Do you have an “Earth Dreams” Honda Engine?


Do you have an “Earth Dreams” Honda engine?

What exactly is an “Earth Dreams” engine and what does it do?  The name of this engine is not so much about what technology does but the goal of environmental performance mixed with the fun of driving, creating a smooth and efficient ride.  It also increases both city and highway fuel economy.  Honda achieved this through cylinder deactivation technology, which means the engine runs off three cylinders with the others aren’t needed.

Recently a lawsuit was filed against Honda alleging that the 2015-2018 Honda CR-V’s and 2016-2018 Honda Civics have 1.5 liter, 2-liter and 2.4 liter direct injection engines are defective.  The lawsuit includes all former and current owners as well as lessees of these Honda vehicles.

One of the plaintiffs purchased a new 2017 Honda CR-V in July of 2017 that had an Earth Dreams Engine.  A few months later, the plaintiff’s wife was driving the vehicle went it went into a limp mode thus triggering the warning lights to come on.  The vehicle was towed to the dealership and the repairman found the engine oil level was too high.  The dealer kept the car for two weeks to replace the engine oil and filter.

Around the time the CR-V had 6,800 miles, the plaintiff smelled gas coming from the vehicle.  They then took it back to the dealer who replaced the oil and filter again.  At 7,600 miles the plaintiff stated the oil level was too high.  The technician stated “changed oil and filter.  Oil was about 1qt. over full.  Honda is in the process of creating a solution.” At 8,900 miles the plaintiff noticed the oil had fuel in it.  And again the technicians replaced the oil and filter.

After contacting Honda, the plaintiff says Honda admits a problem exists but they don’t have a solution to the problem.  He is also claiming that Honda hid the fact that the Earth Dreams engines are susceptible to defects that causes fuel to enter the engine oil which damages the bearings and engines permanently.  The oil then decreases its thickness and along with premature wear causes the CR-V SUV and Civic models to stall and fail while driving.  Once the engines aren’t properly lubricated due to loss of thickness, there is too much strain on the engines when under higher loads.  The lawsuit also states that the rotating assemblies and other engine parts can’t handle the pressure without enough oil.

Even though the vehicles are covered by the powertrain warranties, Honda has not fixed the problem.  Honda has blamed some owners for not driving the vehicles for longer distances. Honda has not recalled the CR-Vs and Civics in order to repair the engine problems. And no offers of compensation or refunds have been made.

Please remember : if you have a vehicle AND it is under the manufacturer’s warranty, you are entitled to fair treatment and getting the problem fixed in a timely manner. In many cases, the manufacturer will repurchase your vehicle, and may even have to pay civil penalties and or reimbursement of your expenses. It helps to understand your rights as a consumer, and the California Lemon Law expert is here to help you or someone you may know who is in this situation. If your vehicle is not functioning properly and is under warranty, you have rights under the law that you need to thoroughly understand. Call us today for a free, no charge consultation at 916-672-8443.

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3 replies
  1. Christopher Tobias
    Christopher Tobias says:

    I live in Virginia. My 2018 CR-V has the 2.4L engine and 2,000 miles. I’ve checked the engine oil level every 500 miles and today it was slightly over the full mark and looked dark and thin, when last time it was between the hash marks and looked fresh and thick. I plan on changing the engine oil at 3,000 miles and taking a sample to send to Blackstone Labs for testing. I hope I do not have this problem.

    • Glenn Osborne
      Glenn Osborne says:

      Highly unlikely on the 2.4 engine Honda should never introduced GDI technology with out secondary fuel injectors that Toyota uses on their new Toyota GDI motors Having Direct fuel injection does not clean the back of valves like Toyota’shave the secondary injector that does This will cause serious problems ACatch can can stop 95% of blowby that resurculates through the PCV system sending back into combustion chamber creating more carbon buildup on valves The 2.4 motor is naturally aspirated engine They are bullet proof I have never heard of fuel getting in the oil if these cars I have had many I will say on 2.4 engines going by oil amount requirements I have had a few I slowly had to top of the oil hole and unless you pull that dipstick and don’t smell fuel and it does not raise considerably or loose viscosity you don’t have this problem It’s simply unheard of in the 6 accords I have owned with 2.4 This problem is on 2018 1.5 and newer CRV and civic and 8 complaints on accords with all Honda’s with GDI injection At present their is a huge lawsuit against Honda that won’t admit to this factory defect


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