Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Mercedes-Benz vehicles may come with an "Attention Assistant" to alert you if you fall asleep behind the wheel, but the 2015 Honda CR-V has a different approach: just shake the heck out of you so you never fall asleep in the first place.

Owners have complained that the popular SUV shakes violently both while idling and while driving. Buyer beware.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,832 miles

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2015 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #54

May 312015


  • 4,000 miles


Started car, put in reverse, backed about 1 or 2 feet. Engine died.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #53

May 272015


  • 1,000 miles
Very strong vibration at idle. Very annoying and can cause harm to my body and it really makes me regret buying the car each time I stop at a stop signal or at a red light. I have filed a complaint with both the dealer and Honda to take back my costly brand new CRV 2015 touring for a full refund. I haven't heard back from them yet.

- Canada, AL, USA

problem #52

May 192015


  • 5 miles
Shortly after purchasing I noticed a engine vibration when stopped or idling. Called dealer to complain and they said they were aware of the issue and that Honda was working on it. I would not ave bought the car if I would have noticed it sooner. Totally unacceptable. This is very annoying and distracting.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #51

May 262015


  • 75 miles


At idle speeds (at stop sign or red light), the car vibrates. The front seats start shaking quite a bit - the problem goes away only if you switch to neutral or put additional load on the engine (I.e., turn the A/C or heater on). Reading various forums, this problem appears to be widespread. Honda even acknowledged the problem in a video posted in April and yet they continue to sell the car. The video can be found here - I just bought the car two days ago and now I am stuck with it. Honda doesn't have a fix either. I should be able to return it but apparently there is no "cooling off" period in California.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #50

Apr 302015


  • 500 miles
While in low idle (less than 750 RPM) vehicle shudders while in drive or "S" gear. Shudder decreases if car is shifted to neutral, or if brake continues to be applied and a bit more rpms are introduced by tapping the accelerator. Happens in either regular drive or eco mode. Doesn't happen all the time, but is annoying when it happens.

- Glen Head, NY, USA

problem #49

Apr 012015


  • 50 miles
Shortly after I purchased my 2015 CR-V I noticed a vibration in the steering wheel when the rpms were between 1,000 - 1,200 and my foot was on the gas. The vibration disappeared when I removed my foot from the gas. I also noticed an increase in the rpms to 3,000 when going downhill with my foot off or on the brake and a loud humming noise coming from the engine compartment. The car does vibrate when idling at a red light but not enough to cause any problems yet. I only have 1,000 miles on the car and was also told by my Honda dealership that Honda is aware of this problem and doesn't have a fix yet. I have owned Honda since 1986 (Accord) and have never experienced problems like the ones on the CR-V. I am beginning to regret buying this vehicle and agree that Honda should definitely compensate CR-V owners asap. I'm beginning to worry more about additional problems as the car gets older with more mileage. Haven't had it on the highway yet but am worried about similar problems other CR-V owners have experienced.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #48

Mar 132015


  • 330 miles


My Honda CRV 2015 LX model vibrates at stop, all signal lights and bumper to bumper traffic, its really distracting the drive and driver. Filed a complaint with America Honda, but no use. They don't have fix right now.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #47

Dec 082014


  • 200 miles
When the vehicle is stopped at idle with the brake pedal engaged a serious vibration develops. As the vehicle sets the vibration increases and the RPM's drop from appx.. 600 RPM to below 200P RPM.. when the RPM's recover the vehicle pulls against the breaks. When I remove my foot from the break pedal the vibration stops. Yesterday (5/19/2015) while stopped, the vehicle vibrated violently and then diesled and stalled while at a stop light. The full stall was a one time occurrence however the vehicle often approaches a stall while stopped with the brake. The vibration has been present since I purchased the vehicle in November 2014. When I took it to germaine Honda, the selling dealership, in ann arbor, I was told that the vibration is a "characteristic" of the vehicle. This seems like a flimsy excuse and quite frankly problem is beginning to worry me. The stall was serious and in traffic. The vibration is very pronounced and travels throughout the chassis. I have read on the Honda CR-V owner forum that this is a very common and dangerous problem. It seems that Honda Motors and their dealerships are simply ignoring the situation. I will take the vehicle to the dealer again next week. Thank you

- Milan, MI, USA

problem #46

Jan 082015


  • miles
Steering wheel shakes and the car has more vibrations from time to time when the car is stopped at lights etc.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #45

Apr 142015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 125 miles
Bought the 2015 Honda CR-V and it has a problem of vibration when at stop lights or stopped with the brake on. When it idles the vibration is quite obvious - passenger seat shakes. Put the car in neutral and it stops. Took the car to the Honda dealership and said Honda is aware of this problem and they are looking for a fix. I do hope it is soon as I am very disappointed that this is happening with a brand new car. Sometimes also notice the engine revs up when going downhill - very disappointed and I would like to a fix to these problems immediately.

