2012 Honda CR-V electrical problems: battery goes dead

Battery Goes Dead

2012 Honda CR-V (Page 2 of 4)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
33,150 miles
Total Complaints:
77 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (36 reports)
  2. new battery (11 reports)
  3. if honda does not solve such problem, give loyalty elsware (10 reports)
  4. replace battery (7 reports)
  5. alternator replacement (5 reports)
  6. software upgrade (3 reports)
2012 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2012 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #57

Feb 162016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


Need a solution to the problem with the battery running down. Battery and alternator checked out good. Need a solution from Honda.

- rabitn, Antioch, TN, US

problem #56

Oct 082013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

The battery in this car has been replaced 4 times!!! The dealership would only pay twice. The dealership also claims there is NO PROBLEM with the car!! Are you kidding me--Honda step up the plate and fiure out what is sucking the life out of the batteries.

- M P., Atlanta, GA, US

problem #55

Nov 112013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,400 miles

Car would not start - was in my underground garage. Roadside came and started - told me I needed a new battery (tried to get me to buy it on the spot). I did not. Drove it immediately to the Honda dealership. Was extremely upset since this was the third occurrence. They finally admitted to a known issue and did some re-calibration to fix it!! No credit towards a new battery or anything either. Although I did not need a new battery at that point in time.

- sammilwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US

problem #54

Sep 162013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,200 miles


Sat all day at work. I started without a problem. Went three miles to Sam's Club. Shopped for 20 minutes. Returned to my car and it was completely dead. Roadside service ran a test and said something was draining the battery - maybe the dome light. I turned it off - not automatic and went to Honda dealership. They checked and said all was good. (but it wasn't)

- sammilwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US

problem #53

Jun 122013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

Battery was completely dead. There was no known cause - I thought maybe I had left the dome light on. Called roadside assistance to help.

- sammilwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US

problem #52

Jan 292013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

Every 10 months or so....my crv battery dies I purchased the vehicle in March of 2012. Replaced the battery in January of 2013 Replaced the battery again in February of 2014 December of 2015 - its dead again. I buy new vehicles to avoid car problems. This vehicle cost me over $40,000 and still ----might as well have an old junker---- I never know if I will be able to get my vehicle going.. This should be resolved.... it should be fixed permanently. I always buy Honda CRV touring or top of the line.... Please do something!!

- DeA L., Edmonton, AB, Canada

problem #51

Mar 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


In May of 2012, I purchased a new 2012 Honda CR-V hoping to have a reliable vehicle with good gas mileage. After about 23,000 miles, the battery began to intermittently die. I took it to the dealer and after testing the battery, they indicated that it was fine. The car died again, I took it back, and Honda replaced the battery. All was good until another 20,000 miles. The battery, again, intermittently would die. After a couple of early morning calls to AAA to jump my car, I took it back to Honda. They said sorry, your battery is fine (and that's putting it nicely - I was made to feel like I was crazy). If we can't get it to mimic the problem, there is nothing we can do. The battery was still under warranty, but they would not replace it. Over the next few months, the vehicle seemed to be working properly, and I began to think that maybe they were right. I was wrong. The battery died twice over the 2015 Holidays. We jumped the car and I drove it directly to the service center. I advised I was leaving it until they figured out what was wrong as I did not feel safe operating the vehicle anymore. Thankfully, my car died in the service bay. They ran "numerous" tests and determined that the starter and alternator were fine (I have an extended warranty). The battery was reading that it needed a charge, but not that it had a "bad cell." I left it overnight where they were able to obtain a bad reading, therefore prompting a warranty replacement.

Honda was unable to find the cause of the battery drain. Three batteries over three years - there has to be a defect. Very disappointing.

- msparsons, Norfolk, VA, US

problem #50

Apr 082015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

The battery should not have died that quickly, and of course not covered by any warranty

- topazifnj, Morris plains, NJ, US

problem #49

Aug 152015

CR-V E XL 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,350 miles

The battery starts the auto. However I know the battery is weak. I had it checked at two automotive centers. It is about 75% cold cranking amp power. In the last three years it caused. I know the generating power is not good.

- flow12, Quincy, WA, US

problem #48

Oct 112015

CR-V SW 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,254 miles

My car is no longer under warranty but I feel that the car should not be having a problem like this so soon. The company should pay for the repair. I have an appointment to have it fixed tomorrow.

- Kay W., Empire, MI, US

problem #47

Sep 022015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


Was parked on a busy downtown street, had just turned off the car, was gone 10 minutes at most and car was absolutely dead when I tried to start - no sign of life at all. One way, 2 lane street with cars parked on both sides, so getting a jump was logistically challenging, not to mention totally stress inducing. Hadn't done anything that should have drained battery. Was given a jump and things seemed to be OK.

Fast forward 2 months - I'm curious if it's even going to start today when I try at lunch, seemed like battery was really weak every time I tried to start it yesterday - it should be nice and charged since 2 days prior I had just driven 7 hours on the highway @ 65/70 mph. Was researching what replacement battery to get when I stumbled across this site. Am calling Honda today to see what they say.

