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I want to buy 2019\2020 CRV EXL or Touring and will drive for most part in the state of Texas. Hence requesting advice from fellow texans or folks that drive in this state.

Do you drive your 2019 CRV in the state of Texas and have any issues like oil dilution, lack of heat, smell of gas in the cabin ? Please advice. I would also appreciate advice from other folks that stay in other states with warmer climate.
 

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I'm in Texas and I believe the oil dilution issue has been fixed for the newer cars. Smell of gas I'm told happens if you overfill the gas tank since it's now capless (tank no longer has a physical screw cap). Lack of heat - ?? Not sure what you mean by this.
 

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Howdy from the desert of West Texas. Been back to the dealership only once (shifter button replaced under warranty) in 22 months and 10K miles. 99% around town, short trip, puddle jumpin', trailer towin' drivin'. No issues.....no OD, great heater......still seein' a big ol' grin in the rearview mirror.
 
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I'm in Texas and I believe the oil dilution issue has been fixed for the newer cars. Smell of gas I'm told happens if you overfill the gas tank since it's now capless (tank no longer has a physical screw cap). Lack of heat - ?? Not sure what you mean by this.
Thank you TXTTL. It seems folks staying in colder climates have complained about lack of heat in the cabin area when they turn on heater during cold temperatures. That was the question when I asked about lack of heat. Based on your response I don't think you've had that issue.
 

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I have a 2018 Touring. In am in Houston and we had a mild winter but regardless my CR-V was slow to warm up, the slowest warm up car I have had and much slower than my wife's 2010 with the 2.4L engine. It does warm up eventually but I have to drive it on S and I have to make sure the climate control is set to AC OFF so the louvers are shut. If you have to defog the windshield the AC will turn on defeating this setting. This car is not good for short trips, a few miles, you will get there before the engine warms up. Once it warms up it tends to stay warm but this is SE Texas, not much heat needed, at least this past winter.

Regarding OD, the jury is still out. I just returned from a trip to Dallas (about 600 miles, most at 70-75 mph) and I came back with more "oil" than I left, not much more but slightly above than when I left. I have had one oil change and the dealer overfilled it which is typical, my oil is slightly above the orange section. This may be good for OD, I rather have a bit more oil to start with.

Keep in mind that the 2019s are the same as the 2017-18s as far as OD is concerned other than they had the so called "fix". Many here report the fix did not work for them. My advice to you is to consider other vehicles or to wait until Honda updates the engine, the 1.5L is more prone to OD than other turbo DI engines.
 

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Folks,
I want to buy 2019\2020 CRV EXL or Touring and will drive for most part in the state of Texas. Hence requesting advice from fellow texans or folks that drive in this state.

Do you drive your 2019 CRV in the state of Texas and have any issues like oil dilution, lack of heat, smell of gas in the cabin ? Please advice. I would also appreciate advice from other folks that stay in other states with warmer climate.
 

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As you can see many different responses . I have 2018 touring with 8800 miles . I live in Northern Il. so this past winter we set records for cold. I did have some OD around town this winter, no problem with heat much quicker then my Forester I had. I took it on a 1100 round trip in April some city but mostly highway 70-75 the oil level never moved .
 

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Another Texan, living near Austin, 2017 AWD EX-L purchased in Midland, had it about a year and half. So far only 2 of the common issues with ours, at about 15,000 miles the shifter button came off which is a pain, and at about 25,000 I started seeing the Oil dilution issues, just had the fix performed at 40,000. The car makes ~60 mile round trips every day to work and is in a warm climate so the oil issue "supposedly" shouldn't affect it, we literally never go less than 10 miles because that is the closest town to us. We have also had uneven tire wear, and the electronic brakes locked up and refused to release at one point without disconnecting the battery. So far no heat issues but the heated seats may make up for that a little as well.

