really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,886 miles

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problem #8

Jul 282018


  • 194,000 miles
While being driven at 55-60 mph on a 4 lane highway the driver side rear suspension control arm broke free from the unibody causing the rear tire to twist sideways and lodge in the wheel well. The driver side rear axle pulled free from the rear differential due to detachment. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle, but used both lanes and the vehicle width shoulder of the road to due so. Had another vehicle been close by an accident would have resulted. The CRV had been nys inspected 2 months prior with no signs of an impending problem. Pictures are attached showing the detached driver side and also the intact passenger side. After taking pics showing an intact mount on the passenger side a hammer was used to check the structure and it was possible to open up a hole on that side as well. The vehicle was driven in NY during the winter, thus road salt was encountered. The only part of the CRV affected by rust was the mounting location of both rear control arms due to an area where moisture and salt can enter, but not escape. The rest of the undercarriage and exterior body were rust free. Honda was contacted, but unwilling to take any action due to age and miles on vehicle. The case# and last correspondence with Honda is included--no response from Honda.

- Jasper, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 202018


  • 134,000 miles
Rear passenger door behind driver's side, door lock cannot be unlocked or opened from inside. Tried all options. Same result. I must open door from outside only. Vehicle is obviously parked on street and on driveway.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 012017


  • 100,000 miles
Paint on roof of car peeling rapidly..needs sanding and repainting

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 012016


  • 70,000 miles
Paint is starting to crack and peel

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 282017


  • 87,000 miles
On 1/28/2017 my daughter's 2009 Honda CRV caught on fire in our driveway and burned until it was a total loss. It only had 87,000 miles on it and seemed to be running perfectly that day. I had driven her car for one hour (a 44 mile trip), returned home, turned off the car, took the keys out of the ignition and went inside the house. About ten minutes later, one of my daughters heard a car alarm, we looked outside and saw flames shooting out of the front of the car. The fire department came and put out the fire, but it was a total loss. The firemen said that it started near the battery area, but we do not know what caused it there was no sign of any problem while I was driving it. No indicator lights on and it was running great. This was a very frightening experience as I could have parked the car in our garage or it could have caught on fire while I was driving it home on the Massachusetts turnpike, which is isolated. The driver's side airbag was replaced in June 2016 as required by the major airbag recall and the car was well maintained.

- Glenmont, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 062014


  • 36,590 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while entering the residential garage, the bumper separated from the vehicle. The dealer diagnosed that the rack and front had been impacted underneath causing it to become loose and out of alignment. The dealer advised the contact to take the vehicle a body shop for repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 36,590.

- Port Angeles, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 062009


  • 7,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that mice were able to gain entry into the interior of the vehicle through the heating system and began nesting within the heating system and the glove box. The mice were chewing on different components of the vehicle which is a potential safety hazard. He called the dealer who advised him to put moth balls in the vehicle. He called the manufacturer and was instructed to take the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle had not been inspected to-date. The current mileage was approximately 9,000. The failure mileage was approximately 7,500.

- Lebanon, CT, USA

problem #1

Apr 162009


  • 2,000 miles
I purchased a 2009 Honda CRV in Feb. I was concerned about the rear/side visibility due to the design of the vehicle and voiced my concern to the saleswoman. She assured me that I "would get used to it." Well, I haven't! I have serious visibility problems when backing up and changing lanes in heavy traffic. (I am a very safe driver and have never been responsible for any traffic violation other than 1 speeding ticket over 30 years ago and 1 parking ticket that could not be avoided.) I backed into a sign pole in a parking lot in mid April, damaging the rear right corner of the vehicle-in the blind spot. Two days ago, while I was very slowly and carefully backing out of a parking space, I came very close to a woman pushing a baby in a cart. I was horrified and immediately attempted to contact the dealer who sold me the car and american Honda-both unsuccessfully. I spent hours E-mailing and talking on the phone, asking for a solution for this serious problem from both the dealer and american Honda. A man that I spoke with at american Honda told me that the design of the '09 CRV is the same as the '07 CRV which he owns. He stated that he had partially corrected the problem by adding small round concave mirrors like those used for trailers/rv's, but did not document that he had said this. The bottom line is that I own a new, but damaged, vehicle that has a serious design flaw which causes major blind zones. I fear that if something is not done to correct this problem on all of these CRV's driving around, more people will be injured or killed. I feel that american Honda needs to be held responsible for the design flaw. Finally, today the assist. Manager at the dealership suggested that I have sensors put on the vehicle at my own expense and remarked: "they're not cheap." Unacceptable.

- Waynesboro, Va 22980, VA, USA