really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,271 miles

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problem #298

Nov 012018


  • 5,000 miles
Smell of gasoline inside cabin all winter. Filing this complaint regarding the design flaw that mixes gasoline with oil.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #297

May 092019


  • 16,000 miles
Gas getting into oil making oil level high and effecting lubrication

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #296

Apr 282019


  • 37,600 miles
My car was in motion I was making a right turn into the highway when my car just stopped. I turned it off, when I tried to turn it back on, it didn't. I started to smell something burning. So I just left it alone. Only the lights on the dashboard and the radio turned on, I was able to control the windows. The warning lights that came up were the electronic power steering, charging system, and the check engine lights.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #295

Apr 172019


  • miles
During oil changes, more oil was coming out than was being put in. Oil clearly smells like fuel. When I brought this to Honda's attention in early April, I was told to go to a certified Honda dealership to get a diagnosis. During the diagnosis done on 4/17/2019, they performed an oil change at 80% oil life which indicated that oil levels were elevated by approximately 1/4th of a quart. I can only imagine how diluted the oil would be at 10 or 15% oil life. According to my case manager and as stated in this paperwork, this is "normal". paperwork provided below with personal information redacted.

- Pingree Grove, IL, USA

problem #294

Mar 202019

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
2017 Honda CR-V. consumer writes in regards to gas smell in oil. The consumer requested the service bulletin 18-114 be performed on the vehicle at no charge.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #293

Aug 012018


  • 15,000 miles
Fuel is making it's way into the oil system. Everytime I check the oil I can clearly smell gasoline on the dipstick. I know that Honda has recalled 350,000 crvs in china for the same issue with the same 1.5 turbo engines however, when I tell the dealership or Honda representatives about it they act as if it is an isolated incident. This will eventually cause premature wear on the engine and potentially become a safety concern if the engine were to stall at high speeds.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #292

Apr 142019


  • 27,098 miles
Car stalled. And vents smell of gasoline, gear shift is loose. Almost got in a car accident with my toddler and husband in car.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #291

Jan 042019


  • 34,000 miles
I own a 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5 turbo fwd and my vehicle is suffering from the affects of ┐oil dilution.┐ I regularly have my oil changed by Honda, but I noticed, upon returning from a long trip in northern inidiana over winter, a strong odor of gasoline when checking my oil-dipstick and the volume was much higher than expected. When I brought my vehicle to Honda, I was advised that Honda was aware of a problem for all 2017-2018 CR-V 1.5 turbos with residual gas dripping into the cylinders and eventually the oil crank-case, called ┐oil dilution┐. I asked the Honda technician to check for gasoline in my oil, but they said no such test was available. He advised me that no fix currently exists, aside from more frequent oil changes. I then followed up with the lead technician at my dealer to resolve the safety concern, but I was verbally told that Honda does not intend to address the issue unless litigation is mandated. I believe this problem posses a major safety concern as these vehicles age and the risk of engine seizure or explosion increase. Honda North America's position is that since there are so few 2017 Cr-vs with turbo on the road, they do not see a reason to act. There is a fundamental problem with this Honda turbo fuel injection system, which was fixed for the 2019 models. A software patch is being issued by Honda Canada, but this is not offered in southern states and Honda refuses to comment on the long term impact and degraded performance. I am deeply concerned for the safety of my family and fellow drivers.

- Drummonds, TN, USA

problem #290

Apr 092019


  • 8,400 miles
Oil dilution problem. Gas getting into oil. Honda "fix" did not work; same issue 300 miles after fix applied. Engine idling rough (especially during first start after sitting overnight), oil level rising in car, when you check the oil it smells like gas, fuel smell in cabin periodically, engine hesitating/stalling while trying to accelerate. Have visited dealership twice within 30 days for this problem with no resolution.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #289

Sep 012018


  • 70,000 miles
Car has been in motion and stationary when all dash lights come on, no systems work according to the dashboard. When dash lights with every single warning light comes on while driving, all power and acceleration is lost. This happened to me in an intersection the other day and luckily the CRV was able to coast to the side of the road where the CRV was unable to accelerate again until I turned the car off and back on. I have read numerous blogs with others having this issue. Vtm-4 pops up on the radio screen as a problem. Honda claims to have fixed this issue on the 2019 models yet no recall on 2017 and 2018 models? this loss of power and control of the vehicle is especially scary since I have 2 young kids that right with me daily. Cruise control won┐T work, remote start hasn┐T worked since this issue started around 60-70K miles. Honda needs to fix this major problem!

