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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,757 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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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #5

May 202016


  • 138,784 miles


My son was driving my 2003 Honda CRV on highway 101 South near exit 484A, in rohnert park, ca just South of the todd rd. Overpass/on ramp. It was a windy day. The hood of the CRV came up and hit/broke the windshield. My son was able to look sideways to guide himself off the freeway. He was able to guide himself into a safety zone next to the freeway, but couldn't get out of his car. He reached around from the driver's seat, and was able to pull down the hood somewhat (he's 6'4"). he was able to drive down farther to a more safe area on the wilfred avenue off/ramp. He was able to exit the vehicle, and further close the hood. The windshield is shattered, and there is damage to the hood. The force caused two areas of the hood to bend near the windshield. The hood won't open now. It is in a opened position. There are small dents in the hood from the impact. From this location, he was able to drive approximately 2 miles home, using back roads and sticking his head out of the window to see where he was going. This happened on a Friday afternoon in a rush time on the freeway. Luckily, my middle aged son was strong enough and tall enough to close the hood while in the safety lane. I wouldn't have been able to do so, due to being elderly. We have read on the internet of multiple incidents with the Honda CRV 2002-2006 hood opening up and hitting the windshield, yet no recall has been initiated. There is believed to be a defect in the hood latch. We also have another 2003 CRV, and I am now scared to drive that one too, knowing this could happen with that CRV too. My son called our insurance and arranged for the windshield repair right after the accident. However, we have realized there is more damage. We will be calling our insurance and local Honda dealer (manly Honda of santa rosa) to see how to proceed from here.

- Cotati, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 012011


  • 85,000 miles
The door locks will not allow key to be inserted. Been this way for a number of years and it started with locks difficult to turn. Now no locks work after frank ancona Honda of olathe Kansas "repaired" them a few years back and even made new keys. They just told me to force the keys in and twist hard then tried to charge me for something that wasn't fixed. I did not pay for the unsatisfactory work. I've replaced door locks on several other make vehicles and have cars that are 35 years older and those door locks work perfectly. Online I've noticed numerous similar complaints of very disgusted people. This problem prevents us from being able to locks the doors when leaving the car anywhere. As a road police officer of 30-31 years now I know the importance of security of belongings or even when sitting stationary in a bad neighborhood. Honda doesn't know how to repair the CRV's door locks. They put defective equipment into the CRV. I just gave up and don't keep anything in the CRV with any hint of personal information on it or property I'm not prepared to lose. I don't want to lose the car due to theft. Or have someone pull the hood release and steal battery, engine parts, ... Honda is worthless.

- Merriam, KS, USA

problem #3

Mar 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Almost 100% of the time I use the remote to unlock and lock the 2003 Honda CR-V ex. When recently trying the key, it did not work in the driver's door lock. As a result of discovering this defect, I try the key occasionally for the purpose of seeing what happens in the driver's door lock. Other key/lock observations: 1. usually the key doesn't even go into the lock. 2. sometimes the key goes in the lock all the way, but won't turn either way. 3. occasionally the lock works perfectly, with no resistance or apparent problem, leading me to believe that this is a mechanical or electrical issue with the lock. 4. each of these sporadic issues happen with two other Honda-made "sidewinder" keys for the car, which are like new. (the main key is always used for the ignition and is worn therefrom.) 5. the other locks on the car (ignition, front passenger & 5th door) do not experience these problems. Honda service claims the locks pins have worn out. How can the lock pins wear out when they are barely used" if the pins have worn out, why does the key go all the way into the lock sometimes? and why does the lock work perfectly sometimes" this is a personal safety issue, as well as an issue regarding a basic function of the car. Despite service bulletin 03068 (NHTSA id numbers 10004794 and 10012644), Honda service insists that the consumer pay to have the part(s) fixed. This appears to be either a manufacturing or materials defect, or a mechanical or electrical issue which consumer couldn't cause, and for which the consumer should not have to bear the cost to fix.

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #2

May 282014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
While I was on my way home from work, I decided to take the freeway (instead of the normal roads) back home. I was hitting speeds that were 60mph-65mph. It was until I was 15 minutes into my driving that I heard something snap in the front of my car and heard a dense whoosh. The hood of my car slams up against my windshield and I am completely blinded; I can not see in front of me. Thankfully, I use my rear views while I am in the middle of the freeway and manage to drive off to the shoulder. If I had been surrounded by cars or if this had happened during a heavier traffic period I might not have made it.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 122011


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CRV. The contact was driving 65 mph when the hood detached flew open and cracked the windshield. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 124,000.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

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