hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,751 miles

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2005 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2005 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #43

Jan 042017


  • 190,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the head lamps failed without warning. The contact replaced the head lamps; however, the failure occurred approximately one week later. The contact found a recall related to the failure that stated that the wiring harness, located in the steering wheel malfunctioned, and needed to be replaced. The VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #42

Nov 092016


  • 188,400 miles
About every month we have had to replace the front low beam headlights on either the drivers side or passenger side. We have replace the entire headlight assm and use surgical gloves to put in the bulbs. They blow on the road and nobody can explain why and it is dangerous.it started awhile ago.

- Wilton, NH, USA

problem #41

Apr 102016


  • 100,000 miles
Headlights (halogen) burn out within months of install, repeatedly.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #40

Jan 132016


  • miles


The headlights keep burning out every 3-6 months, this can't be normal. I keep reading complaints online from others experiencing the exact same thing but Honda is not taking responsibility. Besides being costly, time-consuming and annoying, it is a safety hazard and it is illegal, you can get a ticket for driving with a burnt light. In addition the light on my dashboard has gone out, and the 2 rear doors electrical locks do not work.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #39

Jan 082016


  • 111,000 miles
Since purchasing the vehicle two years ago, the headlights have been replaced 6 times. Both driver and passenger sides fail. It has become a safety issue as I am often caught in the dark without proper lighting. Each time the bulbs were installed correctly. Last bulb failed 1/8/2016.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #38

Sep 302014


  • 110,000 miles
My 2005 CR-V AWD, four door locks failed within two months, first the passenger side door, then the rear passenger side, then the driver side, and then the tail door lock, I took it to a local dealer, and was told all the actuators were not working. I had two of them replaced, they are expensive. I was told there is a recall on the 2007 models, I think they should start an investigation on 2005 models also,

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #37

Nov 122015


  • 204,850 miles


My headlights have been failing since I bought the vehicle 3 years ago. I've xhanged a multitude of lights, had the combination switch cleaned 3 times and finally put in a new switch, all with no results. So I found a recall EA11012 and Honda says it's not for my VIN number. This has been an ongoing problem for CRV's. it happens when driving and is a safety and fire issue.

- Valley Center, CA, USA

problem #36

Jul 152015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the front driver side power window switch failed to operate. In 2013, the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign: 12V486000 (electrical system, visibility). There was no failure prior to the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Stanford , CT, USA

problem #35

Jul 092011


  • miles
For the last four years, I have had to replace headlight bulbs due to unexplained failure. I have needed to replace bulbs anywhere from one to six months. I would like my vehicle to be recalled for electrical system:wiring:interior/under dash exterior lighting:headlights exterior lighting:headlights:high/low beam dimmer switch exterior lighting:headlights:switch

- Milliken, CO, USA

problem #34

Dec 092007


  • 29,799 miles
Since 12/9/2007, I have had 22 low beam headlight H1 bulbs burn out. I have read posts by hundreds of other 2005 Honda CR-V owners having the same issue with the headlights burning out. I see that Honda has issued a recall for the 2002-2004 Honda CR-V for this issue, but the 2005 and 2006 models should also be corrected.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #33

Mar 022015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles


2005 Honda CR-V. consumer writes in regards to airbag and door switch issues. The consumer was informed there was no defect with the air bag. The consumer was unable to open the door using the remote. The consumer sent in recall# 12V486000.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #32

Feb 152011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Front driver side headlight keeps burning out. I have to keep changing it every few months. Now, it appears that the headlight has electrical issues. Low beam is very dim and the high beam does not work. I also experienced other type of electrical issues. Very often, the fuel cap warning light comes on. I check every time and the cap is screwed on tightly. After a few time turning my car off and on the light goes out. Also, after I drive my car, it always smells like burned plastic. My research on indicates that many other owners of the same year make and model had not only similar but same issues with their headlights. Can something be done about this? I will have to have my headlight fixed and will cost me a lot $$$$.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #31

Oct 112013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
The vehicle was difficult to start on the first cold day of the season. When checking the voltage on the battery, I found that there was corrosion on the positive connection. I also noticed that the original clamp had been replaced with an after-market clamp. Further inspection revealed corrosion back through the cable itself which would not allow cutting the affected cable because it would have been too short to reach the battery.

- Walsenburg, CO, USA

problem #30

Nov 122014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 69,400 miles
The passenger side headlight went out in the middle of October. When I went to replace the bulb I noticed the element was not broken inside the bulb. At that point I took it into the dealership. The mechanic took the bulb from the passenger's side headlight and put it into the driver's side headlight and took the driver's side headlight and put it into the passenger's side headlight. He did not replace either bulb. This appeared to fix the problem because both headlights were bright when turned on. About a month later in the middle of November, again the passenger side headlight went out. It was the same problem as before, the bulb was in perfect shape but not shining. I took it back to the dealer again and this time the mechanic was not able to resolve the issue by the same means as before (switching light bulbs) or by replacing them with new bulbs. The dealership told me I need to replace the entire wiring for the passenger side headlight which is going to cost $1600.

- Kapaa, HI, USA

problem #29

Nov 012012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Circa November 2011 the driver's door actuator on my 2005 Honda cr/V failed. Subsequently two additional door lock actuators failed. The dealer wants circa $300 to repair each of these actuators. I believe these are design flaws and that Honda should repair/replace these actuators on an extended/goodwill warranty basis.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #28

Jan 012014


  • miles
Drivers side door locks: The door lock on the drivers side will not lock or unlock the drivers door unless the key is used on the drivers side. Trying to unlock/lock the doors with the remote will work for all the doors except the drivers. Trying to unlock/lock the doors with the key will work for all the doors except the drivers unless you are using the key on the drivers side.

- Capitol Heights, , MD, USA

problem #27

Mar 052008

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
I have replaced both the high beam and low beam bulbs a total of 17 times. This is a common problem with the Honda CR-V's with no resolution. Honda uses a unique connection at the bulb which I believe may be the culprit.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #26

Oct 222014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda CR-V. while parked, the driver side door caught fire. The contact extinguished the fire. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the failure was related to the electrical switches. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Hanover Park , IL, USA

problem #25

Nov 162010


  • 60,000 miles
Low beam headlight lamps need to be replaced sevral times per year.

- Annadale, VA, USA

problem #24

Oct 012014


  • miles
The driver side headlight went out for the third time in 12 months. These vehicles need to be recalled and fixed, as the 2004 model was recalled but the 2005 models seem to have the same issue.

- Edison, NJ, USA

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