Notes: It's rare when a newer vehicle has defect trends. Judging from the identical 2017 model year, the 2018 Honda CR-V is likely to have 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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,585 miles

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2018 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2018 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

Jul 012018


  • miles


Issues with charger under radio. I've brought it in. The fuze blew. Issues with pandora not syncing and brought it in more than once. Major issues with my screen bugging out with levels of the screen brightens but it makes a noise like the screen is being tapped and it's not. Only way to stop it is turn car on and off. Had to stop on parkway yo fix, not safe. Brought it in for that more than once too and still not fixed. Issues with pic uploads too

- Dunellen, NJ, USA

problem #71

Jan 132020


  • 28,000 miles
I have had numerous problems with my CRV, most recently a complete malfunction where car did not go over 10 mph and dashboard lights all flashing on alert. Honda mechanics told me this was my fault for overfilling my oil tank. Wanted to charge me $2500 for a new catalyt converter. After much negotiating they lowered cost. However I have since seen this is a common problem with this model and should have been recognized as such.

- Pelham, NY, USA

problem #70

Jan 192020


  • 9,500 miles
From 3,500 to now 9,500mi 5 seperate occasions sensor suite has quit functioning for from 10mi to a 100mi till come back on. In all but 1 time (which recurred going to dealer) by coming to stop or restarting engine has returned to normal. Still have throttle, brake, gas guage, lights etc but no functions that require pushbutton or sensing functions. All happened while at hyw speeds. 1 time car totally quit (like shut off with switch) for a sec free rolling at 65mph then came on where left off.

- Bismarck, ND, USA

problem #69

Dec 232019


  • 10,180 miles


Honda 2018 cr V touring AWD has steering issues on 3 separate occasion. Sept 2019, Oct 2019, Dec 2019 when making a right turn the power steering pulled to the left into the wrong lane & the 3rd time almost into a ditch it took two or us to over ride that. During that 3rd time we also had 4 warnings: Acc, lkas, cmbs and rdm. I had amber and red warning lights showing the brake system, lane departure, acc & forward collision warning illuminated on the dash. I pulled over and shut the engine off for 30 mins. Each problem taken into the dealer we could not duplicate, and your VIN # is not on the recall list. I also notified Honda still no answer.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #68

Jun 272018


  • 10 miles
The turn signals are defective. The turn signals flashing lights work, but there is no clicking sound. This causes a safety problem when changing lanes on a highway. I am often unaware that the turn signals are still engaged.

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #67

Dec 092019


  • 23,000 miles
My windows and doors are open and unlocked, including hatchback. Has happened at least 4X's in last two weeks in Chicago during holiday season!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #66

Nov 262019


  • 15,000 miles


Lights, windows and sunroof all opened spontaneously overnight while parked in the downstairs garage of my home. Remote not touched. Read online of many cases not so lucky that opened during rain storm resulting in a soaking wet car. Apparently there is no option to turn off control that might trigger this. Will take photo for documentation if it happens again

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #65

Nov 022019


  • 4,300 miles
Problems first presented: Auto door lock malfunction, auto- rain sensing wiper malfunction would come on when dry, not come on when wet; navigation system went crazy on the highway flashing on and off when using it; twice the auto breaking system came on when on the highway with nothing in front of me....going 50 mph! I very well could have been rear ended. I saw no obstruction on the road. I have had the vehicle in twice to the dealer only to be told it does not happen and they have no bulletins regarding these issues.

- Oakmont, PA, USA

problem #64

May 192019


  • 14,941 miles
3 time while driving on the fwy 65 mph with the cruise control activated, lane control activated, and the distance set to minimum, with no one in front of me, the car detected the car to the right of me and slammed on the brakes, and causing the person behind me to slam on their brake almost causing an accident. This happened between April of 2019 and Oct of 2019. When I brought it into the dealership they said that there was dirt on the milliwave radar, found code P2583-97, I found this to be highly unlikely because the car was spotless. The second time I took the car to the dealership, they said the could not duplicate the problem. When asked how they diagnosed the car they said they drove it 10 miles down a bolsa chica rd. I told the sevice person that that was not the same conditions as I was driving and that they could not have gotten the car up to 65 mph when the speed limit was 45 mph and it wasn't a fwy. Her response was we are not allowed to drive cars on the fwy. I said then how are you do duplicate the condition of the problem. This car has been into the dealership for multable electronic issue, none of which have been solved yet. All I get is the same answer, cant duplicate the problem. I believe this car has had these problems since it was sold new and the person before me turned this car in with only 8000 miles on it for a new car that they could trust. This is a safety issue ad could cause me to get into an accident thats not my fault.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #63

Dec 232017


  • miles
Had issues with electrical such as warning lights in the past, 38,000 miles had fuel injectors replaced. Mention when I got the car that it did not heat properly, they said it was normal. Does not heat when idling. So I started checking it out and everybody else is having the same issue. Idling.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #62

Oct 292019


  • 5,000 miles


While driving on slick roads I was using blueooth to have a telephone conversation. A car swerved in front of me causing me to swerve to avoid an accident. The bluetooth disengaged and I heard the doors automatically click to lock (they were already locked). I assume these are built in safety features. When I came to a stop, the electronic door lock overrode the manual lock for the driver side door and would not unlock; I could not exit through the driver side door. I tried many times to use the fob or to manually unlock the driver side door to no avail.I had to exit using the passenger door. The driver side door lock refused to work until I used the physical key to open the door from the outside. Using the physical key appeared to re-set the electronic door lock system and it then worked normally.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #61

