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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,771 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 082005

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,124 miles


Shifter got stuck 2nd gear automatic had to play with shifter to change gear to drive.

- Katonah, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 142003


  • 9,090 miles
2003 Honda CRV ex - when reducing speed transmission fails to downshift and begins to make grinding noise. Once stopped grinding continues then gears re-engage and lunges SUV forward quickly. Luckily no one was in front of me at the lights!! to remedy - I had to restart the engine from park position. Problem repeated itself at the next intersection and engine light engaged - I took to dealership for tests - stated engine light report states "transmission failure" but no other info provided. Dealer could not replicate by driving and was told that I must continue to drive until the problem occurs again.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 282003

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
When I shift the gear in drive or reverse and then release the brake, there is a loud clicking noise that seems to be coming from the front of the car. The noise eventually goes away after the vehicle has been running for a few minutes. I've had this problem since I bought the car. I had a relative who owns the same car that I have and she was experiencing the same problem. She reported the problem to her dealership and the following items were replaced on her car: 1) throttle shift - recall 2) shift cable - recall I took my car to the dealership where I bought the car and I was told the following: 1) a recall has been issued for my car but I have to wait until Honda sends me a written notification before they can fix the problem 2) I insisted that I wanted the problem fixed now due to a defect that can endanger my family while driving this car. I was told by one of the staff that I would have to pay if I want the problem fixed

- Arcadia, CA, USA

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