On the positive side: Round Rock Honda has been great with service and helping out on the oil dilution issue as well as getting the "fix" done now that they have finally been allowed by Honda. We have a hitch on the car and towed about 1100 pounds to Lake Havasu Arizona and back last summer with no issues, towed it great, we had the car loaded down with probably 500 pounds of stuff as well. Navigation and everything has worked stupendously with none of the reported display issues, and the fuel mileage has been in the high 20's (27-29 typically) with mixed driving and around 30 highway driving as long as we aren't in the 80+mph areas of the state.
 

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I know Texas and you just need to make sure that you get in the left lane and never pull over for a car overtaking you from behind.
 

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New 2018 EX-L just last week. Have an updated SGII attached. Water temp has always gotten into the 182-190 range. Will let you know what happens when our "winter" temps arrive.
 

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Another Texan, living near Austin, 2017 AWD EX-L purchased in Midland, had it about a year and half....

On the positive side: Round Rock Honda has been great with service and helping out on the oil dilution issue as well as getting the "fix" done now that they have finally been allowed by Honda.
I was not aware that Honda is now allowing the "fix" for Texas or other states besides the 21 originally mentioned. Is that the case? Have they issued a new TSB? If so can you or others give me a web reference? My dealer (North of Houston) said that they could not apply it.
 

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I was not aware that Honda is now allowing the "fix" for Texas or other states besides the 21 originally mentioned. Is that the case? Have they issued a new TSB? If so can you or others give me a web reference? My dealer (North of Houston) said that they could not apply it.
My understanding is:

....For a vehicle that comes in to the dealership with symptomatic issues (such as misfires, instrument warning lights about the engine, whirring noises at higher RPM, etc) can and will be serviced... both for the actual issues, as well as having the TSB for OD applied. There have been a small number of vehicle owners reporting on the NHTSA website problems with misfires, whirring noises, damaged cams (probably from the misfires). Where Honda is extending the warranty under several different TSBs..... it specifically covers cams and related internally lubricated parts.

....For vehicles without issues, and OD alone is not a sufficient issue it appears, you have to wait for Honda to actually send you a letter notifying you of the TSB requesting that you take it to your nearest dealer for the update.

I have seen some discussion on the internet indicating that Honda is in the process of expanding the TSB to all states and all vehicles (which makes sense for the long term, because Honda cannot control where a vehicle travels, ends up in a new state with cold winters, etc). But again.. I imagine they are doing this in phases across the country....so you have to wait for the letter from Honda before approaching your dealer. If you have ever read a TSB from Honda to dealers.. it is very clear why a dealership will not act on a TSB until it has been tagged to your VIN ---> Honda will not reimburse the dealer for the labor and parts on the TSB unless the VIN is registered as TSB qualified by Honda.

One thing about Honda.. they have a good track record of propagating and managing TSBs for their various vehicles.
 

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We drive ours in Texas. Winter was mild as has been noted, but no issue with heat anyway. Certainly no smell of gas(!!). And, oil dilution hasn't been an issue either - seems to be something mostly bothering northerners, but no one is aware of the root cause yet (just lots and lots of speculative garbage).

Most importantly, AC works well. Apparently there's an ECO button you can use that cripples the AC but I've never used it. Sounds like madness tbh.
 

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Our CRV is in "ECO" mode most of the time. Not sure what "ECO" does to A/C......the vent thermometer, I leave in all the time, gets down to 38F-40F "ECO" or not.

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I live in Austin. My '18 CRV EX has over 22k miles. I have no issues with oil dilution, AC cooling, or warmup in what passes for winter here. In winter, my car warms up enough to produce heat within about a half-mile of driving. I have no need to run in ECO mode when I get 32 to 33 mpg combined city/highway. All in all, I find it to be a very good car.
 

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Since I do 99.9% TRUE city/in town driving, I find I have a need to run in ECO because it helps a tad with mpg, from what I have observed (ECO on and off).

Now, if the CRV made gas (LOL), I might turn ECO off. If ECO reduced cool A/C air to my face, I’d turn it off.

Wonder what the DTC is for “whirring sound/noise at higher rpm”?
 
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