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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,239 miles

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2017 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 17)

problem #333

Dec 072019


  • 40,000 miles


No problems with engine, until 40,000 miles. I always changed the oil at 3000 miles so it had no time to increase. Last week I took a 1200 mile trip, checked the oil when I got home, found it to be well over a quart above full. I called my Honda dealer and set an appointment for the 23rd of December.

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #332

Nov 242019


  • 39,000 miles
Oil level rises to above height mark on dipstick. Engine power loss. Smell of gas in cabin. Oil leak because of rising oil level in engine.

- Wyomissing, PA, USA

problem #331

Nov 232019


  • 22,000 miles
Fuel leaking into oil. When checking oil that is not overdue for changing, oil level is well over full and had strong gasoline odor.

- Corralitos, CA, USA

problem #330

Nov 132019


  • 20,000 miles


Had foot on the brake, was stopped, but vehicle proceeded to accelerate forward and caused vehicle to impact a brick pole.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #329

Nov 142019


  • 37,000 miles
Engine oil leaks and stores on the undercarriage, then leaks altogether and on floor- slip and falls in garage.

- Wyomissing, PA, USA

problem #328

Nov 082019


  • 1 miles
Engine rev up and down, then stalling and shuts off

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #327

Nov 052019


  • 23,874 miles


Purchased 08-24-2019. Not even 1200 miles in I have gas in my oil after checking oil on dipstick at home. Probably 1/2 inch above the oil fill line. Per dealer on 11/05 multipoint inspection there is gasoline in the oil per the dealer's notation.

- Piney Flats, TN, USA

problem #326

Oct 052019

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 60,135 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the rear hatch would not open and the engine was difficult to start. Later, while driving approximately 70 mph, the forward collision avoidance system erroneously activated and caused the vehicle to abruptly stop. The vehicle was taken to flow Honda of burlington (2920 S. church St, burlington, nc) where it was diagnosed that the battery was faulty and the automatic braking system required an update. The battery was replaced and the update was performed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,135. The consumer stated the brake warning indicator occasionally illuminates.

- Rougemont, NC, USA

problem #325

Oct 282019


  • 26,000 miles
Gas gets in the oil, gas fumes go into the car itself and make us dizzy while driving (not safe). Car sputters (not safe) and heater does not get warm enough to keep the windshield clear in cold weather reducing viability and creating a safety issue. It takes 15 minutes of driving for car to warm up, I don't know how to see out of the windshield for the first 15 minutes. I'm aware this is a known issue with my model, I would like Honda to do a recall and really actually fix it. Dealer says there is no fix at this time. The service campaign isn't working. I'm reading that the 2019 were supposedly fixed with the same service campaign and it's not working.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #324

Oct 082019


  • 61,328 miles
Power train and fuel injector issue. Causing the spark plug replacement under an extended warranty, however the faulty fuel injector was not.

- Blanchard, OK, USA

problem #323

Oct 172019


  • 60,900 miles


On 10/16/2019, dealer replaced all of the fuel injectors, because they failed Honda's tests. Picked up the vehicle on the evening of 10/16/2019 and drove it home. Started driving it to work on 10/17/2019 and while accelerating on the interestate, the engine started misfiring (violent thuds) and the check engine light started flashing repeatedly. I lost power and was able to make it to the side of the road. As soon as the vehicle was stopped, I placed the vehicle in park and then the check engine light no longer blinked or illuminated. Had the vehicle towed to the Honda dealership. Vehicle did not misfire prior to the repairs made by Honda. Attached is the fuel injector repairs invoice. I also had all required maintenance as indicated in the Honda service manual. Vehicle has approximately 61000 miles.

