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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,635 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Honda CR-V engine problems

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2008 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 132015


  • 73,000 miles


I was driving my car on the highway when all the lights on the dashboard turned on (check engine, check batterry, check tires etc). So I pulled over to the side of the highway and turned off the car and tried turning it back on and it would not turn on. You could hear the engine cranking but it would not turn on. After several attempts I called a tow truck and had my car towed to the rick case Honda dealer where my car had recently been serviced. After having my car checked for a whole day I was told that my engine had blown and I needed a new engine. The Honda svc advisor told me the car had overheated and that's why the engine blew. I explained to him the car never overheated bc the temperature gauge never went past the normal temperature. When I went to pick up my car I spoke to the shop foreman and he told me a metal pipe that holds the coolant had cracked and all the coolant leaked out and that's what caused the engine to overheat and blow. He couldn't tell me what caused the metal pipe to crack. After taking my car to have the engine replaced I was told that the metal pipe that cracked was worn out at a specific spot and that's what caused the metal pipe to crack. I tried calling the Honda dealer to explain this bc not too long before my car had some hoses replaced in the same area where the metal pipe was located but the dealer and corporate Honda say I have no proof that the work they did prior was what caused the friction to the metal pipe leading it to crack. I explained it was odd that the rest of the metal pipe was in good condition except that one spot where the crack was but they refused to listen. Had I not pulled over when the lights on the dashboard turned on and I kept driving on the hwy who knows what could have happened to me or others on the hwy. I feel this is a serious safety issue but Honda states not enough pple have complained about this.

- Deerfield Beach, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 012015


  • 25,000 miles
Air conditioning is not working. My husband found a video regarding this model year & make which said that Honda had a recall going on for this problem. Called to make an appointment, couldn't get in till July 13. Went away from the phone for a little bit, the dealer called back & left a message to say my car isn't included in any recall for air conditioning and I can make an appointment for a diagnostic. After checking numerous sites I've realized my original contention is correct, this is definitely an engineering flaw from Honda and should be fixed by them at little (maybe for coolant refill) to no charge, just for their poor design.

- Audubon, NJ, USA

problem #10

Apr 202012


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. while driving at low speeds, there was a clicking noise near the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #9

Apr 082015


  • miles


I had driven the car from Florida to NY with my dog. While travelling North on I95 I noticed some intermittent bucking, hard shifting, and going into neutral. It was intermittent so I assumed it was some anomaly. After stopping at my families residence in yonkers NY. I drove the car to riverdale to visit my mother. After leaving the nursing home I proceeded on the return trip to yonkers. I was northbound on the sprain parkway and exited at tuckahoe road. There is a full stop sign at the intersection. I was fully stopped looked both ways an inched out to make a right turn ( the visibility of oncoming traffic in the eastbound direction is limited because of an incline and the road has high traffic volume during the day) I am not certain if the car slipped back into neutral or the individual behind me failed to make a full stop. I was hit rather hard in the rear end. With or without the transmission concern the car behind me did not obey the stop sign. My car was towed to a collision and repair facility. When the technician was assessing damage he performed a road test and found the car hesitating and shifting in and out of gear. He checked the transmission fluids and found them to have a burning smell and be black. I had only had the transmission fluid flushed and changed in January. And prior to that less than 5 months earlier.

- Marco Island, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 062015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 93,268 miles
While driving from my home I got to a toll booth and after paying the toll placed my foot on the accelerator and the car simply revved as if it was in neutral with rpms varying indiscriminately. Suddenly the car jerked forward with a loud bang and moved normally I pulled to the shoulder and checked fluids and for signs of any problems. We received no dashboard warning lights. We continued our trip but the car would not shift between 3rd and 4th gear and we couldn't maintain speed. Suddenly the incident at the toll both repeated itself. I shut the car down although temperature was ok as was oil pressure. After a short wait we resumed driving and the car performed normally for about 50 miles and then it was back to no shift or long duration before shift and then a banging noise. We got to our destination and car was parked for about 3 hours. After starting the car and placing it in drive I had a hard shift between 1st and 2nd gear I was making a left hand turn and the failure to accelerate put us in danger of a rear impact collision. I called Honda but it was not something they would even talk about over the phone. We continued on our return trip and were cruising at the 70 mph limit in the middle lane on I 75 in Florida when suddenly the transmission dropped out of gear going into a neutral mode the engine rpms were moving all over the place. I was slowing down and attempting to get to the shoulder. After getting to the shoulder I cycled through all the transmission positions and could achieve 3rd gear but it would go in and out of 4th gear. When these conditions occurred I did not feel I was in control of the vehicle nor safe. I have never had a problem with this vehicle before however I am being told that it is a problem on multiple models of Honda. I am a trained, certified, accident, engineer reconstructionist ( mostly large vehicles and urban buses ).

