pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
81,338 miles
Total Complaints:
144 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (53 reports)
  2. repaint (37 reports)
  3. repaint the car (34 reports)
  4. repaint entire car (15 reports)
  5. i paid to have my car repainted (5 reports)
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problem #144

Jun 272017

Civic SI 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,099 miles

paint started to 'wear off' on the roof and is spreading to the doors and truck

- , Whitby, ON, Canada

problem #143

Jan 012015

Civic LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I am the original owner of a 2006 Honda Civic LX (galaxy grey). I received the recall for the paint peeling on the roof and trunk hood and had it performed as soon as it was issued since I was having the problem of the paint clouding and starting to peel. Approximately a year later, the front and rear sides are also having a horrible peeling problem. I keep the car in good shape...it now has only about 83000 miles on it. I was hoping to keep the car for several more years since it is running great but it looks like crap. I think Honda is very aware of the continuing issues, yet do nothing to satisfy their loyal customers. This is my 2nd Civic but is sure to be my last.

- , Toms River, US

problem #142

Jan 012017

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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clearcoat and paint problems

The clearcoat/paint on the roof of my 2006 Honda Civic EX, color Galaxy Gray, looks terrible! I kept my car in a garage which I believe delayed the clearcoat/paint problem. I do not feel it is fair to put a time limit on when a factory defect can be fixed when the problem could begin at any time. I've seen some other Hondas, twin to mine, and the paint/clearcoat is missing on the trunk, roof and hood! I've kept my car very clean and nothing I have done has caused this issue!

- , Gloversville, US

problem #141

Jan 012015

Civic EX In Line 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles

The paint on the car is showing fading, spotting and looks really awful. It seems to be spreading and getting worse. It is on the roof, hood, rear of the car and makes it look like a real clunker. I would have expected the the paint on a Honda vehicle would stand the test of time.

I would like Honda to take responsibility for this and to repair the problem.

Thank you

- , Arlington, US

problem #140

May 012017

Civic LX 3.2V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,274 miles

Very bad paint job done on the Honda Civic 2008, lost all value of the car.

- , Calgary, AB, Canada

problem #139

Mar 012014

Civic EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

The paint/clear coat is absolutely awful and believe it or not getting worse and worse. This was less than a 10-year-old car.

- , Chicago, US

problem #138

Nov 012016

Civic SI

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,750 miles

I am extremely disappointed and disgusted that Honda (dealership and the company itself) is refusing to help me resolve this issue. I have taken extremely good care of this car and this is a defect that should be addressed by Honda by issuing another warranty extension. There is the right thing to do, then there is the right thing to do. I hope Honda steps up!!!!

- , Dunellen, NJ, US

problem #137

Mar 012016

Civic 1.8L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

The paint started to peel off of the car. When I brought it to a dealer they brushed me off, stating it was normal wear and tear. Since then I have found this is a common problem that the Honda dealers are ignoring. It's embarrassing to drive down the street in this car.

- , Norwood, US

problem #136

Jan 012014

Civic EX

  • Manual transmission
  • 99,999 miles

Really CRAPPY PAINT, paint and clear coat coming off, and this car is garage kept. Also, due to the looks of the paint it WILL affect my Resale Value. This Honda Civic is a great Car , I love driving it, the gas mileage is excellent, And I have had no mechanical issues with this car. IT JUST LOOKS LIKE SH*T!!!!

- , Arlington, US

problem #135

May 222013

Civic EX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,710 miles

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clearcoat and paint problems

I bought a nice dark blue honda back in 2006. A car I could keep for years. I had no problems with this car, until the paint started peeling in 2012. I went to the honda dealer I bought it from. They said that it was not covered on the warranty. I had put an extra protection for rust on it. I cleaned it every week. I took good care of it. Ex. never washed it in the sun , used only car shampoo.But still the problem consisted.I made a complaint at Honda Canada. They said they could do nothing!! It's a Shame to drive around with this car !!! But I want to let everyone to see the problem !!! Take your responsablity Honda Canada !! There should be a recall on all the dark blue honda's, Thank-you Stephen Ritch

- , terrebonne quebec, QC, Canada

problem #134

Jan 012017

Civic LS V4

  • Manual transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Noticed it starting to fade more and more. Car is in great shape otherwise. Only the roof is showing this. Car is taken care of.

