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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
850 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2018 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 172018

CR-V EXL 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 810 miles


This 2018 Honda CRV EXL cost me over $32,000, not including financing costs. It has 2 major problems and the car doesn't even have 1000 miles on it! At about 650-700 miles, it started to "double beep" very loudly every 2 minutes. There was no warning message in the driver interface while this double beep was occurring. I took car to dealer that afternoon & it wouldn't "double beep" (the problem is intermittent). The 1st time the "double beep" occurred it was for a 2 hour drive, round trip. The 2nd time it did this was only a 20 minute drive to a local store. When I came out of store, I was going to drive it to dealer (as the service manager suggested), however, the "double beep" had stopped. The dealer's service manager's answer is to drive the car to dealership as soon as the "double beep" starts! This is crazy...what if I'm going to work or to an important meeting, what am I supposed to do, drive a half hour to dealer and miss work or appointment? This is also poor service!!

I checked the engine oil and it is overfilled now and is smelling like gasoline. The oil is also starting to turn black! When American Honda called me back this morning (August 20, 2018) I told the Honda agent and he said that the gasoline in the crankcase oil would not damage or hurt the car in any way! This is ridiculous, it could ruin the engine or possibly even start a fire!!! I worked on Honda's for 20 years as a certified auto body technician and gasoline in the crankcase oil is a VERY serious and DANGEROUS problem!

I do NOT feel SAFE driving this car!

- Joseph C., Lebanon, PA, US

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