, sign me up!!!!

- , Surprise, AZ, USA

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