Trending Problems

A few problems that keep popping up. There's plenty more where that came from.

  1. Dead Battery in Accord and CR-V

    Certain generations of Accord and CR-V vehicles chew through batteries. Leave one of these sitting a couple days and there's a good chance it won't start due to an underpowered battery, parasitic drains, and an ineffective battery charging …

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  2. Spontaneouly Cracked CR-V Windshields

    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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  3. Oil Dilution in Honda's 1.5L Engine

    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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What Owners Complain About the Most

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

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

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 GMC models using data such as complaint volume, average cost of repairs, age of the car when it breaks down, and recall frequency.

All Models

  1. Honda Accord

    Reliability
    24th of 24
    PainRank
    74.91
    Complaints
    12261
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  2. Honda Civic

    Reliability
    23rd of 24
    PainRank
    65.89
    Complaints
    6465
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  3. Honda Odyssey

    Reliability
    22nd of 24
    PainRank
    34.97
    Complaints
    2750
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  4. Honda CR-V

    Reliability
    21st of 24
    PainRank
    34.52
    Complaints
    3047
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Key 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.

Worst 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 handful you should avoid.

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  1. 7th Generation Accord

    Years
    2003–2007
    Reliability
    58th of 58
    PainRank
    84.85
    Complaints
    3106
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  2. 6th Generation Accord

    Years
    1998–2002
    Reliability
    57th of 58
    PainRank
    61.82
    Complaints
    2854
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  3. 7th Generation Civic

    Years
    2001–2005
    Reliability
    56th of 58
    PainRank
    56.11
    Complaints
    2275
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  4. 8th Generation Civic

    Years
    2006–2011
    Reliability
    55th of 58
    PainRank
    51.64
    Complaints
    2948
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Recent Honda News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. Over 708,000 Honda and Acura vehicles are being recalled to replace their DENSO fuel pumps.

    The pumps have a defect that'll cause them to stop pumping fuel to the engine. You don't need to be a mechanic to see why that's a problem.…

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  2. Honda's batteries are such a drain.

    A new lawsuit suggests that the batteries in the 2017-2019 Accord and CR-V are simply too weak to run the car's electrical systems. Couple that with a parasitic drain and you've got yourself a killer combo if you're a big fan of curse words and walking to work.…

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  3. A CR-V cracked windshield lawsuit has been dismissed after the plaintiff and Honda agreed to an unknown settlement outside of court.

    The lawsuit claims that windshields in the 5th generation CR-V are subject to stress cracks from excessive pressure from the frame. Honda's warranty is supposed to cover any broken glass that is the result of a defect but continually denies a defect exists.

    While dismissing the lawsuit is a blow to other owners experiencing the same problem, the action was dismissed without prejudice as to the claims of the members of the putative class other than Plaintiff which leaves future lawsuits in play.

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  4. Honda wants to settle up a decade-old lawsuit about downshifting transmissions

    with an offer so low it's borderline insulting. A 2009 lawsuit says 5-speed automatic transmissions in some 2002-2004 Honda and Acura vehicles have a defect in the 3rd clutch. That defect can cause the transmission to suddenly downshift from 5th to 2nd gear. That's one way to reach your heart rate goal on your FitBit.

    Honda has continually denied the allegations but are ready to put this whole ordeal behind them with a ... checks notes ... $25 credit towards the future purcahse of Honda parts. And you must live in California. Oh I'm sorry, should I have told you to sit down first?…

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  5. Honda would like a do-over on a previous CR-V recall that was supposed to prevent the power window switches from melting and starting fires.

    Reports of fires and thermal events, such as melted switches, have actually surged since the vehicles were "fixed" following a 2012 recall. Honda now admits the repairs were probably insuffcient. 😳…

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