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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
6,700 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
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2017 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 192018

CR-V EX-L 1.5t

  • CVT transmission
  • 13,000 miles


The engine makes a whining/chirping sound when the A/C is on. The car can be cold or warm does not matter. It makes noise. There is a sound similar to water running. I am not sure what that is. I can turn off and on the A/C and the water-like noise will go away, but the chirping sound will stay on. I went to Honda, but they said they could not here it.

- Jay P., Warwick, US

problem #1

Apr 052017


  • CVT transmission
  • 400 miles

I reported to Honda about the chirping sound vibrating in the engine area whenever I turn on my air conditioning. They asked me to bring the vehicle in and I did. I told the representative that it sounded like the fan belt. They say that is not possible because the new technology has no fan belts. They gave back my car but did not do anything about it because there is no fix. They said they hear other customers complain about it but there is no fix to-date. Then dismissed me.

- Rica C., Charlotte, US

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