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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,449 miles

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2008 Honda CR-V brakes problems

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2008 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 192016


  • miles


2008 Honda CR-V. consumer writes in regards to brake and rotor corrosion due to non-use of vehicle because of airbag recall.

- Hazleton, PA, USA

problem #12

Jan 292012


  • miles
At about 5mph, I turned into the curb to park my car, upon applying my brakes to stop, the car accelerated, that is when I realized I was on a sheet of ice. I was unable to stop the car. There was a parked car approximately 60-80 feet ahead of me, because I had no brakes, I swerved to the left to avoid hitting the parked car, and collided with an oncoming car headed in the same direction. My car then fishtailed and swiped the bumper of the parked car. There was no warning on the dashboard regarding the loss of the brakes, at anytime.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Oct 112011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 15,881 miles
Rear brakes needed replacing after just 16000 miles, and most of those were put on by an 80 year old lady, so not terribly intense driving. Code was B6 - brake service - replaced rear differential fluid and new brakes. It's unacceptable that brakes need to be replaced after 16000 miles.

- Lyme, NH, USA

problem #10

Jun 112011


  • 25,000 miles


Premature brake wear - rear brake pads worn out at 25000 miles.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #9

Aug 302011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 32,587 miles
Prematurely worn rear brake pads requiring replacement of brake pads and rotors. One year change from 6 mm (left rear-inner pad and outer pad), 6 mm (right rear-inner pad and outer pad) to 1 mm (left rear-inner pad and outer pad), 0 mm (right rear-inner pad and outer pad). Front pads remained at 8mm.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #8

May 202011


  • 23,000 miles
Our 2008 Honda CRV have a prematurely worn out rear brake pads. While the front pads are still 80% left, the rear ones were totally gone and damaged the rotor. The dealer where I fixed the brakes immediately connected this to the Accord settlement Honda has ( after reading the details of the settlement, I believe this applies to my case as well. But unfortunately Honda's customer service denied it. But what else could have caused the premature wear out of the rear break with 23000 miles? how can they explain that the front pads (all original) still have 80% left? I believe Honda used the same defective materials that they used in the Accord. Hopefully more complaints will be logged from CRV drivers to bring this to their attention. But no matter what, after having three defective Honda, this will be the last Honda vehicles in our family!!

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #7

Mar 232011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


On March 23, 2011, I was involved in an mva in northern ca. I was traveling West on hwy. 80 on a downgrade. Traffic had come to a stop due to an accident. It had been snowing and I was traveling at 25 mph in second gear. My vehicle is a Honda 2008 CRV with auto 4WD. I tapped my brake and there was no response. I tapped it again with no response. I applied steady pressure to the brake pedal with no response. The brakes were not working. They were not slowing or stopping the vehicle. I had to drive into the concrete divider to stop my car. There was major damage to the vehicle but fortunately, my passenger and I were able to walk away with minor injuries. I have already notified Honda and they have agreed to conduct an inspection of the vehicle when it is released from the body shop. They said there were no brake issues in their data base for my model of vehicle. I asked them if my incident would be reported to your office. They said "no, they did not report individual incidents such as mine until there were several reported to them". the number of incidents was not given to me. I find this strange. So I decided I would report this directly to you. My vehicle is scheduled for completion next week. Is there anything I can do to maintain the integrity of my vehicle prior to Honda conducting their "inspection". I know this may sound as though I do not trust that Honda will conduct their investigation with integrity. Perhaps if Toyota had been more forth coming with their problems, I would be more trusting. I do not want anyone else to experience what I did on that mountain slope or anywhere else for that matter. Your input will be greatly appreciated.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #6

Mar 042011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
Having vibrations when applying brake, especially on a downgrade going 60 plus mph! took it to dealer twice, the first I had to pay for resurfacing rotors and reusing my old pads, big mistake! now dealer for the second time suggests for me to pay rotors and brake pads, just crazy! I only have 22,000 miles and I'm still under my three year or 35,000 miles warranty! big [xxx]! sorry! a 30,000 car and not wiling to pay a $400 bill, cheap ! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #5

