really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,767 miles

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problem #4

Jan 212004


  • 10,000 miles
Vehicle fire regarding 2003 Honda CRV. There was overheating of the electrical components that caused the fire. The consumers wife was locked in the burning vehicle. The locks remained activated and would not open from the inside or the outside, even though the ignition was off. The entire vehicle had become filled with heavy black smoke along with the instrument panel warning lights flashing. The consumer was informed that the damage found was consistent with a high resistance condition occurring in the crankshaft sensor oil control solenoid circuit wiring resulting in electrical overheating, resulting in a fire. Minor heat and fire damage was sustained to the right front area of the engine starting near the crankshaft pulley extending upwards towards the valve cover area. Upon examination of the fuse/relay center located in the passenger compartment revealed a 15 amp fuse protecting the ECU circuit was blown consistent with a component and or electrical failure within this circuit. According to the technical report, the fire began in the engine compartment and was considered an accident not a manufacturer defect.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 112004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,033 miles
I owned a 2003 Honda CR-V that was purchased from the local Honda dealer(Honda windward) October 2003. On the 11th of this month of January 2004, while operating the vehicle, the car suffered a fire that totaled out the car. I managed to get out in time, suffering only a twisted knee.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #2

Sep 102003

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Auto-reverse mechanism works intermittently on the driver side power window. It has power up feature (which I think is a bad idea all-around). It is supposed to auto-reverse if it meets resistance on the way up. In many cases, it does not work and with considerable force applied against the window, it wants to keep pushing up very strongly. This would kill a kid or pet if they got caught in there. Wanted dealer to turn it off, but they said it could not be done. I will go back to have them replace unit, as it is dangerous. I am sure they will take care of it, but I want to file a complaint to ensure that Honda is aware of the situation and considers offering a recall to avoid causing injury or death.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 282003

(reported on)


  • 34 miles
Dashboard light went out. Dealership replaced the switch, but the problem recurred. Wire harness was then replaced, but the problem still existed. Cause of the failure was due to an electrical short. But the dealership could not locate the exact component that was the source of the short.

- Raleigh, NC, USA