really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,653 miles

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2012 Honda Civic body / paint problems

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2012 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #18

Jun 042019


  • 69,000 miles


Paint is peeling where the rear window meets the roof. Just noticed, not sure how long it has been happening.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #17

Jan 222019


  • miles
The problem is on top of the car around rear windshield. The pain is gone during a couple months. It is white right now.

- Ensenada, PR, USA

problem #16

Nov 172016


  • 40,000 miles
The sunroof on my 2012 Honda Civic sunroof won't close. It gets stuck and it does a clicking sound. Based on previous forum pages this issues is ongoing with many other cars with the same model and year. Honda refuses to fix the issue. This issue can lead to water getting in the vehicle and other debris.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #15

May 162018


  • 120,000 miles


Sunroof spontaneously shattered while driving on highway on 5/16/2017 @ 645 am. Temperature was upper 60S with calm weather. The glass covered the front seats of the vehicle.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #14

May 132017


  • 20,000 miles
Driving on a rural highway and hit a deer. Impact bent the bracket that holds the airbag sensor completely backwards and into the sensor itself, which cracked. Airbag never deployed. Now, post repair, airbag warning and light are on constantly.

- Bushnell, IL, USA

problem #13

May 212016


  • 57,000 miles
I don't know what a takata recall is, but per Honda's website I have no recalls. I was in an accident on 5/21 around 2pm. I was driving on a straight city road close to getting on the highway going about 25mph. The woman who was driving next to me "didn't see me" as she turned into my lane. She scraped the whole passenger side door then her car lodged into my car near where the door & front part of the car meet on the passenger side. The car hit right neat the side airbag, but none of the airbags went off. That is what I'm worried about. Why did none of the airbags go off?

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #12

Sep 292012


  • 200 miles


When you buy a new car you don't expect to have any problems, well that wasn't the case with me. 1. water was leaking in the moon roof all the rubber had to be replaced 2. so much rust because of leak 3. heating system had to be replaced when you turned it on would make such a loud noise it was unbelievable. Dealership said needed a part spent almost a day and then said need another part, , cant believe a new car needs new parts. 4. tire sensor light kept coming on. 5.keys would not come out of the egnition. 6. right side of the window would rattle between the dashboard and window, top of visor.. 7.needed new battery 8. filed a complaint with the better business bureau. 9 spent more time going back and forth to dealership which I should have not had to do this. 10. told the dealership car makes a thumbing noise when you go over a bump.was told a defective right rear shock causing the thumbing noise. 11. had to replace light bulb on right side. 12.should not, had any of these problems with a new car...

- Chepachet, RI, USA

problem #11

Jun 202015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 38,563 miles
Involved in a hit and run accident where the airbag sensors where hit but the airbags did not deploy. All panels of car had to be replaced. We where hit going thru an intersection and the car ran a red light going 65 sideswiped us into a wall and electrical box....updated 09/15/15 updated 11/13/2017

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 292014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
I was driving a 2012 Honda Civic when the car in front of me slammed on their brakes and came to a complete stop due to something in the road. I slammed on my brakes and tried to avoid the car in front of me by swerving to the right. The driver side of the front of my car hit the back of the car in front of me. My car was completely smashed in the front. Air bags did not deploy. After I came to a complete stop, my car lit on fire. The car was burned and completely destroyed.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 192014

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
Upon impact the airbag deployed and I had 3 rib fractures and a fractured sternum. I am currently having bursar knee pain. I was taken by ambulance to an emergency room and was later sent to a trauma center er. I had one overnight hospitalization.

- North Wales, PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 062014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 25,083 miles


While driving on I5 headed South to medford, or on June 6, 2014, at around 9:30 pm I struck what appeared to be a small refrigerator which was laying on the highway. There was what appeared to be minor damage to the bumper of the 2012 Honda Civic that I was driving. The sensors for the airbag system were triggered, but the air bags did not deploy. Upon taking the vehicle to the Honda dealership to get repairs, we learned that the harness for the air bag system had been severed.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #7

May 162014

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
I came upon stop and go traffic and came to my stop behind the car in front of me. The driver behind me failed to stop and hit the rear of my car. My brake pedal went all the way to the floor as all the electrical parts turned off and on. This included my motor, gauges, and radio. This pushed me into the driver in front of me. I was shocked to see my airbag didn't deploy and that my cars I-mid display showed to check my airbag system. Also my seatbelt didn't lock up fast enough to keep my head from hitting my steering wheel. This caused me to have a strain in my upper lumbar of the right side of my back. Updated 11/24/2014

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 022014


  • miles
I recently had my Honda Civic detailed and the gentleman pointed out small lines in my paint that looked like pine needles or a bird had landed on the car while it was wet. This paint issue was not present when I purchased the car, but the issue is under the clear-coat so there was nothing the detailer could do. As previously pointed out by another complaint, these marks are growing larger and will hurt the future resell value of the car as well as possibly damage the hood if not fixed properly. This occurred through no fault of my own (driver). My vehicle is still under warranty, but am unsure what to do.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #5

