really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,937 miles

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2008 Honda Civic body / paint problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #8

Jun 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The paint on the roof of my Honda Civic started to fade in two spots and then the spot grew larger and is now down to the metal. I visited the dealership and the service manager took pictures and was going to send them to the area representative and get back to me. After I did not hear from him, I called and found out that he was no longer with the dealership so I asked for the new service manager. I left several messages and made a personal visit and the new service manager was busy when I was there and he never bothered to return my calls. After checking this on the internet, I see that this is ongoing problem that Honda has had and cannot find out what, if anything Honda has or is doing about it.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 282011


  • 62,000 miles
The front of hood and fender area. Paint is chipping away. It is called crow's feet. Lines and chips along with cracks are very visible to the naked eye. Honda has a tsb about it, since a lot of people have the same issue but they only claim to take responsibility of the vehicle that have protection plan. When I bought the vehicle they never offered me, nor speak of protection plan. So what can I do?

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 122012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
This is not a safety issue, but an issue of quality. I've noticed a problem with the paint on my 2008 Honda Civic. It all began with a dull spot on the trunk and worsened with dull spots on the roof. I contacted Honda customer service with no avail.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #5

Jan 052012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 26,195 miles


The drivers side visor stuck and crack opened the plastic assembly by which it holds itself to the visors metal rod in the ceiling. After removal the thing that makes the visor swivel front and back is in fact the thing stuck(metal clip) and seems it may not be secured to the visor which at some point will brake the visor open as it happened, the passengers side visor is starting to get tight.

- Bayamon, PR, USA

problem #4

May 052012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
My 2008 Honda Civic has a notorious problem: Defective sun visors that drop down, covering more than half the vertical space of the windshield in front of the driver. The problem, which involves a metal bar that expands in hot weather and forces apart the two sides of the plastic visor, is prone to happen in hot weather. This is the fourth time it has happened to me. A California superior court ruling requires Honda to replace these as needed up to 100,000 miles. However, the safety issue remains unaddressed. The replacement is the same as the failed visor, and it too will fail in about 10,000 miles (or less, in severe climates). Two screws hold the visor to the roof of the car. Can't Honda be require to design a new visor without this defect (requires only making the channel for the metal bar wider) and replace the visors with an improved version on all affected Honda Civics (2006-2009)? it is not fun viewing the road ahead by peeking around and under the dropped visor. Honda Civics have a severely slanted windshield, and the vertical viewing space is limited without a failed visor.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 312010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
I reported to Honda of America that the clear coat paint on my vehicle had begun splitting throughout the hood and fenders. Honda of America recommended that I take it in to be evaluated by the service team and service manager at my local dealership. I took my vehicle in to earnhardt Honda in avondale, Arizona, the end of December 2011. I belong to a Honda Civic enthusiast forum called 8thcivic.com. Hundreds of members there with Civics in the color of nighthawk black pearl and fiji blue pearl have noticed this phenomena and have posted pictures of there vehicle. This has sparked some debate over why Honda has not admitted to and taken responsibility for issues regarding paint on the 06-11 models. I've heard paint experts on the message board state that the clear coat is cracking, called "crows feet" due to a defective clear coat that was applied during manufacturing. This mixed with the heat of the engine bay caused the clear coat to separate and crack. The long term effects of this will basically be the paint bubbling and wearing away. I've hard my car for only 2 years, and it had 38K miles on it when I brought it to the dealership. Since that time the dealership has been ignoring my calls and Honda of America has been running me around in circles to no avail.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

May 222011

Civic 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
As I was driving down the street my bumper just popped off and started to fall off nothing was hit I need to know if the rest of the car is going to fall off is it a safety concern as bus driver I am a very safe driver if I'm going to die as the car falls apart I need to know....

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 102009


  • 4,993 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) purchased 2008 Honda Civic sedan VIN [xxx], paid cash, under warranty in 2008. Front bumper cover falls off. Defective design, latent defect. Road hazard if it falls off in traffic. Honda of hollywood has refused to repair under warranty.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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