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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,652 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Honda CR-V brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 262004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,200 miles


Caller had problems with rear brakes. Caller heard grinding and scraping when applying the brakes. Dealer in area said both back brake pads were shot, and dealer replaced them. Manufacturer told caller to go to local area dealer to get reimbursement for repairs. Caller said she had this problem going forward and backward when she applied the brake.

- Ironwood, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 232003


  • 24,905 miles
Vehicle brakes are totally worn out. While driving the consumer heard a high pitched squeal. The dealer determined that the rear brakes were worn. The consumer believes the brakes failed prematurely, but the manufacturer stated that it was normal wear. The dealer replaced the rear pads and rotors.

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #3

May 312003

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10 miles
When you make turns and the engine is cold the right brakes create a clicking sound. This is not hear in any other car. This is a sound that only comes from Honda CRV. Other people who own the same model have the same problem, and Honda is yet to institute a recall for this problem.

- Denville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 012003


  • 34,143 miles
Problems with front brakes on 2003 Honda CRV. There was a clunking noise coming from the brakes. When the dealer was notified the stated it was the characteristic of the SUV and there was nothing they could do. The dealer did replace the lower brake pad retainer clips as per service bulletin. The consumer was offered to drive another 2003 CRV to prove the noisy brakes were a characteristic of the vehicle. Consumer wasn't happy with this and would like some sort of discount or the dealer to pay off the vehicle. The seat belt wouldn't latch. Consumer had the throttle cable replaced to eliminate the noise but to no avail. Consumer was informed the noise will never go completely away.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #1

May 012003

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I got a 2003 Honda CR-V, I noticed that when I stepped on the brake it's making a clicking sound. I went to the dealer so they can check it but one of the guys showed me a diagram of the brake system. He said that it's been a problem with CR-V and civic. They can put grease on it but after a while you will hear that clicking sound again. For me this a major problem. They call it "sliding disc brakes".

- Temple City, CA, USA

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