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 7 of 8)

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problem #34

Jun 052013


  • 65,000 miles


Cannot unlock the doors using the key manually. The door locks relock within 1 second after unlocking the door electronically. Have to have hand on the door handle when unlocking the car otherwise it will relock before I can get the door open.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #33

May 312013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 66,700 miles
Passenger side door will not lock with either the key fob or manually. When using the key fob it will lock and then immediately unlock. The same happens whenever the lock button is pressed on the driver/passenger door. When locking it manually on the passenger door, it will unlock immediately as well.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #32

Mar 142013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
Locks locking and unlocking while driving--a safety issue. My car broken into due to car's inability to lock. In addition, the car alarm does not function as the malfunctioning actuator on car is signaling that car is unlocked when it is not. Honda fixed actuator on one door, only to have another door malfunction less than 2 months later. Called american Honda today and they are refusing to fix what is defective part since they state is no longer under their 3 year warranty period. Car does not lock while driving. Online reports of people not being able to get out of cars. In the event of a crash or fire, this is a real problem in addition to safety. There is a pending class action suit filed 1-18-13 in Pennsylvania on this same issue fir consumers to be aware of. To have Honda do nothing about this obvious safety issue is of serious concern!!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #31

Nov 012010


  • 36,000 miles


I have a 2008 CRV and my door lock actuators are failing to keep the doors of the vehicle locked. This is the second time or third time I have had them replaced and they have burned out again and are leaving the doors of my vehicle unlocked at speed. I press the lock button and they lock only to unlock seconds latter. They only seem to have a service life of 20K-35K miles! this mean every two years I have all the locks in my car fail to remain locked. I have a american car from 1996 and the original locks still work fine and stay locked!

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #30

May 292013


  • 80,000 miles
I stepped out of my car while it was running and the car locked itself. I had to walk home, get the spare key, and then walk back to my car. Then, the car would not unlock with the spare key, manually or by pushing the unlock button. I also tried the valet key--it wouldn't work either. The drivers' door is the only door that has a key lock on it so I couldn't try the key in any of the other doors. This is a serious safety issue that needs to be corrected by Honda.

- Cleo Springs, OK, USA

problem #29

Jun 012013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
The driver door has started locking on own. I stopped to get gas on a Saturday evening and I got out to pay at the pump, only to find my car had locked itself. My purse and cell phone was inside. Luckily the gas station had an attendant who was kind enough to let me use his phone. I was 60 miles from home. I could not find a locksmith to come open it up on a Saturday evening. So, not only do I have to replace the actuator in the car, I have to replace the window on my back door because I had to ask a neighbor to break in my house to get the spare key, then drive 120 miles round trip to bring it to me. Even with the spare key, it was a struggle to get the door to open because it would either not unlock or immediately re-lock. I believe this to be a serious safety issue-as after all this ordeal to get home, the car would then not unlock to let me out.

- Cleo Springs, OK, USA

problem #28

Jun 172009

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 25,457 miles


The passenger door locks immediately after unlocking, before you can grab the handle, preventing you from opening the door. The front seat passenger is trapped inside the vehicle. This may seem like a minor problem but if the passenger needed to get out of the vehicle in case of accident, fire or water then they will have no chance and could suffer serious injury or death. From reading incident reports on this site, this seems to be very common problem and it should be fixed before someone dies.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #27

Apr 232013


  • 85,000 miles
I am experiencing a power door locking problem with the back seat / passenger side door lock. The power locking system keeps trying to lock the door while driving and it produces a constant clicking sound. I am unable to secure my door. From my research, it appears that I have a bad actuator and this is a common problem for Honda CR-V's.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #26

May 072008

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the vehicle would shake violently. The technician diagnosed that the engine was tilted and that there were two broken motor-mounts both needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. In addition, the contact stated that the air compressor was defective and was replaced. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #25

Jun 112011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
A few weeks before my 36 month warranty was up, my door actuator went out in the left rear door. It was replaced and worked fine until recently 18 months later it seems the same door actuator has gone out. I am taking it in to be replaced for over $200 which is a bit much for a limited income. The door is worse now than before in that it keeps cycling locking and unlocking as I'm driving. I think Honda should replace for free as it is obviously defective from what I have read online.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #24

Feb 012012


  • miles


Doors lock and unlocked while driving.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #23

Sep 112011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
Doors lock and unlock themselves.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #22

Apr 092013


  • 75,000 miles
Doors lock unexpectedly. Doors automatically re-lock after depressing the unlock button.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

problem #21

May 012013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
The car doors are permanently locked. When I parked, the driver door locked and could not be unlocked- neither by remote nor manually. (usually the car automatically unlocks when in park). I climbed out the passenger door and clicked the lock button on the remote. About an hour later I tried to unlock the car from the outside and none of the doors unlocked. Only the driver door has a keyhole and inserting the key did not unlock the car. I tried using my spare keys but nothing worked. I am locked out of the car.

- Coral Springs , FL, USA

problem #20

Apr 162013


  • 70,000 miles
CRV electrical power locking system refuses to stay locked, unlocks doors randomly and now will not stay locked under any circumstance.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #19

Mar 152012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
The front passenger door unlocks immediately after locking it, with remote or by the door itself. This is a hazard because anyone can enter vehicle when stopped at traffic light or stop sign or when vehicle is parked.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #18

Mar 112013


  • 72,000 miles
Passenger side door lock failed due to defective part (door lock actuator) and door cannot be unlocked or opened from outside of the vehicle.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #17

Jul 142012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The first problem uncovered: The driver's door cannot be manually unlocked with a key. My daughter drove the car to a concert using the valet key and discovered at midnight that she couldn't enter the car. After family arrived with electronic key it was determined that it would not manually open the door either. Following that incident we noticed the driver's door will randomly re-lock itself after the ignition is turned off and the door has initially unlocked. The locking system sometimes makes a "whirring" when engaged. The latest development: The passenger side rear door and the hatch refused to unlock using either the electronic key or the driver door controls. Also, the rear passenger door couldn't be opened manually using the button on the door itself- it wouldn't budge! the next day, the problem fixed itself... at least for now.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #16

Mar 242013


  • 46,891 miles
Right rear door and hatch would not unlock either manually or through the power locking system. Dealer determined that this was the result of faulty actuators and forced me to pay over $600 to have them replaced. This is a known error as there are other reported cases of this happening. It was also a safety issue as passengers could have been trapped in the car.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #15

Sep 252012


  • 108,000 miles
The door actuator went out first on my passenger front door and automatically locks now every time I stop the actuators cycles on all 4 doors and tries to relock. This is very annoying and also I like to add please don't waste your money on the black chrome rims mine are peeling solid chrome is not supposed to peel so that was $3000 wasted.

- Caledonia , MS, USA

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