Not a reliable car
My 2010 Luxury CRV has been falling apart over the last couple of years. First the starter motor failed, the leather on the armrests are peeling, the doors do not lock with the remote, fuel consumption is terrible at 13.3 L/100KM and the drive shaft needs to be replaced. The CRV is regularly serviced by the same mechanic and he admits that some of my prob;ems are common with CRV's.
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Honda CRV - the best rating from first impressions to an absolute disaster over time.
My initial sentiments in the early days of ownership are on a par with the majority of the rave-reviews on this platform. I bought my 2.4 Honda CRV Automatic brand new as a result of a test drive which really impressed me. Instant pull away with a fabulous VTEC motor, nice drive, spacious and comfortable. Over time those sentiments changed to outright disappointment.
While the VTEC engine provides excellent pull-away acceleration, for a 2.4 litre engine, overall performance is lethargic. Fully laden the Honda CRV could even pose a safety ri...sk due to poor overtaking acceleration characteristics at higher speeds. As with other sentiments, fuel economy is pathetic at an average of around 12.5lt/100km. The other issues are with Bluetooth pairing with a smart phone and once paired, it works erratically. Cellular phones do not connect automatically when the vehicle is started and often fails to connect throughout the journey. The air conditioner is not very efficient and my other vehicle, a 2012 Hyundai i30 has a air conditioner and radio / Bluetooth system that is far superior in all aspects compared to the Honda CRV. The Honda CRV headlights are way below the industry norm for brightness. Forget about listening to the radio / conversation on a long trip as road noise is extremely high - and annoying. I am not a large person yet the driver's seat padding is starting to collapse. The worst of all, my vehicle is now a rust bucket. Honda Motor Company must have known this as most of the rust issues only present themselves just after the warranty expiry. Rust has eaten through from the outside of the vehicle into the spare wheel well. As the vehicle is white in colour, the orange rust water marks are very noticeable in two prominent areas due to water coming through when driving on wet roads. These two distinctive rust holes, no more than a few millimetres in size, are halfway up, at the rear of the spare wheel well. If one stores a tool kit, emergency torch, tow cable in the spare wheel well area as I do, they will soon be lost due to rust. If one looks underneath the vehicle, one cannot see the outside of the wheel well rust points as this area is covered by the bumper, so could not be seen during servicing inspection unless the rear bumper was removed. In addition, the entire spare wheel and fuel tank general area on the outside (underneath the vehicle) has dozens of rust specks. Also, many of the main door hinge bolts have rusted. This vehicle has been meticulously maintained with regular Honda dealer service intervals and on the outside, looks brand new. The vehicle is also 100% free of any accident damage, has a full service history and with just over 52 250km on the clock to be riddled with rust as described, is an absolute disgrace. I have dozens of photographs to substantiate my claim. As far as rust protection and finish goes, one of the worst vehicles on the market.
Purchased in February 2011.
Would have been a great buy if not for these design flaws...
I have been a fan of hondas because of their reliability and awesome look. I had a 1999 crv before and was very practical and reliable so i got myself an upgrade with the 2008 honda crv sports model.
I like how it looks and how roomy the cabin is. The ride is quiet as the engine noise is minimal. Tyre noise would depend on the quality of tyres you got. I got maxxis ones on mine so its not the best but not the worse too. Power is adequate when overtaking. But not enough to give you confidence in doing something more daring. I get fuel econom...y of 10.5liters per 100kms combined after changing spark plugs, changing oil and filter, cleaning maf sensor, changing air filter and putting some magic oil additives. I was averaging 12.5 liters per 100kms before doing all these. Overall happy with everything else except for these 2 major flows so beware! Power steering defect. My power steering fluid is leaking somewhere. Iv researched and its a common problem. Also my crv seems to be pulling a bit to the left. Have done wheel balance and alignment but it did not solve the problem. Air compressor defect. Mine has been changed by the previous owner. But they are to last around 90,000kms then the compressor will go. The replacement compressor i got will also be the same. It will go bad in a few years. So check the history of the car if you plan to buy one of this. Check the power steering system and aircon system.
Purchased in November 2016.
Paint bubbled and peeled at year 6 - Honda took no responsibility
I was a loyal Honda customer, owning 2 Honda's. Unfortunately the paint started bubbling on my steel grey Honda CRV at year 6 (approx $40K car) with independent quotes of $4,000 to fix it.
Upon calling Honda, they told me that the paint was only guaranteed for 3 years and they would not do anything to fix it, even though they had changed paint type post this due to identified issues. With only 50,000km on the clock, the car is now worthless. Such a pity they treat a loyal customer in this manner and I am left with such a bad and costly customer experience.
Great reliable car always!
