Honda CR-V Repairs & Maintenance

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

Honda CR-V Problems and Repairs

The Honda CR-V has been one of the most popular SUVs in America for years, thanks to its good fuel economy, roomy interior, available all-wheel drive, and strong reliability ratings. Even so, the CR-V isn't without its problems. If you're considering a used Honda CR-V, you can schedule a pre-purchase inspection with a mechanic to make sure the vehicle is in good condition before you buy. You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Honda CR-V, which is a used CR-V that has undergone an inspection by a certified Honda dealer and comes with additional warranty coverage.

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Here are some common problems and complaints about the CR-V as reported by owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Honda CR-V Common Problems

The latest Honda CR-V model arrived in 2017 and has received few complaints from owners so far. However, Honda is recalling about 24,000 of these vehicles due to a faulty fuel line that could leak and stall the engine or become a fire hazard.

The previous CR-V generation (2012 through 2016) has drawn a number of complaints for its rough engine idle, powertrain vibrations, and hesitance during acceleration. The issues seem to affect the 2015 and 2016 models the most, which are equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The earlier 2012 through 2014 models have a five-speed transmission. Owners of these earlier vehicles have complained of hearing a grinding noise when starting the engine. This is believed to be a problem with the variable valve timing control (VTC) . Honda has released a technical service bulletin (TSB) for correcting the issue.

Owners of third-generation CR-Vs (2007 through 2011) have complained to the NHTSA about the SUV's excessive and uneven tire wear, faulty door locks, and AC compressor failure. The 2010 and 2011 CR-V models in particular have had a problem with high oil consumption due to faulty piston rings. Honda has extended the piston and piston ring warranty of these SUVs to eight years or 125,000 miles from the original purchase date, whichever comes first.

Honda CR-V Recalls

Use the links below to find specific recalls for each Honda CR-V model year. Notably, all 2002 through 2011 Honda CR-V models are affected by the Takata airbag recall. The airbags in these vehicles must be replaced due to a safety fault that could cause them to explode.


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