really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,216 miles

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2008 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2008 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #114

Sep 242014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 67,340 miles


Driver's door will not lock by any method or configuration. Cannot lock it manually from inside the car, or from the outside with the electronic key fob or physically with the key. When driving the car attempts to lock all the doors automatically after the car exceeds 15 kph - all the doors lock except for the driver's door which immediately moves back to the unlocked position. Cannot lock the driver's door manually or by pressing the lock button in the arm rest either while parked or while driving. This is a significant safety issue, as well as a security issue - car alarm cannot be set since the driver's door won't lock.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #113

Sep 162014


  • 69,900 miles
Door locks going out making buzzing noise when engaged in reverse.Honda should repair free of charge, total cost to fix $850! ridiculous.

- St.Louis, MO, USA

problem #112

Aug 252014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
When trying to unlock the door with the remote keyless entry, all doors unlock except the back passenger door. From looking at the internet, there looks to be other Honda CRV owners with the same problem.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #111

Sep 122014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


The rear passenger door will not stay locked. It slowly unlocks and this poses a safety concern for children in the back as well as the fact that my vehicle cannot ever be locked.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #110

Nov 252013


  • 153,000 miles
When unlocking doors from inside or with fob, passenger door re-locks within seconds. Drivers door lock makes loud noise whenever locking or unlocking. Seems to be a problem with a lot of similar cars. Very annoying. Could be dangerous if trying to enter or exit car in a emergency situation.

- Shenandoah, TX, USA

problem #109

Aug 102014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 64,800 miles
When driving the door locks keep locking and unlocking. Now the passenger front and rear doors will not lock at all. This poses a problem when children are riding in the car and may try to open a door while the driver is driving, by allowing thieves to enter the car while it is parked (also not parked), and other hazards which make my family now afraid to ride in the car. I dread the cost of this repair for a problem that should not happen.

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #108

Jul 312014


  • 100,000 miles


All doors are locking automatically immediately after they have been unlocked. On occasion, after locking, the doors will not unlock nor allow manual override of the front driver's side door to unlock it - the driver has had to crawl through the car to locate a door that could be unlocked manually in order to exit the vehicle.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #107

Dec 182013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
At times passenger front door locks can not be unlocked. At other times lock will randomly lock and unlock during which door can not be unlocked. This creates unsafe conditions where door can not be locked at times or unlocked at times. I believe this to be a defect with the door lock actuator.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #106

Aug 012014


  • 78,321 miles
The door lock for the back door of our vehicle keeps slowly unlocking after we attempt to lock the doors. This happens when we use the fob or when we attempt to lock the doors manually. This is a safety issue and I understand there is a class action suit (or suits) against Honda for this.

- Lincoln, RI, USA

problem #105

Apr 302014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
My car first began automatically locking constantly every time I released the brake pedal and began to accelerate with the gas pedal. A few weeks later I noticed that the passenger side front and rear doors were no longer locking. I tried to lock them manually but they automatically unlock. My car is still continuing to automatically lock every time I switch from the brake to gas pedal only now it makes a very loud, startling buzz sound from the front passenger door with each lock. The issues seem to fluctuate between not locking at all, locking constantly, and buzzing loudly with each lock each time I drive the car. It also seems that the child locks are activating themselves as you cannot open either passenger door from the inside of the car. This is becoming a grave safety concern being that I cannot lock my doors properly. I became very frustrated to find that this seems to be quite a common problem with CR-V's made between 2007-2011 and Honda has not recalled them. Fixing this issue through the dealer is very costly and does not promise to correct the issue. Honda campaigns to "start something special". I have yet to see what it is that they have started that is so "special" when it comes to repairing their own mistakes to benefit the safety and convenience of their loyal customers.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #104

May 202013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


Was driving down the road and I heard my doors lock again. They usually only lock when I put the vehicle in drive and not again during that particular trip. It kept doing it after I would come to a stop and then accelerate. Now it makes a screeching noise everytime I put it into drive. Sometimes it locks, sometimes it doesn't. the dealer wants $330 per door to change out the actuator. I understand Honda is involved in a class action lawsuit over this. I cannot figure out why they would not issue a voluntary recall over this. There are safety issues involved for their customers. Honda usually has a great reputation for making a reliable and affordable vehicle. They should be concerned about their customers, not the bottom line. They will lose customers...

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #103

Aug 012013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The right rear passenger power door lock remains in the locked position at all times. Any attempt to unlock the door, either manually or remotely, only lasts for a few seconds at most. Then the door is relocked electrically and can't be opened from neither the inside nor outside. The door can only be opened by quickly pulling the door latch in between an unlock command and the automatic reset of the lock. Since the time of the rear passenger door issue the front passenger door lock has begun having the same problem.

- Mcloud, OK, USA

problem #102

Jun 292014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 63,456 miles
Rear passenger door (behind driver) unlocks when car is in motion. I had children in the car when door suddenly unlocked. Problem is continuing.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #101

Sep 012012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Vehicle door locks immediately relock themselves when trying to unlock car. Sometimes it keeps me trapped in the car trying to open the door fast enough before it relocks itself. This is a safety concern in the event of an emergency and need to evacuate car.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #100

Dec 062013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Passenger front and rear doors will not stay locked. Poses safety risk with having a child in the backseat. Took to Honda and door actuators had to be replaced in both locks. Fortunately I had extended warranty but still cost me $100 copay. Now seeing this is a huge trend with this vehicle.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #99

May 212014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Door locks come unlocked after locking. They will not stay locked.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #98

Jan 012014


  • 78,000 miles
Doors automatically relock after unlocking with key fob. Will no unlock manually.

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #97

May 202014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 66,300 miles
Left rear door completely unlocked, no matter during the driving or stop.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #96

Jan 122012


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that all four door actuators were replaced on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the actuator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,000 and the current mileage was 64,000.

- El Segundo, CA, USA

problem #95

Sep 102012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. the contact stated when turning the ignition switch, there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle before staring. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the starter motor and the wiring cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000...updated 08/11/14 updated 08/19/2014

- Lexington, MI, USA

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