- Saxonburg, PA, USA

problem #44

Apr 292015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 200 miles


Noticeable vibration when vehicle idle on D and RPM falls below 600. Vibration gone when RPM bounce back above 700, or when you switch to N. bought a new CRV ex-L about a week ago, never experienced vibration for previous year model.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #43

Mar 302015


  • 5 miles
Vibrations felt thru steering column, pedals and floor in the RPM range 1,000-1,500. Happens during all normal driving speeds, very annoying and have requested a full refund. Honda should not be able to sell without fully disclosing this defect. I would like to join a class action suit if not fully refunded.

- Amesbury, MA, USA

problem #42

Apr 032015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 1,700 miles
With gear in drive, car noticeably vibrates/stutters while stopped. Vibration is visible when looking at the passenger side seat when empty. RPM ranges from 500-600. Vibration dissipates when vehicle is moving.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 202015


  • miles
I bought 2015 CR-V on 3/14/2015, and noticed the vibration problem one week later. I reported to the dealership for several times, but they denied the car has such problem. The vibration is getting stronger and stronger that get me distracted and feel very uncomfortable while driving. On 4/11/2015 I brought the car to the service dept. Of dealership, and service advisor told me that not only you have this problem, we cannot fix it, and we are waiting for instructions from Honda headquarter. I was surprised when I heard this! I checked online and found so many many complains about this issue since last November, but Honda still sell CR-V on market. I think this is irresponsible to the customers! Honda should tell the truth to the customers and let them make the choice. Honda keeps saying no safety issue, how can we believe them" why other cars don't have such problem? might be no safety issue for the new car right away, how about years after? how many years can Honda guarantee" Honda should face to this problem, and stop selling this car on the market, and recall all 2015 CR-V which have this problem as soon as possible!

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #40

Feb 232015


  • 2,800 miles
Just like all the other complaints for the 2015 Honda CR-V, while sitting at a red light, idling, the car shakes so much that I feel like I'm getting massaged. I have always loved Honda and this is ridiculous for a brand new Honda. I have older vehicles than this and it runs smoother. My Honda dealer states they contacted Honda and they are aware of this issue but nothing has been done yet!

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #39

Mar 242015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
I bought Honda 2015 CRV-LX at Mar 23 2015, and I noticed a terrible vibration when I drove to home after the car is warm and stop at stop-sigh in D gear. You can see the vibration in open windows, seats, etc and anything in the car. I went back to the dealership at Mar 24 and the service guy drove another new CRV to compare with mine and also got the totally same problem and then he said it is manufacturer problem so that they can't fix it. And then went back to ask the sales, sales said all CRV has such problem and this purchase was done already so they can't do anything for me even this is a really super annoying problem for me and all the CRV's owner.

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #38

Apr 102015


  • 200 miles
There is an issue with the 2015 Honda CR-V where the car vibrates and rattles significantly when idling in drive with brake depressed. The RPM seems to drop down to 600 and the engine starts making noise and vibrating. At the present time it is only an inconvenience and irritating but I feel that if this continues them we may be looking at premature wear and tear of parts just due to the excess vibrations. Consumers may be in for huge spends to replace parts that were worn out over the years due to excessive vibrations in the car.

- Rocky Hill, CT, USA

problem #37

Nov 052014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
Shortly after purchasing this vehicle we noticed that it has an extreme vibration problem. For us, the problem is most pronounced when the car is warmed up, and it is idling. Under particular electrical load conditions the car will shake violently. The vibration is the worst when the car is idling in the 500-600 RPM range. Several people have ridden in the car and asked us if something is wrong, and why is the car shaking like that. Even my five-year-old asked why the car shakes so bad. The vibration is so strong, and the idle so bad, that at times it feels like the engine is about to die. Honda needs to address this issue immediately. It is an unacceptable problem that must be fixed.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #36

Mar 182015


  • 14 miles
A strong vibration when vehicle is stopped and in drive. The vibration rattles the whole car- you can see the vibration in open windows, the passenger seat, the gear shift. Uncomfortable drive and lack of confidence in the safety of my vehicle. Scared to drive my car on long distances. First Honda- probably last.

- Roslindale, MA, USA

problem #35

Nov 052014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 10 miles
Shortly after I bought my 2015 CRV touring I noticed severe shaking while idling. I contacted the dealership and was told that it was a normal occurrence for a 4 cylinder vehicle and since I had traded in a V8 I was just not used to it. I took his word for it and have unfortunately become accustom to it but in the last month it has gotten much worse. Now it is shaking violently enough to where if you were driving instead of idling you may lose control of the vehicle. This has also not been my only safety issue with this vehicle. My other complaint is that on certain road types the car is extremely unstable. The first time I experienced this issue I actually pulled over and called my husband to let him know what was going on. I immediately took it into the dealership and was told that it was happening because the tires were new and were grabbing the lines in the road and that it shouldn't last long. Well, here it is five months and 4000 miles later and it's actually getting worse! the car veers to the right and to the left uncontrollably. My husband was driving when there was ice on the road and it actually pulled us and made us temporarily slide on the ice due to it jerking and he almost lost control. This is the least safe I've felt in any car that I've ever owned. I fear for my family's safety every time we ride in it and I am extremely disappointed in how Honda has handled the complaints.

- Greeley, CO, USA

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