Sep 012013


  • 19,000 miles
Honda released a notice acknowledging cracks or "crow's feet" that develop on the paint of older model Honda Civic's ('06-'11). I recently began seeing these paint defects on the hood and roof of my 2012 Honda Civic coupe ex that is black in color (crystal black pearl). I was told that this cracking was a problem with the earlier, Canadian-built, blue, black, and grey Civic's, but because the 2012's+ are not included in the statement, it will not be covered. Being my vehicle only has around 20,000 miles, it genuinely worries me how well the paint will hold up over time. The Honda factory warranty, as well as the extended warranty I purchased, will also not cover this defect. From my research, these cracks are caused by an improper painting process at the factory and will grow worse over time. I ask that Honda look into this and expand the recall to include certain 2012+ Honda Civic models.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 262013


  • miles
As I was driving to work at 4:30 am in heavy fog I hit a deer that was standing in the road. I noticed as I got out of the vehicle the car said something about the airbag sensor, well I didn't think nothing of it as I was worried about the condition my car was in at the time. Well the body shop that fixed my car stated the airbag should have 100% deployed due to the fact the sensor was busted and the wire was completely into. My concern is why in the world did the airbag not deploy" I am glad it didn't but what if it had been a collision with a car. Would the airbags not deploy and I take a chance on dying because of faulty airbags? I am really upset about this situation. I do not feel safe driving this car now...and I loved this car and one reason I bought this was because of safety..but now I do not know if I made the right choice. Now the car is "fixed" the check airbag and emission system light is on. I am taking it to Honda as soon as I can, but I am driving this car without seat belt working and the airbags not working...can someone please help me with this" thank you...

- Pikeville, TN, USA

problem #3

Sep 142012


  • 18,000 miles
We had the Honda Civic almost 6 months, all the driving like 99% has been fwy driving-anyway, happened to be in la for an appt and had a good 40 ft between me and the car infront of me.. car infront applied brake so did I, I just kept going- brake went to floor.. I was totally stunned.- happened so fast, I had no other option but to hit car infront.. it kind of felt like sliding- it was a sunny day, dry outside, nothing to slide on but that is the only way to describe nothing to stop me but the other car.. if I went left to avoid car, I would ve been hit by oncoming traffic so stunned the brakes were not there..so I rear ended the car that stopped us.. she had a Laredo Cherokee- after the impact we wondered why the air bags didn't come out, it was pretty direct.. I can only guess that her car was higher so the sensors didn't go off"? car is at body shop for last two weeks.. I told our insurance, I told the body shop, I told the hubby and everyone else that asked that I pushed the brake in and not a damn thing happened.. I talked to the service guys at the Honda that it has seen for regular maintenance going by computer menu thingy.. I ve been early or on time getting it serviced.. they said "the brakes are suppose to work that way" really" I'd be devastated if there was an animal, a person, infront of me I would have hit them and gone over them.. I ve never ever had a car respond that way.. after the hit, I moved to the side.. automatically used E brake. I then drove it a mile further at a crawl to a parking garage to make calls.. I drove at a snails pace.. you could've walked next to us.. 2 hrs later, I drove it two more miles at the same speed to body shop.. I have asked them to look at it.. they haven't yet.. the car is in pieces as they fix but they promised too. The guy was surprised we weren't injured.. I don't want to drive it again..

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Jun 272012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 916 miles
At approximately 7:45 a.M. I arrived at work and turned left into parking space to park. I was driving a 2012 Honda Civic, which was less than one month old. The car lunged forward when I took my foot off of the accelerator, jumped the parking bumper and struck a concrete wall. The driver's air bag deployed and the front bumper was scraped and knocked out of place. American Honda has inspected the car and claims that nothing is wrong with it but refuses to release its report to me.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #1

Mar 262012


  • 1,000 miles
We bought the Honda Civic in Feb 2012. Drove about 1000 miles. One day I feel little hesitation in third gear. I open the hood to just check, and found the water all over the engine compartment and hood liner was wet and soggy. I was surprize and worryed thought cooling system busted or loose hose clamp. But after tharough checkup found that rain water seep thru between front hood lip and grill. I told my wife not to drive the car, it's not safe, because water can damage the electric component and may cause fire. So I dry the engine area as much as I could. Setup the appointment with Honda dealer. First of all the service suppervisor did not belive, and then she check couple of other cars same model and year, and found that all the cars are the same design nothing missing. She suggest to call the Honda manufacture. I asked for the work order, she said there is no problem so no work order need to fillup. I talk to sale person about all this; he said the same. I was very disappointed. I ask for the service manager; and show him the car and problem; he said the same to call manufacture. But atleast he agreed to write the work order. That consumer complaint this, and we could not find any problem. As per consumer the rain water get in to engine compartment and wet the hood liner and other electric equipment and plugs.

- Oroville, CA, USA

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