2008 Honda CR-V EX-L Navi
2008 Honda CR-V EX-L Navi
2008 Honda CR-V EX-L Navi
2008 Honda CR-V EX-L Navi. Click image to enlarge

A number of 2010 CR-V owners posting here complain of vehicles that hesitate when acceleration is called for and generally feel sluggish despite the added horsepower 2010 models benefit from. The cause, as one owner discovered, was an engine control unit (ECU) that was misinterpreting sensor data and consequently retarding ignition timing. The fix was a reflash of the ECU that, according to the creator of the thread linked above, cured the problem 100 per cent.

A different bunch of 2010 owners posting here complain of an annoying power steering noise. There’s not enough evidence to suggest that the CR-V’s power steering is a trouble spot, but one poster, a Honda technician in the Toronto area, said that his dealership had replaced about a dozen 2007-2010 CR-V power steering racks in the spring and summer of 2010.

Here you’ll find discussion surrounding complaints of rust and poor paint quality on third-gen CR-Vs.

While it’s not a reliability concern, there are a few threads at CRVOwnersClub.com about poor windshield wiper performance. Click here and here to see a couple of them.

The CR-V is popular for a reason, and there’s a good chance you’ll come away from a test drive impressed with its generally pleasant driving demeanour. And while Consumer Reports loves the CR-V to death, don’t buy one without getting it checked over by a trustworthy mechanic, paying particular attention to the state of the rear differential (in AWD models) and the power steering system.

Online resources

  • CRVOwnersClub.com is a site specific to the CR-V, and so an obvious spot to go for information. HondaSUV.com‘s scope is wider, taking in all of Honda’s SUV/crossover models, and a good source for the popular CR-V need-to-knows.

  • Transport Canada Recall Number: 2011013; Units affected: 12010:

    On certain vehicles, a connector pin inside the engine wiring harness may have damaged by a testing tool during vehicle assembly. This could cause a loss of power to the ignition coils, resulting in intermittent spark firing or engine stalling. Engine stalling would result in lost propulsion which, in conjunction with traffic and road conditions, and the driver’s reactions, could increase the risk of a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury. Correction: Dealers will replace the damaged connector pin within the ignition wiring harness coupler. In addition, the central coupler (bus bar) that the ignition wiring harness attaches to will be replaced, in case it has incurred damage by the connector pin.

  • Crash test results

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)Used vehicle prices vary depending on factors such as general condition, odometer reading, usage history and options fitted. Always have a used vehicle checked by an experienced auto technician before you buy.

    For information on recalls, see Transport Canada’s web-site, www.tc.gc.ca, or the U.S. National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA)web-site, www.nhtsa.dot.gov.

    For information on vehicle service bulletins issued by the manufacturer, visit www.nhtsa.dot.gov.

    For information on consumer complaints about specific models, see www.lemonaidcars.com.


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