really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
123,944 miles
Total Complaints:
20 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. complete valve job (10 reports)
  2. not sure (8 reports)
  3. remplacing motor was cheaper than replacing head (1 reports)
  4. replace cylinder head (1 reports)
2000 Honda CR-V engine problems

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2000 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #20

Jul 112015

(reported on)

CR-V LX 4 cyl 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 301,000 miles


I have had my used Honda for almost 5 years (previously owned by people my relatives knew and took care of their car). It had 152,000 miles on it, give or take. Immediately noticed the car initially wanted to die on me when I came to a stop and then eventually it started to stall/die after a stop. I, for the time being, adapted by having to slow down far before one would normally. It seemed to work until I could get it checked out. I believe my check engine light came on so I had it looked at and diagnosed and the motor ended up needing to be rebuilt... (Being that this car was a gift, the person that bought it for me paid for the repairs so I am not sure of all the repair details). After $2,100 of repairs, it seemed ok other than a little louder or odd "ticking" sound but the car ran seemingly well.

Last year July 2014, my check engine came on and started blinking at me. It would not let me accelerate and so I pulled off the road and turned it off and when I tried restarting it, it would not turn over. Come to find out the distributor went out ($300 for the part). 1-2 months later I had a tune up done which was $270. My check engine light came on around the same time frame and was told it was the O2 sensor. My mechanic said it would not harm my car if I drove it that way, so I did as I did not have the money at the time for the part, otherwise I have always repaired my car immediately because I cannot afford to lose any time at work. It's always been a one day thing.

This year when summer started and the weather started getting hotter, I had sat in traffic on the highway in 100 degree heat for about 30-40 minutes and noticed my thermometer gauge was elevating/rising. For fear of my engine overheating, I turned my heater on which worked! (Old trick I remember as a kid). I found out that my thermostat might need replacing (you have to guess because the check engine light does not come on for this). I had a friend/mechanic replace the thermostat and the O2 sensor at the same time since my car needed to be smogged this year and you can't smog your car if your O2 sensor needs to be replaced. He ran my car with the AC on and the thermometer did not rise/elevate.

After the O2 sensor was replaced, the check engine light started blinking (never good). He said his computer was reading a Misfire code on the 4th cylinder... Then he resets it so the check engine light goes off to see if it would come on again... And it does, only this time it didn't show any error codes. So the next day (2 weeks ago). I took it in to a shop that had replaced the struts on my car recently. He ran a diagnostic and it said it needed a valve adjustment because all 4 cylinders were misfiring. I had him do the full valve adjustment and also the timing belt (slightly overdue for it) and water pump too. Then he tells me the crank sensor needs replacing. I missed a whole week of work and had to find other ways to get to work the last week my car was in the shop. It cost me $1,153!!!

I finally picked up my car this morning 7/10/2015 and take it to work (50 miles). I get on the freeway to go back home and as I accelerate, my car hesitates and jumps as though it's catching up to itself. Then...wait for it... Drum roll please.... THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON!!!! I had so much faith in Honda before this and, regardless, of how many miles are on it, I have taken care of anything needing to be replaced immediately to ensure it lasts as long as possible. For the most part this car has only needs minor repairs here and there. This is ridiculous.

I could have put a down payment on a more reliable vehicle rather than put money i don't have into a car that keeps needing huge outrageous repairs. I'm a single mother that commutes to work. The moral of the story is this... Never buy a Honda.

- , Patterson, CA, CA, USA

problem #19

Dec 162013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Ripped off... Honda really should be ashamed of themselves with this one. I doubt that they really care but they just lost a customer.

- , Saint Paul, MN, US

problem #18

Jan 042012

CR-V 3/2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,468 miles

So much for you can't kill a Honda. I am disgusted. There is more in another complaint. When a Honda dies it dies. I will never buy another one either. We are pensioners of very fixed income and this car was to last longer and it wasn't like we didn't look after it. Gave up the warranty after 8 years. Car was running good till the head went. Now it is falling apart.

