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Our data is showing early signs of a defect trend, so that's why we've flagged the 2011 CR-V with our "Beware of the Clunker" rating. Time will tell whether this continues to be a problem, & if so, whether Honda will be able to identify the problem & fix it.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,645 miles

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2011 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2011 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Aug 202016


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the door locks failed and the locks engaged independently. The failure occurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #23

Feb 282015


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. in cold weather, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the diagnosis was the same, but the dealer refused to provide a replacement battery. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #22

Feb 122015


  • 32,000 miles
Front passenger side door cannot be locked using the key fob or the central lock button on the driver's side. The only way to lock/unlock it is to do it manually. The trunk cannot be unlocked if the front passenger side door is locked. Trunk can only be unlocked when the front passenger side door is unlocked.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #21

Jun 092015


  • 28,980 miles


Door lock actuator problem: Drivers rear door lock is in open mode to lock and unlock. Honda dealer tested and then replaced door lock actuator. Due to the same actuator problem Honda settled a class action law suit for class vehicles (2007-2008 Honda Cr-vs and certain 2009 Honda Cr-vs) on September 19, 2014, by and between american Honda motor co., Inc. ("Honda") and plaintiffs in davitt V. Honda North America, Inc., case no. 13-381 (D.N.J.) (the "litigation"). (

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #20

Jun 152015


  • 57,000 miles
Door lock actuator failed: Key fob would only lock/unlock drivers door. Manual key lock/unlock on outside drivers door would only lock/unlock drivers door. Attempted to lock/unlock all doors using button on inside drivers door: Could only lock/unlock drivers door--no affect on other doors. Today, Honda dealer tested and then replaced door lock actuator: Problem persisted unaltered. Then more diagnostics showed: "diagnosed to find the unlock relay inside the micu is not providing power to unlock the remaining doors. The noisy driver front actuator, or any of the other 3 may have caused the issue in the relay. Orderd the under hood fuse relay box and customer will return."

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #19

Apr 292015


  • miles
The car was sitting on a hill, and I turned the key in the on position. I then turned the key to start, and the engine did not turn over, and the cab lost all power. So I took it to auto zone, and they said that nothing was wrong with it.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #18

Mar 202015


  • 34,000 miles


Driver door lock stopped working and could only be operated manually. All other door locks work fine with the power lock button and key fob. This has been an issue wi previous years of theirs same make and model.

- Saint Charles , MO, USA

problem #17

Feb 142015


  • 30,300 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the heating core failed to work, there was air blowing under the dashboard, there was a burning odor, and a film was present on the windows that impacted the contacts visibility each time the vent controls were used. The contact stated that the anti-freeze was entering the cabin and the vapors caused the contact to have to open the windows when the vehicle was being driven. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was not able to replicate and diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,300.

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #16

May 152014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
In may, 2014, the right rear power window quit working and would not go back up after having it completely down. I toggled the window switch a few times and the window eventually went back up, so I thought it was just a glitch. We live in Arizona where the summertime is very hot, so the window was never used again due to air conditioning. The window was used recently because the weather has cooled down from the summer heat. This time, toggling the switch did not work and the window stayed in the down position completely. I took the Honda CR-V to a local Honda dealership which diagnosed the issue as a faulty master power window switch. I've researched and discovered there have been numerous issues with faulty master power window switches on several different Honda models. There are several recalls affecting just under one million automobiles manufactured and there is a potential fire hazard according to Honda. The company's recall statement says, "water, rain, or other liquid may enter the driver's window and reach the master power window switch, resulting in impaired function of the switch...switch is damaged as a result of the liquid intrusion, it may result in failure of the switch and overheating switch may cause smoke, melting or, potentially, fire." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into a fire hazard with the master power switch on the Honda Cr-vs. Also, [xxx], a Honda spokesman, said one person died in South africa in a fire attributed to the problem. It is apparent Honda still has not properly corrected the master power window switch issue. Please continue your investigation of this issue. Honda's engineers need to re-design the switch; it's housing, and replace all potential faulty master switches to ensure consumers safety from fire/death and financial responsibility. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #15

Nov 172014


  • 91,098 miles
On 15 November 2014 at 9:09pm my check engine light came on, I have a garmin gps hooked into my computer and this unit can read the diagnostic codes. The code for this check engine light occurrence was a (P2422). The problem I have with this is that this car is 3.5 years old and has 91K miles on it and this is the 6th (yes sixth) time for this failure. This code has to do with the emissions/fuel system. The car has been to 2 different dealerships to be resolved and is still not resolved. I am again taking it to the dealership for this occurrence but am running out of warranty and patience. This car has also been through 4 batteries, a water pump, fuel pump and all power steering components replaced. The message associated with code P2422 is "evaporative emission system vent valve stuck closed". is there anyone else out there fighting these issues that can give me any insight??

