hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,601 miles

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2005 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #54

Nov 302013


  • 99,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Honda CR-V. the contact stated the driver's side headlight stopped illuminating intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician stated the headlight assembly had to be replaced. After the vehicle was repaired the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000.

- Pelham, NH, USA

problem #53

Jan 012007

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Headlight bulbs fail frequently (anywhere from approximately 3-6 months) for no apparent reason. Usually one side at a time. Normally, replacing the bulb has been an effective (if expensive) solution. However, most recently, replacing the bulb didn't fix the problem. Fuses are all O.K. from several on-line forums, this is a very well documented problem. There is currently an outstanding recall for this problem for model years 2002-2004 (NHTSA campaign number: 12V136000). From my research, this problem seems to be at least as prevalent (if not more so) in the 2005 and 2006 model years. Please expand the recall to include those model years and force Honda to own up to what appears to be a poor design issue. This is a safety issue.I have owned Honda for over 30 years, and exclusively for the last 9 years. I don't know what my next car will be, except that it won't be a Honda.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #52

Nov 112013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 84,565 miles
On 5 occasions in the past 3 years the drivers side head light went out. Fuse was good.

- Mineola, NY, USA

problem #51

Oct 082008


  • 35,000 miles


I purchased my 2005 Honda CRV new and really like the car. Since about 2008, the headlights have to constantly be replaced! at first, it was every few months but now, it's every 6-8 weeks! I have asked the dealer about recalls and although there are recalls for some 2005 vehicles, my car is not part of the recall. In order to submit a complaint with Honda, I have to have them diagnose the problem, which will cost a few hundred dollars. The labor cost to access the headlights is extensive, according to my dealer. I am frustrated that other cars with this problem are able to be repaired as part of a recall but mine isn't. at what point will Honda think that maybe my car should be included in the recall?

- Paxton, MA, USA

problem #50

Aug 152007


  • miles
I purchased my 2005 Honda CR-V ex brand new. I had no real issues with it until around 2007. From that point on I have had my low-beam headlights (plural) burn out, almost in tandem, at least twice a year. The frequency appears to be increasing. Occasionally, they will take the dome light with them. I haven't touched the bulbs when replacing the dead sets. I have noticed a massive build-up of what appears to be black grease on the connectors when I've changed them the last few times. I don't know if this is the cause (if so, what is causing it) or a side effect of the problem. I noticed there was a recall on the 2002-2004 CR-V for the same symptoms (don't know if the cause was the same). I would like to report this as a "known issue" after reading approximately 161 complaints from others having the same problem (ref: CR-V headlight problem at www.topix.com/forum/autos/Honda-CR-V/tlnd3jkaui93fs68G/P9). I would also like to know what the problem actually is. This is both a safety hazard and an expensive recurring repair.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #49

Dec 012012


  • 31,000 miles
I purchased my 2005 Honda CRV used from an owner in May 2011. In the 2+ years I have owned it I have changed the regular headlight bulbs 3-4 times. I have never had to change the headlights so often in any other car I have owned. And, to top it off, just recently I've noticed the reverse lights are out now too! I urge Honda to extend their headlight recall to the 2005 crvs as well, as it seems that this recalled electrical issue continues to later versions. I like this car, but I don't want it to nickel and dime me to frustration! the design of the car doesn't make it easy to change out those bulbs either (did it with gloves on and different types of bulbs)! every time I see a 2005 Honda CRV owner on the road I feel like waving them down just to see if they are having the same problems with their headlights as I am!

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #48

May 142013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 81,240 miles


May 14, 2013 low beam driver's side failed. Replaced bulb. June 5, 2013 driver's side low beam bulb failed. Replaced bulb. June 15, driver's side low beam bulb failed. Having home dealer check wiring. Found this is a known problem for the 2005 CR-V. it's getting expensive - the air conditioner also failed while on vacation, a $3900 fix. Honda needs to man up on this.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #47

Oct 012008


  • 35,000 miles
Low beam headlights have been blowing on a regular basis since Oct. 2008. They last anywhere from a few weeks to a couple years each. Both sides are affected by this. Have had a local mechanic replace each time. I didn't realize this was a widespread problem with Honda until researching it today. Recalls are in place starting with the '06 model. I have seen several comments from other '05 owners with the same problem and the costly solution offered to them. The '05 Cr-vs need to be added to this recall.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #46

Feb 012006


  • 10,000 miles
This vehicle, and its twin, a 2006 CRV, constantly have blown out headlights (low beams). They blow out every few thousand miles, which is a very expensive, annoying, and dangerous problem. Honda denies a problem, but between the two vehicles we have replaced dozens and dozens of headlamps, we now buy them three at a time to cut down our trips to the auto parts store. We rarely use the headlights in daytime, only when necessary, which I feel is compromising safety, since the lights go out on such a constant basis.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #45

Jan 012012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I have had to replace the low beam headlights on my 2005 CR-V several times in the past year alone (at least 4 times that I can remember). The lights go out randomly while driving (the exact speed is unknown). This obviously presents a very great safety hazard, and I am very concerned as my wife and newborn baby sometimes use this car. The last time we had the bulbs replaced, there appeared to be scorch marks on the wire connector that attaches to the back of the headlight assembly. There are many forum posts on the internet of drivers who have similar issues to mine with the same model year (2005) and also with 2006 Cr-vs. Here is "one" of the forum threads containing such posts: www.topix.com/forum/autos/Honda-CR-V/tlnd3jkaui93fs68G/P8 if you could please investigate this issue it would be greatly appreciated.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #44

