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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,596 miles

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2006 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2006 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Sep 092015


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owned a 2006 Honda CR-V. while operating the vehicle, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn before the vehicle shut off. Moments later, the vehicle caught fire and the fire department extinguished the flames. The vehicle was destroyed. The fire department determined that the fire was due to an electrical failure in the vehicle. There were no injuries and a report was not filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Irondale, AL, USA

problem #53

Jul 012016


  • 32,700 miles
I own a 2006 CRV with under 33000 miles, I take very good care of this vehicle as I'm the original owner. So all of a sudden while driving on the highway my vsa, ABS, engine, tps (triangle explanation point symbol) and brake light come on. I take it to the dealer and I'm told the vsa module needs replacing! costing $2400. Wow! that's expensive. I think this part should be investigated considering the severity! this part is vital and how has $2400 burning a whole in there pocket? please help! this is so frustrating!

- North Bergen, NJ, USA

problem #52

Mar 152016


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda CR-V. while the vehicle was idling, the vehicle had trouble starting. Upon inspection, the driver side door began smoking. The contact noticed flames coming from the driver side door. The contact was able to extinguish the flames and disconnect the battery. All the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12V486000 (electrical system, visibility). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #51

Dec 112015


  • 150,000 miles


Headlight bulbs continue to blow. Then can blow after a couple of months or a year after installation. But they blow often enough that when they go, I immediately go to the store to buy replacements. Just this evening, I had a the right side go when I replace the left side just yesterday. I fear that both may go at the same time when my wife or I are behind the wheel with our infant in the backseat. The bulbs have blown while going down the road, as well as when parked. Since we acquired this vehicle in 2009, I have replaced over a dozen bulbs. I have only recently started saving receipts to better track this issue.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #50

Feb 042008


  • 66,000 miles
Complaint mimics the complaints here in the NHTSA, complaint #'s 10573302, 10576909 and 10619157 for low beam lamps burning out prematurely since I first purchased it as a used vehicle back in 2008 from larry miller Honda in hillsboro Oregon much like what happened to the civic models for starters. What I don't understand is why Honda America is not responding, what is the nhsta doing to apply pressure to issue a service bulletin?

- Warrenton, OR, USA

problem #49

Jul 042015


  • 105,404 miles
I have had previous issues with the SRS system where the passenger side seat belt buckle had to be replaced, I recently had the drivers side airbag replaced due to recall. Now the SRS light is on again and Honda refuses to repair or diagnose without me paying $80 to diagnose. I've also had issues with the drivers side headlights burning out at least 6 times a year to which Honda could never find a problem.

- Jamestown, CA, USA

problem #48

Feb 072015


  • 103,000 miles


Drivers side low beam headlight has burned out 3 times in the past two weeks.passenger side low beam headlight has burned out twice. Replaced each time without touching glass with anything or base with fingers. Have only owned the car for 3 months, and put on less than 3000 miles.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #47

Jun 072014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Low beam headlight on passenger side of 2006 CR-V continues to fail. Both headlights have been replaced but the passenger side continues to go out monthly. I have complained to the dealer and asked if there is a solution and they only suggest replacing the bulb again. This is safety issue that Honda should be forced to resolve.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #46

Jan 282015


  • 140,000 miles
Right low beam headlight not functioning. Bulb is ok.

- Millerton, NY, USA

problem #45

Apr 092012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Low beam headlights fail every few months, sometimes while driving, necessitating replacement. It is a serious safety hazard. Many people with the 2006 CR-V have complained about this issue to Honda, the NHTSA and all over the internet. Why hasn't Honda issued a recall? Honda did have a recall for the 2002-2004 CR-V for the same issue, but not for the later years, saying that the headlight system was different in newer models. Maybe, but clearly the defect/hazard is in the 2006 model as well. I have reported this issue to Honda before and did so again today, and it is american Honda case # N012014-12-2301127. I insisted that they take a hard look at complaints about low beam headlight failure in the 2006 CR-V that have been filed with Honda and the NHTSA and issue a recall, as they did for the older models.

- Sloatsburg, NY, USA

problem #44

May 142013


  • 110,000 miles


2006 Honda CRV since April 2013 I have gone through 17 headlight bulbs. That is the most I have ever had to put in any of my cars. If you type in troubleshooting problems with 2006 headlights you will see that there are many other people that are having this very same issue. I would like to think that you as a company would want to get this problem fixed or at least look at getting a fix. When I talked with my area dealer he didn't seem to think that this was a problem. I have had professional people install them that know better than to touch the bulb and they have gotten to the point that they won't install them for me anymore. They are worried that it may came back to them. I really hope that you will at least give me a thought as to look at your computer.

