2015 Honda CR-V engine problems: vibrates like crazy

Vibrates Like Crazy

2015 Honda CR-V (Page 1 of 3)

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Owners have complained that the popular SUV shakes violently both while idling and while driving. Buyer beware.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
6,116 miles
Total Complaints:
59 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (34 reports)
  2. not fixed (23 reports)
  3. noise stopped but vibration continues (1 reports)
  4. turn the lights on it will be less vibration on idle.thankx (1 reports)
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2015 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #59

Jan 162018

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


There is a vibrating problem with the car. When I stop for example at a traffic light, the engine is on drive mode, car begins to vibrate that disturbs me too much. While driving there is no problem. Vibration start when full stop on drive mode.

- , Goffstown, US

problem #58

Jan 192018

CR-V EX 4 Cl

  • CVT transmission
  • 51,000 miles

Vehicle recently purchased, and noticed an awful vibration while stopped with the vehicle is in gear. So much that it can be felt throughout the vehicle. Bags shaking and keys rattling. Can't focus while driving, to much shaking. Pretty annoyed at this vehicle and dealer for not disclosing this issue.. this vibration would have definitely been a game changer for me when purchasing this vehicle.

- , Fort Lauderdale, US

problem #57

Apr 092015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

I've noticed that when my cars engine is warm it will vibrate like crazy! When I'm at a stop light it vibrates, nothing too major, just very annoying. Also we got the car in April 2015 by November 2015 the battery completely died while I was at work. Not sure how, but whatever the dealer got it fixed. All of the hard plastic used on the inside and outside of the car is very cheap, and easy to break/damage. This car does have a strong engine, it is a reliable car. just annoying as crap sometimes.

- , Lawrenceville, US

problem #56

Jan 152015

CR-V EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 500 miles


I purchased my 2015 Honda CRV in December 2014 and noticed a vibration when stopped and in gear. It only happens after the engine is warm and in gear,and also vibrates when accelerating when the rpm's are under 2000. I have had a "fix" done but made no difference.I now have 15000 miles on my CRV and it has continued to get worse. I have checked often about a fix and they say there is nothing new. Last time I went to the dealership and asked them about a fix the person that I talked to wanted to check the problem,he said he didn't feel anything except a slight vibration with is normal for a 4 cyl engine.I have owned over 30 cars (some with 4 cyl engines) never noticed anything like this. My first car was a used 1956 oldsmobile and it ran better than my CRV I'm very disappointed with the response from Honda and will warn anyone considering buying a Honda.I would feel guilty trying to resell this car to someone.

- , Kalamazoo, US

problem #55

Apr 152015

CR-V EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles

Unusual vibration when car is stopped in Drive with foot on the brake. I noticed it happening slightly a few months after purchase but it continued to get worse until the whole headrest shook. It is so disturbing that I bought a brand new car and I did not feel comfortable in the driving seat - or any other seat that was being used. This was a known problem when I purchased the car and I was never told by the dealer selling me the CRV of this problem! I drove the shaking car feeling stuck with a LEMON until after 2 1/2 years I finally searched on Google and found the known problem and called the dealer. Thankfully I discovered this before the end of the warranty because they were not going to "fix" it for free if out of warranty. And they still are not even notifying owners to let them know of the known problem that has a "fix". They want the owners to wait until their warranty is up so they do not have to fix it for free! Disgusting!

I had the "Bandaid" of a fix done to my car (more heavy duty transmission bolts, much heavier head rests, and software update) and you can still feel the steering wheel shake. What is the value of this car now compared to a car the same year that did not come of the factory with problem. I want to dump this car but now I'm worried that with the known problem, no one will want the car at a reasonable price! So the value of this car is affected by the shaking problem. Very frustrating.

- , Boulder, CO, US

problem #54

May 162017

CR-V 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

This is already well known among Honda CR-V owners. The Honda manufacturer know/knew about the problem and have not given any viable fix for the problem. When I purchased the vehicle used in May of 2017, I feel as though the dealership knew about the problem. When I took the vehicle to the dealership the first time for the problem they claimed "it just needed a computer update". Not a single person mentioned they knew about the problem until the vehicle was taken back the second time the other day. The mechanic said the factory knew about the problem but had not come up with a fix. The mechanic also said to return in a couple of months to see if the factory has come up with a fix.

- , Portsmouth, US

problem #53

Oct 022015

CR-V EX-L With Navigation

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles


I bought the vehicle in October of 2015. I noticed the vibration when I was at a light or stop sign and the vehicle was in gear. I took the vehicle back for an oil change and advised the service writer that the vehicle vibrated and he advised that it was normal because of the small engine. Two years later, I was speaking to a friend about this issue and he googled it and located TSB 15-046. I took my vehicle into the Honda Dealership and they repaired the TSB according to Mode #1. The problem was fixed at first, but the vibration is back.

