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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,543 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 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2004 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 122004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,386 miles


Durning the first oil change, the original oil filter gasket stuck to the engine block. This created a double gasket. The next morning while driving to work this gasket failed, spraying oil under persure all over the hot exhaust pipe and very hot catalytic converter. The oil bursted into flames. The fire ball went into the engine compartment. I turned off the ignition, and this stopped the oil that was feeding the fire. The fire quickly burned itself out. Had I not been in a driving situation where I could quickly pull over and get out of the CRV, this could have been a total disaster. There is now evidence of a fire inside my brand new engine compartment. To correct the problem I had a different brand, other then Honda, oil filter put on.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 072004

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,700 miles
The oil filter was changed on the first oil change for a new vehicle when the filre was change one of the gaskets stuck to the engine, the double banded gasket burst and oil was released onto the exhaust, causing a fire. A new oil filter was installed after the extra gasket was removed.

- Marble, NC, USA

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