1st Generation (1997—2001) CR-V Problems

This generations ranks 39th out of 63 Honda generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (56%), suspension (5%), and the transmission (5%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Bad Cylinder Head 11 complaints at an average of 113,169 miles in the 2001 Honda CR-V.
  2. Defective Valves 20 complaints at an average of 123,944 miles in the 2000 Honda CR-V.
  3. Transmission Failure 1 complaints at an average of 30,000 miles in the 1998 Honda CR-V.

What CR-V Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2001 35 0 77 13.39
2000 53 0 82 13.28
1999 13 2 90 8.5
1998 17 2 105 7.52
1997 8 1 100 1.09

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