Notes: It's rare when a newer vehicle has defect trends, & the 2017 Honda CR-V has at least two — overfilled oil levels with a gas smell, & heat not working.

Both problems affecting the Honda CR-V's 1.5L "Earth Dreams" engine appear to be related to cold-climate regions.

CR-V owners report overfilled oil levels due to fuel in the oil, & sometimes a gas smell in the cabin. That problem appears to be related to fuel injection which Honda hopes to fix via a software update. Honda so far has only conducted a recall in China & a "product update" in Canada.

CR-V owners also report no heat even after warming up their CR-Vs for 30 minutes — not even enough to defrost the windshield. So far, there has been no fix from Honda for this issue.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,476 miles

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2017 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 13 of 16)

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problem #67

Jul 142018


  • 30,000 miles


While driving my 2017 Honda CR-V ex-L on highway (the trip was about 10 hours), about half way of my trip, I could not reach the speed to 55mph with speed limit of 70mph. My odometer was reading around 30000mi. About two months later (just two weeks ago) I took another 2 hour one way trip, similar thing happened to me again on my way back (I could only drive at about 60mph with speed limit of 70mph). I raised the issue with local Honda dealer and they told me to schedule an appointment. I will see what they are going to tell me about the diagnostic checkup. In addition to above possible engine/power/fuel related issues, I had two incidents of dead battery without doing anything after stopping my car. One time (summer 2018) I drove to my son's private teacher's house and parked outside. After the lesson I couldn't start my car. It took 4 hours for Honda roadside assistance to come and found out the battery was dead. After the gentleman jump started my car it was driving fine. In September 2018 I did my oil change, the dealer's exam showed battery life good. Then just about 4 weeks ago in October 2018, my car parked in my garage and it couldn't start again. The roadside assistance found out the battery was dead and no battery life. Honda dealer replaced the battery for me.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #66

Aug 182017


  • 500 miles
On more than one occasion I've come outside to discover all 4 of my 2017 CRV's windows and moonroof open. I've gotten rain damage because my windows and roof ended up open during a major rainstorm. The "venting' feature of the car apparently was activated without my knowledge. I have since learned (in discovering similar complaints online) that this is a known and common problem. It represents a defect in the design of the remote key fob. My understanding is that there is no way to disable this. This occurred both times when the vehicle was stationery, sometime after exiting the vehicle.

- Passaic, NJ, USA

problem #65

Nov 022018


  • 18,000 miles
Battery drains out completely and car won't start.. just 18000 miles. 4 times in 3 days. First time I thought maybe I had not switched off something when I parked so it may have drained. Had to call aaa. After it happened 3 more times in 3 days realized that there is some major issue. Honda has a service bulletin 17-032 but to sure this applies. This being Sunday will take it to dealership tomorrow. Too many complaints regarding this issue on the internet.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #64

Oct 012017


  • 10,000 miles


Engine oil overfilled. Car has stalled on occasion. Vehicle safety features (Honda sensing) failed completely while driving in bad weather...snow and rain.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

problem #63

Oct 272018


  • 33,000 miles
Vehicle was parked over night in the morning the battery was completely drained I left no lights on there was no reason for a drained battery on a new car. After jump starting the car it has now issues like a hard start as if the battery is dead my interior lights dimwhen at stop light the loss mitigation warming comes on but all my extras extra for the steering help are off ot feels as if it's going to die at a light and my mpg went from 25.9 to now 19.8 that's insane!! I am taking to Honda dealer tomorrow this is a year old Honda

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #62

Oct 252018


  • 8,100 miles
Parasitic battery drain, vehicle battery drains after 2 days of non use

