There have been reports of engine failure by owners that required repairs to the engine. Granted , they are few, but they are well documented in the CRV owner's group as well as on Facebook. In China, Honda had to recall all CRVs with similar type engine, something they did not do in the US.The fix they offered was to try and cure the slow warm up and defrost problem. I was going to buy one and so have been tracking that for a year. Not the car you want in cold weather. The only things I have seen recommended is use premium gas, check your oil level every week, change the oil every 3-5k rather than 10k, and cross your fingers. Most reports are in the winter, then the thread goes quiet. There haven't been any reports of failures that involve replacing the engine on the multi-thousand message thread I have followed. But paranoia reigns. And owners don't like the solutions are all costing the owners extra money.
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