Common Problems with the Honda CR-V

Honda CR-VThe Honda CR-V has now been a feature on the UK’s roads since 1995. This compact and reliable cross-over utilises the popular Honda Civic platform to create a slightly more spacious car that the manufacturer refers to as a sport utility vehicle. However you want to describe it, this is a good choice for both urban life and the country road making it a versatile run around for many motorists.

Like most Honda cars, the CR-V is a robust build that has the structure to survive many years of use. A quality that makes it a popular shout for a second hand city car. If you’re thinking of going down this route, keep a look out for the following common problems:

Exhaust Valve

There is a widely reported problem with second generation CR-V vehicles from between 2002 and 2007 cutting out. A faulty exhaust circulation valve is the cause of the problem so make sure it has been replaced or you could face trouble when on the road or in traffic.

Engine Valve and Cylinder Head

Check out the owners’ forums for the CR-V as one of the most common complaints is a shaking or juddering in the car on idling. This is due to premature wear in the engine valves, which leaves the cylinder head needing replacement. Keep a sharp eye out for this problem when test driving any CR-V.

Drive train

Thinking of buying a 4×4 CR-V? If the model has not been well maintained there is a strong chance a non-Honda approved oil might have been used in the differential. A chattering sound and a vibration when the car turns will give away this maintenance issue, which will be costly and time consuming to solve.

Steering Problem

With Honda CR-V diesel models from 2007-2012 there is a widely reported problem with this 3rd generation car. Look out for a juddering feeling upon turning the steering wheel and a pull to the left, which could cause handling issues and premature wear on your tyres. Make sure this problem isn’t present in any second hand vehicle you’re thinking of buying.


In some models a failing speed sensor drive gear can sometimes cause a surge in the engine, turning on an engine check light whilst in cruise control. Additionally there are problems reported of the cruise control failing to disengage, so make sure you take any vehicle for a test drive on cruise control and take note of any difficulties.


Test the drive quality whilst you are out on the open road in your CR-V. A common fault with the front suspension will cause a clanking or clunking noise that is due to problems with the flange bolts. Also a visual check of the rear bushes should reveal any cracks or breaks, as this is a well-known fault with the part that could lead to a problem with dampening.

The CR-V is a good car that leaves a good bit of budget in the bank on the second hand market. Whilst it is not the most stylish of vehicles, it carries a good fuel economy with enough space both in the rear and the boot to accommodate the family.

For affordable replacement engines, gearboxes and more, check out our new and used Honda CR-V parts page.

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