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #14

Jun 202014

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles


Wife had purse in the car and the doors locked on their own. This locked her out of the vehicle. This has occurred a number of times since.

- Troy, OH, USA

problem #13

May 312014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 127,827 miles
Passenger door and rear hatch door would not unlock. Dealer replaced front door latch assembly. Cost: Latch assembly: $69.72: Labor: $340; shop supplies: $25: Total cost: $438.42.

- Danville, VA, USA

problem #12

Apr 122014


  • 46,000 miles
Within the last month, my 2011 CRV has had a recurring issue with the door lock. When I hit the unlock button, the driver's door remains locked and will only turn manually. Likewise, it will only lock manually. The other day I couldn't open my trunk because of the locking issue. Because of the unlocking, the sensors affected my dome light and my battery died after 3 years. I have read that this is a common problem, but no recalls yet. It doesn't make sense.

- Rensselaer, NY, USA

problem #11

Mar 312014


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CRV. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled abruptly and caused the vehicle to spin three times before crashing into the median. The vehicle was towed into the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the battery needed to be recharged. The manufacture was not notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 30,000.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #10

Mar 302014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 50,461 miles
On Sunday March 30 I was coming out of the grocery store and I went to my car to put my things away but when I tried to open my car with my key fob it would open so I kept trying for a few minutes until I decided to use the actual key itself to unlock and even then it only open one door. Also when I tried to open the locks manually with the buttons in the inside that didn't work either. Later that day I tried opening all the doors with my key but by the time I get to the next one it locks by itself.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 032014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I purchased my 2011 Honda CRV brand new from our local Honda dealership. I have been happy with it until last month. I began to notice that whenever I came to a stop or slowed down below 10 mph and then accelerated, my doors would make the locking sound even though they were already locked. It happens repeatedly as I slow down/stop and then accelerate. Then today (3/4/2014) the problem escalated. I came out of the grocery store and couldn't unlock the cargo door with my key fob. I noticed that the left passenger door didn't unlock as well. I pressed the button a few more times and they wouldn't unlock. The driver door, front passenger and right rear passenger doors did unlock. So then I pressed the unlock button on the driver door armrest but the cargo door and the left passenger door still didn't unlock. I had to put my groceries in through the right rear passenger door since the cargo door doesn't have a way to open manually from the inside, nor manually with a key from the outside. If this problem gets worse, this can pose a very serious safety problem. What if there's an emergency and your car doesn't unlock? I just did some research on the problem to see if it was something simple that could be fixed. A quick online search brought my attention to countless complaints of door lock failures on CRV's. seems this is an issue that's been going on for years (at least 2007-2011). I was shocked to find out Honda hasn't issued a recall. This is a widespread and serious problem! I called my Honda dealership to find out the approximate cost to replace the door lock actuators. This isn't a cheap fix! they would charge $180 labor for each door they would need to fix on top of the cost of each door lock actuator which ranges from $59 to $75 each, depending on which door the part is for. I would need 2, possibly 3, replaced so that would be about $500 to almost $750.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 012013


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the locks malfunctioned and would not engage manually or by using the electronic key fob. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the actuator was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 29,000 and the current mileage was 31,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 152013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while parked, the vehicle became engulfed in flames. The police and fire department reported to the scene and a report was filed. The fire department was unable to determine the cause of the fire. According to the report, there were flames coming from the front driver's side wheel compartment, under the hood and from the driver's side interior door panel, under the dash board area. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 242013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 39,500 miles
When unlocking the doors using the key fob the right rear door unlocks momentarily then relocks. When using the driver door lock button to unlock the doors the right rear door unlocks then relocks. When parking the vehicle and placing the shifter into the park position the right rear door unlocks then relocks. When using key to unlock vehicle from driver door handle the right rear door unlocks then relocks. When transporting children this is a safety issue that Honda should address. Reviewing complaints from other sources this is an ongoing issue with Honda crvs since 2003.

- Cottonwood, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jan 012013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Door locks:locking mechanism unreliable lock and unlock while driving failure to lock (have reviewed manual to ensure all in order, including battery in key and settings for auto lock and un lock).

- Downingtown, PA, USA

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