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

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2008 Honda Civic windows / windshield problems

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2008 Honda Civic Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #110

Jan 012015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Honda Civic. The contact stated that the coating on the front windshield created a glare on the window during night when the headlights of other vehicles reflected off the windshield. The contact stated the failure made it difficult to see and drive the vehicle. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer. The contact took the vehicle to a body shop that specified in the windows on the vehicle and they informed the contact that the windshield had to be replaced. The windshield was not replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 07/12/16

- Plymouth, PA, USA

problem #109

Jun 172014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
This is a common issue. The sun visor is broken. The hinges melted.

- Garland , TX, USA

problem #108

Sep 022013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Driver side visor will not stay up and impairs my vision while driving.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #107

Jun 032013


  • 89,000 miles


Sun visors have become loose and do not stay in upright position. Distracting and disrupts view. Cannot see traffic signal (lights) unless I take my hand from steering wheel to hold sun visor in upright position. Not safe, not practical, especially since I have manual transmission. This is an obvious design flaw with Honda Civic. Both visors hang in down position, will not remain up. Expensive to repair sun visors, as much as $60 per visor. Honda knows this is a flaw and needs to repair same at their expense.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #106

Jan 042013


  • 80,000 miles
I was turning on from a left lane into a left lane separated by a cement divider; the car went over the cement divider and almost overturned. At night with normal lighting and normal speed. I have had another incident 3 months prior making a right turn. I noticed carefully by comparison of the exact position of similar make sedan cars; this car has the mirror attached to the door panels and presents a hazard (has 2 blind spots) making it especially dangerous at night with low beam lights and old painted divider lines. It needs immediate action and recall so the dealers can reposition the mirrors.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #105

Sep 282012


  • miles
The driver side visor in malfunctioning.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #104

Sep 132012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


Mirror/shade does not go up not down it is stuck unable to operate as a shade nor mirror.

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #103

Sep 012012


  • 58,000 miles
I flipped the sun visor down and found I couldn't return it back up. The internal pivot clip broke the visor.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #102

Jul 202012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 95,471 miles
Sun visor split apart causing the visor to loosely stay in the line of sight of the driver. The mechanism that holds the visor up does not hold the visor up anymore because of the split. Looks like the heat of the interior of the car mixed with the plastic pieces of the visor caused the defect. Honda needs to not just replace the parts, they need to redesign the visors using different materials that will hold up to the extreme heat that car interiors have to face. Currently they are replacing the visors with the same defectively designed visors. They need to be forced to fix the problem, instead of treat the symptom! type in Honda sun visor defect in any search engine and you will see that this is a very common problem!

- Miami, OK, USA

problem #101

Jun 222012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The driver side visor seem came apart. The inside of the visor can be seen. It will fall down into the line of sight of the driver.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #100

Jun 012012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


The drivers side sun visor split open and hanging in front of my eyes. Very hard to see when this is right in your vision field. I hope that I will get this fixed at no charge at the dealership.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #99

Sep 082008

Civic 4-cyl

  • 2,315 miles
Defective sun visor: Splits open & won't hold up, obstruct view. This happened multiple times: Right side 09/08/08, left side 09/29/08, right side 10/07/11, left side 06/12/12. Honda keeps replacing it with the same defective design. Please read other forums and see that this is a very frustrating issue. When it is broken, there's no way to hold it up but with your hand. Dangerous driving on the freeway like that.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #98

Feb 012012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Melting sun visor.

- Holiday , FL, USA

problem #97

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 #96

Apr 202012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 53,396 miles
Driver side sun visor split at hinge along seam. Gravity now drops sun visor into driver's vision to block all sight of cars or traffic lights.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #95

Apr 202012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 60,740 miles
Driver side visor split open (at hinge) when attempting to lower visor to shield driver from sunlight while driving. The visor cannot no longer be returned to storage position.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #94

Nov 012011


  • 80,000 miles
Drivers side sun visor split open and now droops into drivers vision.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #93

May 162009

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Both sun visors have cracked at hinges. I have to hold visor in place to see traffic light. Should visor be placed to the left of me (driver), it has upon rare occasion swung & hit me in the head. This is dangerous & I hope Honda doesn't charge me to replace them as by several other testimonies via the internet, others have had the same issue. I believe these visors to be defective & may cause an accident. I recently found out there was a class action lawsuit regarding said visors & Honda should do the right thing & replace my visors free, as I have under 10K miles on the car & take good care of it. Also, the engine block problem should be made into a recall as again, I've seen several complaints online with this issue. Honda gave an extended warranty which will last for 3 yrs after my car is paid off. While this may seem trivial to a huge corporation, it means a lot to those of us on a fixed income. I cannot give you an exact incident date but my car was approximately 1.5 yrs old when the visors cracked (only a month apart). I trusted Honda but apparently they didn't wish to share the visor issues with buyers to rectify the situation.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #92

Sep 062011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
My driver's side visor cracked and split at the top. This makes it impossible to return it to the upward position and it stays in my line of sight during driving. I have researched the problem and thousands of others have reported the same issue with the Honda Civic. This issue needs to be resolved and a recall needs to be made.

- Talladega, AL, USA

problem #91

Oct 062011

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
After a hot day driving the car visor went down while about to make a rt hand turn I almost pulled out visor fell into my vision. Luck I stopped there was a car coming. It had split in half due to the heat.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

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