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #61

Oct 142018


  • 22,500 miles


Alarm will go off randomly. Clicking lock/unlock on the key fob does not turn the alarm off. Inserting the key into the door was the only way to turn the alarm off. The message "keyless start system problem" was displayed on the dash when I entered the car. I turned my car on, but when trying to turn the car off, there were clicking noises, the dash flickered repeatedly, and the car would not turn off. It took about 15 minutes of clicking the push start/stop button to get the car to turn off. It was towed to Honda (tow truck driver had trouble getting the car onto the bed because all of the safety braking features were randomly activating) and Honda replaced some wiring and said I was good to. Two days later the car wouldn't start. Had it towed to Honda again and they said it was a bad battery. They replaced the battery and sent me on my way. The next day the alarm went off again, same issue with not being able to turn it off, and the same keyless start system problem was on the dash. I started the car, then turned the car off, went into the house, and the alarm went off again 15 minutes later. I disconnected the battery and will take it back to Honda tomorrow. Note, when I popped the hood to disconnect the battery, the electricity turned back on in the car by itself. I now suspect the electricity is turning on by itself and after sitting idle for a while the alarm activates.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #60

Oct 152018

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 9,300 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Honda CR-V. while driving various speeds and when starting the vehicle, all of the instrument panel indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to billy wood Honda (1909 w hillsboro St, el dorado, ar 71730, (870) 863-5400) where the computer was updated, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the same dealer where the contact was notified that the manufacturer updated the computer again. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred for a third time, but the vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. Also, while inspecting the oil, the contact noticed it was overfilled and smelled like fuel. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 9,300.

- Camden, AR, USA

problem #59

May 222018


  • 7,000 miles
I was driving at about 45mph, and had to stopped in median of road to turn right. All of a sudden my Honda CRV 2017 stopped and all dashboard lights started flashing, it started showing all the following problems. 1) brake system problem 2) brake hold system problem 3) airbag system (SRS) problem 4) power steering system (eps) problem 5) anti-lock brake system problem 6) vehicle stability assist (vsa) problem 7) hill start assist problem 8) adaptive cruise control problem 9) collision mitigation system problem 10) road departure mitigation system problem 11) auto high-beam problem 12) tire pressure monitor problem 13) all wheel drive system problem 14) lane keeping assist cannot operate 15) seat belt warning on and beeping even though seat belt was being worn. I tried to turn off, and turn on, nothing happened. Exited the vehicle, checked the car. No physical damage. Tried to start 2-3 times more, still no luck. I called the roadside assistance, and towed the car to dealer. Dealer kept the car for 4 hours, and called me that it was low gas issue, and charged me $88. I am sure it was not low gas, and even if it was low gas, car warning should tell its not starting due to low gas. It should not be that all 15 errors start showing on dashboard.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #58

Oct 032018


  • 35,000 miles
Vehicle was parked and would not start suddenly after being off and not on accessory mode. When vehicle was jump started and when vehicle restarted the dashboard read many errors among them, break system error, road departure mitigation system problem, vehicle stability assist problem. I have been the sole owner/driver of the vehicle and get it serviced at the dealership as advised.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #57

Sep 272018


  • 2,600 miles


The contact owns a 2017 Honda CR-V. while driving approximately 25 mph, the display screen message appeared indicating a security system failure and that the tailgate door was open. Upon inspection, the contact discovered that the tailgate door was secured. Next, the sensor erroneously indicated that the front driver side door was ajar. Moments later, while driving, the collision avoidance system erroneously activated and the vehicle abruptly came to a complete stop although no other vehicles were in the vicinity. The vehicle was towed to the local dealer (dnc Honda, 28 county rd, tenafly, NJ 07670), but the failures could not be duplicated. According to the dealer, the manufacturer indicated that the failures were due to the cell phone being used inside the vehicle. As a result, the bluetooth was deactivated. The failure mileage was 2,600.

- Alpine, NJ, USA

problem #56

Sep 252018


  • miles
For the second time, after leaving the vehicle parked for 3-5 days the battery has been drained and unable to start the engine.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #55

Sep 232018


  • 24,300 miles
Car left in parking lot for four days. Car would not crank or start. Battery serviced by aaa, jump started successfully. No obvious clamps, wire, alternator problem. Car evaluated at Honda burlington dealer. No problems found. No cause for battery failure given. Service clerk at dealership and aaa battery service person independently suggested that car should not be left unproven for more than a few days as battery failure has been found, without an obvious cause. Evidently Honda service bulletin # 17-032 addresses this issue but neither the general Honda customer hotline nor the burlington mass dealership acknowledge this with my vehicle.

