If you own a late model CR-V, you'll want to read this.
Honda’s CR-V is a massively popular crossover in the States, currently fighting it out at the top of the sales charts with the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue. Only our love for the good old pick-up truck keeps it from heading straight to the medal-earning section of the sales tables.
You might logically assume then that Honda would have gone to extra lengths to ensure that any mechanical issues would have been ironed out well before the CR-V went on sale. According to Consumer Reports, this does not seem to be the case, having received a number of complaints from their members about stalling issues and about noticing gasoline mixing with the engine oil.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also received dozens of complaints about very similar issues, almost all have been regarding the new 1.5-litre turbocharged engines (L157B7) that have been fitted to fifth-generation CR-Vs which were introduced in 2017. It seems that dealers are unsure as to the cause of the problems and stopgap repairs like changing the oil are clearly not a long-term solution.
The internet is also brimming with hundreds of owners registering their complaints. When problems occur with high volume sellers, even when it may only affect a small percentage of cars, there are going to be a lot of irate people. To put things into perspective 377,895 CR-Vs were sold in 2017 and 179,580 have found homes in the first half of 2018. So, if five percent of vehicles are affected that means almost 28,000 customers could be airing their grievances.
Honda has not exactly been very forthcoming on the issue and clearly, this is something that has affected CR-Vs sold elsewhere too as 380,00 CR-Vs and Civics were recalled in China for a very similar fault. The good news is that US customers may finally be able to get a resolution to their woes. Honda company spokesman Chris Martin said, “Honda has been investigating the situation and developing a remedy, which we hope to make available through authorized Honda dealers by mid-November 2018.”
There has not been any more information on why it has taken Honda so long to respond and how many vehicles it believes are affected. Seeing as the CR-Vs engine is shared with the Civic and Accord sedans, this issue may not be limited to just the one model.