- Marco Island , FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 042014


  • 177,000 miles
Ac compressor /clutch is broken, no cold air, only hot air blowing from ac. Expensive to fix. Honda needs to replace this free of charge!! I understand there is a major problem with the poorly placed ac compressor.

- Hereford, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 062013


  • 33,000 miles


In line with the recent Mazda recall for yellow sac spiders found in the evac canisters, my Honda CR-V had the same problem. Apparently, this is a problem that has affected Honda Accord in the past because Honda has issued a service bulletin on installing a special filter for Honda Accord to prevent the spiders from entering. However, no such bulletin or part exists for the Honda CR-V. as such, after paying nearly $100 at the dealership for them to diagnose and remove the spiders, there is no guarantee that this can't happen again because they did not add a filter to prevent spider re-entry. At the minimum, these spiders with their resultant webs can severely limit gas mileage. At the worst, a fire or engine failure can result. I petition that Honda issue a recall for Honda CR-V's and cover the labor and parts costs for placing a specialized filter to prevent spider re-entry.

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 102014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 54,900 miles
This has been a repeated problem with unwanted acceleration. I have filed several complaints with your Agency to no avail. I have contacted Honda and they insist there is no problem. This is a safety issue and it needs to be addressed.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 222014


  • 54,362 miles
This is my third complaint to your Agency. My previous complaint numbers: 10561753, 10560625, and 10548352. My CR-V has an unwanted acceleration problem. As I am applying the brakes to stop, the engine speed increases and requires very hard braking and shifting the transmission into neutral. This has occurred several times in the past 6 months. I have taken my car to the Honda dealer and it was examined by a factory representative who reported there is nothing wrong. This opinion is based on the problem not occurring during the day they had the car. This problem does not occur every day or even every week. I told them that the power control module may be the problem but they refuse to replace it. My contacts to independent repair shops have resulted in being told this is a problem to be addressed by Honda and not an independent shop. I feel that an accident will eventually occur and I don't know where to turn for help. Please help me resolve this dangerous situation.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 022013


  • 36,086 miles
This is with reference to my Honda care case number # [xxx] dated June 14th 2013 recall id number 76438.failed part: P/N 38900-rza-014 defect code: 5F100 symptom code: S5700 parts information A/C compressor clutch kit: P/N 38924-rwc-A01 required special tools: A/C compressor repair kit : T/N 07aaf-000A150 reference Honda service bulletin 12-072 VIN #[xxx] make Honda model CRV 4WD ex-L year 2008 mileage: 36086 extended warranty dated 12/30/2007 for 84 months paid $2500 + 586= $ total $3086 current problem noticed on stop signal without put feet on the gas pedal automatically raised there is some manufacture defect for the wheel alignment original tire got bald at 30 K inform local dealer and Honda care. I request kindly investigate and suggest for a valuable solution, in this I have spend almost 37K our life is important from safety perspective. At time my whole family travel in this car. With this recent incident raised at the stop signal brought me to more concern. Your immediate action will be highly appreciated. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Ramon , CA, USA

problem #2

May 072008

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the vehicle would shake violently. The technician diagnosed that the engine was tilted and that there were two broken motor-mounts both needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. In addition, the contact stated that the air compressor was defective and was replaced. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 152011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the vehicle was taken for state inspection and could not pass the smog testing. The vehicle failed the smog testing due to a failure with the vehicle stability assist. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic a year prior to the state inspection because the check engine light, vsa and TPMS warning lights were illuminated on the instrument panel. The technician replaced the stability control sensor however the check engine, vsa and TPMS warning lights continued to illuminate intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

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