really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,493 miles

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problem #32

Jul 022019

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 64,300 miles
I'm a retired auto body tech try to get help for a lady, disabled school teacher who's husband is in a nursing home. She is the type of customer for Honda, that's noteworthy.owned two civics in the past, bought new. She is starting to need her Honda more as it's getting her to increasing dr. Apps. 64,000 miles and garage kept and documented maintenance, oil etc. The air-conditioning stopped working on the way to visit her husband. Would Honda, management help me to help her by supplying her with the pump or cost of and I will get the labor and charge the system. The band wagon we would preach from would be huge. 30 + years as a auto body tech, working for many car lots large and small, and knowing numerous mechanics, collectively agree that with mileage at the low 64,000, and garage kept. Regular maintenance and driven by a school teacher. Renew our faith that Honda is not just a multi billion dollar business that cares. First by offering us the public a very well built auto that's safe and dependable. Help this poor lady who gave herself to teach. Help and I'll praise you daily the rest of my life. Feel free to use my plea / story for ad purpose.S. [xxx] is the grandma / mom in every family. Thank you. My name is [xxx]. the cr V was her decision that she bought from monies her grandmother left her. A little left went for facelift on her kitchen. Come on Honda, blow me away..please. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lawton, MI, USA

problem #31

Jan 012016


  • 90,000 miles
Faulty door lock on driver passenger side (left side). When locked, the door will not unlock with the electric button. Additionally, none of the other doors will unlock except the driver side front. You must manually unlock the driver passenger door to open up the other doors.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #30

Aug 082018


  • miles
Takata recall. My car front passenger door locks makes loud noise when locking the door. There was a recall for same issue on same model with specific year and modles but when I call they said the recall is not for my VIN number. How come some of the same models are recalled and not others. I have 63,000 miles on my Honda. Possible door acutaror replacement.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #29

May 042017


  • miles
Having trouble with my ignition switch Honda told me I do not push key all the way in, this does not happen every time I try to start car. But it does it enough to worry that my wife could get stuck in a dangerous spot and switch will crap out then what?

- Brentwood, NY, USA

problem #28

Mar 062017


  • 79,000 miles
When I close my sunroof it opens back up half way. I had this happen 3 years ago and the assembly and drain were replaced. It just started to do it again.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #27

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 #26

Aug 312016


  • 59,600 miles
The front driver's side door lock actuator is failing. The door unlocks automatically as I'm driving. The instrument panel shows the door ajar when this happens. It happens when the car is stationary as well, causing the alarm to go off randomly day and night. Our neighbors are understandably furious. I slept in the car last night to keep it from going off - didn't want to be under the hood in Chicago at 1am trying to disconnect the battery. The extended warranty on the car expired in August. Apparently, our model was not included in the recall or class action suit. Dealership is charging $300 minimum to "diagnose" and repair. Bothers me greatly that the company is keenly aware of this problem and yet I have to pay for them to tell me what I already know... they sold us a faulty product.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #25

Sep 052016


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that all the door lock actuators were not functioning. The dealer diagnosed that the door lock actuators needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #24

Mar 022016


  • 80,644 miles
Drivers door lock actuator- my doors would not auto lock any longer when beginning to drive. The auto system continued to try auto lock while I was driving clicking back on and off trying to get the doors to lock while my vehicle was in motion. Also my doors would no longer lock with the key remote. My VIN number fell outside the range for 2009 CR-V's with the same reported problem covered in the svc bullentine #14-083 for replacing the door lock actuator. I believe other vehicles are effected like mine which is a safety issue when the door lock will not activate while driving. This happens on city streets or on the highway.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #23

Dec 032015


  • 165,000 miles
We have replaced the low beam headlights in this car at least 9 times since purchasing it in 2010. Twice in the past year and the bulbs just burnt out again while my wife was driving home from work today in the dark. We have purchases oem, aftermarket, long life etc with the same result. The car was moving this time when the lights burned out. This vehicle is mostly driven on the highway about 100 miles a day, which is where my wife was today, at aproximately 70 mph. The 2002-2004 CR-V had a recall and this issue is all over the internet but there is zero resolution. Every dealership I call say they have not seen this, which is hard to believe considering the information out on the web. This is a serious issue.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #22