May 282010


  • 17,000 miles
I have a 2008 Honda CRV with 18,000 mls still under warranty I might add. Here is the kicker I had to pay for resurfacing rotors and sanding down pads for $ 152, blaming me that the brakes have overheated and that is why it needed the work. My question is how? the company could not give me an answer or proof me of that situation, I find it hard to believe this is the case! I told them that rotors had to be defective from the purchase of the car because the only time I realized it, I felt this problem only when I was going on a downgrade going at 80 mph. In the city can not be verified no symptom occur what's so ever. I feel this rotors are to small or the quality are of poor quality! I also found on a review, literally pointing out the brakes not at of high standards! I'm shocked that this item hasn't come out forward, especially on such a critical part of the vehicle, its brakes! this car was purchased from scott robinson in torrance, California. Please have this issue investigated and get my brakes fixed the right way!

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 152010


  • 40,000 miles
Hydraulic sounding noise from brake pedal when car was stopped. Determined to be brake booster failure at 40K miles on 2008 Honda CR-V. dealer was "very surprised" and said they submitted to Honda - and that Honda would cover all but $100 of the repair. Honda has not returned my phone calls regarding this issue.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 052010


  • 20,000 miles


I was in an accident where the car slid off the road in a snow storm. When the car hit the ditch I pushed on the brakes and the car kept moving. The vehicle continued to move about 50 feet before striking a tree. It never slowed down, no matter how hard I pressed the brake pedal. The vehicle is equipped with all wheel drive (AWD). It appeared to me that the AWD took over and continued to try to get the vehicle under control from the slide on the ice. I was driving about 20 to 25 mph at the time when I started to slide on ice. The passenger side wheels went into the ditch line, which was about 12 inches deep. I stepped on the brakes immediately after the wheels hit the ditch thinking it would slow the vehicle since the wheels were no longer on the icy road. As I said earlier, at that point I was pressing the brakes as hard as I could but the vehicle did not slow down. I suspect there is a conflict between the braking system and the AWD when this situation occurs. It appears the AWD software continues to gain stability, and prevents the brakes from stopping the wheels. I also read a notice from Honda that says when a situation like this occurs the anti-lock brakes are disabled and regular braking takes over.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #2

May 112009


  • 10,000 miles
Brake rotors need to be resurfaced at 11,000 miles of normal driving.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 172008


  • 6,373 miles
Hi, we purchased a 2008 Honda CRV in August, 2008. We have been reading complaints on the 2008 CRV during winter (the same problems that I encountered last winter). It slides easily and the traction control doesn't work well during winter. It doesn't work well too when the vehicle is parked on a parking that slopes up with about 6 inches of snow. I was in a hurry to go to work but I got towed the first time when my 2008 CRV was only 5 months old because it could not go forward when it was in the parking that slopes up even if I already plowed the snow. It could only reverse but didn't want to go forward. When I was towed the vehicle was checked by a Honda customer service in il. They told me there is nothing wrong with my vehicle. I almost hit another vehicle a number of times during winter even if I drive slow which never happened on my old Hyundai. So, I tried to be very very slow on winter because I was really scared. I don't trust my CRV during winter. The vehicle is not recommendable to buyers because of the problems during winter. Honda might be sued by complainants if something worse happens during accidents. My former boss loved the looks of my CRV and planned to purchase the same but I said it is not recommendable because of the problems during winter. I relayed to her the problems that I had during winter. She was disappointed and decided to buy a Nissan. I don't want to recommend the 2008 model to somebody and later on will find out and experience the same and then blame me for recommending it to them. I am sorry about this but these are facts that Honda should know. I already reported this to them but as I said I was only told that nothing is wrong with the vehicle. I still believe that Honda should recall the 2008 models for the safety of everybody. I love my CRV but not during winter. 2008 Honda CRV owner.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

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