As reported Tuesday by Torque News, American Honda Motor Company has largely mitigated reported excessive vibration problems found in some 2015 CR-V trim variants This may be good news for Honda CR-V owners experiencing a mild to severe vibration in North America’s best selling SUV for 2015.
Back in late November, A.H.M.C. issued a dealership service bulletin addressing the acknowledged concerns of CR-V owners experiencing mild to excessive vibration. According to Honda, these vibrations can occur at 3-specific motor RPM levels, exclusively in the 2015 CR-V featuring the relatively new direct injected”EarthDreams” VTEC 4 cylinder gasoline engine when paired with Honda’s well received CVT (continuously variable) transmission.
According to Honda Motor’s recall media contact Chris Martin, extensive road testing has resulted in a 19 page dealership repair bulletin detailing a multi-faceted “fix” for the problem, including but not limited to, radiator mount replacement, transmission mount upgrade, the installation of a rear-hatch vibration damper and a slight detuning/remapping of the engine fuel injection/CVT shift-point interface.
Honda claims that this software upgrade ans subsequent “remapping” may result in an estimated fuel efficiency loss of 7/10 mile per gallon. However, looking to a CR-V owner’s forum or two, we find consumers reporting slightly higher loss adjustments. As disclosed by Honda, your fuel economy may vary due to individual driving style, terrain, road conditions, weather and fuel formulations.
Based on the Forum comments of satisfied CR-V owners, clients that participate in Honda’s 3 to 4 part 2015 CR-V vibration mitigation fix, are largely satisfied. It may be further noted that Honda has incorporated all associated upgrades throughout the 2016 CR-V lineup.