Notes: 2011 Honda CR-V owners are reporting problems where the engine revs when braking.

Our data is showing early signs of a defect trend, so that's why we've flagged the 2011 CR-V with our "Beware of the Clunker" rating. Time will tell whether this continues to be a problem, & if so, whether Honda will be able to identify the problem & fix it.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,428 miles

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2011 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 112016


  • 45,000 miles


Viper 4105 remote start system installed 11/19/2013 by an authorized dealer (waxwerks indianapolis, in). Over the next three years the starter was used sporadically and the system was re-programed twice when malfunctioning. On 11/07/2016 the remote start function was tested in anticipation of colder weather and worked as required. On 11/08/2016 after being driven to the local library and turned off the vehicle attempted to start on its own with no one inside or near the vehicle and the remote controls three miles away from the vehicle. The same incident happened again several times a day on 11/09, 11/10 and 11/11. In all cases the remote controls were not in or near the vehicle and the vehicle had been turned off according to normal procedure. On 11/11 we went to dinner and following dinner went to a local music club. When parked outside the music club the vehicle attempted to start three times after being turned off and the doors locked. Following the music club the vehicle was pulled into the garage and the garage door was closed. As we entered the house from the attached garage the vehicle started and continued to run even though the keys had been removed and the ignition turned off. The vehicle was immediately moved outside the garage until the problem could be resolved. On Saturday, 11/12 the vehicle was taken to waxwerks (6816 East 82nd street, indianapolis, in 46250) and the viper 4105 was removed and the vehicle electrical system restored to ome. The viper 410 and the two remote starters are in my possession. In all the above cases the vehicle was stationary on a city street or a private parking lot/ drive way. I have the original viper documentation and the installation receipt. When the viper 4205 was removed on 11/12 waxwerks did not charge for the labor and did not provide a receipt. They did return the originally installed unit to me.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #9

Jul 112016


  • miles
My car used to run 24mpg. Now drop down to the 15-18mpg. I don't know what is going on? also the air conditioner run on summer will be hot air out.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

May 122016


  • miles
My Honda CR-V driver side door started locking and unlocking the doors about 2 - 3yrs ago. Finally the driver side lock stop working. Willet Honda found the lock actuator to be bad and replaced the item for $313.68. I reported this information to american Honda case 04691393 & 03969708.

- Rex, GA, USA

problem #7

Apr 172016


  • 54,000 miles


Back in October 2015, my husband was driving me to the airport at 5 am. As we approached to turn onto the highway, the power steering died and the electrical system turned off. We were stuck in the middle of a dangerous intersection with no way to fix the car. We could not shift the car into neutral to push it off the road. The police came and some good samaritans. Someone found a way to manually pop something off to force the car to shift and that's how we got the vehicle off the road. I had my 3 year old son with me at the time too. It was an incredibly dangerous situation. While I was away, the mechanic shop looked at my car and said it was the computer. They said it was like a 2K fix. We had it towed to the millenium Honda because that's the dealership of purchase. Millenium Honda fixed it and said it was the ignition fuse. Now it's April and out of normal use (my car is 2011 and only 54K mile), the car won't start. It was fully functioning the night before and nothing was left on. Stationary in the driveway, it would not start. It's not the battery because that was changed in March. No sound when you turn the key. Nothing was left on. Today, waiting for dealership to come to a conclusive resolution to the situation. This has shaken my belief in the reliability of my car. Whether it's a computer problem or whatever, it is putting my family and I in danger if it does not function properly. Power steering or electrical failure is not ok. It could have happened on the road. What then? first incident 10/31/15 and now this one 4/17/16.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 122015


  • 32,000 miles
Un wanted acceleration at low speeds while parking or stopping, car thrust forward without foot being on gas pedal, especially when attempting to park ect.or pulling into a parking space at low speed with foot on brake.this is not a floor mat issue at all. Has happened 5 0R 6 times at random. Complained at dealership, they stated no one else has had the problem reported to them. Could easly run someone over or crash into something.happens very quick without warning...

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #5

May 012015


  • 100,000 miles
Drivers side door lock actuators failing inconsistently and randomly. Sometimes vehicle cannot be locked or unlocked. When drivers side rear actuator fails the trunk also fails to open.

- New Market, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 092015


  • 28,980 miles


Door lock actuator problem: Drivers rear door lock is in open mode to lock and unlock. Honda dealer tested and then replaced door lock actuator. Due to the same actuator problem Honda settled a class action law suit for class vehicles (2007-2008 Honda Cr-vs and certain 2009 Honda Cr-vs) on September 19, 2014, by and between american Honda motor co., Inc. ("Honda") and plaintiffs in davitt V. Honda North America, Inc., case no. 13-381 (D.N.J.) (the "litigation"). (

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 152015


  • 57,000 miles
Door lock actuator failed: Key fob would only lock/unlock drivers door. Manual key lock/unlock on outside drivers door would only lock/unlock drivers door. Attempted to lock/unlock all doors using button on inside drivers door: Could only lock/unlock drivers door--no affect on other doors. Today, Honda dealer tested and then replaced door lock actuator: Problem persisted unaltered. Then more diagnostics showed: "diagnosed to find the unlock relay inside the micu is not providing power to unlock the remaining doors. The noisy driver front actuator, or any of the other 3 may have caused the issue in the relay. Orderd the under hood fuse relay box and customer will return."

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #2

Dec 092011


  • 4,800 miles
The engine suddenly accelerated in a parking garage. The brakes slowed the car on the first acceleration, but almost immediately the engine again revved-- to a shrill, loud sound like that of a jet engine. Result : car rammed into a support pillar in the garage; airbag deployed, and I was wearing my seat belt. Car may be totaled, still awaiting estimate from insurance. I spent 4 days in the hospital for surgery on my broken arm, multiple bruises and swollen face, and will not be able to drive for 3-4 months.

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #1

May 302011


  • 2,500 miles
When cruising along at a constant speed and trying to accelerate to pass a car, the CR-V does not downshift to an appropriate lower gear. The car actually slows down as the accelerator pedal is further depressed. The motor bogs down. If the accelerator pedal is pressed down abnormally far, the car may then drop into a lower gear. When driving up a hill and additional power is needed the same symptoms occur. The transmission does not always downshift and the engine bogs down with minimal power. These are both intermittent problems. There is a Honda tsb 10-077 which may address the issue. It can be potentially dangerous as the engine has very little power when this occurs.

- Croton On Hudson, NY, USA

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