really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,025 miles

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problem #5

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 #4

Jul 312015


  • 73,000 miles
On July 31, 2015, while exiting I-95 northbound crossing from the Florida to Georgia state line from high density high speed vacation traffic, my 2009 Honda CR-V serpentine (drive) belt snapped. I immediately lost power steering and other functions associated with the drive serpentine belt. I was traveling at least 45 mph as I had just exited the highway; my knuckles were white I was grabbing the steering wheel so hard trying to assess, at high speed and with vehicles in front and behind me going the same speeds, how to bring the vehicle to a safe stop. My wife and two young girls were with me and I feared that me and my entire family were be seriously injured or killed. Subsequent inspection clearly identified a failed air-conditioning compressor clutch, that is the subject of Honda tsb 12-072 (service bulletin sb-10056005-7115), that my VIN is the subject of Honda's extended warranty associated with tsb 12-072. The compressor clutch caused the compressor to wind-up/damage the belt when it could not travel over the drive wheel of the compressor. The only warning we had, in hindsight, was we lost air conditioning earlier in our trip to Florida and the ac was blowing warm air and there was a noise coming from the compressor area. My entire family was terrified by what happened here - this seems like a defect that presents an unreasonable risk to safety and should be a recall, not an extended warranty. I could have been killed. Had this happened on the highway 1 minute earlier, I could have been rear ended at high speed by car or, worse, truck. Given the numerous blog posts about this problem, and the Honda dealer service tech who said he said this is a common problem that can result in the drive belt getting destroyed by a failed ac compressor clutch, it seems that it should be a recall.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #3

Nov 122014


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that there was oil leaking from the engine. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the seal plug needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 262013


  • 96,814 miles
Check engine light problem indicator 4 times in a row. Supposedly fixed by Honda dealer in Sept and Oct, 2013. Supposedly fixed under extended warranty...still a problem and now not under extended warranty.

- Granby, CT, USA

problem #1

May 162012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 65,312 miles
A rattling noise erupted from underneath my 2009 CRV, it was discovered that the heat shields mounts on the catalytic converters were rusted through at the mounts and were about to fall off the vehicle. The vehicle in only 3 years old, I am the second owner, purchased vehicle in Feb 2010. After further inspection it was discovered that the catalytic converter heat shields were being held on by radiator hose clamps. This means that in just one year the mounts to the heat shied were already rusted through. I purchased this from a Honda dealership. After calling the local Honda dealership I was told this was normal and not covered through the rust warranty. Heat shields are there for a reason and in order to prevent fires.

- San Clemente, CA, USA