We loved this car so much and was really sad when I sold it. We owned it for almost 8yrs and had no problem at all with the car. It’s powerful and so reliable, I enjoyed driving this car around Sydney and interstate.
Ac was always cold and never had problem. Service didn’t cost us a lot too.
The seats were comfortable, Front and back. And the bonus hand rest can’t be beaten. I wish all cars have handrest for the driver seat.
Comfortable, reliable, versatile SUV
We bought our 2007 (MY 2008) CRV with 90K km on the clock, trading our early release 97 CRV that we'd owned from new. We've found the 07/08 CRV great to drive, cost effective to run and the interior is really comfortable for passengers and flexible for cargo. We do a combination of country and around town driving - regular servicing and maintenance (religiously every 10K kms) and replacement of the airbag after the recall has been the only time it has been off road in 6 years. Now approaching 200K km, it is still going strong and while the interior has stood up to wear and tear well, the paintwork is looking a bit thin. We would like to upgrade to some new tech and a true off roader/twin cab ute this time round - but Honda doesn't make one!
Bought a second hand CRV from Penrith Mazda and the service from Russell was nothing short of amazing. Very honest and patient and goes out of his way to assist with anything that you need this is my 2nd purchase from this car yard and I won’t be going anywhere else in the future
Great SUV but it has flaws
I bought my Honda CRV used from a Honda dealership. There was later an issue with the air con breaking down in really hot weather and some mechanics told me this is common with this car. Luckily, The dealership replaced the compressor under my warranty! Other than this, the car has been fine. I always feel safe and secure in my Honda. It accelerates quickly, the brake system is fantastic even in wet weather, and it never slips or skids. I would have liked more leg room in the back, though. But overall, I am happy I chose this as my first SUV.
Didn't miss a beat-great
We have had our Honda CRV 2007 since new. It was a city car for the first few years and then we moved to the country and we put it through a beating using it as if it was a Toyota Land cruiser! Loaded water soil, toed branches and trailers full of wood and it didn't miss a beat. Even the interior has remained intact and I have three dogs! I know it cost a bit more but in the long run it's worth it . A really comfortable car to drive no major break downs, except service. 135,000 km and still powering on.
Extensive CR-V Air Conditioning Failures
Air conditioning system failed in our 2008 low km VGC CR-V and research reveals it is not an uncommon problem.
Widespread reports online of AC Compressor and clutch failures in CR-V's. Ours has also been diagnosed with this same failure, at a cost of $1500+ to fix.
We've been informed that we should be entitled to 'goodwill' repairs by the company, due to the extensive nature of the CR-V air conditioning failures. So far, no assistance forthcoming.
As a result, we'll be pursuing an Australian Consumer Law Consumer Guarantee claim for '...faulty goods that are not fit for purpose' and making a small claim through the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. If you've had an air conditioning failure in a CR-V, check consumer protection laws in your state and act accordingly.
Ac has stopped working at 100,000k
Not happy after reading my ac is going to cost 1500+, were is the recall on this, if I pay for it to get fixed will Honda reimburse me after it is recalled, this will be my last Honda if this is the case, I really hope everybody complains to Honda about this issue
We have been using our Honda CRV for more than a year now and we haven't found any serious issues other than it's well known AC clutch-coil issue. Recently I had been using a 2015 prado and found that little Honda CRV has almost the same room that a prado has. It's a quite reliable car and we are quite happy with everything.
I have a 2008 CRV with an air conditioner compressor issue. Apparently this is extremely common and can affect your whole motor. Very expressive to fix $1500+.
Do your homework as this is a very common issue but there has been no recall in Australia! Maybe we need to band together and raise this issue with Fair Trading or The Ombudsman...
Thought I Did My Homework...
Best review hands down. Pity no one mentioned the air con compressor suddenly seizes or blows up. $1200 to fix. Otherwise a super car. I tow a grooming trailer all day and it never stops. Only niggle is it doesn't like backing my trailer up hills. Don't blame it really! Awesome.
reliable car at the right price.
I had this car since 2011 just before the current model came out.
been serviced at Honda every 10,000km and so far so good.
Had a very minor steering vibration issue but was resolved with some kind of oil flash during service.
For under $45,000 AUD, I must say this has been a very reasonable car.
