really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,375 miles

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2012 Honda CR-V miscellaneous problems

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2012 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #16

Dec 202016


  • 61,000 miles


Tsb 14-063 failure or plugging of the heater core. Not allowing the driver side vents to defrost my windshield. It is 5 degrees outside and there is little/no heat coming from the drivers side vents, but the passenger side is warm. Continually happening.

- Coeur D'alene, ID, USA

problem #15

Dec 142016


  • 49,000 miles
When using the heat; the driver side air vents have cool or cold air while the passenger side has hot air coming from the vents. This was discovered during the below zero temps. I took my vehicle to the dealership and was told the heater core is plugged which I found through research is a complaint among this particular vehicle 2012-2014 models. I feel that Honda should be responsible for repairing this issue through a recall.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #14

Dec 162016


  • 20,000 miles
Vehicle has 20,000 miles on it. With heater control set to full heat and engine hot driver side heater vents blow cold air even when passenger vents blow hot air. Results are poor heating and potentially dangerous ineffective defrosting of driver side windshield. Honda recognizes heater core flaw and recommends replacement as the solution. Not an isolated occurrence as many owners report identical problem on relatively new vehicles.

- Carterville, IL, USA

problem #13

Dec 132016


  • 60,000 miles


Honda CRV heat stopped working on driver side at 20000 miles. Took to dealership and they replaced heater core. The car now has 60000 miles and the same problem is happening again. Heater core needs to be replaced again. Did online research and several other people who own CRV have had same problem. I live in Minnesota and the weather today was -5 degrees. I was unable to heat car which causes safety concerns.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #12

Oct 042016


  • 51,000 miles
I was stopped at a redlight with 4 cars in front of me.my car accelerated with my foot still on the brake & pushed all 4 cars into each other.lucky no one was seriously injured.this has cost me a lot of money and couldn't be helped.has anyone else had a problem with this?

- Grayson, GA, USA

problem #11

Sep 192014


  • 32,000 miles
Sun roof glass blowing out on route 24 (Massachusetts) @ 65 mph

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #10

Apr 092016


  • 46,000 miles


It is well documented by Honda that there is an issue with heater cores on these cars. Heater will eventually become plugged and not work. Heat is significantly cooler on drivers side vents than passenger side. My complaint is without heat to defrost windshield in winter conditions it will become a visibility issue due to not having the ability to defrost the windshield. And potentially cause a crash. Honda is very much aware of this issue, yet is charging customers that are out of warranty to rectify the issue. I have 46K miles on my car and am having heater core issues? I noticed the issue early on and it has gotten progressively worse. Had I of known what it was I would have had it fixed under warranty. Honda tsb number is 14-063. Temperature differential from passenger side to driver side in my car is 40+ degrees.

- Herriman, UT, USA

problem #9

Feb 092016


  • miles
When I use the hands free bluetooth on my vehicle, the person on the other end state they hear a loud buzzing noise and can't hear me speak. I tried switching to my work's iphone and the buzzing noise is still there. It's sounds clear on my end but not on the other end. At this point, I can't use my hands free device on my vehicle which is now a law in my state that we are not allowed to use our phones when driving unless it's connected to hands free.

- Brownsville, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 222015


  • 34,000 miles
We have a problem with noise when starting in cold weather. There is a hesitation sometimes when driving like not getting fuel.

- Dry Run, PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 022015


  • 60,000 miles
The vehicle makes a loud noise on startup that lasts for 2 or 3 seconds. It usually happens after the vehicle has been sitting for several hours.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 122015


  • 28,000 miles


The heater core in my 2012 Honda CRV failed. Honda knows the heater cores are defective and issued technical service bulletin 14-063 for 2012, 2013, and 2014 crvs. Honda has not issued a recall. The defective heater cores cause the defroster/heater to emit cold air only. Should the heater core fail during a snow or ice storm it would lead to snow or ice buildup on the windshield. This would severely compromise visibility and could lead to a crash.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Dec 092014


