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Honda Fit Exterior & Bodywork Questions



  • Over on "Fit Freak" there are quite a few people complaining about paint peeling from there bumpers. Hasn't happened to me yet, although I really don't do that close of inspection. But I will soon.
  • crimsonacrimsona Posts: 153
    It has happened to me :cry:
  • It seems as though the paint peeling by the bumper (where it meets the car panel) is increasing. Going to check mine everyday. has pictures.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    It seems as though the paint peeling by the bumper (where it meets the car panel) is increasing.

    No worries. The paint that is peeling is high quality Honda paint. :P
  • Moparbad, why do you have to be sarcastic all the time? Its getting old.
  • riposteriposte Posts: 160
    I don't know that he's being sarcastic; Honda is known far and wide for poor quality paint.
  • "far and wide..."
    Any particular models?
    Out of all the Hondas my family has had, we have never had problems with the original paint even on 17 or 18 year old cars. Knock on wood, no problems have appeared yet on the Fit.
    My last car however was a white Corolla made in a factory Toyota shares with GM. When I washed the car, the paint would come off in my hands.
  • riposteriposte Posts: 160
    I live in central Florida.

    All you have to do is take a look around at the older Hondas. I see them all the time.

    Also, lurk on the Honda enthusiast message boards around the Internet, and you'll find plenty of references to paint fading, delaminating, and chipping easily.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Any particular models?

    Civic Si 2002-2005 from the Swindon plant is known to have peeling paint problems. Specifically on the front bumper.
    Many manufacturers have experienced paint durability problems since environmentally safe paint facilities were mandated.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Moparbad, why do you have to be sarcastic all the time? Its getting old.

    Is there a Honda Fit problem you would care to discuss?

    According to carfanatic Japanese cars do not have problems, therefore, there can be no Fit problems.
  • "Civic Si 2002-2005 from the Swindon plant is known to have peeling paint problems."

    I don't know why, but I was kind of suspecting it would be a model from the Swindon plant...I just had never heard of this being a major issue. I was looking at purchasing a Civic Si in 2005, but decided to hold out for the Fit when Honda finally announced it would be arriving.

    So far no problems with the paint...yet. ;)

    "Many manufacturers have experienced paint durability problems since environmentally safe paint facilities were mandated."
    Seems logical...thanks for the explanation.
  • I'm not going to argue with you, I don't argue with people like you. Have fun.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    I'm not going to argue with you, I don't argue with people like you.

    Good decision. Try using logic, reasoning, and use of relevant evidence to support a position instead of anecdotal experience and presenting opinion as fact and I won't correct people like you.

    Regarding Fit problems, I posted in the general Fit topic about the Fit (Jazz) being awarded most reliable car in the UK, bodes well for the Fit.
  • I read all the people over at "Fit Freak" complaining about paint peeling at the seam where the bumper meats the body.
    I then checked mine and yup it's peeling on one corner. Argh!!!! I called American Honda and filed a complaint which will go to someone. They then recommend going to dealer to repaint. Can a good repaint be done nowadays? I hate bad paint jobs. At least it's the plastic and nothing else. Anyone else? :cry:
  • hondafulhondaful Posts: 32
    Haven't got my Fit yet, but I've had repaints of plastic bumpers on previous Hondas due to minor scrapes. Never had a problem - looked good and held up well. The trick is to find a good body shop. My local Honda dealer has a good body shop, and is also the first place that my insurance company recommends I go, so it's a no-brainer.
  • does anyone know what color these chips are occuring on? different pigments will chip under different circumstances, so the color is the major factor. (i have a black one and have seen no problems over the last 4 months/8k miles)

    anyone remember the paint chipping fiasco with the first generation purple and white neons? lets hope it doesnt get to that point!
  • Thanks to reading the forum on fitfreak I noticed paint peeling on two rear side panels where it meets the bumper. It's sucks after only having the car a couple of months. :cry:
  • When you say "peeling", how much is actually coming off?
    I've had my Storm Silver for over 4 months now and nothing of the sort has happened.
  • noooo hvn't even had teh car for a month yet ... and there's a big ding on the front hood, good thing the primer is still there so it wont rust over yet
  • i was going to order a blue fit sport, actually i did order one. and i was supposed to get it middle of august, when i went to check on it they said they ordered it every month and honda just wasn't sending any. they said they quit with the blue ones cause of the paint was chipping off them. so i ordered an orange one. the guy said so far no orange ones were brought back with that problem, only the blue ones. so i dunno if it's only those or what...

    i'm pretty annoyed, now i have to wait another 3 months for it to come...that'll be a 6 long month wait for a new car already...
  • well my dealer said that it's not the paint that is preventing blue fits from being shipped, but that honda just doesn't manufacture very many of them, even if they're ordered, which sounds like a crock...but we'll see i guess...
  • arlesarles Posts: 15
    I have had my blue Fit for four months. I have not seen any paint peeling problems.
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    I've owned several Hondas, and never had a paint problem. All of these came from the Ontario plant. Now, my wife's Dodge Grand Caravan ES is another story. The paint delamination problem is a BIG problem. It simply comes off in sheets when washing the car by hand.

    I never had any problems with this when manufacturers were using oil-based primers. Now that they're using water-based primers, it seems like a number of manufacturers are having paint issues. We all should initiate a buyer's revolt! Heck, my 1985 SAAB's paint is still in excellent condition.
  • well all the fits have to come from Japan yes? at least that's what my dealer said. so i dunno. my fit will hopefully be in my hands today, but i dunno for sure. so unfortunately i can't say too much more on the subject yet =\
  • There's a gigantic thread on regarding the peeling paint. It happens on all trims, all colors. I have an Alabaster Silver with paint rubbing off on the rear bumper, both sides.

    Ironically, since an incident with a curb and the front wheel, there's a slight gap 2mm between the front fender and front bumper that the service guys couldn't close 100%, meaning the paint on my front bumper is A OK
  • There is a small dot of paint between the bumper and body of car. The seam where the two meat. The paint is described as somewhat "gummy" or smudgy like. It's flaking or peeling at the tightest point where they meet. The theory is that the paint was dry or they rushed to get these cars to market. At the point where they meet they rub causing the paint to peel. I don't want to have the bumpers repainted so the recommendation on the forum was to use a 3/16 stainless washer between the bumper and body. I use a rubber one. 1 screw is all it takes to remove at that point. I've had mine since June.
  • tottot Posts: 3
    I cannot believe how easily the paint chips. My front end has hundreds of tiny little chips in the paint the expose a while color underneath the gray paint. I used touch up paint to 20-30 of them. Looks like crap. I have been driving for 30 years and never had this problem :mad:
  • Hmmm!, After reading these postings, I've decided that one of the first things that I plan to get for my Fit upon arrival, is the 3m clear protective films (Google "clear bras")followed by side moldings, as I don't wish to pick up a severe case of parking lot rash! :-)
  • Fittman,

    Pls tell us where you plan to buy the side moldings. Thanks......

    Bubba :)
  • I found a company in the Phillipines, that advertises them; however, you have to email them for pricing info. Also, I've been aearching ebay.UK, and you can Google Honda "Jazz". The problem is the figuring whath the dollar exchange rate is, and whether the cost/shipping will be prohibitive! Oh, well, I don't even have the CAR yet, and I'm already figuring ways to spend MORE money on it. Am I having a "Fit" or what ?!? :-)
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