really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
136,050 miles

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problem #15

Jan 232020


  • 190,000 miles
The ignition switch turned off the CRV while driving. It would start up again if manually turing the switch to run or on, or at at stop turing it to start after putting the transmission into park/neutral, but before this there is little control to the steering & brakes. It is especially dangerous at intersections where you need two hands to steer. This has happened multiple times over the months ive had the CRV. But today, the ignition switch doesnt seem to work at all.

- Wexford, PA, USA

problem #14

Jun 282019


  • 98,567 miles
Honda CR-V 1999 doesn't shift into 2 gear or 3rd like it use to. Serpentine belts go out quick. The A/C isn't cool or cool enough and it's been checked. The 'd' drive symbol doesn't appear anymore like a fuse blew out or something. At times it'll appear as though my E brake is on when it's not. When the A/C is on, the vehicle rattles and or jumps like it wants to shut off. I believe it's a wiring issue as well.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #13

Dec 072015


  • 190,000 miles
Door locks lock and unlock on their own. Standing outside or looking out of home window I can see and hear them going up and down. Also, the dome light flickers off and on while this is happening. Car was bought from a used car lot, and did not come with a remote key fob. The check-engine light has been reset twice but comes on and has stayed on while driving for 11 months so far. Cannot open back/hatch door with key, must use the latch inside the car. When turning tight left or right, the whole car shakes underneath. Otherwise, no problems.

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 272015


  • 220,000 miles
The vehicles stopped without warning while driving on highway.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #11

Mar 132013


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the key became stuck in the ignition and failed to start the vehicle. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the wires in the ignition needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #10

Feb 072015


  • 134,000 miles
My vehicle had a recall for the ignition switch in 2002. My Honda CRV is a 1999 that I recently purchased. The previous owner had the ignition switch replaced at the time of the recall. I discovered that the car was shutting off with no warning while I was driving. According to the information on the Honda recall website, this part needs to be replaced because summary: On certain sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, and sport utility vehicles, electrical contacts in the ignition switch can degrade due to the high electrical current passing through the switch when the vehicle is started.consequence: Worn contacts could cause the engine to stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda is not therefore correcting the cause of the ignition switch degradation, they are simply admitting that it wears out prematurely and poses a safety hazard so they are required to replace it. It has now been 13 years since it was replaced and I believe that it has worn out. When I took it in to Honda on grand, I was told that the ignition switch did in fact need to be replaced, but that the car also had a bad cylinder and they wanted $798 to fix both with two hours of labor. They insisted that since the part had been replaced under the original recall, they were not required to replace it again. I am disputing this since Honda admits that the part wears out faster due to the configuration, I.e., high electrical charge, and this poses a safety risk as it causes the car to die out. The car was only three years old when the part was replaced during the original recall, and they have already substantiated that the part is worn out. In addition, Honda charges almost $300 for the ignition switch, but it is available on the internet for $40, and it only required 30 minutes to replace.

- Franklin Park, IL, USA

problem #9

Mar 292014


  • 113,345 miles
My vehicle stalled on the freeway as I was going 65 miles an hour. I was lucky I did not get into an accident.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #8

Mar 262013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 173,906 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that when driving at various speeds or sitting idle, the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the electrical contact for the ignition switch failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised the contact that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 02V120000 (electrical system) and offered no further assistance. The failure and current mileages was approximately 173,906.

- Hale Thorpe, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 301999

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
Picked up new car from Oklahoma dealer, drove home, one hour later car won't start. Dealer picks up car, fixes brings back to us, said it was something to do with fuse panel. Several years later driving down busy Florida interstate, car just dies, after approx. 10 minutes car finally starts. Two months later same thing happens on same interstate, car towed to local dealer. Told it was a short caused by after market sunroof, not wise to claim repair through warranty, cost over $500 dollars to fix. Present day, once again car has started dying and takes some time before it will restart. Contacted local dealer, they say VIN not on recall list. No punch mark on engine compartment VIN.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 012010


  • 230,000 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Honda CRV. The contact stated the vehicle was part of NHTSA campaign id number: 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be repaired before the contact owned the vehicle. While driving approximately 25 mph the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact replaced the battery and was able to restart the vehicle. The failure occurred several times while driving various speeds after the battery was replaced. The contact stated that there were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians stated the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 230,000.

- Salina, KS, USA

problem #5

Jul 202009


  • 100,935 miles
While I'm driving the engine will shut off by itself. I start again and run for a period of time and shut off again. I read from Honda service bulletin that ignition switch causing the problem and it's recall parts.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 222009


  • 163,391 miles
The contact owns a 1999 Honda CR-V. the contact reviewed the nhsta campaign id number 02V120000 (electrical system: Ignition: Switch). An authorized dealer performed the recall repair; however, the following components were inoperative: The security alarm system, power door lock system, and the panic device. The technician stated that the security alarm system was disengaged during the recall repair due to the wiring connection to the ignition switch. The contact was advised to take the vehicle to an automotive security alarm technician to reconnect the switch. The contact was requesting that the technician reconnect the switch since all of the malfunctions occurred due to the recall repair. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 163,391 and the current mileage was 163,411.

- Saratoga Spring, UT, USA

problem #3

May 252008


  • 102,500 miles
I own a 1999 Honda CR-V. the check engine light came on around 102,000 miles. The car began losing power, shaking while idling and chugging loudly during gear shifting. One day the engine just died, right in the middle of the parking lot I was driving through. No warning. I then took it to a mechanic I trust. They first had me replace the distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs and wires. It took them two visits to finally realize the valves were burnt and the head now must be replaced. Average cost to replace is $3500 to $4000. I have been researching this and it is a common complaint for 1997 to 2000 plus models. This problem must be stopped before someone is seriously injured.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 252005

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,000 miles
1999 Honda CRV engine dies without warning.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 052003

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
April 5, 2003 it was about 9:00 pm. I had just paid my toll on the New Jersey side of the river. I was traveling westbound on the ben franklin bridge towards philadelphia. I was traveling about 35 mph and was in the right-hand lane in order to take the exit off to the right to get onto South I-95. This exit ramp is at the bottom of the bridge on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware river. As I was nearing the bottom of the bridge, my 1999 Honda CRV suddenly accelerated with such high rpms that it surged forward at an extremely rapid rate. It took off on its own so fast that not even the brakes would or could slow it down. I actively applied my brakes but to my horror, my brakes would not work and could not slow down the car. The car kept accelerating uncontrollably. I even pulled up on my emergency brake and tried to maneuver my car as I was traveling at a rapid pace through the traffic and could not stop my car until it crashed into another. This horrific accident totaled my car and resulted in the death of a woman in another car. My injuries kept me in the hospital for a week. A taxi driver had some injuries. He was treated and released. The Honda CRV was totalled and the car is being kept in storage, pending further investigation.

- Springfield, PA, USA