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7.4

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,030
Average Mileage:
69,000 miles
Total Complaints:
133 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repaint (49 reports)
  2. needs new paint job (42 reports)
  3. not sure (19 reports)
  4. have repainted (10 reports)
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  6. Honda covered paint work (6 reports)
2007 Honda Civic body / paint problems

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2007 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #133

May 152018

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking

Driver door is flaking pretty bad and noticed passenger door is starting. I'm not sure if it's the car wash or not. Been going there for a year and this just started. Rest of car seems normal.

- Joe H., Chesapeake, VA, US

problem #132

May 042018

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,350 miles

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paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking

Never contacted about the recalls and extended paint warranty for the car. But since I learned about checking it online and found out there was a passenger airbag recall on the car. Called it in and scheduled the appointment at local dealership. At the time of arrival, told about my appointment and asked about if there are anything we can do about the paint job since I believe its not common 'wear and tear' for Honda Civic. The car has been parked significant time of its life as evidenced by its mileage. The guy said the extended warranty for paint expired between 1-2years ago. I told him that we were never contacted about it before same thing with the passenger bag recall which I have to look up online to know about it. I understand he can't help me and confirmed that we can't do anything about the paint. Though they replaced the passenger airbag for that appointment.

- Michael Alvin B., Rego Park, NY, US

problem #131

Dec 012017

Civic EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 117,247 miles

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paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking

I bought this 2007 Honda Civic Coupe brand new in October 2006. It has only spent two years under cover, but last year I noticed a white spot on the roof and thought it might be bird poop. Fast forward a few months and the paint is actually coming off (see photos). Plus, the hood has spiderweb cracks all over it.

Today, Maaco quoted me $500 just to repaint the roof. I called and left a message with Honda Lynnwood 30 minutes ago asking what the hell!

I have my vehicle regularly serviced, and I take care of it, or so I thought. I bought this thing for the long haul, 200,000 miles. Now it looks like a ghetto beater. I know other folks who have had other Honda, Toyota, etc. that have been out of cover for 15 years and they do not have this problem.

- Steve R., Bothell, WA, US

problem #130

Jul 132014

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking

The paint problem of my 2007 Honda Civic Coupe started 3 years ago. At the beginning I thought it would not be a big problem as today as you see the pictures. It looks like clouds are reflecting on a mirror, right? It may be nice if it's a real sky, however, the defect of my paint does not look good to me at all.

Early this year I went to a Honda dealer to ask about this paint problem. A member of Honda services was telling me there was no recall or warranty for my car or paint issue. He asked me, "what year is your car?". I said 2007. He told me, "it's already 10 year old, and it's happening to old car." What a great solution and answer for that problem. The main reason I bought a Honda was it would last long with good quality. Pretty much the Honda man was saying Honda does not make a good car or their cars are going to be bad in 10 years. I understood that way.

Well. Now I have to find how to fix my "Sexy Civic(what I used to call my civic)." It's not sexy at all.

- Ys K., Northfield, IL, US

problem #129

Sep 152015

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Couple of years ago, the paint on my hood and roof started cracking. Month after month, it kept getting white on my black Honda). Right now, I have 2 white spots on the hood and 2 white stripes on the roof. My car paint looks so worn out.

- flipgeko, San Marcos, US

problem #128

Jan 012015

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

I bought this car brand new back in 2007. I have been the only driver and have taken great care of this vehicle. Mechanically it runs great, cosmetically however, it looks like an old beater. I HATE it. I thought to myself, where did I go wrong? What could I have done better to prevent this from happening? Then I realized all of the other Hondas on the road that looked the same as mine, clear coat and paint just peeling and chipping away! I started to research this a bit more and have realized this problem is more of an epidemic, what is going on Honda? This is disgraceful to your customers, I love my car otherwise but I really don't think I would purchase another for the simple fear of reliving this nightmare again.

- mcadams, Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #127

Sep 012016

Civic

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

What started as small white specks is now huge blobs of missing paint on my trunk and on the top of the car.