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #54

Sep 032018


  • 17,000 miles
I parked the car in the garage on 8/18/2018. I turned off engine and all electronic equipment. We went on vacation for 2 weeks. On 9/3/18 we returned and we could not start the car. The battery was dead as it was completely drained. I researched on CRV forum and there seems to be a knowing problem with battery slow drainage due to software and/or electrical components

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #53

Oct 132017


  • 8,301 miles
Purchased new in March of 2017. Instument cluster has malunctioned X 4 since then. Twice just totally going black while driving. Twice certain alarms are indicated (lkas, acc, cmbs, etc.) these last two required vehicle camera replacment. Entire instument cluster replaced in October of 2017. Braking: This vehicle has applied it's brakes at sudden and the most inapproriate times. July 2017 on a four lane hwy by myself, no other vehicle, brake alarms lit up on instument cluster and car rapidly declerated from 50 to 20 mph before brake alarm and brakes disengaged. When slowing for a traffic light with vehicle in front of me, at approximately 1 1/2 car lengths from vehicle and going approximately 10 - 5 mph, CRV brake alarm lit up with subsequent panic stop braking applied. CRV's acc system brakes the vehicle when approaching another parked or disabled vehicle in the right emergency stop lane or is turning right and is perhaps 20-30 feet down the right hand road. This occurs aw well when acc is engaged and I am in the left lane on the interstate and overtaking a vehicle to my right. The dealer tells me they can find no error codes nor do they have any data of these symptoms from Honda America. Braking does not occur all the time. But when it does it's surprising and scary. It seems to me with all the reports I have read on the NHTSA web site concerning this same problem, perhaps american Honda should take a serious look before someone gets seriously injured or killed.

- Townsend, TN, USA

problem #52

Aug 192018


  • 16,458 miles
I was driving home 20 mile per hour.. I put my left turn signal on cuz I was gonna turn left all he warring sign pop up and I push my car break and my car didn't stop and then I put gear on park and my car still moving... and then I push power off and my car stop on the side road... I so scare... and I waiting about 2 minute and push power on and drive safe home... (when I home I research on google and I found a lot of people have the same problem like me plz watch those video ' ' and ' ' ) what if I happen like that in highwayor traffic... I could die plz help I buy new car cuz I want to drive safe for very long time and now my vehicles is still new but not safe to drive...

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #51

Mar 012018


  • 11,000 miles
All lights in dash are flashing Cruze control does not work car has braked hard by itself for no reason I have had this car for 5 months and it has done this off on on computor has been reset twice alllights have been flashing for 4000 miles now why has there not been a recall

- Lahabra, CA, USA

problem #50

Aug 152017


  • miles
Bought the car April of 2017, after a few months car went dead jump start it and took it to the dealer for diagnostic. Dealer replaces the battery, not much explanation why. The problem happen 2 more times, had to jump start car again took it back to the dealer but this time dealer telling me that the car needs to be driven regularly and also on a certain distance so that battery will be charged up completely. And was told to buy a portable charger, the problem is I bought this car supposedly for weekend use only, now I am required to drive it around just to charge the battery.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

problem #49

Aug 152018


  • 14,100 miles
While my car was parked overnight, the front window went down and the clock rolled back 30minutes

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #48

Aug 112018


  • 12,000 miles
Battery went totally dead. Drove 1.5 hr.away from home vehicle sat for 7 hr. Returned to the car and dead. Had to be jumped by secuirty. Drove home started it a few times and the next day and it was fine. I read where there is a tsb 17-032. Software bug. Drove to work, we'll see if it starts to get home. Going to dealership in the morning. No documentation, security guard had me fill out a paper for their records

- Troy, OH, USA

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