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Oil Dilution in Honda's 1.5L Engine

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Excess fuel vapors in Honda’s 1.5-liter engine aren’t burning off and diluting the engine’s oil. This raises the oil level, triggers warning lights, creates a terrible smell, and brings into question the prospect of long-term damage caused …

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Gas Smell in CR-V Cabin

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Honda says the strong fuel vapors are caused by excess fuel building up in the oil pan. The issue appears to be particularly bad in cold-weather climates. In a letter to consumers, Honda impressively skirted blame by placing it on the drive…

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Heater Doesn't Work

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This popular SUV is terrible at producing heat while idling. In fact, many owners say it won’t produce any at all until they start driving. If you’ve ever had to scrape ice off your windshield you understand how powerful of an ally the defr…

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The Least Reliable Honda Models

Some models just can't seem to get out of their own way. We've created a list of the least reliable Honda models using data such as complaint volume, average cost of repairs, age of the car when it breaks down, and recall frequency. Here's the worst of the bunch.

Honda Accord

PainRank
74.91
Complaints
12261
Reliability
24th out of 24

Honda Civic

PainRank
65.89
Complaints
6465
Reliability
23rd out of 24

Honda Odyssey

PainRank
34.97
Complaints
2750
Reliability
22nd out of 24

Honda CR-V

PainRank
34.52
Complaints
3047
Reliability
21st out of 24

Honda Pilot

PainRank
26.53
Complaints
1418
Reliability
20th out of 24

Honda Fit

PainRank
23.59
Complaints
469
Reliability
19th out of 24

Honda HR-V

PainRank
17.3
Complaints
82
Reliability
17th out of 24

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What Owners Complain About the Most

Sometimes it's easiest to just tally up all the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are.

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Worst Years

Watch Out For These Generations

A generation is a group of model years where little, if any, changes were made. They tend to have the same problems and some generations have horrible reputations for reliability. Here's a few you should avoid.

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Recent Honda News

4 Reasons You Should Avoid Honda's 1.5L "Earth Dreams" Engines

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Honda's Earth Dreams powertrain technology is a set of modifications aimed at reducing emissions and improving fuel economy, while maintaining performance and a smooth ride. It all sounds good, but the actual experience of owning a vehicle with an Earth Dreams engine has been an absolute nightmare. … continue reading

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By the Numbers

  1. 28 models

    Each with their own trim levels, bodystyles, and special blend of headaches.

  2. 65 generations

    A group of years for a specific model with the same design, features, and problems.

  3. 31 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  4. 27,754 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  5. 7,662 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  6. 489 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Have a complaint about your vehicle?

The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.