hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,457 miles

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2006 Honda CR-V drivetrain problems

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2006 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #14

Oct 132016


  • 115,000 miles


The car shakes at low speeds. Vibration and shaking to whole car affecting traction and everyone in car feels the shaking. Feels like transmission is slipping in low gears. Only at lower speeds and not at high speeds. I bought it used this year, and the problem seems to be getting worse. Well maintained CRV automatic, AWD, 115,000. Really hope I can get it fixed with paying for a transmission. I thought it was the AWD traction, but it seems to be a common complaint.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #13

Sep 122016


  • 161,000 miles
My 2006 CR-V shudders at around 40 mph. It did the same 3 years ago and Honda charged me $1200+ to fix the torque converter (@ 107,000 miles). Now it is doing ti again at 162,000 miles. It seems it is a design flaw. Shouldn't Honda do something other than make more money on me?

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #12

May 122016


  • 100,700 miles
Transmission slips on second gear and slams to third gear.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #11

Oct 052013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 103,300 miles


On a 200 mile trip the air conditioner/ compressor locked up. I had just completed the 100,000 mile scheduled service which included the drive belt replacement. I was able to drive the vehicle back home as long as I didn't attempt to use the A/C or defroster. Obviously Honda has a problem with the compressors they are using in there vehicles. Hopefully dot will investigate the faulty equipment. My sister in law has also replaced two compressors in her 2006 Honda CRV at lower mileage intervals. No more Honda for me!

- Martinsville, VA, USA

problem #10

Feb 092013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I incorrectly put the car into drive 1. I noticed my mistake and changed the transmission to drive. The car's computer put the vehicle in full throttle. I braked and put the transmission into neutral and the RPM gauge showed the car to be in full throttle. I had to turn off the vehicle and everything was ok after this incident. I am 100% sure that the computer on this vehicle has some problems.

- King Of Prussia, PA, USA

problem #9

Oct 142012


  • 118,884 miles
I just had a complete transmission failure with my 2006 Honda CR-V 4WD at 118,000 miles. The transmission failed within a few days and gave little warning until complete failure occurred. The transmission would slip in all gears, so I could not put the vehicle directly into 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th gear to get the vehicle off the highway. Luckily, I was close to home when the transmission failed but it took a few engine cool downs to get the vehicle driven off the highway to a safe location to be towed to my local Honda dealership. Honda said the transmission was completely blown and needed to be replaced with a factory-rebuild. I own two other Honda's (one is a 1990 Accord with about 250,000 miles on it) and have never had a transmission problem in either car. I just don't understand how I can have a 23 year old Honda with 250,000 miles on it that has seen absolutely no transmission problems but have a much newer 6 year old 118,000 mile Honda CR-V with a 100% failed transmission needing compete replacement. I have searched all over the internet and I see numerous complaints about 100% complete transmission failures with 2004-2006 Honda CR-V's. there is definitely something going on with these newer CR-V transmissions that Honda has not reported (as of yet). The Honda dealership I took my car to, said that I was the 1st CR-V transmission they ever replaced from the 2004-2006 CR-V series. Honda originally quoted my $4000 to replace the transmission with a factory-rebuilt but they contacted the regional Honda rep and was able to lower the price down to $3000. That price is absurd, as I just cannot believe that a transmission will only last 118,000 miles. It will be very tough for my family to even think about purchasing any Honda's in the future. I have talked to everyone about how great Honda cars are, with a 23 year old Honda still going. No more will I recommend a Honda!

- Evington, VA, USA

problem #8

Jul 112012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,600 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda CR-V LX. While driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel and the front end of the vehicle began to shake violently. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the main shaft and counter shaft speed was inconsistent. The technician informed the contact that the torque converter would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 72,600. Updated 10/17/12 the consumer stated the manufacturer was notified and did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was due to be repaired on 10/10/2012 at a cost of about $1300. Updated 10/24/2012

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 012011


  • 67,000 miles
Vehicle began surging then lost power. Dash warning lights for vsa, engine, and "!" came on as vehicle lost power then stalled. Turned off ignition and then restarted. Ran fine after it cooled off for a few minutes. Still happening over a year later. Internet search reveals this is a common problem spread across many model years. Dealers unable to solve problem and have no idea what is causing it.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 142011


  • 31,000 miles
Driveability issues created by rear differential. Requires accelerated and expensive maintenance at intervals above and beyond factory recommendations. Would appear to be a design reliability issue that should be addressed by Honda beyond simply shifting the burden on to owners.....updated 10/26/11

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 012010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
This CRV rumbles all the time when traveling at speeds of 1500 RPM +/-. letting off the gas will stop the rumble. Dealer could not hear it. It has become more frequent and of course annoying. I have tried everything from changing dual pump fluid to tires. I have been told that it is bearing on the transmission or the seal on the drive shaft. Had any recalls for this problem?

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 162010


  • miles


2006 Honda CRV rear differential fluid replaced once already and now having problems again. Hoping its just the fluid again. Been happening now for a few weeks.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 102010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 34,911 miles
Rear differential in 2006 Honda CRV made a grinding noise when backing up or turning.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #2

May 052010


  • 14,000 miles
2006 Honda CRV, noise in the rear differential. Starts making grinding noise when turning sharply at low speed. Pasted 36 month warranty period. Honda put out a service bulletin #07-024 with instructions to replace the rear differential fluid and burnish the rear differential clutches. The owner's manual says to change differential fluid at 60K miles or 4 yrs. The original fluid is defective.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 012007


  • 16,000 miles
I have had an odd sound coming from the rear differential of my Honda CR-V. the dealer said after the first change of the fluid the sound would go away but it has come back over and over again. They refuse to pay for the rear differential fluid change and I understand that this is an ongoing problem with 2006 CR-V's.

- Matawan, NJ, USA

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