really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
310,078 miles

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problem #39

Jun 302016

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 99,793 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. after starting the vehicle, the contact noticed a burning odor from the front of the vehicle. The contact was unable to open the window. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 12V48600 (electrical system, visibility). The failure mileage was 99,793. Updated 09/08/16

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #38

Feb 012015


  • 162,531 miles
All locks except driver door will not lock when using the keyless entry. They all stopped working at the same time. What is going on. Off course it is not under warranty or is it under warranty and they just don't tell you. Please advise. Vehicle was stationary

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #37

Feb 142016


  • 158,000 miles
Low beams went out, then the battery burned up. Replaced bulbs and battery both worked fine for a week then headlights went out both low beams and high. Marker lights are flashing like strobe lights. The brakes are grabbing when you apply them. One side of the rear brakes wear out faster than the other side. The ABS and brake light come on until you turn on the fan or lights then they flash on and off.

- Stuart, VA, USA

problem #36

Jul 152015


  • 86,686 miles
Both low beam headlights not working, both high beams still work. Replaced headlight lamps, low beams still not working. Found defect report online for same system failure. (NHTSA action number: EA11012 NHTSA recall campaign number: 12V136000) talked to Honda corporate and told that this vehicle was not covered by recall, even though it is the same issue.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #35

Dec 042014


  • 137,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. while in park, the vehicle failed to start. The contact independently replaced the battery twice; however, the failure recurred. The contact removed the remote starter per the dealer's instruction, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was unable to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #34

Mar 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Almost 100% of the time I use the remote to unlock and lock the 2003 Honda CR-V ex. When recently trying the key, it did not work in the driver's door lock. As a result of discovering this defect, I try the key occasionally for the purpose of seeing what happens in the driver's door lock. Other key/lock observations: 1. usually the key doesn't even go into the lock. 2. sometimes the key goes in the lock all the way, but won't turn either way. 3. occasionally the lock works perfectly, with no resistance or apparent problem, leading me to believe that this is a mechanical or electrical issue with the lock. 4. each of these sporadic issues happen with two other Honda-made "sidewinder" keys for the car, which are like new. (the main key is always used for the ignition and is worn therefrom.) 5. the other locks on the car (ignition, front passenger & 5th door) do not experience these problems. Honda service claims the locks pins have worn out. How can the lock pins wear out when they are barely used" if the pins have worn out, why does the key go all the way into the lock sometimes? and why does the lock work perfectly sometimes" this is a personal safety issue, as well as an issue regarding a basic function of the car. Despite service bulletin 03068 (NHTSA id numbers 10004794 and 10012644), Honda service insists that the consumer pay to have the part(s) fixed. This appears to be either a manufacturing or materials defect, or a mechanical or electrical issue which consumer couldn't cause, and for which the consumer should not have to bear the cost to fix.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #33

Aug 192014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Made loud grinding noise and A/C stopped working as I was on the freeway in grid lock traffic the car does not work and I can not bypass the ac ( this is not an opinion on this car ). so the ac in standard equipment. Honda of America settles a class action law suit for this car model. However they will not help me get my car up and running without me paying for a repair that is due to a bad design by they manufacturer. I can not afford to get it fixed and this is my only way to get to my doctor and work.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #32

Jul 152014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 131,755 miles
Both rear doors stopped responding to the main lock at the drivers side from inside.they can only be unlocked manually from the inside of the car. The interior driver door lock when moved up or down manually only works on front two doors. Sometimes the key is sticking and not turning in the driver side door lock. Must try multiple times to finally get it to work. It's only a matter of time before the front door malfunctions as well.

- East Rutherford, NJ, USA

problem #31

Mar 032014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Both passenger rear doors stopped responding to the keyless remote. They can only be unlocked manually from the inside of the car. Driver door stopped responding shortly there after. Have to manually unlock/lock the door with the key. The interior driver door lock can not be moved up or down manually. Only the key can move the door lock. Now the key is sticking and not turning in the driver side door lock. Must try multiple times to finally get it to work. 3 out of 4 door locks are faulty and do not work properly. It's only a matter of time before the front passenger door malfunctions as well.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #30

May 172014


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the front passenger, rear passenger, and the rear driver's side power switch window failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12V486000 (electrical system, visibility). The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #29

Apr 222014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 170,623 miles
Driving kids to school in early morning both headlights simultaneously burned out at same time leaving only parking lights for illumination. Drove in dark back home. Later discovered high beams to be functional. Was searching online for fix and ran across many people who had same problem and complained of burnt wiring. I removed steering column cover and found no burnt wires at any connection. Checked bulbs and indeed they were both burned out. Seems odd both lights burned out at exactly the same time??

