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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,025 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 engine problems

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2004 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 042016


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact also stated that a sensor for the catalytic converter also illuminated. The contact also stated that the front passenger's side door lock seized. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Primm Springs, TN, USA

problem #8

Oct 302014


  • 137,000 miles
My CR-V ex was serviced by the dealership I bought it from. The engine, cat converter, and cv-boot needs to be replaced, because the engine has a server oil leak internally. This oil leak my also cost me a transmission. These issues cost over $8,400 and counting. I only owned the car 66 days before I was told that the engine is junk. A firmly believe that the dealership owes me my money on this issue, because it was brought to there attention less then a week after I purchased this car.

- Colby, WI, USA

problem #7

Nov 062014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 78,722 miles
I was driving along, the car started making a noise like an airplane, I pulled over, there was an explosion in the engine compartment. On inspection it was found that the air conditioner compressor had a catastrophic failure. The job involved replacing the compressor, the condenser, receiver/dryer, expansion valve, contaminated drive belt, complete flush of the system, evacuation and recharge of system. Quite a costly repair at $2737.02 there have been many complaints filed on this issue, and although it was not a safety issue, unless it had happened at speed on a busy freeway, it was clearly a defective component, that so many CRV owners have experienced.

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 182014


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda CR-V. while stopped at a traffic light, there was a sudden increase in engine rpms and the oil and battery warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The dealer diagnosed that the imrc valve was at fault and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. Updated 01/09/15

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #5

Dec 312013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 53,802 miles
I was driving through my area at or near 15 mph. When the car suddenly accelerated on its own to a speed of 30-35 mph. The brake pedal felt very stiff and was difficult to hold the car at 30 mph with constant braking. There was no traffic and the incident occurred not far from my home, so I proceeded back home. The car would not decelerate. I have a very long driveway that I pulled into, put the car in neutral, turned off the key and pulled the emergency brake. There was a loud grinding noise as the engine wound down. I immediately contacted the dealership where the car was purchased and told them what happened. They sent a tow vehicle to pick up the car since it was not safe to drive it to them. They said they drove the car multiple times and performed diagnostic tests on the vehicle finding no problems after having the car for three days. The invoice however showed identical mileage in and out of their facility when it was picked up Jan. 2, 2014. On Feb. 11, 2014, I was in traffic stopped at a red light, my right foot pressing on the brake pedal. Without warning the engine revved, the brake pedal stiffened and the car lurched forward hitting the rear of the vehicle in front of me, doing damage to both vehicles. Both the dealership and Honda of America have been notified and a claim has been filed. Research shows that this is not an unheard of complaint or occurrence for this make, model, year vehicle as evidence buy complaints to you. This vehicle has been meticulously maintained by the dealership and I am the original owner and only driver. This is my first accident in over 50 yrs of being a licensed driver.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #4

Sep 062013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Thunk noise from engine on passenger side. Worse with turning, happened intermittently at all speeds. Dealer said "something" was not tightened properly, muttering about engine mount. I was not given a service record for the repair and am in the process of trying to get one after the fact. At the same time hear a grinding noise that was not resolved. CR-V at repair shop now and said it looks as if air compressor, clutch and fans for ac are not right. If not resolved will blow and damage engine. I have searched and found this is an alarmingly common problem. Is there any move to investigate or initiate a recall?

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 112013


  • 85,000 miles


Ac compressor stopped working. Honda dealer said the compressor is cracked.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 062012


  • 75,000 miles
Air conditioning quit in high temperature 100 degree..$1200 dollars to fix aid shards of metal sent into system...had to continue trip without air conditioning with an elderly person because seattle Honda unable to fix. Parts had to come from portland... if whole system replaced over $2300..

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 032012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 69,700 miles
While decelerating on a highway exit ramp, I heard a large whirring noise coming from the right side of the engine compartment. Then a large bang from the engine compartment followed by a thumping noise which started in the engine compartment and ended bouncing underneath the body over several seconds. Stopped the car and looked underneath and on the road, but could not find any belts or material. Took the car into a Honda dealership who informed me that the ac was completely destroyed. The estimate to fix was over $4300 for the complete system which over $3000 was in parts. They informed me the banging noise was the compressor clutch locking then flying apart sending pieces through out the engine compartment. There was no mention of a thorough inspection of the rest of the engine or body for damage from the flying debris of the broken compressor clutch. The dealer indicated the alin Honda class action lawsuit was not settled and could not give estimates of possible payments.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

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