Notes: While the 2009 CR-V still came equipped with tires that wear out faster than my Grandpa after a turkey dinner, Honda did address an electrical problem with the door locks that plagued owners of previous model years.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,483 miles

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2009 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 112015


  • 34,000 miles


Took car into dealer for an oil change and was told steering rack is leaking and needs to be replaced at a cost of $1500. Totally ridiculous because the vehicle only has 34,000 miles on it and it is garage kept. Honda would not do a thing. Buyers of CR-V beware.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #9

Jul 152014


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. while driving at 15 mph and making sharp turns, the vehicle was leaking power steering fluid. In addition, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the powering steering rack needed to replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 61,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #8

Jul 312015


  • 73,000 miles
On July 31, 2015, while exiting I-95 northbound crossing from the Florida to Georgia state line from high density high speed vacation traffic, my 2009 Honda CR-V serpentine (drive) belt snapped. I immediately lost power steering and other functions associated with the drive serpentine belt. I was traveling at least 45 mph as I had just exited the highway; my knuckles were white I was grabbing the steering wheel so hard trying to assess, at high speed and with vehicles in front and behind me going the same speeds, how to bring the vehicle to a safe stop. My wife and two young girls were with me and I feared that me and my entire family were be seriously injured or killed. Subsequent inspection clearly identified a failed air-conditioning compressor clutch, that is the subject of Honda tsb 12-072 (service bulletin sb-10056005-7115), that my VIN is the subject of Honda's extended warranty associated with tsb 12-072. The compressor clutch caused the compressor to wind-up/damage the belt when it could not travel over the drive wheel of the compressor. The only warning we had, in hindsight, was we lost air conditioning earlier in our trip to Florida and the ac was blowing warm air and there was a noise coming from the compressor area. My entire family was terrified by what happened here - this seems like a defect that presents an unreasonable risk to safety and should be a recall, not an extended warranty. I could have been killed. Had this happened on the highway 1 minute earlier, I could have been rear ended at high speed by car or, worse, truck. Given the numerous blog posts about this problem, and the Honda dealer service tech who said he said this is a common problem that can result in the drive belt getting destroyed by a failed ac compressor clutch, it seems that it should be a recall.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #7

Aug 052014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 83,821 miles


Rack and pinion steering system replaced, leaking.

- Youngwood, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 122014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while driving approximately 2 mph, there was a strong burning odor coming from the front end of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the vehicle became hard to maneuver and the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the A/C compressor clutch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 109,000. The consumer stated the belt had snapped and started to burn causing smoke to billow into the vehicle, as well as loss of power steering along with other functions. Updated 04/21/14 updated updated 05/08/14

- Montiville , NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 152012


  • 38,000 miles
My 2009 CRV had approx 38,000 miles and the power steering pump went out, my husbands 2011 civic has approx 30,000 miles and his power steering pump just went out also. Is there some sort of problem with Honda's and this part" have others had the same problems"

- Ludlow, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 152012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


Vehicle always pulls to the right. Had a alignment done and still pulls. Suspected defective tire and changed it and still pulls to the right.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #3

Oct 012010


  • 33,000 miles
I bought a new 2009 Honda CR-V in Dec 2008. After around 30K miles or so, I noticed the car pulling to the left at highway speeds. I took the car in to a local mechanic for an alignment and tire rotation but nothing they did fixed the issue. I then brought it to the Honda dealership since it was still under warranty and they conducted their own alignment and tire rotation (at my expense since alignments are not covered under warranty). This still did not fix the issue and the dealership told me there was nothing else they could do. My car still pulls to the left at highway speeds. I am concerned that this issue may get worse and cause an accident.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 312009


  • 5,000 miles
I had been driving for about 90 minutes in a snowstorm. The road was snowpacked but it was daytime and visibility was acceptable. The vehicle was handling just fine as one would expect when taking extra care due to inclement conditions. I felt safe and in control at about 45 to 50 mph. When suddenly the car began feeling everything about the handling had gotten loose. It felt like we were swaying, and like we were slipping into ruts, but there were none. Road conditions had not changed. My passenger said that it felt like she was in a boat. I kept fighting the steering so it wouldn't cross into the oncoming traffic lane. I slowed to about 30. I pulled off the road onto the shoulder to examine the wheels, but found nothing out of the ordinary. We pressed on at slow speeds as other vehicles began passing us. I pulled off again and shut off the engine. Thought about calling aaa, but we were in the middle-of-nowhere, about midway between guymon, ok and tucumcari, nm. We were determined to get to tucumcari where we could stop at a dealer for service. The out-of-control, swaying sensation persisted until we drove through a section of highway that must have been salted, because it was slushy. After a few minutes in that slushy condition, the car began stabilizing, and resumed normal handling. Even though we encountered more snowpacked stretches, the malady never returned. It had been a terrifying couple hours. We took the car to a dealer in mesa. They could find nothing wrong. Recently the dealer here in Minnesota from whom I purchased the car examined it and found nothing, although they suspected an alignment problem. They suggested advising you. We have not experienced the problem since that one time. On the other hand, we have not driven through a snowstorm since then....and, frankly, we will be nervous the next time we do encounter similar snow conditions if nothing is resolved about what happened.

- Lake City, MN, USA

problem #1

Aug 042009


  • 10 miles
2009 Honda CRV veers to the right. If even for a split second one lets go of the steering wheel, the CRV veers immediately into the right lane in a total time of 2-3 seconds. This has been a known defect over the years and Honda has refused to recall and NHTSA has failed to follow through. If you just google this issue, you will see a number of similar complaints. I have had to have an independent mechanic skew the alignment to offset this defect as a temporary fix. Calls to Honda regional rep says it is up to the dealer to fix it and refuses to acknowledge safety issue or recall. The dealer says "its normal". a report to NHTSA last year has gone ignored.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

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