really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,323 miles

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2004 Honda Civic body / paint problems

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2004 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 082014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Passenger sliced finger open on chrome plating which appears to have began delamination. Chrome plating is on exit handle inside of the vehicle. Very similar to case 10526049.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 052013


  • miles
I noticed metal bars sticking out of the headrests of my 2004 Honda Civic. These are the bars that give the headrest its structure, but there is supposed to be cushioning that protects the bar from coming in contact with the driver's or passengers' skull. Whatever cheap cushioning once existed has worn away and the bars are even visibly protruding from the headrests. I filed a complaint with Honda but no action was taken. I am terrified to think of the possible consequences that might befall a person who is unaware of the cheap lack of cushioning in their headrests. One can only imagine what would happen in a collision of accident, or any other occurrence in which a person's head would slam into metal bars instead of safe cushioning. Death and serious injury are certainly in the ballparks of this negligence.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #4

Sep 152010


  • 130,000 miles
The head rest of our 2004 Honda Civic LX has the metal frame exposed through the foam. The metal frame is exposed in both head rests of front seats. We are in the process of checking to see if a recall has been made. The concern is if a wreck occurs, the metal frame would cause severe head trauma or even death.

- Fulshear, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 022009


  • 50,000 miles


Blue 2004 Honda Civic paint is peeling and blistering off the top of car. I have seen many other blue Honda's with this same problem. I have been calling Honda for months trying to get info and I was just told there is no recall on it. My area dealer told me they would give me a credit for $600 to paint the areas but I still have to pay $1000 out of my pocket.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 222008


  • 7,937 miles
Water leakage in passenger cabin in the front, left passenger side footwell area. When I bought the car 4 years ago, it was hard to confirm that there was a leak as it could have been melted snow/ice trudged in from outside (winter) or water transferred in by shoes (summer). When it rained there was always a damp area on the carpet, but only recently when we were experiencing heavy rainfalls which confirmed there was a leak. The local dealer has traced the leak to the area of the left fender/firewall area where the seams have come apart. I have brought the car in to the dealers bodyshop to address the problem. They said that they have corrected the problem; however it remains to be confirmed. Mileage: 7,937 miles.

- Regina, 00, USA

problem #1

Mar 192007


  • miles
I took my vehicle into a Honda dealership to get my left fender repaired. When the fender was removed, mechanics noticed that the bumper reinforcement was not on the vehicle. The vehicle is a certified used vehicle and was to be in no accidents. I had to pay for the parts out of my pocket to have the car up to Honda standards.

- Milford, CT, USA

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