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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,367 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Honda CR-V transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 182008


  • 210,000 miles


Transmission slips violently out of gear once the engine is warm up, and the RPM's go over 2700 occurs during acceleration ( from a stop or when merging/passing on the highway) and when trying to maintain speed up incline. The rapid acceleration when the car slip out of gear on the highway and especially on incline on the highway and local street send all the surrounding drivers into evasive maneuvers to avoid collision. This event occurs when the car get warmed up (after about 35-40 minutes of driving. Car is being send to a an auto repair shop for repair awaiting the final verdict to charge me about $ 6000 for a brand new transmission. As far as a safety concerned my car slipped out of gear on my way to work on fwy 101 northbound (wooland hill / topanga)going up an incline in heavy rush hour morning traffic moving at approx 60-70 mph. Several cars had to drive onto the shoulder and I had to go into the median grass to avoid a massive rear end collision during morning rush hour. It is disturbing though to know that is such a rampant problem with this transmission for Honda's passenger car. It will occur rapidly and without warning. My car is Honda CR-V ex and had 210,000 miles on it.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012004

(reported on)

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Intermittently vehicle jerked forward when accelerating. This was due to transmission failure. The insurance adjuster indicated that water got into the transmission. Then, transmission was replaced. However, the problem recurred.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 272003

(reported on)

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,200 miles
The consumer stated that there is a problem with the transmission, and needs to be replaced. The consumer feels that this is an issue with Honda's. scc

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 152002


  • miles


When trying to accelerate transmission would start to slip, and consumer would have trouble moving the vehicle. Contacted dealer, and dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Ambler, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission is not shifting correctly. Contacted dealer, and dealer is not willing to do anything.

- North Masspequa, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 171999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The cruise control / automatic transmission system of the 1998 Honda CR-V have a potentially danderous problems. When the system is on cruise control @ 60-75 mph and encounters resistance, such as climbing a steady slope, the transmission shifts, causing very high engine rpms. The rpms hold at 5 to 6.5 thousand for an extended amount of time before the transmission shifts back to fourth gear, returning the rpms to a safe level. This high RPM level must do damage to engine at times exceeding the red line.

- Ardmore, OK, USA

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