So I just purchased my first car in 23 years. That’s right, I drove the same 1996 Mustang for 23 years and it was a great car (I credit that to the manual transmission, but I digress).
Anyhow, the Mustang dropped her pistons on the freeway in January and decided to retire forever.
After doing an enormous amount of research…aka talking to every guy I know, also mechanics, the AAA drivers, etc, I decided to buy a Honda because of their impeccable rep for reliability. Sorry Ford, but your rep took a nosedive in the last 2 decades.
I bought a white Honda HRV (manual transmission…no way to CVT). I LOVE this car. Its so fun to drive. Its got a buttery clutch and gear shift and it’s cute as can be.
BUT, there is a bit of a situation. About a month after I bought the car I noticed a 2 x 2″ piece of paint peeling off the roof. I thought the paint was just an anomaly so I called a mobile painter that had stellar Yelp reviews– Al’s Mobile paint Repair. Al came out and looked at the car.
He said “Look I hate to say no to money, but this is clearly a defect on Honda’s part and the car is 3 years old and they really need to fix this for you.” He also said, the paint is going to peel off the entire car.
Needless-to-say I was devastated that my otherwise perfect vehicle had one very big and very expensive issue. The paint was all going to peel off. So I took Al’s advice and took the car to the Honda Dealership in El Cajon and to their credit, they were very nice about the situation and documented it and gave me a case number.
Unfortunately, it’s up to the regional manager to do something about it, and therein lies the problem. That was 3 weeks ago and I have yet to hear back. But in the meantime I discovered I am far from alone. There are 100s of people online with nearly identical photos of white paint peeling off the roof like painters tape or wallpaper.
Here are a few of the pics from people:
And Honda is being far from being helpful. So I’m dreading what I expect to be a very contentious and patronizing conversation with Honda corporate where they insist it’s “normal wear and tear” and not covered under warranty.
You won’t need to look far to find similar complaints.
If you are in the same sad boat, please join the page and help put the pressure on Honda to take some action.
Thus far they deny any wrongdoing but experts like the one on this CBS video disagree and state this is clearly a defect on their part.
Paint problems for Honda are nothing new. They actually had to issue an extended warranty back in 2013 after a tsunami of complaints from owners having similar issues. It’s confounding that Honda has not properly addressed the issue in their factory given this has been an ongoing defect situation.