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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,525 miles

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2003 Honda CR-V lights problems

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Feb 142016


  • 158,000 miles


Low beams went out, then the battery burned up. Replaced bulbs and battery both worked fine for a week then headlights went out both low beams and high. Marker lights are flashing like strobe lights. The brakes are grabbing when you apply them. One side of the rear brakes wear out faster than the other side. The ABS and brake light come on until you turn on the fan or lights then they flash on and off.

- Stuart, VA, USA

problem #26

Sep 022015


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. while driving at various speeds, the low beam headlights failed. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 132,000.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #25

Aug 032015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
2003 Honda CRV. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle headlights, passenger and driver airbag recall notices issues. * the consumer stated the dealer would not provide a loaner.

- North Salem, IN, USA

problem #24

Jul 152015


  • 86,686 miles


Both low beam headlights not working, both high beams still work. Replaced headlight lamps, low beams still not working. Found defect report online for same system failure. (NHTSA action number: EA11012 NHTSA recall campaign number: 12V136000) talked to Honda corporate and told that this vehicle was not covered by recall, even though it is the same issue.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #23

Jan 152015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the headlights low beam went out without warning. The contact stated that the high beams had to be used to continue the trip. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V136000 (exterior lighting). The failure mileage was approximately 100,000. Updated 03/30/15

- Hanover, MA, USA

problem #22

Apr 222014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 170,623 miles
Driving kids to school in early morning both headlights simultaneously burned out at same time leaving only parking lights for illumination. Drove in dark back home. Later discovered high beams to be functional. Was searching online for fix and ran across many people who had same problem and complained of burnt wiring. I removed steering column cover and found no burnt wires at any connection. Checked bulbs and indeed they were both burned out. Seems odd both lights burned out at exactly the same time??

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #21

Feb 172010


  • 180,000 miles


Lost low beam headlights on 2003 Honda CR-V. service bulletin 04-015 describes the exact issue for the Honda civic. I can visibly see the burnt combination light switch 16P connecter when I remove the steering wheel cover. This should be a recall. Very dangerous. There are numerous complaints about this issue with this vehicle on-line.

- Revere, MA, USA

problem #20

Feb 022013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 192,151 miles
While driving at night with the headlights on they all went out suddenly and I could not see the road. The headlights came back on and went out again 3 times in a 5 mile drive home.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #19

Oct 022012

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • 103,725 miles
The low beam lights stop to work simultaneously while the high beam and parking lights are fully functional.

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #18

Jul 042012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 162,000 miles
Low beam headlights became inoperative. Burning/melting and oxidation at turn/headlight switch and cable harness connector.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #17

Jan 162012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. while the vehicle was parked the contact turned on the headlights and they began to flicker and shut off. The day time running lights continued to illuminate. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed the headlight bracket was corroded; however, the high beam lights continued to function. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. The consumer stated the assumption was that both headlights went out simultaneously, whereas, upon further review, it appeared that both headlights burned out independently, well before their time. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer where they confirmed that the headlights were burned out and the electrical connection was in good shape. The consumer would like to withdraw the complaint. Updated 02/10/12

- Charels Town, WV, USA

problem #16

Nov 242011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact was driving approximately 40 mph with the headlights activated and suddenly both headlights stopped illuminating. The high beam headlights were then engaged in order to continue driving. The same failure occurred on three occasions and each time the contact replaced the bulbs himself. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacuter was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Centerville, VA, USA

problem #15

Oct 312011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
Both low beams stopped functioning at the same time. The low beam filaments are not broken.

- Amherst, MA, USA

problem #14

Aug 012011


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the low-beam headlight bulb was replaced numerous times within three months. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 96,000 and the current mileage was 133,000.

- Columbia, CA, USA

problem #13

Oct 252011


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CRV. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph with the headlights activated when the headlights failed. The vehicle was driven to the side of the road where the contact inspected under the hood and noticed both headlight connectors were melted. The high beam headlights were engaged and the contact was able to resume driving. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated both headlight connectors would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 252011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Both low beam headlights failed/shut off simultaneously during night driving requiring that we pull off the road. Updated 11/25/11 the consumer stated the headlights only worked on high beam. Updated IVOQ 02/28/12

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #11

Oct 232011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact was driving 55 mph when the low beam headlights failed without any warning. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the wiring harness had burned. As a result, the wiring harness would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120,000. The consumer stated the headlights went out while driving. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where they discovered a wire had overheated and melted the harness inside the steering wheel.

- Kinsale, VA, USA

problem #10

Oct 082011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving on the expressway, both of my lowbeams went out at the same time. I switched to my highbeams and they worked fine. Upon getting it checked out, the headlights were still good, as were the fuses and relays. The diagnosis pointed to the switch, but that has not been opened or replaced yet.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #9

Sep 162011


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact noticed that both low beam headlights would shut off while driving. The manufacturer was not notified nor was the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 103,000.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #8

Sep 022003

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I purchased a new 2003 CR-V in 2003. In the fall of 2003 a vehicle struck the CR-V in the right front area. The CR-V was repaired at a local dealer's body shop. Due to a parts shortage it was several weeks before the repairs were completed. In spring of 2004 I replaced a headlamp that had quit burning on low beam setting. The opposite bulb stopped working a few days later and was replaced. About 4 months after replacing the first bulb another I experienced another bulb failure on low beam setting. I replaced both head lamp bulbs and went another 4 months or so before experiencing another failure. Since this problem began I have replaced an average of 8 headlamps (4 sets)per year. When discussing the issue with the dealer's service department it was thought that a wire may have been pinched during the collision. During the initial discussion of this problem I tended to agree that it would be cost prohibitive to determine the cause of the problem. Approximately 4 weeks ago I replaced both headlamps in the CR-V. on 9/02/11 I noticed a strong burning odor while driving the vehicle. The odor lasted for about 10 minutes. Later that day my wife and daughter drove the CR-V. upon their return home I was informed that the low beam headlights were not functioning requiring them to drive home using the high beam lamps. Previously that day I had parked the vehicle in a deck and knew that at that particular time both lamps were functioning on low setting. I went to replace both lamps today but neither replacement would burn on a low setting. Further research via internet led me to the information regarding this problem. After learning that other individuals had experienced the same issue and filed a report with the NHTSA I felt that adding my name and experiences might prove beneficial in determining the cause of the problem. Thank you.

- Rural Hall, NC, USA

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