really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,471 miles

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #70

Jun 202011


  • 39,193 miles


Both visors failed completely within 24 hours of each other. While I was driving the driver side visor fell without my touching it and I could not get it to stay up. It blocked my visibility so I had to hold it up so I could see clearly to drive. Upon inspection I saw that the visor had split at the hinge, basically looks as if it had exploded from the inside. When I got into my car this morning, the passenger side was in the same condition. This is a safety concern, if you are driving the visors obstruct visibility. How am I supposed to drive with two visors blocking my vision? I can't get them to stay up. There is no option for visor under failed component 1 and 2 below so I selected visibility/wiper.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #69

May 142011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 54,300 miles
Went into church one morning and when we got back into the car, the passenger side visor was broken and is hanging down. This is a concern as there have been numerous reports of the driver side visor suddenly breaking which could pose a hazard when driving and cause an accident. This needs to be recalled and corrected. I am upset that I will be charged for something that is obviously a defective problem with the sun visor and could pose a serious hazard for drivers.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #68

Jun 182011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
2008 Honda Civic sedan 65000 miles. Driver side sunvisor imploded. Will not stay up against the roof anymore. The sunvisor is visibly split near the mount to the roof. This is the first time and will require a new sunvisor.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #67

Jun 082011


  • 29,996 miles


For the second time since buying this car new the driver-side visor has split in half. The separation occurred at the seam where two plastic parts are joined. The visor will no longer snap into its proper position and hangs down, obstructing visibility and creating a driving hazard. The first incident occurred at approximately 30,000 miles. It has broken again at 50,000 miles. This apparently is a chronic problem on this make and model.

- Debary, FL, USA

problem #66

Mar 182011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 24,918 miles
Driver side visor hinge broke and visor swung down and will not stay up. I didn't even pull it down. It fell when I was going over a speed bump at a low speed! the visor now blocks my view when driving.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #65

Jun 022011


  • 70,000 miles
The visor on my 2008 Honda Civic will not stay up. It looks like a defect on the left-hand hinge. The hinge is split open and makes the sun visor drop. After looking on the internet, it seems to be a manufacturer defect since a lot of other Honda owners seem to have this problem. Potentially dangerous since the visor continually falling blocks my vision through the windshield. If I swing it to the left, it blocks the view from the drivers side of the window.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #64

May 282011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 46,100 miles


1) hot days 2) sun visors fall down and block vision of road. 3) driver's side was replaced by dealer out of warranty. I was charged $30+ for the part because vehicle was out of warranty. Passenger side has not been fixed.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #63

Jun 052011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 46,312 miles
Both driver's and passenger's side visors split open almost simultaneously. Today (6/5/2011) was fairly hot (in san antonio tx), while driving, I pulled the visor down due to the brightness of the sun and the bright reflection of the sun from another car's windows. My daughter did the same thing also. Almost at the same time, when adjusting the visors back up, there was the sound of a "pop" and the visors would not stay up. This became a safety problem as it would dangle in the field of vision all the time. The plastic appears to have split down the center joint along the length of the visor

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #62

Apr 272011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 30,020 miles
The driver's side sun visor is defective and one day just swung down, partially blocking my vision. The plastic parts split open and the rod is partially exposed. This is a safety issue while driving because it will not stay up in its closed position -- until I get it fixed, the visor is either down in front of my face, or if I swing it out of the way, down, blocking my left vision. There is basically a sun visor in my face all the time while driving, even if it is night - the most dangerous time. I have to constantly swing it out of my face, or out of the way - even just to get in or out of the car.

- Siler City, NC, USA

problem #61

May 312011


  • 28,000 miles
The visor broke off with normal use.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #60

Apr 032011

Civic 4WD 4-cyl

  • 41,670 miles


I own a 2008 Honda Civic with 42K miles and live in las vegas, nv. Recently, my passenger side sun visor split at the seam. This effectively makes the visor always stuck in the down position. I would consider this a safety hazard, as it blocks my view at night since I am unable to keep it in the upward position.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #59

Mar 012011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The sun visor in my 2008 Honda Civic has fallen apart. I am the only driver of the car and under normal wear and tear it would not stay up out of my way. After a month like that it just fell off completely. This occurred around 32,000 miles. After investigating online it seems like a common problem that will cost more than $100 to fix. I have seeing because of the glare of the sun.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #58

Jan 012009

Civic 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
My sun visor cracked at the hinge over a year ago and since that time it would repeatedly fall in my face blocking my line of sight. Many times it even hit me in the head. Honda wouldn't pay to replace or fix it. I finally removed it since it obstructed my view of the road so now I have the sun in my eyes. I am not apt to buy the same part again as I've seen hundreds of postings online about Honda Civic owners who have experienced the same problem. There needs to be a recall of this visor and Honda needs to replace these parts in all Civics with functionable parts.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #57

Apr 192011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
The sunvisor on the passenger side broke and was replaced about a year ago, the replacement recently broke and needs replaced at my expense. The visor hang down in the drivers field of view and is in the position that a person of average or above average height can strike their head upon in the event of a crash or even entering and exiting the automobile.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #56

Dec 152010


  • miles
I've noticed several complaints about broken sun visors. My 08 Civic hybrid got a crack in the driver side visor. Prior to that, it was always very hard to swing the visor to the side or to clip it back in. Maybe something was too tight, and that's why it eventually cracked. My dealership replaced it because the car was still under warranty. However, if it had happened a couple months later they wouldn't have. Sounds like there's a defect in the visors and Honda needs to replace them even if the car is out of warranty.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #55

May 202009


  • miles
My 2008 Honda Civic, I have to change the visors(both driver side and passenger side) for the third time in less than 3 years. I had to change the visor every year and I had enough of this none sense. I have to drive 20 miles to fix the problem and I just don't like it.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #54

Aug 152010

Civic 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Both visors in my 2008 Honda Civic ex model melted or broke and now cannot close away posing as visual impediment. I called a Honda dealership to see if they'd fix it because I learned from family members and friends with the same problem with their 2008 Honda Civics that dealerships in their town fixed it for free. My dealership said they hadn't heard of the problem and refused to repair.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #53

Mar 232011

Civic 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
I got in my car and pulled down the sun visor on the driver's side and it broke. I tried pushing it back up against the top lining, but it kept falling down. I had to drive 10 miles to get home with my vision partially blocked because the visor would not stay up. I understand this is a common problem with many Honda Civics.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #52

Feb 222011


  • 45,000 miles
The driver side sun visor broke while adjusting within normal operation. The visor now hangs loosely in the upright locked position, causing an obstruction for head motion. While in use to block the sun, the visor hangs lower than designed and obstructs vision.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #51

Jan 022010


  • 12,050 miles
The sun visor on both sides is cracked and fails to stay up. It makes it difficult to see traffic signals or block the sun from your eyes. It is a driving hazard. Apparently, this has been a problem for about four years. They have not changed the design.

- Lexington, KY, USA

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