The Honda CR-V, a compact crossover sport utility vehicle available with a manual or automatic transmission, was introduced in 1995. Edmunds.com contends that the CR-V is a competitively priced SUV with ample cargo and passenger room.
Honda technical service bulletins, or TSBs, report that multiple CR-V model years suffer from manual transmission shifting difficulty. Problems mainly occur when shifting from second to fifth or third to fifth gear. The most common reason for shifting difficulty in manual transmission is lack of transmission fluid.
Honda TSBs indicate that multiple CR-V automatic transmission models suffer from "harsh" shifting and acceleration problems. The primary cause of the CR-Vs' shifting problems is transaxle leakage. TSBs also state that shifting problems may result in acceleration problems, including noise and vibration.
In 2002, Honda issued a recall on over 237,000 CR-V automatic transmission models manufactured between 2002 and 2003. The recall notice states that certain automatic transmissions may suffer from shift cable linkage corrosion. Corroded shift cable linkage may prohibit drivers from shifting the CR-V into park.