Common 2007-2011 Honda CR-V Problems

Some of the worst issues 3rd generation CR-V owners have to deal with.

  1. CR-V Door Locks Malfunctioning

    The actuators in the door locks of the 3rd generation CR-V (2007-2011) are failing at an alarming rate. While Honda did extend the warranty on the door locks back in 2015, that extension has since expired. That means owners are left picking…

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  2. TPMS Warning Light

    TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring systems, are a mildly controversial feature of some modern cars. While it's nice to have quick access to the current PSI readings of your tires from the comfort of your driver's seat, some manufacturers (he…

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  3. Honda's Extremely Uncomfortable Seats

    An alarming number of people have complained that their late-model Honda has the most uncomfortable seats of any car they've ever owned. The problem seems to affect the 2008-2014 model years with a particular, back-crippling emphasis on the…

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks the Most

Years to Avoid

3rd Generation (2007–2011) CR-V Key Numbers

  1. 5 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 774 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to

  3. 52nd in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 58 eligible generations.

Recent Lawsuits for 3rd Generation CR-V Owners

  • Settlement

    Kevin Davitt, et al. v. America Honda Motor Co., Inc., et al.,

    1. Approved

      A Honda CR-V door lock lawsuit has received final approval in federal court after Honda agreed to settle the case. The CR-V class-action lawsuit was originally filed in 2013 after an investigation into allegedly defective door lock systems installed in the small crossover SUVs.

    2. Settlement

      Honda has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleges the door locks have a defect the automaker hid from consumers.

    3. Case Filed

      Three Honda CR-V owners have filed a class action lawsuit against Honda alleging it concealed a defective door lock mechanism in certain models to avoid having to pay for repairs under warranty.

Recent 3rd Generation (2007–2011) CR-V News

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  1. The 4th phase of Honda’s Takata airbag recall is set to get underway next month.

    Honda says it has made a lot of progress with existing recall repairs because plenty of replace airbag inflators are available. The 77.7 percent completion rate out of nearly 13 million recalled vehicles has allowed Honda to issue the recall now instead of waiting until December. An automaker that’s actually ahead of schedule on a recall? What world is this?…

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  2. Your vehicle might be involved in one of the largest and most dangerous recalls in automotive history. Honda is recalling 2.2 million vehicles with PSDI-5 Takata inflators.

    You've probably heard about Takata by now. They're the ones responsible for airbag inflators that explode with too much force, sometimes sending metal shrapnel flying throughout the cabin. They're also the ones that have been linked to a number of deaths and injuries.

    The good news here is that these particular inflators (PSDI-5) don't have the same history of rupturing. The bad news is replacement parts aren't expected to be available until later this year.

    Needless to say, Takata isn't going to make anyone's holiday card list.

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What CR-V Owners Say About This Generation

Right rear door lock started making a loud snapping sound when locked. Replaced actuator for about $400. Then right front and rear doors started to malfunction. Fixed the worst one, right front for about $300. The other two doors are in need for repairs, according to my mechanic.

2007 CR-V Owner