really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
156,437 miles

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2008 Honda CR-V drivetrain problems

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2008 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Feb 032016


  • miles


Received recall letter on passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture, driver's frontal air bag inflator may rupture, automatic transmission control module software

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #21

Jan 012016

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Car "jerks" or slips when going uphill. Reported to mcminnville Honda, mcminnville, Oregon 97128 beginning of 2016. Service manager said unable to duplicate "jerking" or slipping action when going uphill. Told me to contact Honda customer service, which I have done twice now. My Honda care warranty expires tomorrow, 10/11/16. Now I have to worry that after tomorrow my dealership will find the "jerking" or slipping problem and I will be handed a huge bill which I cannot pay. My 2008 CR-V has 95,000 miles on it currently and I was told "you will get about 200,000 miles on this car by the salesman" who sold me this car! I am 70 years old and on a fixed income and cannot afford an expensive repair. I have discussed this with Honda customer service and my dealership and now I am desperate. I paid over $1200. For the Honda care warranty and now I am "being held up" by the threat of not being told there is something wrong and now that your warranty has ended you are on the hook for a problem you first reported in the beginning of the year! could this be caused by the transmission or some other part I.e. axel? I was told in 2011 by right Honda, scottsdale, AZ, that Honda care disallowed a problem with the rear axel. Please help me.thank you. The safety recall hotline is closed today for columbus day.

- Mcminnville, OR, USA

problem #20

Jul 132016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the gear shifter system was defective. While the vehicle was parked and unoccupied, the gear shifted out of park position. The vehicle rolled away and came to a stop against a sign. The contact was able to move the vehicle and placed the gear into park. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 11V395000 (power train), but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was not available.

- Bogart, GA, USA

problem #19

Jun 282016


  • 96,100 miles


Takata inflator: I.M a driver on my veicle this is the way I sustent my self. Working as "uber driver". my concern is about the safety isues for me and my pasangers.. I know thereis arecall for this veicle, therefore it would be required to takecare!. also my windows power is allready making a big noise, on the doors locks, with the risk of shooting of at any time. On Tuesday at 5:pm I got my kcar key look inside of the car wille it was on. Because the locks got lock by it self. Causing for me to call triple aaa. My veicle was on. At the parking lot of ralphs in the city of brea ca, 92821. By brea blvd, & imperial hwy. This is a safety issue.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #18

Jun 012016


  • 122,000 miles
Vehicle has a shutter in transmission between 35-45 mph. Honda dealer applied two firmware updates with no change. Honda dealer recommends replacing torque converter ($3282.90) or entire transmission ($4444.78) vehicle was just state inspected four days ago. Mileage: 122,000.

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #17

Jul 122015


  • 60,099 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to stop the vehicle and crashed. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belt failed to secure the contact on impact. The contact stated that the A-pillar where the seat belt was attached became separated. A police report was filed. The contact suffered injuries to the collar bone, head, and a pinched nerve above the hairline, which required medical attention. The vehicle was taken to a collision center. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,099.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #16

Apr 082015


  • miles


I had driven the car from Florida to NY with my dog. While travelling North on I95 I noticed some intermittent bucking, hard shifting, and going into neutral. It was intermittent so I assumed it was some anomaly. After stopping at my families residence in yonkers NY. I drove the car to riverdale to visit my mother. After leaving the nursing home I proceeded on the return trip to yonkers. I was northbound on the sprain parkway and exited at tuckahoe road. There is a full stop sign at the intersection. I was fully stopped looked both ways an inched out to make a right turn ( the visibility of oncoming traffic in the eastbound direction is limited because of an incline and the road has high traffic volume during the day) I am not certain if the car slipped back into neutral or the individual behind me failed to make a full stop. I was hit rather hard in the rear end. With or without the transmission concern the car behind me did not obey the stop sign. My car was towed to a collision and repair facility. When the technician was assessing damage he performed a road test and found the car hesitating and shifting in and out of gear. He checked the transmission fluids and found them to have a burning smell and be black. I had only had the transmission fluid flushed and changed in January. And prior to that less than 5 months earlier.

- Marco Island, FL, USA

problem #15

Jun 012010


  • 48,000 miles
Ongoing problem from when I purchased the CR-V in 2010. Many times when shifting into reverse there is an loud, audible clunking as the gears grind. I've been parked next to other CR-V's and noticed the same noise as the CR-V is put into reverse. This must be a common problem. Also the doors were locking and unlocking on their own while I was driving, and I had to have the lock mechanisms on all 4 passenger doors replaced. Lastly there is an annoying whistling noise in the duct work for the heat and A/C. I have to keep the recycle button on to somewhat diminish it.

- Sedona, AZ, USA

problem #14

Feb 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Vehicle shutters violently when accelerating between the speeds of 20mph through 50 mph...