Oct 162015


  • 101,000 miles
Drivers door lock sticks and sometimes does not unlock and can't even unlock manually. They drivers side back door is permanently stuck closed, can't unlock manually or with the key fob. Back hatch is permanently locked can't open at all because there is no way to unlock manually. This happens weather the car is in motion or stationary. I feel this is a safety hazard because in the event of an accident how am I to get my children out of the car safely and quickly. Just run all the way around the car until a door opens" what about my dog that I usually have in the back, how do I get him out? what if the car is on fire or if the car is flipped on the side with the working locks" it's crazy to me so many people are having problems with this in my vehicle year yet they left us out of the settlement to replace the locks.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #21

Mar 262015


  • 132,000 miles
The front door accutuator had to be replaced -- I lived with it for a year beacuse it was so expensive to replace -- this has been a problem for Honda and they have done nothing about it and not reaclled the 2009 CRV

- Vero Beach , FL, USA

problem #20

Jan 172015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 86,123 miles
I am submitting this complaint in regards to the Honda door actuator situation. It is evident that Honda has negligently omitted a vast majority of affected vehicles in their recent liability lawsuit recall. I personally have had several repairs on my 2009 CRV door locks since I purchased it new in 2009 and am again experiencing continuous problems with the drivers side door lock actuator. Based on my experience and numerous other comments from several social media outlets of 2009 CRV owners, Honda has negligently and purposefully omitted a vast majority of vehicles in their recall in an attempt to lessen the impact of their liability.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #19

Jun 152012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 51,094 miles
The first occurrence involved the right front door lock and the tailgate lock. When attempting to lock the doors with either the key fob or the interior button lock, neither door would lock. After operating the car and stopping, the doors would mysteriously lock then.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #18

Feb 212015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 58,217 miles
The door lock on my 2009 CRV does not work, neither manually nor with the electronic "fob". I cannot get into the car. I went online on edmunds car forum and noted that this appears to be a widespread problem with Honda CRV. Perhaps Honda should be made to fix this problem at their own expense. This problem could potentially leave the car owner locked outside his/her car in the freezing cold with no access to a phone to call for help. Please look into this matter.

- Mantua, NJ, USA

problem #17

Dec 142014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
I parked my 2009 Honda CRV in my garage and when I came out the next day the battery was dead. I put it on a charger, and when I came out to check it 2 hours later I noticed that the lights were on while the light switch was of off. I tried to start it again but the battery was still dead, but the lights still on. Its obvious that there seem to be something wrong. I'd like to know why would the lights go on, . on their own.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #16

Sep 252014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The vehicle will lock itself while sitting in the garage or elsewhere. It has happened quite often but this particular time I unlocked it with the key fob and walked to the mailbox (about 60 ft) and back and it was locked. It has done this sitting in the driveway, too. I have not noticed it unlocking by itself but that would really concern me. It locks all doors normally when I first pick up speed. It has always been garaged since new.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #15

Jun 172014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 17,097 miles
I had problems with the battery being dead. Six times I had to charge the battery or have it towed in to be serviced. The first time the dealer charged the battery and said it was fine. The second time they replaced the battery. The third thru five time I had to charge the battery in my garage, after buying a charging unit. The six time I had it towed in from my garage to the dealer. I read on the internet that there was a problem with the A/C relay and I asked that it be replaced. The dealership said there problems with other years but not with the 2009. I also have an advantage extended warranty up to 10/23/2019 but they said it wasn't covered. I paid $90.94 to have the A/C relay replaced and so far the car is starting. I think the cost of $90.94 should have been covered by Honda or my advantage warranty.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #14

Jul 022014

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Front passenger door lock is unlocking when all the other doors are locked and locking when the other doors are unlocked, I cannot lock all the doors on the car at the same time leaving the car and passengers vulnerable to theft when driving or when the car is parked.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #13

May 132014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. the contact heard an abnormal noise when the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on three occasions, but the failure was unable to be duplicated. On one occasion, the mechanic replaced the starter but the failure was not rectified. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Huntington, CT, USA

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