It must be very well built as the car is on 71000KM right now. but I am still using the original factory tyres and it's still going. I haven't done any wheel alignments yet and it's still drives perfect!!!
couldn't even do that on my Lexus RX 450h
This is our first Honda and love it! Purchased brand new. Have always heard about Hondas' great finish, engines, economy etc. Having now owned this 2007 Sport model for 9 months, we can see why Honda owners love their cars. Great to drive on highways, as well as in the city. Good fuel economy considering the size. Very smooth, beautiful finish, seats comfortable (our 2 boys love the back seats as they can recline as well as travel forwards and backwards). Great storage capacity. You need to buy "proper" carpets to cover over the crappy o...nes fitted by Honda, as the standard felt material fitted wears through really quick (like in 1 week of use!). Very happy with this vehicle, would buy another Honda anyday. Good dealer service. Have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. Update: Have now had this vehicle for 7 years, just done 77,000 k. Honda service has been excellent, no problems. Only replaced 1 battery after 4 years and still on second set of tyres (Falkens). Only negative: Doesn't like hill starts in the manual, have to use lots of revs and spin the clutch a bit on steep hills. Would buy the auto next time. Great engine, loves to rev. No quality issues over 7 years of ownership. Classy looks, great engine, strong brakes, heaps of room, excellent economy considering size (8.5 litres per 100 klms on highway with 6 speed manual), excellent fit and finish, good stereo, good air-con, great visibility. Standard Bridgestone tyres are noisy, although grip well. Engine needs more power for hills. No bluetooth. So-called standard carpets are rubbish, they are only a felt-like material, not proper carpet as befits a Honda.
Quality and reliability
Bought a 2011 base model manual CR-V and couldn't be happier. Engine is smooth and powerful enough, responding when asked. You really do not need any more power unless you intend on misbehaving. Servicing so far not as expensive as I thought it would be. Honda's certainly have a quality feel with this being my first and probably not my last. Love the room and practicality. My first SUV and cannot believe road handling compared to all sedans I have had previously. Seriously cannot go wrong with this Honda.
Quality, reliability, cargo space
2007 to new 2013 model CR-V probably not the best looking 4WD but not worst either
Honda CR-V fuel consumption
Purchased NEW in 2010. Very comfortable, good driver viewing BUT Fuel economy appalling. 13 up to 15 L/100klms. Wrote to Honda in Vic. They said it's the way we drive the vehicle. Hello !! Used 85 Octane - no difference. Paid Scott's Honda in Artarmon $45 + for nitrogen in tyres. Zilch difference. 2.4 litre engine with this mileage/litre - hopeless and very expensive. Think Twicebefore you try !!
Safe and reliable
Best car i have ever owned, can confidently recommend this vehicle to every one.
Service costs very reasonable as well. After recently being involved in a serious rear end accident, if it was not for our CRV i do believe we would not be here to tell the story. This vehicle is one of the safest on the road.
excellent fuel consumption at 7.5/100 for my crv sport spends most days on open roadvery comfortable and and very good in the wet
Surprisingly fuel efficient!
After months of research and after test driving 3 SUV x-overs (the other two were Subaru Forester and Jeep Patriot) I immediately picked out my 2008 Honda CRV, it has a great build quality and it seems Honda put more in there cars for standard than some other brands. I previously owner a Mitsubishi Lancer of the same year, and wasnt pleased with the plastics used throughout the interior, or the comfort/support of the seats (the main reason for the upgrade was need of space and want of a SUV sized car) The CRV is a nice change, It drives like a ...dream and feels very solid in every way. It has thick solid plastics on the interior and the seats are more comfy than my lounge! Ive only had it for 4 weeks, but was surprised after reading a lot of peoples reviews on this site. A lot of people complained fuel is atrocious, and I was expecting to dish out 50% more on my fuel then the lancer considering the lancer was 7.9L/100km and CRV was recording(according to some) around if not over 12L/100km. That is not the case with mine at all! My old lancer cost $70 to fill up and lasted just shy of a fortnight till near the empty light. The CRV is pulling similar stats with around $70 to fill up and lasting 10-12 days with the same driving routes/distances. Not bad considering one is a med range sedan with 2L engine and the other is much bigger with 2.4L engine. I was blown away. I probably spend $5-10 more per week on fuel, max! I do drive casually, but also have the air con on most of the time so I cant say Im trying to be fuel efficient. People are also complaining of parts failing, I cant say Im to worried over anything atm, aside from the aircon. That is the only thing which has let me down. It is slow to start and isnt extremely cold. Aircon in the lancer was ice cold straight away, no problem, with the CRV it takes a while and I will worry if it will fail in the future. I have read before that if you replace Honda fluids MORE regularly than usual your Honda will last a life time, if you dont you will have problems, so I plan to flush coolant and transmission oil asap to really look after it and will post back if I have problems in the future. So far though I am very happy with my CRV and would definitely recommend purchasing one.
Questions & Answers
why my Honda SRV 2008 aircon working in the beginning and later the cooling cut off, only the fan working??
Hi, having heard that the buttom of Honda CRV 1997 and CRV series are so weak, easily to be broken, is that true?
How about CRV 2008? Recommend?
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