really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,006 miles

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2007 Honda Civic body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2007 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Jul 012015


  • 65,000 miles


The paint started to peel at only 65,000 miles, back in 2015. The car, at that point, was 8 years old. It peeled in literally just a few months time. It's now patchy on the hood, roof and trunk.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #29

Aug 222007


  • 3,600 miles
NHTSA recall number: 07V-399 mfr campaign id: Q56 campaign description: '06-'07 hcm Civic rear bearing recall date: 08/30/2007 recall status: 17 character VIN required summary: On certain vehicles, the wheel speed sensor housing uses an O-ring seal to prevent leakage to or from the wheel bearing. If assembled improperly, the O-ring may not seal properly allowing water to enter the wheel bearing and eventually cause damage to the bearing, especially in areas where use of road salt is prevalent. If the driver continues to drive with this condition it is possible for the wheel bearing to become loose, which could cause the bearing to fail. Safety risk: This could cause a wheel to fall off of the vehicle, possibly resulting in a crash. Remedy: Dealers will inspect the rear ABS sensors and wheel bearings for damaged parts and replace them free of charge. The recall began on September 25, 2007. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

- New Carrollton, MD, USA

problem #28

Oct 052015


  • 48,000 miles
Fading paint condition. My car is starting to show significant clear coat and paint fading on the C pillar, trunk lid and right finder.vehicle. Current mileage is under 55K miles

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #27

Nov 012015


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda Civic. While driving at 50 mph, the headliner slightly detached from the roof of the vehicle and obstructed the contact's visibility. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 1/14/16

- Deal Island, MD, USA

problem #26

Oct 112010


  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2007 blue Civic si sedan. The paint/clearcoat has begun to oxidize. Clear coat is flaking off all over the front fenders, hood, roof of car, a pillars, C pillars, spoiler and trunk. The side of the car have been ok so far. My car just missed the recall notice by a few months but has become worse every day. I wax my car 2-3 times a year and park in a garage at home and work. So the sun has minimal chance of ruining the paint. But the clear coat and paint are still coming off the car all over. It look horrible and now I am in need of a new paint job. Honda states there waiting for a new recall to come out and cover this but in tell then I have to take care of it. I am very disappointed with this issue as its a great car but now looks like crap and takes even more work to prevent rust. The paint issues began a year after my factory warranty expired. I did purchase this car new from a Honda dealer.

- Edwardsville, IL, USA

problem #25

Jun 022014


  • 95,000 miles
The paint is chipping and peeling all over the hood and sides of the front of the car. It is very ugly!

- Marblehead, MA, USA

problem #24

May 062013


  • 70,000 miles


The paint on the roof of my 2007 Honda Civic start oxidizing and peeling away 2 years ago. At first it was just a small spot at the back of the roof and now it is manifesting to all over the roof. I received a recall for 2007 Civics for paint peeling and I brought my vehicle to my local dealership where I was told that my VIN number was not covered. I feel as Honda is most assuredly being deceitful with their customerbase and certainly not taking care of them as they should. I felt safe and confident purchasing a Honda just knowing they would stand behind their product and knew I would not have issues in the end. Silly me.

- Middletown, RI, USA

problem #23

Feb 212015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
The clear coat and paint job is bubbling and getting ready to crack and expose the car to rust.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #22

Mar 012014

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Early 2014 we approached Honda of columbia, the purchase point of this car, about the factory paint flaking and coming off. Honda says we have to have the car repainted and show them the receipt before they will help offer financial help. That costs us $4000+ out of our pocket and then they may subsidize the cost. This car misses the original recall for defective painting by a couple of weeks. Her car has been well kept but not garaged. Independent paint shops confirm that it is a fault w/ the original painting process. Nearly the whole top/flat surfaces of the car are in question: Spoiler, roof, trunk, hood, fenders and all other horizontal surfaces are affected. The vertical portions are in acceptable shape. The local dealer Honda of columbia, S.C. says this car doesn't fall into the factory recall criteria because it is an '07 and they only qualified up to '06. One of their service department reps assured us they it should be on the recall list and that even the color was one listed along w/ the other car colors. Not Honda of columbia denies that the car has to be repainted before they will help pay, but now only offer $1000 to subsidize the cost and still wont tell me how to make a claim. They suggested I call Honda of America service folks and talk to them they have yet to answer a call. There is no answer of any kind so I am unable to leave a message. What should I do...

- Cayce, SC, USA

problem #21

Sep 012014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 58,500 miles
This Civic is galaxy grey. The roof and trunk paint has begun to cloud, fade, crack, and peel. While not a safety issue, it will affect the resale value of the car.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #20

Jun 062013


  • 51,000 miles


Driver's window moves up and down. I put window up, and it comes down by itself. Minor issue is clearcoat paint peeling off of bumper.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #19

Jul 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
After about a year after purchasing my car, I noticed the paint started to appear rather dusky. A short time later, my paint started to peel! my car was only three years old at time of purchase- so peeling paint is obviously not owners fault. No sooner did my roof begin to peel heavily, the hood and side panels and now trunk are starting to peel excessively. It is so embarrassing, and so gross.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #18

Jan 012013


  • 87,000 miles
The paint started peeling on the roof of my car, then went on to start on my hood. It has been quickly peeling more and more and looking worse and worse. Before I went to spend $600+ on a new paint job, I found out online that there are many others that have complained of the same exact thing happening to their Honda Civics. If this is a problem with the quality of Honda's paint, which is what most sources are saying, they should fix it for free. It's a 2007, this is not normal wear and tear.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #17

Aug 032012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Clear coat and paint are peeling from top of vehicle in front of, and behind the sunroof.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #16

Apr 012013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
Premature paint fading on top of car front of moonroof and back of roof and growing.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 152013


  • 49,000 miles
Paint/clear coat is deteriorating and cracking. Honda dealer and american Honda state that since the car is beyond the 3 yr warranty, there is nothing they can do (even though it is a defect).

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jul 202011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
The primer/paint/top coat began to fail about 18 months ago. The problem seems to be contained to the hood and roof, and it is progressively getting worse. It seems there is a problem with the quality of the finishing products used by Honda on this car.

- Richland, PA, USA

problem #13

Jan 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Paint on 2007 Honda Civic coupe (black) fading, chipping, oxidizing same as numerous other complaints on this site and several others. The wear on this paint is not "normal wear and tear" for a 6 year old vehicle, nor is it a result of inadequate wax, maintenance, etc. This is a defect which Honda should fix. I am very disappointed in the low quality this vehicle is reflecting on Honda products.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #12

Sep 012012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Clear coat/paint is coming off on driver's side roof and driver's side window frame. Car has been kept up with washes only like suggested and Honda won't do anything about it.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 032011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Defective paint on this year Civic. Apparently according to internet reports, this is a common problem. I joined the class action suit against Honda, not sure what else to do.

- Woodlands Hills, CA, USA

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