- , Carlisle, US

problem #133

Jul 042016

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Known issue with Honda but they refuse to correct the situation. Honda quality not even close to be acceptable. I will never buy another Honda. Toyota a much better vehicle. KIA is a better vehicle and Hyundai is about the same. Boycott Honda. Buy better vehicles.

- , West Nyack, US

problem #132

Sep 012015

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

i really thought it was my fault. Perhaps not washing enough and putting enough wax on the roof. After finding this site, I see pictures of the exact same problems I am having. Currently, the area is just the roof. Multiple "bald spots" are forming with the worse ones eating past the paint into the metal. It's not even 10 years and yes, I agree, it looks disgusting. I am very disappointed and will not buy a Honda again.

I was going to get a quote tomorrow and ask if my local repair shop can fix it. Now I won't even bother. Even if i do spend money to fix it, the rest of the paint in the rest of the car will eventually look like my roof now. I am very sad. Now I know the rest of my car will look like the roof in a few years.

- , Flushing, NY, US

problem #131

Sep 012010

Civic ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

I was never notified of a recall on the paint, by mail, phone or e-mail. I have also taken my vehicle in to be serviced there, and was not notified then either. I found out about the recall from other Honda Civic owners who had the same issues. When I called the dealership where I purchased the car from, I was told there was an extended warranty on the paint, but at this time my car is no longer covered.

- , Arlington, TX, USA

problem #130

Jun 012015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Not sure what Honda is doing. Have a friend with pretty much the same vehicle who took it to Honda a few months ago. They repainted for a $50 "contribution." Honda told me "no dice." Won't buy another one. Too many other cars don't have the issue. It looks like this year model 2006 was especially bad.

- , Franklinville, NC, USA

problem #129

Jul 042016

Civic LX 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Known Honda Civic problem. Car has Galaxy Gray Metallic Paint (NH701M) which was covered under Honda warranty extension. But car is out of that warranty extension.

The roof has several stripes where paint clear coat is peeling off and turning "cloudy".

Plan to repair myself with Duplicolor touchup paint BHA0989. Will see how it goes.

- , Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #128

Jun 012014

Civic LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 93,206 miles

I have owned ONLY Honda Civics since 1983 and always drove them until well over 10yrs old and never had clear coat issues AT ALL. My 2006 dark blue civic started showing loss of clear coat at 8yrs old. All my Civics since 1990 have parked in the same driveway and were subject to the same degree of sun, so what has gone wrong? It looks awful!

- , Beaconsfield, QC, Canada

problem #127

Sep 302014

Civic DX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,923 miles

Clear coat and paint problems with my 2006 Honda Civic

- , Red Lake, ON, Canada

problem #126

Mar 152012

Civic EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Honda offered to paint just the roof for $2000.00. By the research I did, I knew the car would need painting in other areas in a few years. As I suspected it has spread. I would have wasted $2000.00 grand for nothing. Honda obviously feels losing customers for life is more important than fixing their mistake. I sure wish a class action suit against them in the state of Indiana would occur. I will avoid buying Honda vehicles from now on and will research extensively next time I purchase a vehicle.

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #125

Aug 012015

Civic LX 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles

The car was waxed twice a year, spring and fall, with a good quality clear coat safe wax. Now it looks terrible as paint is cracking and peeling on the hood, passenger side front fender, and roof. I take pride in the appearance of my vehicle and Honda's refusal to remedy the problem is very disappointing.

- , Belleville, NJ, USA

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