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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,778 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 012007

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles


Transmission can not be shifted beyond D to 2 nor 1.

- West Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #9

Nov 252007

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Transmission failure at 50,000 miles only. Never expected this from Honda car. Had to get the a new transmission which amounted to around $3,200 and had to rent a car for a week.

- Pheonix, AZ, USA

problem #8

Jan 052006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles
Honda, 2003 CRV 4WD with 50,000 miles. Engine light came on. Diagnostics revealed P0122 throttle position switch low volt caused automatic transmission not to shift correctly, and will prevent acceleration to highway speed. Dealer quoted $950 for a replacement of throttle body with the throttle position switch. Discussions with other mechanics indicated other failures which may result in a Honda technical service bulletin (tsb) or recall.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #7

Jul 052003


  • miles


2003 Honda CRV shift cable malfunctioned resulting in an accident.** answer required***. less than 2 month after the consumer's vehicle was purchased it was involved in an accident. The vehicle was parked and the consumer was exiting the vehicle when it suddenly began to roll backwards down the driveway. The consumer became caught on the vehicle's door and was dragged down the driveway, across the street, across her neighbor's front yard until the vehicle finally stopped when it hit the neighbors porch steps. The consumer sustained a contusion to her left leg from her hip to her knee. A month after the accident the consumer received a recall notice for the A/T shift cable. The symptoms of the recall were exactly what the vehicle experienced. The consumer contacted the manufacturer but they refused to accept any responsibility stating that the consumer had to prove that the vehicle wasn't left in drive at the time of the accident.

- Stony Point, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 102005

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
While driving in a fog convoy at about 30 miles an hour, after about 15 miles the check engine light came on, and the transmission started to "jerk" during downshifting and "hang" during upshifting.

- Madisonville, LA, USA

problem #5

Oct 262004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Honda CR-V 4WD, auto, 2003 with 25000 M. incidents - as the automatic transmission down shifted from up gear to 1st, there was a "jerk" and I almost hit vehicle up front my during the wet weather condition. After that I made testing on parking lot, that I can reproduce this jerk, and it reproducible. I drive car slow on first gear and slowly push a brake, not any jerk. But when I let car to shift to up a second and third gear and than gently to push brake, before car completely stop I feeling a jerk, that very dangerously on wet surface. Also I found in several forums, that people got roll over and thinking that case of ABS or brake problem, but a same effect can be case when gears unexpectedly shifted down.

- Lafayette, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 222003

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles


My mom's 2003 Honda CR-V ex AWD automatic transmission has this clicking sound whenever we drive it around. On occasion the clicking is loud, but it can get very annoying. The automatic, when starting and putting in reverse has a very un-Honda like noise with a jolt. When we took it for the NHTSA recall for the automatic transmission they did the service. After a couple of days the clicking went back. Took it back to the dealership and the Honda certified mechanic said that it is normal because the brakes are adjusting itself. I want to know do any other Honda owners of CR-V's built from 2002-2003 model years have this same noise problem?

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Dec 312003

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,275 miles
Vehicle down shifts abruptly when stoppping, ehicle hesitates (occasionally)when driving, vehicle loses overdrive(occasionally).

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 052003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Gear shift (automatic transmission) became stuck and would not go in or out of drive. Has happened on 2 occasions (August, 6000 miles) and (October, 8600 miles). Dealer cannot find a problem.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 062003

(reported on)


  • 15,000 miles
After the shift cable NHTSA recall campaign 03V 274000 was performed the vehicle jerked forward when slowing down or stopping. Also, when starting the vehicle it idled high.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

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