- Corinne H., Chalfont, US

problem #126

Nov 042016

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

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paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking

Car sits in garage all day. Always well taken care of and paint cracks off for no reason.

- Rich J., New Port Richey, FL, US

problem #125

Nov 112016

Civic SI

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,000 miles

started out small in back, now in front and back. car now looks like a clunker.

- Debbie H., Loveland, US

problem #124

Jun 012010

Civic EX 1.8L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,603 miles

Just over 3 years old I realized my Black 2007 Civic's hood was covered with spider web cracks. I asked Jonker Honda, in Langley BC and they said "it was NOT a Honda problem, and it was out of warranty anyways".

- Rod H., Langley, BC, Canada

problem #123

May 012014

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Purchased the used Honda 2007 with 57000 miles in Jan. 2014. Unable to inspect the paint job due to snow, I finally washed and waxed it in April 2014. I noticed all the peeling clearcoat and paint missing from many areas.

Looks like it was hidden by the car dealer with some type of cover up. I see many owners who have purchased this car new with the same peeling issues. Honda, shame on you.

- rubyhawks, Westerville, OH, USA

problem #122

Jun 152016

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,206 miles

Like many others, our dark blue 2007 Honda Civic had paint cracking and peeling on the hood & fenders and after much complaining, the dealership agreed to have these areas repainted under "extended warranty" in 2013. The roof was starting to become a bit dull in spots, but it was not included in the repair. Now, the roof has dull blue and white spots in several areas and the clear coat is peeling off, which we brought to the attention of the dealership earlier in 2016. They gave us the total run around, said it was just normal wear & tear etc. After months of complaining, they finally sent us back to the body shop that did the original repainting and they said it wasn't their problem, it was a Honda paint problem. The dealership of course says not their problem either. Contacted Honda Canada and of course, it's not their problem either! They basically said we were lucky to have had the original repainting done, and they had no intention of covering additional repainting...there is no problem with their paint. So even though the car has been well taken care of, and has always been serviced by a Honda dealership, Honda takes no ownership of this problem. And we are left with a car that looks like crap. Extremely disappointed with Honda.

- Phil M., Elora, ON, Canada

problem #121

Jun 102014

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

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paint is peeling/cracking

Was contacted by Honda dealership about paint defect problems on my year 2007 civic, they repainted hood, and both front fenders. They did not see any problems with the roof although I could see beginning signs of fade. They said come in later and they would take care of it. Brought it in later when obvious fade occurring, but by then the time limit for this dealer recall/repair expired.

- jbar52, Ceres, CA, USA

problem #120

Jun 152016

Civic 4 cyls

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

PAINT ON MY ROOF LOOKS AWFUL SAME STARTING ON MY HOOD AND TRUNK OF CAR. MY CAR ALWAYS LOOKED SO GOOD NOW I KINDA WANT TO GET RID OF IT CAUSE OF HOW BAD THIS MAKES THE CAR LOOK.

- mariori, Moncton, NB, Canada

problem #119

Jul 262012

Civic 3.2L

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,805 miles

I took this to a dealership to have them assess the problem. they tried to tell me that it looked like sap from a tree and they would get back to me. I waited a couple of months and then began hounding the service manager for an answer. He told me he had phoned Honda Canada and they said they would cover $750.00 towards a paint job that I had to have done at a Honda dealership.

I could not afford to pay the rest of this money so I have done nothing at this point. The reason I bought a Honda was because it made financial sense to me. It was economical and I do love the car, it just looks like a very impoverished person who does not care owns it. I feel very bad about the way it looks and I cannot afford to have it fixed. This defeats my trying to be fiscally responsible.

