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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,978 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Honda CR-V engine problems

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2002 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 012009


  • 103,600 miles


While driving at approx 45 mph, the engine in my 2002 Honda CR-V ex lost power and stalled in the middle of the highway. I was able to restart the engine and get it to the side of the road where it stalled again. I tried to restart again but the engine could not turn over. Had car towed to Acura dealer where it was diagnosed that the spark plug could not be removed from cylinder #3 and the engine could not be turned over. The engine had seized. A complaint has been filed with Honda and the car towed to a Honda dealer for further investigation. Had I been traveling at high speed on a limited access road this would have been far more dangerous and might have resulted in severe injury or death.

- Hopewell Jct, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 022006

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,900 miles
2002 Honda CRV ex 4WD: At 45000 miles the oxygen sensor went out; one week later the entire A/C compressor body had 1 inch long crack and leaked. Unbelievable.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 302006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,320 miles
I had the A/C compressor replaced at 31000 miles at the local dealer under warranty.then the compressor went out again around 4/30/05 at 68320 miles and talked to several mechs. At dealers and they told me that Honda told them to replace everything hoses lines & etc. After they fixed mine the first time at 31000 miles now it is 37000 + later and having to get another compressor replaced I guess every 30000 miles they will need to be replaced thought Honda was a better vehicle than that. Cant get help from dealership yet. Sad thing is it's almost paid for guess I will fix it and then trade this car being Honda isn't what they use to be very unhappy hope they get there problems fixed soon to many 02's A/C problems thanks M.P.

- Phenix City, AL, USA

problem #5

Apr 252006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving 65mph on the highway, the engine seized without warning and smoke erupted from underneath the front hood area. The vehicle shuddered and the contact managed to pull over. There was no evidence of an engine fire, but oil was pouring from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for inspection who determined the motor failed and needed to be replaced.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 102006

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 50 mph the engine revved. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. They determined the transmission was cracked and replaced the transmission, range sensor, range switch and oxygen sensor which remedied the problem.

- Hermitage, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 192001

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The car stalls when coming to a stop. Stalls when taking off from a stop. We use to get almost 320 miles to the gallon, we are now down to 100 to 180. The car bucks like it is not getting any fuel. The V-tec does not want to kick in all the time anymore. Loss of power. It has been to the dealer on several occasions, when they cannot duplicate the problem. We have had all these problems since the A/C unit went out last July and the car has not been right since. We spent $100 on spark plugs that we were told would fix the fuel problem, that has not changed. We are not notified of any recalls we have to find them ourselves.

- Topock, AZ, USA

problem #2

Apr 072003


  • 7,000 miles
The control system light came illuminated, according to the owners manual it meant the fuel cap was loose or there was a with the engine. Upon inspection of the vehicle the fuel cap was secured.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 092002


  • miles
The engine stalled and would not move. Cause was unknown. Dealer had been contacted. Mr. Techinicians from Japan were sent to inspect the vehicle. Manufacturer also extended 5 year warranty on engine.

- Honalulu, HI, USA

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