really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,804 miles

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problem #16

Dec 152017


  • 150,000 miles
Ignition cylinder. If key is removed it will not allow you to turn the key to start the car when re-inserted. This problem has left my family stranded. Thankfully after an hour of playing with the key I was able to get it started.. cannot remove key until I have the money to fix it, hence not being able to lock the doors which is a huge security issue.

- Carbondale, PA, USA

problem #15

May 152018


  • 235,000 miles
Ignition locked

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #14

Jun 242017


  • 127,000 miles
While passing another vehicle driving under the speed limit (25 mph in a 45 mph zone). I accelerated to pass, my car began to speed faster and faster without me being able to control or stop the vehicle. Both feet were slammed on the brake pedal but we reached 70mph, but I couldn┐T stop the car. I pulled the emergency brake and yet the car continued. We rode on both the brake pedal and emergency brake for at least a mile. It only slowed down a little, but I was able to drive on the shoulder and luckily didn┐T come to any stop signs or traffic lights. I was finally able to stop my vehicle N front of a restaurant by turning the ignition off, while still moving. With the car finally stopped, I put the car in park and immediately checked to make sure there was nothing obstructing the pedal causing it to accelerate. There was nothing. Nothing appeared obviously wrong under the hood, except a strong burning smell from the brakes. I turned the ignition on while in park and the speedometer went to 140 mph, the rpms red lined (without pushing the break or gas pedal). I turned the car off immediately. We then put the car in neutral and rolled it into the restaurants parking lot. I called aaa to have a tow truck bring the vehicle to a local mechanic. Luckily, I was able to stop the vehicle before any person was injured, killed or damaged property. The mechanic contacted me and recommended that he not touch it and to have Honda pick it up and take it back to the dealership for their mechanics look at it in case it was a manufacturer's defect. I went to the Honda dealer in person and spoke to the service manager, he was visibly alarmed by the events that happened on Sunday. He said that he would check the vehicle for any issues. Dealer picked up the vehicle from mechanic. The Honda dealer said they looked at the CR-V and couldn┐T find anything.

- Perkasie, PA, USA

problem #13

May 242016


  • 180,000 miles
Last night around 8pm my husband and I were leaving a clients house in leesport. We were going South on rt 183. We were driving appoximatly 20 mph. With no warning at all, a big deer jumped and slammed into the drivers side. Hitting the front side of the vehicle. We pulled off of the road immediately. The fluid from radiator was leaking out.

- Gilbertsville, PA, USA

problem #12

Sep 152014


  • 156,230 miles
Three bolts hold on the clutch master cylinder cover.one bolt head head was sheared/blown off upon depressing the clutch pedal when starting the car. Brake fluid leaked out. Clutch was inoperable and power braking diminished. The clutch master cylinder was replaced and 11 months later the same incident occurred. The bolt head position that was blown/sheared off was the same in both incidents.

- Placereville, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 122015


  • 298,000 miles
William robertson 221 circle valley dr SE calhoun ga 30701 my A/C compressor has went out again for the 3rd time. We have paid Honda hennessy of woodstock a total of $6000 in the past 5 years for this. We bought this Honda CR-V with only 3 miles. I have had nothing but problems with this vehicle. Also my driver side seat reclines back and forth with out even using the latch. My door locks do not even work they have had to be pried open and I have to leave the key in the ignition switch or it won't start.

- Calhoun , GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 262015


  • 160,500 miles
The ac compressor stopped working throwing the belts out of the car. This happen 6 years and 4 years ago twice.

- Holladay, UT, USA

problem #9

Oct 152014


  • 59,000 miles
Have to manually lock and unlock the driver's side door. Also key will not go into the lock. Have to unlock the passenger side and manually unlock the driver's side door.

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #8

Apr 222011


  • miles
I called Honda about my air condtioning system and did as they said. I brought my car to an accredited Honda dealership and had it diagnosed (which I had to pay out of my own pocket). They quoted me $4,000. I contacted Honda usa and after three month I finally heard back from them, I informed them that I was not the first to have this problem, that I had gone online and found that I was not the only Honda owner who have had there air conditioning system break. The Honda representative told me that they can not go by what I read on the internet. Which is true to a point but I think they had have many complaints about this problem already because the representative use the same description I have read about the air conditioning unit, which was "air conditioning unit has cracked causing shards of metal to plug up the unit, causing a complete replacement of the entire air conditioning unit. Honda usa quoted me $3,991 to fix my A/C with a deadline of 60 days to accept or they would recind the "discount" offer. I know A/C problems is not a safety issue but I feel that Honda knew or knows about this problem and should recall or show there loyal owners that they care. Until such time I am now a former Honda customer.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 162011


  • 51,137 miles
The ac compressor literally exploded, causing other damage.

- Quinlan, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 012010


  • 72,000 miles
My 2002 Honda CR-V gas cap kept coming loose. We went back to Honda a bought a new gas cap, but within weeks that too kept coming loose. I just brought my car in to Honda because of a failure with the drivers door actuator and switch and the check engine light is now on and I was told that the reason the cap kept coming loose and the light is on was because I needed the replace the filler neck. This repair was going to be over $300. Since I had just spent a lot to fix the door and switch, I decided to wait until I could afford it. In the meantime, I am tightening the cap daily so that the smell of gasoline goes away.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Sep 012008


  • 28,000 miles
Air conditioner failed on my 2002 Honda CRV. Upon turning the A/C dial on, a very loud grinding/knocking sound was heard by the engine comparment and killed the engine off.

- Norridge, IL, USA

problem #4

May 062003

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Sun visor detaches on drivers side for no apparent reason. All 3 times visor was replaced by various Honda dealers (we moved since 1S T occurence) at no charge. It did not cause an accident, but could have if visor detached while drivng at a higher speed or in traffic, as the visor pops off and hits the driver.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 232004

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle has had 4 or 5 recall notices. The last one was regarding the ignition switch key interlock. When the vehicle was taken for recall repair the dealership didn't have the parts available to fix the switch. The cigarette light stopped working.

- Cedar Grove, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 012002

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Me 2002 Honda CRV has a defect in a motor mount. The dealer said this is not a safety issue. It is annoying; when I drive on bumpy roads, there is a "thunking" sound. I have reported this to american Honda. I 've talked to my dealer several times. They cannot repair without approval from Honda.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 212002


  • miles
NHTSA reference # 567784; see also Mr. Al jimenez at NHTSA

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA