really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,339 miles

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2013 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #40

Jan 012015


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Honda CR-V. when starting the engine in cold temperatures, an abnormal metal grinding noise emitted from the vehicle. The failure recurred upon initial start-up in colder temperatures. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the vtc actuator failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #39

Nov 302014


  • 20,000 miles
From a stop. I speed up to about 30 mph and feel a drag and shimmy at that speed, then it goes away. The problem only occurs at 30 mph, I have watched you-tube for possible troubles.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #38

Sep 092016


  • 44,000 miles
Every time I start my car in the morning and sometimes other times during the day it makes a terrible grinding noise

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #37

Jan 112016


  • miles


1-takata inflator the passage airbag light comes on and off randomly. This does not make me feel comfortable. There's a recall for Cr-vs up to 2012 for this?? 2-start up noise - at least once a day when I start up my CR-V it does this very loud grinding sound. Note: During winter it was every time I started the car. The noise did not start until after the warranty expired. Took to dealership they stated its the valve that's a part of the head/timing chain system. I've done my research and both these problems are very common with Honda CR-V.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #36

Apr 122016


  • 100 miles
A loud grinding noise lasting a few seconds after initial start up after car has been sitting, I.e., a 'cold start.' My Honda 2013 CRV-ex-L has had this problem from day one, brand new! it's intermittent but happens usually on a cold start. After quite a few visits to dealer they act perplexed and never can duplicate the condition! it actually is the vtc (variable timing control). Honda has had this problem for several years on various models of their vehicles, has never fixed the problem nor contacted affected buyers but has continued to build and sell these vehicles with a known defect with no fix! their engineers are aware of the problem, but of course the same engineers say it causes "no damage to the vehicle!" shame on Honda, it only ruined their reputation! people stare at you and ask "what is that noise?" when you explain, it puts Honda and their vehicles in a poor position I.e., loss of reputation and sales. I did intensive investigation on my own, just 'google the problem, and you will be taken to 'you tube' and many other sites showing the problem. Take to the dealer a video and a copy of the numerous complaints on this and other sites! you must prove the problem exists!! I called Honda America 2 days ago to complain and found out Honda just this year, 2016, finally came out with a 'fix!' it is for the vtc (variable timing control). My car finally is at the dealer being repaired. Honda knew all along of this problem at least from 2012 through 2014 and even earlier models! a recall should be mandated to make the repair!! again shame on Honda, I personally will never buy a Honda automobile again. The frustration, embarrassment, time running back and forth to the dealer, etc. Has worn me out!! remember their is now a bulletin to Honda dealers with a 'fix.' But they must duplicate the problem! be sure to take a video with sound!!

- Nanticoke, PA, USA

problem #35

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 #34

Oct 012015


  • 29,000 miles


Vibration during acceleration at or above 1500rpm

- Paterson, NJ, USA

problem #33

Mar 262016


  • 81,000 miles
The vehicle is burning 1.5 quarts of oil at oil change intervals. I notice a rattling that lasts about 30 seconds at start up, in the morning or when is cold; after the rattling, the engine sounds normal.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #32

Sep 012015


  • 24,000 miles
Vtc spins after ignition starts: Dealer states that this problem is not to be addressed per Honda manufacturer policy.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #31

Sep 122013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
My Honda CR-V 2013 VIN [xxx] is also stalling when on cruise control and going uphill. When I type my VIN and car model it shows no recall. I am having the same stalling issues as the other cars, why is my VIN not being recalled so it can be fixed. My cell phone [xxx]. I have filed many complaints on the same problem. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #30

Oct 122015


  • 16,000 miles


When it's cold outside and if the car has set for more than a few hours, the car makes a terrible rattling sound when the engine starts.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #29

Oct 222014


  • 15,000 miles
A year ago I noticed at times a noise like I am trying to start the vehicle with it already running. The other day on initial start it made a louder noise. The best I can tell is a problem with the vtc actuator.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #28

Aug 172015


  • miles
My mechanic from four stars auto care, long island, N.Y. had mentioned that there was a problem with my CR-V 2013 timing camshaft which is causing the grinding sound when I start the car (the mechanic says that the oil has drained from the camshaft and is not lubricated ┐ which caused the grinding sound). Usually, this happens if the engine has not been started for more than 3 or 4 hours. I believe this is the vtc actuator in the car that is making a grinding sound. I just spoke to a lady ┐nicole┐ from Honda city, 3859 hempstead turnpike, levittown, NY 11756 who acknowledged that there is a defect in the vtc actuator in the 2013 Cr-vs but does not have an answer when Honda will have the vtc replacement. She said, ┐Honda is working on a new vtc, but does not know when they will have them available.┐ she also said that, they stopped replacing the current vtc model and there is a defect.┐ all I want to know if they will still replace this when my car goes out of warranty in a few thousand miles? I also want to know if there is a long term effect of the grinding noise to the camshaft or the engine and also the passerby's who looked at my CR-V after I start my car. I am going to contact Honda directly┐ I am not satisfied with the answers and the service. I will definitely not purchase another Honda if there is satisfaction to this solution.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #27

Jun 012015


  • miles
Vtc actuator is failing causing a grinding sound when starting the vehicle. Honda has recognized and admitted to a defective part. Continued to sell cars knowing the parts were defective. 2014-2015 Honda have the same issue. Honda reports it is not doing damage to the engine or any components. They are offering no assistance in the matter.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #26

Oct 122015


  • 18,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while starting the vehicle, the contact heard an abnormal noise from the vehicle. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the vtc actuator needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 18,500....updated 02/03/16

- Virgina Beach, VA, USA

problem #25

Sep 012015


  • 15,121 miles
Engine grinding noise when crossing up and down structures like bridges. Especially on highway while taking exits. At a times it feels like the engine is about to die. This grinding noise is disturbing my confidence to drive the vehicle safely.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #24

Oct 012013


  • 800 miles
When I turn on engine for the first time without any 1-2 hour gap, I hear a cranky engine sound after the ignition. I found that it was a manufacturing defect in 2013 model. My close friend returned his Honda CRV after a year as it sounded loud in cold weather conditions of Montana. In my case it was not sounding everytime till now. I notified that to my car dealer when I took this vehicle from bob rohrman. These days it has become a daily routine, that sound is happening each time you ignite engine after a gap of say 1-2 hours. My brakes were always noisy since day one of the vehicle. It was also notified to the dealer however I was told it was due to wet conditions. However it is a regular thing. My car is just 7880 miles and well kept, why is the brake so noisy including another problem occurring in engine now. Please provide a resolution or I will have no choice but to request for refund.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #23

Dec 312014


  • 45,000 miles
I noticed a rattling noise during cold starts from the engine that continued well into the summer. I reported it to my Honda dealer (bill page/falls church, va) and referred to the well documented vtc actuator problem reported on the internet based on video and audio similarities in the noises I was hearing. The dealer being aware of the problem refrained from any investigation or correction until they received a corrective solution from Honda. I reported the problem to Honda America and the dealer later in 2015 after my Honda dealer technician reptd no solution has come from Honda. I received a call from Honda regarding my complaint suggesting the vtc actuator problem is limited to Alaska and I should make an appointment with my dealer to investigate. As a result to a switch to synthetic oil at the dealer the noise seems to have gone. Unfortunately this does not guarantee the original problem has not damaged the engine or won't reappear if I decide to return to conventional oil. The official position by Honda vs. The dealer seems to promote a stand-off to compensate for a lack of a fully reliable solution in that the dealer is told not to initiate repairs for this problem until a solution is distributed by Honda while Honda claims the problem is not universal and is trying to minimize its scope; leaving consumers in the middle trying to make their crvs or other model Honda reliable while still under warranty. I will continue pursuit of a fix with Honda America but feel NHTSA should pressure Honda to address this well known and publicized fault with some sort of permanent fix. For a manufacturer who claims their vehicles are highly reliable Honda apparent deception regarding this problem needs to be addressed and I hope NHTSA forces this action to occur. I also provided NHTSA with a copy of my 7/25/15 letter to american Honda.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #22

Jul 012014


  • 15,000 miles
When I start the engine in the morning (cold), it makes a whirring/grating sound that lasts just a couple of seconds. It doesn't make this sound again all day, even when the vehicle sits for 8+ hours. I don't know if it's temperature-dependent.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #21

Dec 012014


  • 18,000 miles
As I reported last year, there is a vtc actuator design flaw that creates a grinding noise when the temps fall below freezing and in some cases even above freezing mainly due to lack of oil pressure and the actuator not locking correctly. Well, another winter has come and gone and there is still no hint of a fix from Honda. They claim there is no damage occurring but any time I hear metal on metal I beg to differ. Unfortunately at this point I am looking at options such as trading the vehicle in as I don't know what kind of serious damage is being done each winter with metal on metal grinding. Honda sure has lost their prestigious claim of reliability in my eyes. Sadly this will be my last Honda product as they don't seem to address customer concerns in any kind of timely manner.

- Newton, NJ, USA

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