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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,300 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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2004 Honda CR-V electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #5

May 252006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I had driven about 61/2 miles when the drive light (light showing the gear you are using) went out and the car started to stall. The gear light came back on and the car continued to run. About 30 seconds later the same thing happened. I continued the 2 1/2 miles home. I called the Honda dealership where I had purchased the car in Aug. 2003, and explained the problem. I was told that it probably had something to do with the fact that I was very close to needing the 40,000 mile maintenance. I was told to drive it over the weekend and see if the problem persisted. My husband and I drove it to Indiana like we had planned, to bring back some items from his grandmothers, garage. We had no problems on Saturday, but on Sunday just outside of ft. Wayne the engine light came on and the gear light went out. We took it to the Honda dealer ship about 4 miles away. We left the car and rented a vehicle to get home. The Honda mechanics had the CRV for a week but could not find a problem. We picked the car up the following Saturday and by the time we made it to the highway, the car was acting up again. We drove back to columbus pulling over ever 7 or 8 minutes to turn the engine off for 5 minutes. About half way home the car stalled at a red light. This happened several more times before we made it home. This problem has persisted over the last 10 weeks. It has been back and forth to the dealership. The thought that the problem had been solved when some wiring was replaced but the following day, the problems continued. Today is August 19th and it has been 11 weeks of headaches and stress.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 032004

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,900 miles
We got our first oil change and afterwards my car started smoking really bad and the low oil light came on. When I called my boyfriend to come help me 15 quarts of oil later and 2 filters later, it was finally noticed the original O ring had melted to the block. The oil had sprayed all over the underside of my vehicle and started to burn. Had I not pulld over when I had my car probably would have caught fire. I pulled over just in time. My boyfriend seems to think that this happened bacause of where the position of the oil filter is basically it is to close to the exhaust manifold and the ring is getting to hot and melting to the block.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 242004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 5 mph vehicle caught on fire.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
While driving at 65 mph consumer was warned by another motorist that the vehicle was on fire. Vehicle was pulled over, and the consumer stopped the engine. Immediately, the fire was extinguished, but continued to smoke. Once the smoke cleared consumer could see that the wires in the engine compartment were melted. Several news papers were running adds concerning faulty oil changes by Honda mechanics.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 032004


  • 7,100 miles
While driving 65 mph engine started smoking and flames began coming from under the vehicle.

- Alborn, MN, USA

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