really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,322 miles

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2005 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 172012


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda CR-V. the contact stated the air conditioner made a high pitch sound. The dealer recharged the air conditioner; however, that did not stop the high pitch sound. The dealer also checked the compressor and belts, but found no problems. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000. The current mileage was 62,000.

- Philidelphia, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 092011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Ac complete failure with no warning at 90000 miles. Its twin car, 2006 CRV had exact same problem at same mileage almost a year to the day later. $1400 repair, system totally shot with no warning. Honda denies problems in these vehicle years, but paid part of the cost of repair as we noted to them that it was a known issue in the 2003 and 2004 crvs.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #8

Feb 012010


  • miles
Parked in a spot in front of party city, foot was on brake and I put the car into park. Removed my foot from the brake and the car accelerated into the building. When the car finally stopped because I hit a brick wall I went to shut the car off and it was still in park. I removed the key. Fortunatley no one was injured, my 2 grandsons were in the back in their car seats and my daughter was in the passenger front seat. My car is going to be repaired by a Honda dealer and I will stress what happened but do not feel confident that they will look for the problem. They will probably say that I am a crazy lady and must of stepped on the gas instead of the brake. I absolutely know that did not happen, the car took off on me. I almost felt like it went into auto drive. What can I do-this car is not safe!

- Mount Sinai, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 102009


  • 100,000 miles


2005 Honda CRV airconditioning system complete failure

- Garden Valley , CA, USA

problem #6

May 062008


  • 56,000 miles
My 2005 CR-V had the "black death" issue last may of 08. That seemed odd enough to me that a compressor would go that soon in such a "reliable" car. My whole family owns Honda. The dealer told me that it would cost 3200 to fix it. That my compressor "exploded" (lol, I am not an idiot, unfortunately for him). I immediately took it to my personal mechanic, who showed me the locked springs inside the compressor, and said it was indeed "odd" to see an ac failure that soon. After he fixed it up for 1300. I got a call from the Honda serviceman offering to maybe "work something out". well, with a small child. I could not afford to bargain for ac in may in South Florida, so he was a tad too late. I did not know, until my compressor went out again today, that there was this issue and was known. I have contacted Honda America, who were no help at all, and the dealer wanted to charge me $105 to diagnose it, and I would not be charged if I fixed it there. Hmmm. Honda America says they will only take estimates from Honda dealers and not other state licensed mechanic. Sounds very fishy to me!! I am now out ac (driving 40 miles to work at the tail end of the flu), and who knows how much money next. They are not willing to pay for it all they said already, and they hadn't even gotten a quote. I feel like I need to do something! I am so angered that they would just brush it under the rug like that. There are so many people out here that have the same trouble. I have signed the lawsuit petition, but not sure what to do next. I know it's October, but it's hot here in fl!!! any ideas?? at this point, I am definitely not buying another Honda!!!! never thought I'd say that, but I can't afford to replace this thing every year, and neither should I!!

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 022009


  • 57,000 miles
My 2006 Honda CRV spontaneously combusted while sitting in front of my home. It had not been driven for at least 8 hours. The fire started in the engine compartment and consumed the entire front of the car before the fire department put it out. The car had no mechanical problems, had been serviced by a certified Honda dealer regularly (the lat time was in April 2009), and was turned off and locked when it ignited. The car is totaled. The firemen who put out the fire indicated that there was no sign of vandalism, as the car was parked and locked, no sign of accelerant was found, and the fire was in the engine compartment, which was locked.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 092006

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 55 mph the vehicle stalled without warning. It was maneuvered off the road and restarted. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who could not duplicate the problem.

- Dover Plains, NY, USA

problem #3

May 042006

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,250 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle stalled on September 6, 2005, April 30, 2006, and May 4, 2006 at various speeds. Each time the vehicle was moved safely to the side of the road and immediately restated. Following each incident the vehicle was taken to the dealer, who has been unable to identify or repair the serious safety problem.

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012005

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6 miles
2005 Honda CR-V makes a "roaring" noise when between 1500 and 2000 rpms. This occurs every time. Dealer has replaced the exhaust system and the center bearing of the drive shaft. The problem continues.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 032005

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,963 miles
Our 2005 Honda CRV's engine caught on fire approimately. 300 miles after the first oil change. The dealer performed the oil change not us. The dealer blamed it on a faulty oil filter.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

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