- , Pearland, US

problem #52

Oct 142017


  • CVT transmission
  • 19,100 miles

Car vibrates when idle and below 2200 rpm while driving. This seems extremely unsafe....

- , Alpharetta, US

problem #51

Aug 192015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12 miles

2015 Honda CRV, with vibration issues. Had it to dealer 2 times. First time they did nothing, second time adjustments made according to some code. Vibration is better at lower speed, but still annoying over 40 mph and always when slowing down.

I'm recovering from a broken back and am reluctant to travel in this car. I only do quick errands.

This is a leased vehicle,SALESMAN AWARE of issue, got suckered into this deal I certainly won't want to purchase it as planned

What will Honda do when I turn it in, what will I get for this car. Will not do business with Hyannis Honda again

- , West Yarmouth, MA, USA

problem #50

Jun 012015


  • CVT transmission
  • 10,000 miles

No recalls, not sure how Honda will correct this issue, no offer to fix the problem.

- , Lawrenceville, US

problem #49

Aug 052015

CR-V Touring

  • CVT transmission
  • 50 miles


Has always vibrated at idle with the transmission engaged since new. Have complained to the dealer's service rep, who said he had never heard of the problem. Wow, he was trained well in the art of denial. He got into the car, started it, and said "I don't feel anything". I said, "Put it in gear", then he said "Oh". And he's a well trained service rep. Oh brother! Still too afraid to have them "fix" the problem since he had never hear of the three various mode fixes.

- , Mesa, US

problem #48

Jun 012017

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,427 miles

My 2015 Honda CRV, vibrates like an old diesel truck especially during idle. It is really awful during dead slow traffic. I consulted the Honda dealer after it started giving me back pain, and they applied Honda recommended mode 1 & 3 repair, unfortunately that didn't help at all. So i had to contact Honda customer care as dealer said they can't do anything.

I took my car again to the same dealer again, as the Honda representative suggested (on my complaint) and the dealer performed engine/transmission mount neutralization.

Again it was the same story, there is no difference, rather it worsens the situation - vibration increased on co-passenger seat and sometimes I feel numbness on my arm because of vibration from steering.

It is surprising for me that an automobile manufacturer like Honda is unable to solve the issue.

Update from Sep 8, 2017: I reported this issue in June 17, and visited the service centre 5 times so far, and the issue still exists. Every time Honda customer care manger ask me to take to service center and service center people agrees there is excessive vibration from engine, but they says they don't know what to do next as they applied all the fix/patches Honda suggested. Now i avoid taking my CRV during heavy traffic or slow moving traffic (whenever possible) as it gives me knee pain on right leg after more than 30 minute drive in slow moving traffic condition.

Update from Sep 26, 2017: Now Honda is claiming it is the characteristic of the car!!! Today the case manager from Honda Mr. Larry called me and updated that it is the characteristic of that car. But he refused to get that statement as a written statement (i couldn't find such a feature anywhere in brochure or user manual) , even he refused my request to send the case summary as email.

He rudely denied my suggestion - to get my car verified at another Honda service center to check whether the fix was correct or not. As per him, i can get it checked anywhere but Honda consider it as the characteristic of the car.

Now i am worried, if in an unfortunate circumstance if its airbag doesn't work then will Honda claim that too as a characteristic of CRV !!!!

- , Milpitas, CA, US

problem #47

Aug 162017

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 28,120 miles

I notice the vibration is very bad when not running the AC and at a stop light. My children ride in the back seat and my daughter said everything is shaking! I always use the AC and have up until the last few days because it is so hot here. The vibration was nauseating. I had to run the AC to make it go away.

Update from Sep 7, 2017: I had the TSB 15-046 performed for the vibration issue and it did NOT work at all. It is worse and I brought it back a second time but they installed a hatch damper...DID NOT HELP AT ALL!!! I now went from a low pulsing vibration in passenger side seats to a rattling, shaking rough idle in the front dash, floor, and steering wheel. The service men said "it's a 4 cylinder and vibration is normal.", and claimed that they did all three modes on it but I don't see that a software update was conducted based on the fact it is not on my invoices. I am certain its not normal and my daughter won't even ride with me in the car now!

- , Stone Mountain, GA, US

problem #46

Feb 282017

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 17,000 miles

Car vibrates and shakes while at redlight or stopped while in "D" or drive gear. It is slight less annoying when AC is on. Also notice a slight whistle or airplane noise when accelerating and unsure if both are related.