- Brownsdale, MN, USA

problem #43

Dec 102014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
My vehicle has been going through headlights like crazy for the past two years. Approx. Every two months either the right or left side goes without warning. Most recently I decided to install higher end bulbs thinking that maybe the little 8.00 dollar ones were the problem. Wrong! I put a set of $50 bulbs in each side at the same time and less than a month later the drivers side went out! I drive on very dark rural roads at night coming home from work and if both of these lights fail at the same time I could be seriously hurt.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #42

Jul 232014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchased my 2006 CRV in 2010. Since that time I have had to replace my driver's side headlight multiple times. I do not have exact dates, not realizing there was a problem until July 2014 when I had my mechanic do a diagnostic check and found there to be a short in the wiring in the steering column. After researching this, I found that almost one million CRV's have been recalled since 2002 for the same problem. I spoke to Honda's customer service/resolution center and they informed me that there is no recall on my vehicle specifically although the problem is the exact same one all of the recalled CRV's have. Honda would not assist me further and told me that I need to fix this problem out of pocket. I have already had both headlights go out simultaneously while driving to work in the dark almost causing an accident. This happened on two occasions, although it is commonly the drivers side bulb that burns out several times a year. I have been pulled over not knowing my headlight was out. This continues to be a problem and I am told the cost of the repair will be over $300. Based on the number of CRV's with the same defect, I feel that Honda should be responsible for this repair and a recall should be issued for my vehicle before I cause an accident as a result of losing my headlights while driving in the dark again. Thank you for your time.

- Weatherly, PA, USA

problem #41

Aug 042013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The vsa and exclamation light came on one day right when I started the car and has never turned off. My mileage was approximately 44,000 miles. Took it to the Honda dealer and confirmed the ABS module needs to be replaced. Part+labor = $2400+ (excluding tax). Called U.S. Honda manufacturer and they will pay 25% for the part. That still is expensive. I'm reading off on the web that countries in the uk and Canada, that Honda has paid the part in full. Here in the U.S. they don't recognize this as a defect. This part is a huge safety issue. A local mechanic says I should not drive this where it snows. If there's sand, the car will be stuck. Another mechanic said there could be a short. Honda manufacturer never advised me of this or if it's safe to drive or should be replaced right away. Coming from family who buys mostly Honda's, I will not buy another Honda again. I was looking at a Odyssey, but saw it had a huge vsa issue as well. Sometimes I wonder if it was an electrical issue because a few times the cruise control light turns on once the car is turned on. Have never used cruise control. Never driven in bad weather and avoid heavy rain. Driven only few times per week and carefully in mostly local short distances.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #40

Jun 232012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the engine stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and resume normal operation. The dealer advised that only the ignition key be placed on the key ring when operating the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000. Updated 08/19/14

- Grand Rapid , MI, USA

problem #39

Jun 172014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 181,006 miles
Car was being driven with cruise control set and it stalled while driving and refused to stay running until it sat over night. Next morning blowby is coming through dipstick. Car did not over heat while driving.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #38

Apr 212014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 174,800 miles
Driving vehicle when both low beam lights went out. Bulbs have been replaced multiple times and bulbs were replaced again. Now, it appears that drivers side light bulbs are much dimmer (almost not visible) in comparison to the passengers side bulbs. Operation of the bulb also appears to be sporadic. Vehicle is not drive-able at night due to concerns with exterior lighting.

- Oxford, OH, USA

problem #37

Apr 012008

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The lowbeam headlights on our 2006 Honda CRV have failed/burned out numerous times. Several times, both lowbeams (right and left) have failed while we were driving, which is a major safety hazard. Since approximately 2008, the lights have burned out several times a year, every year. We have contacted the Honda dealership as well as the american Honda corporate office and have been given the runaround. They refuse to issue a recall or even inspect the lights. We have been told to have a "diagnostic" conducted by the dealership for $120 out of our pocket. Honda should be responsible since this is clearly an issue related to their faulty product. They issued a recall for this exact issue for the 2003 and 2004 CRV models. The same issue is occurring with the 2006 model. There are numerous complaints all over the internet, yet Honda refuses to take care of the problem. This is a serious safety hazard and a potential class action. Honda should be proactive and offer a voluntary recall for those who are affected by the headlight failures. Please file a complaint with american Honda at 1-800-999-1009.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #36

Mar 202007


  • 25,000 miles
Since buying this car new I have had multiple low beam headlight bulbs burn out. A total of 25 bulbs have failed since 2007. After reviewing the information on the internet and this web site it is an obvious safety problem which should be investigated and addressed by a recall to fix the electrical problem. This was done on earlier cvr models.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #35

Jan 212014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda CR-V. the contact stated his vehicle stalled. The failure occurred during the morning hour. The contact took his vehicle to the dealership and was advised that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired at his expense but the problem persisted. The ABS and vsa lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1400 miles.

- Lutherville Timonium, MD, USA

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