- South Hill, VA, USA

problem #288

Jan 012018

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
Smell of gas in the garage after leaving windows down. Then later noticed it again in the cabin 2-3 different times which my son was visiting at the time and smelled it in the garage again. He checked the oil and we could smell gas, I made an appointment with dealership on 1-8-19 was told there was no recall and mechanic couldn't smell gas on dip stick which I got the manager involved and he told me the problem is more so in the northern states were it's cold. He too said he couldn't smell gas but changed my oil ( which had already been changed recently)..was told nothing they could do unless oil light came on or started having engine problems or till a recall comes here. I haven't noticed the smell since warmer weather has come in. Love the car but scary when it comes to gas and the engine which "again" was assured wasn't a danger to me. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chino Valley, AZ, USA

problem #287

Apr 112019


  • 41,000 miles
I went for an oil change and the place said that the oil smelled like fuel, was very thin. In consumer reports there was a blurb about the Honda Cr-vs with the 1.5 turbo engine experiencing the mixing of gas in the oil but mainly in the colder, northern states. So, when the oil change people said the oil smelled like gas, I then drove to a Honda dealer and they checked it out, but said they didn't see gas in the oil, but I just had the oil changed so of course there wasn't signs of it. So, before my next oil change I will take it to Honda so they can see it.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #286

Sep 192018


  • 10,000 miles
Overfilled oil levels and a gas smell

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #285

Dec 262018


  • 20,200 miles
Very strong continuous smell of gasoline inside the car coming from the front engine area of the car when starting it and the smell circulates in the car while driving it. Also smell gas from the car for a long while, after parking it in my enclosed garage. This is a serious health, safety and evironmental issue. The smell makes me nauseous. Just bought this 2017 Honda CRV three months ago, took this vehicle back to dealer, he said thehonda factory doesn't have any fixes for this issue. Untrue per data found online which states this issue has been taken care of per a recall of these vehicles in Canada and for some states but not yet in all usa states, including my state. I hope this vehicle is recalled and the issue fixed very soon for our health and safety.

- Rush, NY, USA

problem #284

Mar 302019


  • 37,000 miles
The level of the fluid on the oil dipstick will increase after an oil change. And upon removing it smells of gasoline. 2000 miles after an oil change the level on the dipstick will read 1/2┐ higher than normal. Which tells me gas is somehow entering the crankcase and diluting the oil.

- Maple Park, IL, USA

problem #283

Apr 022019


  • miles
I believe my vehicle is part of the Honda 1.5L oil-fuel problem first noticed back in late 2017. I did not think much about it until I talked with two other co-workers who also have 2017 Honda Cr-vs. First, my engine performance slowly drops after each oil change, then picks back up again once I have gotten an oil change. Second, this was my first winter with my CR-V and I noticed that it has a very hard time accelerating during the winter months even after letting the engine warm up for several minutes. Lastly, the instrument panel says that my oil level is at a certain %, for instance it says that I am at 20% right now, however, when I check the dipstick, I see oil well above the "full" line. I would like to know what I can do to remedy this problem. I live in the state of Virginia, and noticed that there is no fix for vehicles in my state.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #282

Dec 262018


  • miles
Checked my oil level it was above the max level. The oil indicator says we have 10% oil life. And the oil smells like gasoline. Went to the dealer they said it's not a problem. They gave us a speech that it's normal to have gas that leaks to the oil and it will evaporate. Our other cars doesn┐T. it hasn┐T affected the car yet but just concern that something will happen while I┐M driving.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #281

Dec 012018


  • 10,000 miles
Oil diluted with fuel, over full. Strong fuel odor in vehicle.

- Carpentersville, IL, USA

problem #280

Mar 292019


  • 20,000 miles
It is the end of March 2019. The oil level in the 1.5T engine keeps going up. The dip stick has strong gasoline odor. Service bulletin 18-147 has been applied to the to the car in early January of 2019 and is not helping with the oil dilution. Why is service bulletin 18-147 not considered a recall since it is mandatory for those who received the notice" why is the NHTSA not investigating a vehicle that has 500-1000% more posted complaints than the average vehicle of the same class"

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #279

Mar 052019


  • 13,408 miles
Engine was making a fluttery sound. Noticed fuel in oil, found cams were binding and timing chain was stretched and loose. They replaced cylinder head and timing chain. Learned online this is a known result of oil diluted by fuel, and there is a fix but only for cars registered in certain states, not my state. Complained to american Honda, case #09409822. Was told oil dilution is normal, car should not be driven short distances - claimed this is in warranty documents - and they will do nothing, and also cannot provide me with anything in writing. No presale mention of "requirement" to not drive under several miles. With my 1/2-mile commute, would never have purchased this vehicle. Based on this I am terrified that some time while driving in the future the timing chain will fail while I am driving, the engine will stop, and this could lead to serious injury or death -- either mine or yhat of strangers.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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