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Old 10-06-2018, 08:53 AM
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1.5L turbo problems

Not a good sign -- mixing gasoline in with the oil will gradually compromise the ability to lubricate the engine. Expect a recall of some sort to fix, but also assume these engines may have reduced lifespan if they weren't treated promptly.

Honda uses a version of the 1.5L turbo in a ton of applications -- Civic, Accord, CRV. Unclear if those will also be affected, but my guess is the non-turbo 1.5 in the Fit will not.
Old 10-11-2018, 09:57 AM
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For the U.S. this problem appears contained to the CR-V. Honda uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the Civic too, but that's a different engine for the U.S. and reportedly doesn't suffer from this problem. Another interesting factoid to note, Honda recalled certain 2018 CR-Vs and 2016-2017 Civics in China for a similar issue. The fix in that case was to adjust a fuel-injection setting that could cause unburnt fuel to make its way into the crankcase at temperatures below -4 degrees Fahrenheit. That cold temperature factor is consistent to Honda's original statement, where it talks about the problem cropping up in cars from cold climates. We definitely buy that the problem would be related to cold ambient temperatures, since the engine will naturally take longer to warm up in climates like that. However, the report from Consumer Reports stated that people are complaining about the issue in other warmer regions like New Mexico and Texas too.
I read that second sentence as, "The problem has not manifested itself in enough numbers for us to worry about it."

Teething problems are always tough, especially when one is playing the part of guinea pig. We almost purchased a '17 CRV for my FIL, but went with the '16 instead.
Old 10-12-2018, 03:43 PM
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Yes I agree with your reading of that sentence. I don't think it's that different. But there are a few differences to maximize low end torque in the CRV, so perhaps it is a problem related to a gasket or something else contained to a single supplier that only applies to the CRV.
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