- , Stone Mountain, GA, US

problem #45

Jul 302015

CR-V EX 2.4L 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 8 miles

Excessive vibration throughout cabin. Honda service recommended and applied the MOD 1 repair. This has only moved the vibration around in the vehicle. Now the vibration is much more felt in the steering wheel, the passenger seat and the rear seat. A much more aggressive vibration has now shown up at speeds around 70 MPH - though this vibration is much more intermittent. The vibration has been an issue since I purchased the vehicle with 4 miles on it. I went back to the dealer initially and they suggested running the air conditioning or an accessory to minimize the problem. Honda was working on a fix. Still waiting for the fix and also wondering what serious problems this is going to cause down the road. I am stuck with a vehicle that has a known problem with no trade in value. Just look at the reviews on Edmunds.com. I wish I had looked at reviews before purchasing.

- , Parma, US

problem #44

Mar 012017


  • CVT transmission
  • 14,000 miles

I really like this car and now I am irritated that it vibrates and the steering wheel shakes and vibrates and the seat shakes when I am stopped at a light.

- , Redwood City, US

problem #43

Jul 152015

CR-V LX 2.4L 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 2,500 miles

I have a very known problem for this model year - very disturbing vibration in the cabin, when the engine is running in the 900-2000 rpm range, which is a very typical range in every day driving. Basically the problem is present during most of the city driving. During the drive - this vibration quickly escalates from being very annoying - to disturbing and eventually it causes headache and minor nausea, which definitely affects my driving ability!! Now, I bought this vehicle brand new, and owned it for almost 2 years. Since the problem appeared almost right away - I've been taking the car to the dealership four times because of this issue. Eventually the dealership performed all the official "fixes" to this problem: 1) new radiator cushions, transmission mounts, and front head restraints. 2) update of the “PCM software” Now, after the first series of fixes, the vibration got a little bit lower (though it still remained).. The dealer told us that these are the only available fixes and there is nothing else that they can do. Well, what could we do? we accepted it as is.. as something we will have to try to live with. HOWEVER!!! that was not all!! later that year, we got a official letter from the dealership with a request to bring the car in for some kind of software update, which we did. And after that "upgrade" the vibration got much worst then even before! Of course I brought the car back to the dealership and complained about vibration. They checked the car and claimed that at this point the vibration is the same level as on the rest of same model cars, and that there is nothing they can do anymore and that i just have to accept it!

- , Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #42

May 032015

CR-V LX 2.4L Inj 4 cyl Awd

  • CVT transmission
  • 5,000 miles

In December of 2014, my wife, Nancy, and I purchased a brand new Honda CRV 2015 Model from Tom Wood Honda in Anderson, Indiana. Shortly after purchasing the vehicle, (at around 5,000 miles driven on the vehicle), we noticed that; the vehicle vibrated when stopped (say at a stop light) when the car was in “Drive”. The vibration was not detected when the vehicle was stopped and in “Park”. The vibration at this time was slight and only a little disturbing. The vehicle was taken to Penske Honda (on the North Side of Indianapolis) at around 28,000 miles or so, where a “16-053 CRV update” was applied. The vibration problem was made much worse, NOT better. Immediately after driving the car off of Penske’s lot, it vibrated so badly that it was extremely disturbing. Follow a few frustrating conversations with Penske Honda about this problem, the Vehicle was taken to Fisher’s Honda. Fisher’s Honda performed update 15-046 for vibration at idle, which ameliorated the problem, HOWEVER, the vehicle still vibrates quite noticeably when engaged in drive and stopped at a stop light for example. The idle speed drops to around 550 rpm when stopped and in drive. The entire car shakes. The steering wheel vibrates in the driver’s hands. In my opinion, no one would buy a new or even used car with this problem. I certainly wouldn’t. We took the 2015 Honda CRV to Tom Wood Honda. One of their Top Technicians drove the car with us in it. He acknowledged the problem, but stated that there was nothing more he could do to fix the problem than what had already been done, and that the problem had something to do with the engine and drive train pairing. Since that time, the vibration phenomenon when the car is stopped and engaged in drive has worsened. In addition, the car vibrates when driving the car at 35 to 45 miles per hour and the rpms are around 1,100 rpm or so. The car currently has around 33, 000 miles on it. We have been frustrated in our attempts to have these problems corrected while the vehicle has been under warranty and are investigating what sort of legal recourse we have to obtain justice.

- , Pendleton, IN, USA

problem #41

Sep 172015

CR-V EX 2.4L Inline 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 31,282 miles

Vehicle has significant vibration at idle when in gear. It has been doing this since it was new.

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #40

Jul 312015


  • CVT transmission
  • 10,000 miles

Honda need to resolve this vibration problem! I contacted the dealer where purchased and the service person was not aware of TSB 15-046 or the problem. When I said I have a printed copy from the internet explaining the 3 fault modes and actions for repair and part numbers, they still claimed ignorance.

I have owned Honda's in the past with good to great satisfaction, but this is unacceptable!! I'm retired now, but worked two extra years to cash purchase a new Honda. I purchased the car, but I'm not satisfied with the car and vibration problem. The vibration can be felt through the drivers seat and cabin floor boards. Why won't Honda fix this problem?

- , Mentor, OH, USA

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