- Michele S., Portland, US

problem #46

Jul 252014

CR-V LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,637 miles

Hope it doesn't happen again but doubtful. They wouldn't listen when I said I needed a new battery. They suggested I had left something on. The lights are on Auto. Not my fault.

- Lee B., Avon, US

problem #45

Oct 202015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

We are on our 2nd battery for our 2012 CRV. We are putting in our 3rd and taking back to Honda, not sure what their reply will be.

- Stacey C., Poway, CA, US

problem #44

Sep 092015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Honda is clearly aware of the problem, yet refuses to fix it. The alternator does not supply adequate charge to the battery, and meter is reading 12.0-12.6. Have replaced battery twice in less than three years. Was rudely asked by Honda, "So, you want us to fix it for free? It's not under warranty, you are past 36k miles. So, it's $700." So, a car that I haven't even owned 3 years yet, and paid about $32,000 for, has a known problem, and I'm a moocher because I stupidly thought it would be covered. Honda should do the right thing and fix the defective alternators. It's truly unacceptable. Other than that, I have really enjoyed my CRV.

- Tracy W., Scottsdale, US

problem #43

Aug 032015

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,300 miles

I bought the 2012 Honda used with 6000K on it. I thought it was strange that it had a brand new AAA battery in it for a fairly new car. One year later the battery would not hold a charge and I had several dead battery incidents that were becoming a huge nuisance. The worst was on a camping trip in the middle of the San Rafael swell in Utah with no cellphone service. I bought a new battery. The next year that battery started to not holding a charge. I returned it as defective. Now the new battery is showing signs of distress.

I have read the Service Bulletin about the computer not charging the battery fully and have made some calls to local Honda dealers. It appears I will have to come up with another $300+ to fix the problem. I shouldn’t have to put my car on a battery charger on the weekends. Now when I go anywhere where the car will be parked for more than two days I use a solar charger so the battery won’t die. I have no peace of mind with this car. It is my second CRV I have owned. Honda should fix this problem. I can’t believe the battery manufactures are not going after Honda for damages. I will be returning this battery soon.

- Troy N., South Jordan, UT, US

problem #42

Sep 242015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,800 miles

For the third time in one month my battery has been dead. The first time Community Honda in Whittier California said it needed a software update and the battery was fine. A month later it happened again and they told me it was my fault because I've had the radio on for a few minutes. They said with newer cars you cannot listen to the radio in the accessory position without draining the battery. Wow first time in 40 years of driving that that has been an issue. They said they tested everything and the battery and electrical and draw rate were fine. Of course it took them three days to tell me this. Meanwhile I did not have my car from Saturday early morning to Monday afternoon. Today after several short trips between my office and my main place of employment, I came out and once again the car was dead and would not start. Nothing had been left on. AAA ran a test strip and said the battery is poor and provided me with the test strip.

Isn't there a three strike law in California?

- Sue P., Whittier, US

problem #41

Sep 262015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

We bought this Honda CRV based on Mileage and features. New. Wife drives it small distances EVERY DAY, and seldom at night.

So the vehicle has usage, daily usage, and low voltage since the lights are off. First time it happened was 2 years after we bought it. We were baffled, I gave it a jump with my car and moved on.

Today it happened again. Out of the blue. Thing is this car has a safety feature to turn off the lights in case you forget when you leave the vehicle. Never mind that, cause today it happened in mid-day. Some good Samaritan saw us in the middle of the Texas heat, and gave us a jump (Texas has nothing but kind and friendly people, thank goodness)

I can't risk my wife going to a play date with our 4 year old daughter and getting stranded.

- arguile, Dallas, TX, US

problem #40

Jul 212015

CR-V EX NAV Not Sure

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles

Honda CR-V, 2012, so it is 3 years old. Bought new and maintained well. Suddenly the car won't start. Battery is 'dead'. Charged it up and it starts but no indication of anything left on and nothing unusual about the driving pattern. Trying to make an appointment with the dealer but armed with issues noted on web site including door locks draining the battery and service bulletin 12041 to update the controller.

- Buzz A., Park Ridge, IL, US

problem #39

Jul 052015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

My 2012 CRV's battery died 5 times. Every time the battery was replaced, and the time before last the software was also updated. It keeps dying. I also have an Acura TL and the battery died there too. I think this is a big systemic problem in Honda.

- Paul H., Sarasota, FL, US

problem #38

Jul 142015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,421 miles

My Honda CRV 2012 had to have the alternator and battery replaced. What! After 6 attempts and frantic searching, locating an alternator for a 2012 Honda was nearly impossible. This happened while on vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Originally, I thought my battery was bad so I took my car to Advance Auto to run diagnostics and was diagnosed that the alternator and battery were shot! Advance Auto started looking for the part and with no luck, recommended to me that I could get an aftermarket part or a rebuild because the part hadn't been released by Honda to consumers. I managed to find one AAA certified mechanic that could order the part from a dealer and fix the problem.

The bottom line:

$700.00 later, it was finally fixed. I felt completely ripped off.

Has anyone had this issue?

- tmeisjeva, Woodbridge, VA, US

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