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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,366 miles

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1998 Honda CR-V electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 152005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer owns a 1998 Honda CRV. She said the vehicle just shut off. This happened several times in the last three months. When it shut down vehicle was in traffic a couple different times, and this almost caused an accident. The vehicle shut down on August 15, 2005 while she was in traffic on hilton avenue in baltimore Maryland. She was almost struck in the rear, she did not panic, put on emergency flashers, notifying the traffic she was having problems. The contact was not hit, but it did scare her. When this happened the vehicle shuts down, and it appeared to shut down everything electrical. The flashers were the only thing she working. She placed the vehicle in park and put foot on the brakes then had to try twice before vehicle would start. When vehicle was on level ground or facing up hill it usually would not start as quickly. Had to pat the gas a few times and tried to start vehicle a couple times before it will start. When vehicle was on a hill it seemed to start back much easier, if vehicle was facing down hill she does not have to pump gas or try as many times to start vehicle. She was aware of a recall 02V120000 on same make/model and year concerning electrical system ignition switch. She has not yet checked with Honda to see if this vehicle was included in this recall. She became aware of this recall when she took vehicle to a garage and had a diagnostic check. The check would not register any codes, the vehicle did shut down on the mechanic, but no codes came up.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 292003

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,097 miles
While driving my 1998 Honda CR-V I noticed power surges and deeming of lights. The car ultimately shut down. It started right back up and I drove it to a local mechanic. He looked it over hooked it up to his computer and got a reading that the solenoid on the transmission was going bad. He thought this was incorrect and suggested maybe something else was wrong. He drove the car for a while and nothing happened. He suggested I drive the car and let him know if something went wrong. Later that day as I was driving home from work solder dropped from under the dash onto my foot. Tuesday morning I had the car towed to the same mechanic that looked at it on Friday. He was shocked that something under the dash could get that hot and not catch on fire. He looked under the dash and discovered that it was the ignition switch that had got so hot that it began to melt the solder. He called cale yarborough Honda in florence to get a new ignition switch. We received the part and the mechanic put it in and the car seems to be running fine. The part that startles me the most is that the car belongs to my wife and I just happened to be driving it when the problems occurred. The biggest problem I have is that if my wife would have been driving the car and hot solder would have fallen on her foot and burned her it could have possibly caused her to wreck. She always wears slip on shoes and her foot would not have been protected like my foot was. Even with shoes on it startled me enought to drive off the road. It is disturbing to me what could have happened if she were driving the car. I contacted Honda and told them of the incident and they said my complaint would go to a review board and if it warrented looking into they would contact me. I am writing you because this has the potential to be fatal if this happens to someone else. I would hate to know someone got killed because solder dropped on someone's foot and caused a serious accident.

- Hartsville, SC, USA

problem #1

Sep 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states dealer did'nt state that there would be a charge for reconnecting automatic started. Ts dealer refused to put new ignition switch in car and wanted to charge me to hook up auto lock system.

- Monaca, PA, USA

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