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #28

Feb 172010


  • 180,000 miles
Lost low beam headlights on 2003 Honda CR-V. service bulletin 04-015 describes the exact issue for the Honda civic. I can visibly see the burnt combination light switch 16P connecter when I remove the steering wheel cover. This should be a recall. Very dangerous. There are numerous complaints about this issue with this vehicle on-line.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #27

Dec 092013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 119,746 miles
The driver door lock will not operate via remote key-less control. All other locks work.

- Pioneer, CA, USA

problem #26

Aug 012012


  • 65,000 miles
All power locks are failing. Only drivers side power lock now works, but that is beginning to fail also. Rear gate can only be unlocked with a key from the outside of the car.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #25

Aug 302011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 132,050 miles
While using the driver side master window switch I smelled an electrical burning smell. Earlier on the same day the right front window failed to move when I used the master switch to control it. The burning smell continued to worsen every time I used the master window switch. My mechanic tracked the problem to the master window switch and removed it. The master switch had melted and the mechanic stated that it could have caused an electrical fire had I continued to use it. Honda has since issued recalls on the master window switch for 2002-2006 Honda crvs, however mine was not included; Honda stated that the recall was VIN-specific and my vehicle was not included. The recall announced on Oct. 6, 2012 stated "over time, exposure to water and other fluids can cause electrical resistance in the switch, which ultimately can cause the switch to overheat and melt, damaging the switch and potentially damaging an associated wire harness. Additionally if a switch melts, it could produce smoke and potentially cause a fire, creating a risk to motor vehicle safety." This describes exactly what happened in my 2003 CRV, yet Honda has refused to include my vehicle stating that it does not qualify for the recall. On June 28, 2013 Honda announced an identical recall---this time for the master power window switch in the 2007-08 Honda fit. The description of the reason for this recall is identical to the one issued for the 2002-2006 crvs, and identical to the problem I experienced in my 2003 CRV. I would like the NHTSA to investigate these dangerous, recurring incidents in Honda vehicles and expand the recall of the crvs. My repair cost totaled $476 and I should be reimbursed that amount by Honda. More importantly, however, is this recurring safety hazard to Honda drivers. I have the master switch that was removed from my vehicle and am willing to provide it for inspection.

- Carmel, CA, USA

problem #24

Jan 042011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 8,638,081 miles
I could not unlock my car and I had to call aaa to unlock the vehicle, I got a ticket for parking during street sweeping time. The key seams to bind into the lock and will not unlock. I took my CR-V in to miller Honda where I purchased the vehicle and they quoted me a very high price to fix the locks, I refused the service and the service writer gave me a referral to a locksmith who did the job for a fifth of the price the dealership had quoted. This was about two and a half years ago. I had to take the car back to the locksmith about a year later to have the same work done. Now I have go back for a third time. I have had to spend $250 on my locks. This situation of the locks binding could be dangerous for a woman not being able to get into the car quickly.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #23

Apr 162013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 68,480 miles
While driving to work the morning of 4/16/2013 I smelled a strange odor like an electrical component was getting hot or melting. I saw no smoke or fire & other than the smell, could not detect anything deleterious to the operation/handling of my vehicle. When I left work that day, I lowered the windows using the window master switch cluster on the left front door armrest to get fresh air while driving. All the windows lowered but the right rear would not. A co-worker recalled reading about a recall from american Honda regarding a possible problem with the driver's master window switch cluster. When I called Honda & gave them the VIN number for my vehicle they told me my vehicle was not included in the recall. I had my mechanic troubleshoot the issue & he determined the problem was the master window switch cluster. He replaced the switch cluster & disassembled the old one. The old switch cluster plainly shows evidence of & smells like the electrical component overheated as described by information provided by american Honda. I believe Honda is not adequately taking care of this issue which could lead to fires or other serious safety/property issues.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #22

Apr 012013


  • miles
2003 Honda CRV. Consumer writes in regards to power window master switch recall notice and unsatisfactory service from dealership. The consumer stated he was not satisfied with the dealers response concerning his complaint about the problem he experienced with recall # 12V486000. The consumer stated when he called the dealer to make an appointment, he was asked several unnecessary questions, regarding his patronage of the dealership. After the consumer confirmed, he did purchase the vehicle from them, he was given an appointment.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #21

Apr 022012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Three door actuators have stopped working ds rear, ps front, and read door. In addition, the remaining doors that will lock with keyless entry will lock intermittently.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

problem #20

Oct 102012


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a traffic stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted after several minutes. The contact also stated that the ignition switch interlock failed, causing the failure. In addition, the keyless remote failed to unlock the doors and the check engine light illuminated sporadically. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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