- Susan C., Pefferlaw, ON, Canada

problem #118

Aug 032016

Civic EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 63,200 miles

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paint is peeling/cracking

I own a 2007 Honda Civic EX (VIN 2HGFG118X7H531388). I bought it outright when it was new. Last month the Galaxy Gray paint on the roof started to become discolored and it is now coming off (provide me with an e-mail address and I will send pictures over to you). This vehicle has less than 64K miles, and lived half of its life in a garage. I know there was a warranty extension for the defective paint Honda put on vehicles and that it has expired, but my paint just started peeling (likely due to the care I provided it, and the minor mileage). I want Honda to inspect the paint damage and pay to repair a vehicle I purchased as a loyal customer, and am prepared to go to consumer advocacy groups and the Consumer Protection Unit at the Office of the Attorney General if Honda refuses to take responsibility for the defective paint it used on my vehicle (no way this is normal wear and tear or an isolated incident; I've owned many old cars and never had an issue with paint peeling off on its own). I always thought I would just buy another Honda when I was ready, but now I am not so sure.

Update from Sep 30, 2016: Local dealership informed Honda America has offered to pay 50% of the costs to repair the faulty paint. Cost is approximately one thousand dollars, and offer is valid for thirty days. Dealer informed me if I did not like the offer I would have to call Honda America. I have called Honda America to demand 100% of costs to repaint roof be paid by them, as I am not liable for defective paint they put on my vehicle.

Informed Honda America I carry touch-up paint for car and know I a responsible for usual wear-and-tear damage, but asking me to pay 50% of paint damage is outrageous for the following reasons: car spent half of its life in garage, I have been sole owner of car and purchased it outright, the vehicle only has 63k miles on it, and I was never informed of the initial warranty extension that expired in 2014 (also added my paint degraded slower due to less usage of vehicle) and the paint coming off is due not to wear and tear, but negligence on their part (on a car in New England you expect the paint to start degrading around the wheel wells due to salt in the winter, but it is fine there and falling apart on the roof).

I made sure all these facts were in the notes, and was told a case agent would be contacting me in about two business days. I asked the following to be added to the notes: if Honda refuses to pay for 100% of paint damage I will contact every consumer advocacy group I can think of about their extremely poor handling of this situation, as well as file an official complain with the Consumer Protection Unit at the RI AG's office about their deceptive trade practices and refusal to repair damage they are responsible for.

This paint debacle will not go away if Honda does not handle it correctly.

- amphbe, Warwick, RI, USA

problem #117

Jul 012016

Civic LX 1.8L Litere

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,596 miles

My 2007 honda civic has defected paint. I believe the paint on the roof is cracking and is related to the method by which the factory applied the paint. My hood was repainted during the warranty extension,but roof did not show defect until now (2016). I feel this is a factory defect and should be painted. The whole car should have been repainted during the warranty extension, but honda would only paint the hood

- Ben H., Nederland, TX, USA

problem #116

Feb 012016

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

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paint is peeling/cracking paint is peeling/cracking

The car looks like it has some psoriasis. Did not expect this from honda.

- Dinesh C., Alex, USA

problem #115

Aug 012016

Civic

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

paint is starting to fade leading to peeling

I have owned numerous Honda's. This is the second one I have owned where the paint just starts disappearing. It looks like it's chipping but when you touch it, it is smooth...I fades right down to the metal. Looks AWFUL and your only option is to have it painted. Every other Honda I have owned never had this issue.....and I have owned 5 of them. I will NEVER purchase another one.

- sney, Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #114

Mar 012010

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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I was advised by the Honda dealership to call American Honda and describe the problem with the paint peeling and cracking on my bumper to see if they could cover some of it since a previous (although expired) paint recall in 2014 was issued on my car that covered similar roof and trunk issues. After calling American Honda, they recognized the defective paint but said nothing would be offered because it did not apply to the bumpers. All attempted arguments were unsuccessful where I pointed out that the same defective paint that did not properly adhere to the metal hood and fenders also did not properly adhere to the plastic bumpers resulting in the defective peeling and chips. The out of pocket cost to repair is $750. So disappointed with Honda Motors.

- John P., Short Hills, NJ, USA

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