pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,363 miles

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2013 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 022017


  • 40 miles


Re: tsb 14-063 the heating/defrost system in my Honda will only blow hot air on the passenger side. This makes it unsafe to drive as I cannot keep my windshield clear. I live in a cold environment and commute. I also cannot stay warm as the operator of the vehicle especially now (January) we frequently experience temperatures of -8 or lower. I have also learned that this isa common Honda problem and has occurred in my vehicle at 40K miles. This is definitely a safety issue that Honda needs to resolve. Yesterday while driving only 60 miles my feet became so cold they became numb and made operating the vehicle difficult.

- Kamas, UT, USA

problem #9

Dec 202015


  • 23,000 miles
Bought car fall 2015 w/21000 miles. First very cold day (below 0 F), I noticed the heating system as well as defrost barely worked after driving 8 miles on a country road. This repeated itself several more times before I discovered tsb 14-063 where they discovered sand had been inadequately washed from the blocks after the casting process was completed. It then settled in the heater core blocking the system from adequate defrost and heat. My dealer app't was disappointing in that they essentially told me I was lying and nothing was wrong with the system. They claimed the temp probes showed a 1/10 degree between the 2 vents - of course, I never saw the results. My warranty expires in less than a month when it will then be my responsibility to flush it myself or pay them to do it !! it's now spring so I feel that waiting for a recall could possibly put me in jeopardy as visibility during cold weather will be and has been an issue. I have a copy of the tsb and see it's supposedly a 3 12 hr obligation, but the flat rate they show is 1.1 hours which encourages their techs to do haphazard work. Dealer was buerkle Honda, St paul, mn and my app't was in early January 2016.

- River Falls, WI, USA

problem #8

Jan 092016


  • 15,600 miles
The weather turned frigid after a unusual warm spell. As we were driving down the road we started to get some precipitation on the wind shield that the drivers side defroster was unable to keep the driver side windshield safely clear. Had to pull over several times to manually clear the windshield. Also there was virtually no heat on the driver side of the vehicle. We took the vehicle into the dealer we bought it from new. They told us the driver side heater core was plugged. I was astonished as to the low mileage on the vehicle (15,659), and it being out of warranty by 2 weeks. I believe this is a dangerous condition because of the rapid rate at which it occurs. Imagine this happening every 12-15K miles. Apparently after searching on line I found this to be an ongoing problem with certain 2012-2013 models. Honda also has a bulletin out on how to temporarily repair this design flaw. (bulletin #14-063). I know heater cores can plug up without the proper maintenance and considerable mileage on the vehicle. This in my opinion is a safety hazard due to the few miles driven before this can occur.

- Desplaines, IL, USA

problem #7

Jan 222014


  • 20,000 miles


Driving the car day after snow storm. Wind shield/rear window covered with heavy layer of salt/dirt. No fluid would come out of windshield washer nozzles/rear window nozzles. Windshield was covered with so much salt that driving visibility was very limited. The nozzles worked briefly after the car was exposed to sunlight. Once the sun went down, the nozzles no longer worked. The windshield washer fluid/line appeared to be frozen. It has been very cold where we live and 5 days later no windshield/rear window washer fluid will spray out of nozzles.this is very unsafe and makes driving visibility very dangerous. The amount of salt on both the wind shield and rear window is excessive. The windows are white. How does Honda plan to fix this problem"?" I plan to contact Honda dealer ship this week.

- Hampstead, MD, USA

problem #6

Dec 182013


  • 3,822 miles
I bought a 2013 Honda CR-V vehicle a few months ago. I have notice that the sun visors are too short. I had to come to a complete stop several times at sun rise and sun set because I was blinded by the sun. I have owned a Honda van and a Toyota care and never had this problem where I live. I called the Honda dealer in frankfort, ky and they said no one else was having the problem. I call Honda customer service (nation wide) and they said no one had reported the problem and wanted me to go back to the dealer in frankfort. I went on the internet and found other people have had the same problem and tried to use after market solution which is a visor extender. I am 5' 8" tall. I would need to be over 6 feet in order for the visors to be effective. It either a low seat problem or a visor problem. You don't notice this when you first drive the car. I would not have bought the car if I knew about this problem. This is definitely a hazard that should be checked out.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #5

Dec 172013


  • 5,200 miles
The windshield washer on this vehicle and my daughter's similar car are a defective design. They do not work in the cold. Also the wipers are ineffective. This leads to unsafe driving conditions.

- Ashburnham, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 232013


  • 4,717 miles


Both the driver and passenger visors when flipped against the windshield will not stay there but move out of position and droop vertically. Becomes a real annoyance when driving towards the sun during sunrise or sunset. Visited Honda dealer and they acknowledged no fix for this issue.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #3

May 012013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 150 miles
On all 2013 Cr-vs the windshield side trim strips are not close to the windshield, allowing a water-dam effect during a rain storm. In prior years, the trim detail was different. On 2013 model years, the trim starts 1/16" away from the windshield at the top, but increases to 1/2" at the bottom. Additionally, the depth of the channel under the trim strip is 1/2" or greater. At speed during a storm, when the wiper sweeps rain in the leftward arc, it is not ejected entirely from the windscreen, but is "stored" under the trim strip. When the wiper starts its right-swing, the "stored" water is pulled from its channel, thereby creating a sheet of water on the windshield which makes visibility negligible. This, of course, only happens on the driver side. The sudden and dramatic loss of visibility is a frightening safety threat. I am turning my new CR-V back to the dealer, and refuse to pay for such an unsafe vehicle.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 172013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 1,075 miles
After taking our new Honda CRV on its first short trip - mostly highway driving, I began to realize that on freeway driving there was a constant visual distraction with the drivers-side door rear mirror. Mainly due to the "split" from the design of the mirror. It causes a visual impairment to my peripheral vision, giving a false sense of passing cars coming" too close" to the vehicle as they pass to the right (freeway driving). This occurred multiple times about 5 times in a 120 mile drive. At one point, a car coming up along my driver's side felt so close I swerved into the emergency lane. While at the service department I asked about the driver's mirror, if this is normal for the mirror to have the "split" on it., they checked into it and said that it was. I asked if it could be switched out for a "non-split" mirror and was told it could not. I just feel this mirror has a potential dangerous visual flaw and should be reported for review.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #1

Jan 162013


  • 23 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the magnification of the driver's side mirror was too high and caused an unclear sight of oncoming traffic. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who advised the contact that there were no parts available for the replacement. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the vehicle was performing as designed. A claim was filed with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 23. The current mileage was 2,000.

- Palo Alto , CA, USA

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