hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
184,904 miles

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2005 Honda CR-V drivetrain problems

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2005 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #12

Feb 192015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 75 miles


I purchased a new 2015 Honda CRV exl. Picked it up on evening of 2/18/15. I drove it back and forth to work, approx. 30 miles round trip the next two days. I noticed vibration and felt something wasn't right. The car sat in my driveway the weekend due to bad weather. I drove to work Monday and Tuesday and the vibration was terrible. I drive in very slow moving traffic. While accelerating, it feels like a bumpy ride on uneven roadway. This makes me feel very unsafe! especially while going around curves. While stopped at red lights, the steering wheel and seats vibrate. Exactly one week from picking up my vehicle, I'm back at the dealership with the service manager driving my car and experiencing my concerns. I brought the car back in again for the service manager to capture the vibration on video to be sent to Honda. I contacted Honda of America and now have a case manager. Please do something to help all of us who have been ripped off by Honda and they are still selling these defective cars!

- Brookhaven, PA, USA

problem #11

Oct 042014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 1,800,000 miles
My husband was on the way home after a visit to Georgia, he was just West of tallahassee when thee car started acting like it was out of gas, jumping and bucking. He managed to get it off the interstate and that was it no pulling no nothing. We called our insurance because, back in April we had a accident and the car had to go back into the shop several for different reasons, each time my husband said "the transmission is not acting right, there is slack action even on the day he left which believe was 29th of September he stopped at the Honda dealership here in pensacola and was told "you have a little water but should be ok. Well by the end of the week, in the middle of the night the car is on the side of the road and undrivable. Towed back to tallahassee and found a motel (only room available 200$ a night. I got my car back yesterday to the tune $4607 wow!!!!! is there any information on transmission problems" we think it was caused by the accident or at the least the accident helped the demise of the transmission. In your opinion is this possible" still very hard to steer. For several months there was severe pulling to the left, they finally found the front strut was pulled out of the arms that holds it in place, just lying on top, I believe the force of the other car hitting ours caused this problem, and the insurance paid this but they are saying the accident did not cause the transmission problems.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #10

Jun 302014


  • 79,000 miles
The car was making noise diagnosed by Honda as the transmission pump. Car had only 79,000 miles and was serviced regularly and all fluids are changed regularly. I had the transmission fixed elsewhere for half the price Honda wanted. I N, ever heard of a transmission problem at such a low mileage. Very disappointed in Honda.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #9

Jul 012008


  • 35,000 miles


For approximately 5 years, my Honda CR-V has experienced a shudder in the vehicle when the speed is in between gears. This shuddering recurs between 2nd and 3rd gear, 4th and 5th gear. I have reported it to the Honda dealer where my vehicle was purchased numerous times over the course of the past 5 years. The answer I was always given was "cannot duplicate problem". I was never asked to go for a test ride with a mechanic nor was I asked to describe the problem in detail. I was brushed off. When I moved, I took my vehicle, now over 100K miles, to a specialty service mechanic. He quickly took a test drive with me and was able to recreate the shudder within 5 minutes. He knew exactly what was wrong and advised me to contact Honda. I feel that this problem is a safety issue, as at higher speeds when the vehicle shudders, it is difficult to maintain control of the steering wheel.

- Olmsted Falls, OH, USA

problem #8

Apr 062013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The transmission blew with no warning whatsoever, driving at highway speed the forward motion suddenly cut out. Luckily we had enough momentum to get to the side of the highway or 4 people would be dead. The car had just had a trip inspection within 10 days, all systems go, and we took the car shopping in the morning with no indication whatsoever by performance, noise, etc there was anything wrong at all. The transmission failure was total and sudden. Honda denies any issues with this car, which, if I lived in a different state, would be a lemon. Its headlights constantly go out, and it and its twin, a 2006 CRV, both had broken ac around 90000 miles. The estimate for repair is $4300. This piece of junk metal is now the most expensive car I have ever owned in terms of owner cost.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #7

Jan 032005

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
I bought the car in August 2004. After a few months drove it to the mountain, put the snow chain and the car couldn't go more than 10mph, instead it make a loud roaring noise. Took to dealer but couldn't duplicate the problem. Call direct to Honda they said they couldn't do anything since the dealer didn't find any problems. Since than we drive another car whenever we went to the snow. Last weekend we went to palm springs aerial tram and the car make a loud noise that sound like it came from somewhere in the drivetrain parts. I thing this must have related to the same problem wen I went to the snow. I call a friend that has an independent car repair shop and told him what had happened. He advised me to call Honda because the car is defective since it was new. I called Honda and they said to bring to a different dealer than the one that I went on the first incident. I went to a dealer and again couldn't duplicate the problem, paid $220 for diagnostic and they said the problem has nothing to do with any parts of the drivetrain, I checked on the website and found alot of people have similar problem posted on the CRV forum /blog. I wonder if NHTSA can help us to complain to Honda for related problem and have them repair the car free of charge since it was defective.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 022011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 18,769 miles


There was a groan coming from the rear differential when making a sharp turn or tight turn at low speed. The mileage was 18769 miles. The cause was attributed to contamination of the fluid in the rear differential. The fluid was drained and the rear differential clutches were burnished. However, the drained fluid was clean. The fluid was again replaced. This should not happen to a car with this low mileage. This sounds like the wrong fluid was installed at the time of manufacture. I will seek compensation from Honda.

- Grover Beach, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
My 2005 front wheel drive CRV has a rumbling in the front and also seems to slip when acellerating. Many other seem to have this complaint with Honda crvs and mine is a 2005 non AWD. This is terrible as everytime we go out now we dont know if the car will get us to our destination and my husband and myself are both disabled. We purcheased this CRV as to the good reputation Honda had and now we are stuck with this problem that Honda refuses to help with.

- Neshanic Station, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 172011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Honda CRV 2005 ex model started lately (2010 late) to have rear differential noise, especially when making big turns at very low speed (starting from stop). This is the design problem.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 182010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
My complaint is with the rear differential. I have had to replace the fluid several times since I have had it, due to low fluid. I now have a "case halve" in the rear differential is leaking. A very costly expense. I have researched this problem online and it seems that a majority of CR-V owners are having the same problem.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #2

Oct 302010


  • miles
I own 2006 Honda CRV. My complaint is about rear differential fluid. The owner's manual states that rear differential fluid needs to be changed every 60,000-90,000 miles. First time had to replace it at 19000 miles because of the noise when the wheels were turned right/left at low speeds. The same problem resurfaced at 53000 miles again. The dealership pushes a $250 dollar procedure (rear differential change 2 times and burnishing the clutches) to fix the problem as the vehicle is not under the warranty anymore. The dealer also recommends changing the rear differential every 15000 miles. Honda misled its customers with its low maintannace schedule.

- Wahpeton, ND, USA

problem #1

Sep 032008


  • miles
This is a problem in the rear differential system in Honda CRV 4-wheel drive model made between 2002 and 2007. After about every one and a half years, the differential fluid becomes so much contaminated that the whole vehicle starts to shake. According to the vehicle's owner manual, the differential fluid only needs to be changed every 5 years or 90,000 miles. Obviously the differential fluid becomes dirty too soon. When this happens, it is difficult to make a turn. I consider it unsafe. As I know, it is the problem to all vehicles of the same model not only my car. So I think it is a design problem. In my case, the rear differential system had to be reflushed three times and the rear differential clutches had to be burnish as well. Luckily, no injury so far.

- Houston, TX, USA

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