Notes: Honda redesigned the CR-V for the 2007 model year to kick off the 3rd-generation of the popular SUV. Unfortunately that redesign came with malfunctioning door locksand shoddy tires that wear out fast.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,136 miles

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2007 Honda CR-V drivetrain problems

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2007 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Aug 152015


  • 164,000 miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2007 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the vehicle stalled and shook severely without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission and torque converter failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V061000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 164,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #21

Aug 102015


  • 80,000 miles
The outer race secondary shaft bearing is broken causes abnormal noise. This could cause the engine to stall additionally broken pieces may become lodged in the parking pawl resulting the vehicle rolling after it is placed in park position. Unexpected vehicle movement increases the risk of a crash or personal injury. It took a long time for someone to find the problem. Honda had a recall for this but my VIN # was not on it and should have been

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #20

Apr 012015


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda CR-V. while driving approximately 20 mph, there was an abnormal noise and the steering wheel seized. The vehicle hesitated and the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V395000 (power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #19

May 062015


  • 65,000 miles


The car lurches for no apparent reason. It has happened on several occasions, but has become more frequent lately.

- San Martin, CA, USA

problem #18

May 042010


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda CR-V. when starting the vehicle on an incline, the vehicle rolled away. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed the contact of NHTSA campaign number: 11V395000 (power train). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and confirmed that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 18,000.

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 112015


  • miles
1) we were never notified about our vehicle recall pertaining to transmission, and recall occurred in 2011. We are experiencing problems with transmission now and feel that the car is unsafe to drive. Please advice us on what happened and why we were not notified. Recall # 11V-395 (NHTSA campaign number) 2) we took the car multiple times for alarm sensitivity repair three times, and Honda dealership in roseville, ca, was unable to fix the problem. Car alarm continues to be is overly sensitive and goes off from air vibration (from other cars passing by, etc.) is this possibly another manufacturer defect? please advice us on what to do. Respectfully, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #16

Feb 172015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda CR-V. while parked at the contact's residence, the vehicle moved forward independently and crashed into the garage door. There were no injuries. Prior to the failure. The failure occurred on two occasions. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V395000 (power train). The failure mileage was 160,000...updated 05/19/15 updated 9/17/2015

- Holland Patant, NJ, USA

problem #15

Feb 062015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 48,501 miles
Noticed a whining sound while driving commonly associated with power steering control pump problems. Also noticed fluid leak spots on my garage floor when problem first started. We took the car in to the local Honda dealer to have it checked out & was told that the power steering hose was corroded as well as the "transmission" hose had rusted. We found it very unusual that a power steering hose would corrode given the fact that we bought the Honda new and it had been recently serviced and inspected at the cost of over $500 last year. The Honda dealer found leaking power steering pressure hose and also replaced the cooler line which was too rusted. The cost for this repair was $762.46!! we don't know if Honda used inferior quality hoses but it sure seems like it because I never had to replace my power steering hose for my 1994 Toyota pickup truck & have never had a problem remotely related to "corrosion" or "rusting" according to the Honda technician's service report. We were one of those customers that have a problem with the rear door actuator which will be repaired under a recent recall notice we received last week. This would have cost us $250 to have the actuator problem fixed if we hadn't been notified!!

- Kapaa, HI, USA

problem #14

Apr 182014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
After pulling into a parking spot at the grocery store, I placed my foot on the brake to put the car in park. All of a sudden, the car lurched forward at a high speed almost hitting the car parked in front of me. I had to depress the brakes all the way to the floor to stop the car (and my brakes are fairly new)! almost scared me to death! I bought the car brand new and have never had this problem. The car gets serviced regularly by the dealer. After this incident I'm afraid to drive for fear it will happen again and next time someone could get hurt or worse.

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #13

Mar 062013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 38,482 miles
2007 Honda CRV problems with door locks. The driver's door lock automatically unlocks while the vehicle is moving and can't be relocked. At first it was the passenger door lock, got that fixed @ Honda and cost about $300 back in Oct 2010 @ 38500 od mi. Now, the driver's door lock has the same problem! using remote keyless or driver's master door lock button, all doors lock except for the driver's door. It constantly makes grinding sounds and lock clicking on but does not lock!!.. tried to lock manually, but key does not work, afraid to force it and have it break in the lock. Safety issue and as well as property damage (unable to secure property). I hear this has been an ongoing issue with Honda CRV and other models, dating back quite a few years and makes sense if Honda contracting the same vendors! quality control issue" the recent recall for 2012 Honda and Acura for defective door locks!! if using same vendor - same problem - and why only 2012 if older cars have had the same problems" recall should be for older cars as well! ** other problem is the powertrain @ 66000 od mi. - recently noticed that at speeds of 10 - 15 mph ( after every stop) car sluggish as if about to lose power (dangerous safety issue) recall issues!