Oct 142019


  • 21,000 miles
My 2018 cr V has been in for service with the same problem 5 times. Basically on my morning commute from norco to los angeles I sporadically get an error message, road mitigation system problem, adaptive cruise control problem, collision mitigation system problem, road departure system problem along with a brake light cycle through my dashboard and all these systems fail to work. This will last the rest of my commute and all lights are off when I drive home later on in the day. The first couple of times I brought the car in, they sent it home with me because they could not find error codes, problem still present. Finally this last time the technician adjusted some cameras to see if that could fix the problem, it did not. My car is still in your shop at penske Ontario and the technician who called me yesterday said this is a normal feature of this car, and the Honda hotline does not have this problem reported. He informed me that the car is picking up something that is causing it to fail. My commute is at 4am on a non busy freeway, I have not noticed construction nor major road damage when this happens. If the road conditions were the problem, I drive this commute a lot and this does not happen then. This sounds like their is no solution to my problem and I am given a generic answer. I have done my research and I am not the only person experiencing this with the cr V. the dealer has informed me they will be doing nothing further for my problem. This happens multiple times

- Norco, CA, USA

problem #60

Aug 012018


  • 7,063 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Honda CR-V. while driving 65 mph, there was a beeping noise coming from the screen and the screen went blank. The vehicle was taken to autonation Honda fremont (5780 cushing pkwy, fremont, ca 94538, (510) 224-4801), but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where they informed the contact that there was a software failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 7,063.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #59

Sep 272019


  • 12,500 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Honda CR-V. while driving 65 mph, the cruise control and road departure warning indicators illuminated. There was also a mitigation system failure and a beeping noise was heard. The driver coasted into a parking lot and depressed the brake pedal, and all the warning indicators turned off. The contact called buerkle Honda (3360 hey 61 N vadnais heights, mn 55110, (651) 490-6600) where an appointment was scheduled. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The contact stated that the failure recurred twice. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,500.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #58

Oct 022019


  • 20,000 miles
On 9/23/19 parked the vehicle. Shut off vehicle while still in drive. The vehicle did not alert me that the car was not in park. Got out of car and door locked like everything was okay - no other beeps or notifications. Vehicle rolled out of driveway and hit a tree causing significant rear damage (thankfully did not hit any other vehicle or pedestrian). Brought to Honda dealership and they could not find anything although I explained that the warning indicators work intermittently. Finally on 10/2/19 I videotaped an incident where it did not alert me in anyway when I shut the car off and left in the drive gear (images from video attached). Honda states emergency parking brake should always be engaged; however, this does not fix the fact that the safety notifications are not working as expected. Definitely a vehicle safety issue.

- Auburndale, MA, USA

problem #57

Sep 212019


  • miles
I bought a Honda CR-V 2018 last year in May. The vehicle only have 8000 miles on it. Now I recently notice that when I am starting the car when pressing on the brake and pressing the start button. It will try to start but fails. It seems you need to do this numerous times to start the vehicle. This have been happening to me in the last 3 days. I called the Honda dealer about it and schedule an appointment with them tomorrow.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #56

Feb 232019


  • 7,500 miles
Reoccurring issue of the infotainment screen either freezing or going bazerk while driving. Either nothing works, including the power button to turn the whole display off, or the button works, cuts the display off and the radio continues to play, or the display starts flashing between screens, adjusting the brightness, beeping continuously and sometimes making phone calls all while driving down the road. The only way to get it to stop is to pull off the road and cut the car off. This seems to be an issue with multiple people posting here..... who knows how many people aren't going thru this process to report. Isn't this distraction while driving dangerous enough to be investigated and provide for a recall. I have a video but don't know how to load it. It has happened multiple times before and after the video I took, but I'll use the date of the video. Hoping that posting to this site will bring some action.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #55

Aug 242019


  • 20,000 miles
All electronics started to fail, steering jammed, lost control of vehicle. Service center diagnosed problem to broken power steering motor. Vehicle was in motion entering a highway. Aug 24th 2019. Electronic brake failure and car wouldn't start - Sep 11, 2019.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #54

Sep 052019


  • 27,538 miles
My recent encounter was on a two lane road traveling at 40 mph. No cars were in front of me and a car was about 2 car lengths behind me. A MINIschool bus was heading in the other direction about 2 car lengths on the other side of the road. I had my two grandchildren in the car with me, when all of a sudden the car breaked hard sending all my things on the floor and scarring my granddaughters. I was shaken myself being nearly rear ended by the car behind me. I took it in to atlantic Honda, and was told no problems were found on the computer and could not duplicate the issue. never had anyone complain of this. I also advised them, the break light flashes out of the blue while driving on the highway with no other cars around. I was told to bring it in if it happens again. I feel on edge driving the car not knowing if it will break unexpectedly!

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #53

Aug 142019


  • 41,846 miles
I continue to get random "lane departure" when driving down a normal road. Have taken to the dealer twice and they can not repeat the problem. Today I was driving on a one way street in city traffic with nobody in front of me and several behind me, as I was going through a signal light intersection the CRV went into collision alert with a warning on the dash and beeping, it slammed on the brakes and I was almost rear ended. There was nobody in front of me or coming from either side of the cross street. This has happen one time before when I was passing through a construction zone and one lane had cones cutting a two lane down to one lane. It again slammed an the brakes as if I was leaving the road. I also have problems with the auto dimming headlights that dim when they should not and go to bright sometimes when meeting traffic and should be dim. I have taken to the dealer for this also more than one time and they could not repeat the problem. I also get random messages that power has been lost to my information center (pictures included). I do not feel safe in this Honda CRV and the dealer seems they are just wanting me to be out of warranty or don't care.

- Du Bois, IL, USA

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