  • 30,000 miles
I purchased my 2012 CRV in April 2012 brand new and since the winter of 2013 I started noticing crackling/rattling noise when the temperature drops. I contacted curry Honda and was given the run around. Finally in November 2014 when the temperatures started dropping again I wasn't taking no for an answer. I brought it in I was told the noise had to be duplicated in order to figure out what the problem was. Needless to say I left that afternoon not knowing what the issue was. I started doing my own research and found blogs and youtube videos of other 2012 CRV's with the same issue. I contacted american Honda and was given a case number. I brought the vehicle back to curry Honda on 12/9/2014 and was called by the service advisor on 12/10 that the issue was the vtc actuator sb-09-010. The part was replaced. I continued to hear the noise and was advise by my case manager to bring it back to the dealer. On 1/6/15 I dropped the vehicle off and was called on 1/7/15 that again the issue is vtc actuator but that part has to be remanufactured which the engineers are aware but no part yet. The case was closed with no resolution no compensation. I contacted the dealer's customer service rep tasha davis by email on 10/27/15 since the vehicle at start up this morning made the same exact noise. I contacted by tasha and was told there's no answer and I should reopen the case with american Honda. I called them this afternoon and was told by the rep that there's no answer no solution nor is Honda compensating its customers. This is very disappointing and frustrating. I'm still making payments on this vehicle. I was told corey is the dealers american Honda rep but after numerous attempts on trying to get in contact with him, I haven't spoken to him yet. When I purchased the CRV I thought I was getting a brand new good working car but what I got was a new car with a faulty engine part.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 252015


  • 53,000 miles
My CR-V presents itself with a loud grinding noise at start, caused by a defective, vtc actuator which is referenced in Honda service bulletin 09-010. This problem began in 2008, and is on going. This defect seriously affects resale value, and potentially can cause catastrophic engine failure. This repair should be covered by Honda's 60K power train warranty, but Honda says at the current time there is no fix for this problem, which they have been working on for several years. I have contacted my dealer and Honda usa numerous times without resolution, as the frequency and intensity of the problem worsens. There are numerous unresolved complaints and videos on the internet about this defect. I have consulted a lemon law attorney, but because Honda makes no effort to repair the problem, it doesn't qualify.

- Chester Springs, PA, USA

problem #3

May 152014


  • 15,000 miles
This problem has occurred now a total of about six times. The first time was in the spring or summer of 2014, when my car was slightly more than two years old. Generally speaking, what happens is this. When the car is idling or at low speed (in a traffic jam once, slowing for a red light, idling in a driveway, etc.), three engine lights come on. The car then bucks at low speeds and has very little power when accelerating from a stop. When driving, it slowly increases in speed and then, at about 30 mph, starts behaving normally. Basically it acts like it hasn't downshifted and is in too high a gear. On one occasion, on the highway, it seemed also to be struggling to go 60 mph, as if in too low a gear. I had the car looked at in October of 2014, after it happened two more times in quick succession. They were unable to replicate the issue or determine what it was, but updated the car's software. The problem didn't recur until June of 2015. It's now happened twice more in quick succession, and I intend to have it serviced again. Clearly this is a big problem because when the issue occurs the car is unable to accelerate at all quickly. Trying to merge onto a highway under such circumstances is dangerous. The problem eventually resolves itself after you go through several cycles of driving the car, turning it off, driving it again for a while, turning it off, etc. The car's misbehavior lessens and then stops, and eventually the engine lights turn off.

- North Haven, CT, USA

problem #2

May 302015


  • miles
I was in my 2012 Honda CRV pulling into a parking spot to park when I experienced unintended acceleration. The car would not stop even after hitting the brakes hard but rather sped up causing me to hit the side mirror of a parked car. Finally I turned to avoid another collision and was able to slow the car down that way.

- Robbinsville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 022014


  • 27,000 miles
The heater in this car blows cold air and it is nearly impossible to warm up during long commutes even when the fan and heat adjustments are on high. It has not improved during the past three months of cold weather and it doesn't do any good to purchase an AWD vehicle when the heat doesn't even work.

- Monroe, OH, USA

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