Jan 012011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


We bought our 2005 CR-V SE in sum 10 and love the vehicle. Since then however, we've had to change headlight bulbs approximately 10 to 12 times. Sometimes a single bulb, sometimes both... they simply go out every couple of months. We even had to ride home one night with "high beams" because the both low beams simply failed. The next day we purchased new bulbs, installed them on the CR-V, and now the low-beams work, but the high beams do not. It's kind of getting old buying new bulbs every few months! my problem/concern is the fact that we have a known recall for a extremely similar issue on 2002 thru 2004 CR-V models. That recalls summary states: "due to tension from the combination switch wiring harness, wear on the surface of the electrical terminal can occur, yielding copper oxide, which increases electrical resistance. Increased electrical resistance may cause the terminal ends to melt within the wiring harness connector." The consequence listed on this recall is: "if the terminal ends melt within the wiring harness connector, the low beam headlights may become inoperative, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash." Based on our experience, it seems the recall listed above should be expanded to include the 2005 CR-V models as well. We've looked at current recalls for our vehicle under the Honda owners site and there are none listed for our VIN... ? Honda may want to re-visit this recalls coverage before any other 2005 CR-V owner's headlights go out in the middle of the night while driving... this is a major safety concern!

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #43

Jan 082013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
I have had to replace two driver's side low beam lamps and one passenger side low beam lamp in 45 days. This problem is well documented for 2002-2004 Cr-vs, but nothing was done for 2005-2006 vehicles exhibiting the same issue.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #42

Feb 132013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
This is the 5th low beam replacement I have had to make since owning my car. Once again, this is a common problem in Cr-vs that Honda has refused to acknowledge.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #41

Feb 062012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My low beamheadlights stop working every 3 months, I have replaced the bulbs each time but they still only last 3 months. There are numerous other complaints similar to mine for the 2005 CRV but neither your Agency or Honda has done anything about it. Apparently CRV models from 2002-2004 have the same problem and have a recall for it. Why not 2005 crvs.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #40

May 012011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
Why has **2005** CR-V not been recalled for headlight / safety malfunction? driving in the dark, rain, or heavy (mn) snow all extremely unsafe. Have had 2005 passenger (right) side low-beam headlight replaced ~10 times in 18 months, driver side ~4 times. Passenger-side low-beam last replaced two weeks ago and is already out. Mechanic(s) find no cause. **, I have seen that NHTSA dir EA11012 states, "analysis of complaint and Honda data show that a complete low beam headlight circuit failure occurs in models with 2-bulb headlight systems (I.e., a single bulb on each side for high and low beam). Models with 2-bulb systems include my 2002-2004 CR-V...models with 4-bulb headlight systems (I.e., two bulbs on each side, one for high and one for low beam) have different electrical circuits for the headlights and do not experience the same failure mechanism as the 2-bulb system...Honda introduced the 4-bulb headlight system in CR-V in my 2005. ***whatever the mechanics of the problem--2-bulb or 4-bulb system--a simple search gives ample evidence that there is, in fact, a serious headlight and safety problem with the **2005** CR-V (emphasis added). It's a problem that's affecting a critical mass of drivers.

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #39

Oct 172012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Headlights keep burning out. I have replaced them four times in the past two months. The dashboard lights are burning out too. I had to replace the glove box light, the temperatue control, air conditioning, recirculate, odometer lights. Now the RPM light is starting to go. It is getting very expensive to be replacing all these lights. The headlights are $8.99 each and I paid $230 to replace the dash lights. After replaceing the dash lights, when I use the remote to unclock my car, all the dash lights blink three times (they never did that before). I also noticed that when I turn on my turn signal I hear a high pitch noise. I am worried that my headlights will go out when the store is closed and I can't get it fixed. I may get a ticket or get into an accident. I drive to and from work in the dark. Also what if both headlights go out at the same time, that could be dangerous. I worry that my spedometer may go I and I won't know how fast I am going. I have told the dealer that I think there is an electrical problem, but they insist there is not. I do not agree with them.

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #38

Dec 072012


  • 65,200 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that when driving during night hours, the low beam headlights failed after driving approximately 500 feet. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they advised him that the bulbs were not a problem and that the problem could have been caused by an electrical failure. The manufacturer was later contacted and they offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 65,200. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #37

Nov 232012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Low beam headlight on driver side intermittent. Bang on headlight and it goes on. Now it doesn't work at all. Have changed bulb but this has not helped.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #36

Jun 012007

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Low beam headlamps continuously burn out. Each lamp burns out after four to five months. I have tried lamps costing from $10 to $25 each from two different manufacturers. No significant difference if operating life.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #35

Jul 022012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
Why has the 2005 not been recalled for exterior lighting. The bulbs frequently needed replaced and then the went out for good. We can use the fog lights and the high beams but not the low beam head lights. We've changed fuses and bulbs with not result. Please add this to the recall.

- Portage, MI, USA

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