- Johnstown, OH, USA

problem #322

Oct 102019


  • 41,000 miles
All warning systems for safety features lit up for no reason. Vehicle lost 80% of power and could barely get it home.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #321

Oct 082019


  • 43,000 miles
When I go to Honda dealership, they tell me I have no recalls on my car, although im reading everywhere else, and im getting notices in the mail on a few of them. I feel like im being lied to about my car and im afraid that my car is going to fall apart the longer I keep it. I would like to see if I can get someone to advocate for me on the issies that I am having with the Honda dealership/corporation. I was on my way home from work three days ago, and I could not get my car to shift into reverse, I released the shift button and it popped out onto my floorboard. Honda now says they will not cover the full cost of repair. My recall that I was supposed to have done about my motor leaking gas into the oil was never repaired and they are telling me that even though I got the notice in the mail, my vehicle shows does not need repaired. Please help me. I have never felt so helpless and they tell me I was never sent a recall notice, when I have it in my hand.

- Elberta, AL, USA

problem #320

Aug 152019


  • 3,000 miles
The oil level has consistently increased after every oil change, and has had the smell of gasoline, even within 1200 miles. I have brought this to the attention of Honda on three separate occasions, but the dealership refuses to acknowledge the problem since I live in a warm climate area, and they insist, in the face of clear evidence, that only cold climates have the problem. 1,168 miles after an oil and filter change, I smelled gas from the dipstick, so I sent the oil in for analysis. The report came back with critical (>5%) dilution. This is a safety issue, as many people may not know that their engines may sieze, or just stop running, due to lack of lubrication.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #319

Sep 242019


  • 29,340 miles
I was driving my Honda CR-V on a city street all off sudden the low tire pressure and brake system failure came on and the car just stalled and won't start. Once I got off the car, the locked and I couldn't unlock the door anymore. I towed it home as the dealership was closed for the day. Now the lights come on and the dash lights up and I can't turn it off.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #318

Aug 282019


  • 49,787 miles
Emissions issue detected, then eventual error codes diagnosed as P0172 and P291F. Replaced fuel injectors and high pressure pipe under service bulletins 10=8-025, 18-027, and 19-015. This is a common issue that should be addressed through a redesign and recall. Failure of this component could cause the engine to stall unexpectedly, causing a safety issue.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #317

Aug 262019


  • 24,000 miles
Engine oil level on dipstick way above what it should be and there is a strong gasoline smell in the engine oil. The Honda maintenance minder says 70% engine oil life is left. Also the seat heaters don't seem to work. Based on what I read online this seems to be somehow linked with the engine oil dilution issue

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #316

Aug 032019


  • 24,600 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Honda CR-V. while the contact's friend was driving 75 mph, the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact's friend claimed that she smelled an odor coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was pulled over and turned off. When the contact's friend attempted to restart the vehicle, all the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle would not restart. The vehicle was towed to port charlotte Honda (1252 tamiami trail, port charlotte, fl 33953, 941-564-3343) where it was diagnosed that the engine failed. The dealer informed the contact that they repaired the motor and changed the battery; however, the failure recurred three days later. The contact took the vehicle back to the same dealer and was informed that the battery was never changed and that they would replace the battery to repair the defect. The manufacturer was notified regarding the failures and complaint number: 09758024 was filed. The failure mileage was 24,600.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #315

Jul 012019


  • 36,000 miles
The contact's friend owns a 2017 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that fuel was leaking into the engine oil without warning. When the contact's friend checked the oil, the oil tank had overflowed and a fuel odor was detected on the oil dipstick. The contact's friend took the vehicle to don ayres Honda (4740 lima rd, fort wayne, in 46808, 260-484-0551) and was informed that they could replace the oil. The manufacturer was notified and provided a case number. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #314

Aug 172019


  • 39,950 miles
I have read that there are problems with Honda's 1.5 liter turbo earthdreams engine related to gasoline in the engine oil. I check my engine oil dipstick today and discovered there is indeed gasoline in it (per smelling it). I have filed a case with Honda, but since they don't have a fix for this yet, I am worried that having gas in the engine oil is going to cause severe damage to the engine. I have asked Honda what they intend to do to remedy this problem, but have not received a response as of yet. I had an oil change approximately 2,000 miles ago. There is about 39,950 miles on the car. I have not yet noticed any major problems with the engine, but it does not seem to have the power it did when I first purchased it. Thank you.

- Merlin, OR, USA

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