- Costa Mesa , CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 222014


  • 54,362 miles
This is my third complaint to your Agency. My previous complaint numbers: 10561753, 10560625, and 10548352. My CR-V has an unwanted acceleration problem. As I am applying the brakes to stop, the engine speed increases and requires very hard braking and shifting the transmission into neutral. This has occurred several times in the past 6 months. I have taken my car to the Honda dealer and it was examined by a factory representative who reported there is nothing wrong. This opinion is based on the problem not occurring during the day they had the car. This problem does not occur every day or even every week. I told them that the power control module may be the problem but they refuse to replace it. My contacts to independent repair shops have resulted in being told this is a problem to be addressed by Honda and not an independent shop. I feel that an accident will eventually occur and I don't know where to turn for help. Please help me resolve this dangerous situation.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jan 202014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


This is my third complaint filed with NHTSA regarding 6 instances of unwanted acceleration when braking. Since my last complaint I contacted my dealer, boardwalk Honda of 6807 tilton road, egg harbor township, New Jersey 609.428.4422. The dealer made a contact with Honda corporate and an appointment with a Honda representative to inspect my vehicle was set. On Jan. 27, 2014 they had my vehicle for a full day. Because the unwanted acceleration did not occur on that date, I was given a report that nothing is wrong with the CR-V. I had explained that it only occurred 6 times over a 6 month period and it was not reasonable to expect it to occur on a specific date during the inspection. I heard that it could be the power control module (PCM), but apparently Honda does not want to replace it as a safety issue. I need help with this problem before someone is hurt.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #11

Jan 202014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
My 2008 Honda CR-V, purchased new by me, has an unwanted acceleration problem when braking. I filed a previous complaint with your office and never received a reply. I have contacted Honda regarding this problem and they stated I will be contacted by their representative. This is a serious safety problem and other owners have listed identical problems on the internet. This problem has occurred at least 6 times. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #10

Sep 192013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Passenger side door lock will not stay unlocked. Either manually unlocked or automatic such as when the transmission is put in park position. This causes a potential safety problem for any passenger sitting in the passenger location. They cannot conveniently exit the vehicle at any time.

- Inverness, FL, USA

problem #9

Apr 042013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Fellow Honda owners: Just started experiencing doorlock failures. (61,000 miles). My noticed rear door lock (behind passenger)not locking after key fob is clicked. Also noticed as car accelerated from 5-10mph the all door locks would attempt to lock. Driving us crazy as well as posing a safety issue. Can't leave valuables in the car for fear of it getting stolen. Read that it's the actuator. P/N 72155-S5A-A01. Also Honda has not issued a recall on this problem. I guess once it reaches a major threshold (1000 complaints)- then they'll act. Otherwise it's the owners responsibility to replace the actuator. All actuators should be replaced because they eventually will fail. Dealers will gladly perform the replacement of actuators. What ever happened to Honda reliability " I guess they don't build them like they use to. This vehicle was built in Japan, however the actuator part was probably manufactured elsewhere. Really disappointing Honda..........on my model 2008 there is also a pending switch transmission problem. I wonder when Honda issues a recall for that"

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 252012


  • miles
The vehicles brakes are horrible, it the front rotors mostly, they deteriorate very quickly along with the high quality brake pads. I replaced the rotors at 70,000 and they are already getting damaged. There has been an unsettling vibration in the braking/steering system since we bought the car. I am convinced that Honda no longer makes quality vehicles and the sooner they stop making cars the better. At 25,000 miles we had the ac clutch start to slip on us while we were in about 120'F temps in bon our way to bullhead city. We arrived completely soaked in sweat and with the beginning stages of chapped lips from the hot air blowing from the ac. We had an air leak in the moon roof since we bought it, all Honda did was make us waste our time while the mickey moused the seal, on the way home from the dealers after they supposedly fixed it, it started making the whistle again after I opened and closed it. I had grease prints all over the head liner from that experience.the leather arm rest started bubbling and peeling about a year after the purchase, it looks horrible. I have had better used cars then this. I have nothing to say about Honda except if you value your life and your families life and value what you buy with your hard earned money. Then don't ever ever buy a Honda. They deserve to go out of business and be sued by every person that ever bought from them.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 022013


  • 36,086 miles
This is with reference to my Honda care case number # [xxx] dated June 14th 2013 recall id number 76438.failed part: P/N 38900-rza-014 defect code: 5F100 symptom code: S5700 parts information A/C compressor clutch kit: P/N 38924-rwc-A01 required special tools: A/C compressor repair kit : T/N 07aaf-000A150 reference Honda service bulletin 12-072 VIN #[xxx] make Honda model CRV 4WD ex-L year 2008 mileage: 36086 extended warranty dated 12/30/2007 for 84 months paid $2500 + 586= $ total $3086 current problem noticed on stop signal without put feet on the gas pedal automatically raised there is some manufacture defect for the wheel alignment original tire got bald at 30 K inform local dealer and Honda care. I request kindly investigate and suggest for a valuable solution, in this I have spend almost 37K our life is important from safety perspective. At time my whole family travel in this car. With this recent incident raised at the stop signal brought me to more concern. Your immediate action will be highly appreciated. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Ramon , CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 042013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 2,404,623 miles
Approx 17-20 mph car has difficulty getting to next gear, losses power. Very scary!

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #5

Apr 302013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 59,339 miles
I had just depressed my accelerator pedal to travel on the rt. 123 bridge in occoquan, va when the accelerator got stuck all the way down and my car accelerated from 30 mph to 80 mph in a 1/4 mile stretch. I slammed on my brakes and the accelerator kept on going and then I heard and felt a sound of the accelerator crunching and the car slowed down. I am really shaken and at hendrick Honda in woodbridge trying to determine if my car is safe or not to drive. I saw the five similar incidents in the database recorded since 2008, whereas people have been hurt and injured. I do not see a recall and wondering what it takes to get a recall on this serious and life threatening issue?

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 212012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
At approximately 1500 RPM while cruising, vehicle shudders. Acts like trying to shift between gears but won't engage. Condition ceases when accelerator released or depressed. Occurrences at speeds between 20 & 45 mph frequent. Family member had low mileage Honda Accord with same problem, which was only solved through transmission replacement.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 222012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
Car is idling very rough, wants to stall out when stopped at a traffic light or stop sign. Transmission is jerky when starting up again after coming to a full stop.

- South Amboy, NJ, USA

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