- Bermuda Dunes, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 012012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that she was able to remove the key from the ignition without the transmission being in park. As the contact exited the vehicle, it rolled away. The contact immediately placed the vehicle into park but the vehicle continued to roll and did not stop until it crashed into some barn wood. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 67,000. The current mileage was approximately 69,000...updated 03/18/13 updated 04/02/2013

- New Port, PA, USA

problem #11

Jul 242012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 104,005 miles
My car is whining and making noise when I turn the vehicle.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #10

Nov 012010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Loud noise from rear end differential when making slow sharp turns.

- Chanhassen, MN, USA

problem #9

Nov 072011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the vehicle stalled while decelerating to make a right turn. It took several attempts to restart the vehicle, but after ten minutes it finally restarted. All of the warning lights illuminated after the vehicle was restarted, but the check engine light continued to illuminate constantly. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who was running a diagnostic test and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V395000 ( power train: Automatic transmission: Control module (tcm, PCM)). The manufacturer was notified and confirmed that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Grays Lake, IL, USA

problem #8

Apr 142011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that she attempted to enter the vehicle but the doors would not unlock. The doors eventually unlocked after repeated attempts. The contact also stated that the vehicle would intermittently experience a failure in which it would not shift out of park unless allowed to rest for a long period of time. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the battery was replaced. The failures continued to occur. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #7

Oct 152010


  • 8,000 miles
Rear differential noise when backing and turning, could escalate to a dangerous handling of the car. Second time that I have to take my Honda CR-V 2007 to the dealer for the same reason.

- Highland Falls, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 272010


  • 28,000 miles
This is a 2007 Honda crv_ex-L. there was no accident involved. This complaint is in regards to the differential problem with the CRV. This vehicle has only 28,000 miles on it but is 3 1/2 years old. Started have a noise problem when turning at slow speeds. Brought into dealer and they told us the differential lubricant needed to be replaced at a cost of $125. Dealer would not stand behind the problem even though car had extended warranty, because it was past 36 month. Service rep said there was a service advisory posted internally for this problem that said the lubricant needed to be changed every 15,000 to 20,000 miles, even thought the manual say 60,000. No notification was sent to owners of this advisory. Had to pay to have it fixed, but do not know if there was internal damage and service rep did not know.

- Comstock Park, MI, USA

problem #5

Sep 032010


  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2007 CRV, 45000 miles on it, and I experienced a moaning or groaning comes from the rear differential when making a sharp or tight turn at low speeds.

- Delran, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jun 272010


  • 40,000 miles
We are a two car ownership family and one of the vehicle is a 2007 Honda CRV and around 40,000 miles the car began vibrating at speeds between 38 to 43 mph. Contacted my Honda dealer, lee Honda, and they are vehement in stating that there is no issue with CRV and the vibration maybe due to differential fluid needing flushing. Also dealer stated it may be due to front-end alignment. New tires were installed, front-end alignment done and what was an infrequent occurrence is not an everyday occurrence. Honda dealer is still adamant it maybe differential fluid needing flushing. My personal mechanic has found the bulletin that references the need to flush the differential, possibly twice. Why are they simply not upfront with their problem and address the issue. After several unsatisfied conversation with the dealership, I am having my mechanic do the work on 9/1/2010 and leave the Honda dealer chatting about "it's not a Honda issue" to himself. What poor customer relationship Honda advertises the dealership by not being honest about it's problem. It will be my last Honda. I am currently seeking to trade our other vehicle and it will not be Honda. When the vehicle was less then 6 months, we reported problems with the differential. The dealer replaced the differential per Honda's recommendation. Apparently there was a bulletin about the 2007 differential problem and it wasn't until our third visit to dealer that the problem was diagnosed as Honda bulletin, not a recall. Could these two issues be related?

- Auburn, ME, USA

problem #3

Jul 072010


  • 45,000 miles
2007 Honda CR-V 4WD, rear differential noise. It starts right at the beginning at slow sharp turn. I thought all 4WD drive are the same. The dealer service people never mentioned any problem when we did regular service until it ran out of the warranty. Now they "noticed" the noise and advised us to change the fluid. I suspected if this would solve the problem since I started noticing it right from the beginning. When I checked online, I found it is a bigger problem.

- Plainsboro, NJ, USA

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