- , Whitefish Falls, Ontario, canada

problem #17

Feb 112013

CR-V 1990

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,371 miles






- , matale, central, Sri Lanka

problem #16

Jan 092013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles

My CRV began having problems. My independent mechanic estimated $1500 for valve job. Honda dealership estimated $3500 for new head.

All scheduled maintenance was performed on this vehicle that was always garaged. Interior and exterior is in pristine condition.

Called Honda headquarters but they said they would do nothing. I explained that this was my 3rd Honda and that because of me other family members had purchased 4 other Honda's. Honda offered NO help or assistance and told me that they will do nothing because the vehicle is too old. Honda told me that I should have been doing valve adjustments which would have prevented this problem. I explained that the CRV manual does not recommend valve adjustments unless you can "hear" a problem. However, as soon as I heard a problem it was too late. How dare Honda not send out notification to CRV owners about preventing this problem. I informed Honda that the CRV is my last Honda and I will be recommending to my extended family to not buy any more Honda's.

Replaced CRV with a Toyota Prius. So far so good. I go easy on the gas and I average 60 MPG, doing mostly city driving.

- , Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #15

Mar 032012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles

i bought this new in 2000. now my mechanic finds that i need a complete valve job. this is a disgrace.

- , Essington, PA, USA

problem #14

Nov 162010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles


I bought my 2000 Honda CRV used in 2008 and immediately had to replace the whole front end costing me $1,500.00. Car ran great until February 2010 when the "check engine" light came on. I took it to my mechanic who stated that two valves were burnt, that cost me $2,200.00. I then had to have the other two valves repaired in again in November 2010 costing me another $1,000.00. Now the light is back on again.

When is Honda going to do something, this really stinks... So much for the 300,000 mile Honda reputation.

- , St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #13

Feb 262011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

check engine light also went on, at 118000 miles. took it to my mechanic who said it was misfiring and needed a tune up. Now i need a whole engine. My Honda dealers only answer for why this happened was that i had my tranny done by a non Honda garage. whats the point of the computer if it doesn't tell you the correct problem? I'm now looking at an estimated $3,000 engine replacement. Somebody needs to do something about this. I thought Hondas were reliable but I will never buy another one now.

- , Rochester, NY, US

problem #12

Dec 082010

CR-V 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

My vehicle has always had excellent maintenance, as my father is a certified mechanic. We had issues with the check engine light going off. My dad did a tune up and changed out the spark plugs with platinum tip spark plugs and put in a new battery. I moved to Kansas City from Nebraska and no longer had my father at my finger tips for mechanical issues on vehicle. Check engine light still came on and a error code of mis-fire in valve four. Took into Honda mechanic in Kansas City, in which they indicated the "valve" was sticking, causing the issue of the mis-fire in valve 4. I haven't had the best luck with certified Honda Mechanics, so I took it to a mechanic I have known for 10 years in the area. I actually had it towed there, as my mechanic said he wouldn't suggest driving it under the condition I described. My Mechanic did an extensive evaluation and test on the engine and told me that it wasn't a "sticking" valve. It was that valve 4 had no compression and wasn't working at all. As long as I drove the vehicle, it would dump raw gasoline in the system causing more issues. I have to pay a minimum of $1,600 to do a complete valve job. This on a car that is 11 years old, had all the maintenance to it as suggested by Honda during it's life span and only has 112,000 miles on it. What happened to 300,000 miles life span Honda used to give us on our vehicles? I contacted the Honda corporation and they opened a complaint. I told them about this site and how many customer are upset that Honda allowed this problem to go unfixed in the engines of the 2000 CRVs and will do nothing to step up and satisfy the consumer that is now losing faith in them as a corporation and their product, and is costing us a lot of money to repair. This will be the last Honda I will own since they won't stand behind their vehicles!

- , Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #11

Oct 152010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

The problem started with the check engine light and I took it to a mechanic who told me it was nothing major and it was only PO304 error that valve 4 was misfiring after charging me $109. So I was to buy new spark plugs and wiring or codes which cost $119.98 without labor. This seemed to solve the problem but after a few days, the light came on again and this time at a stop/break light, the engine idled funny and one day it just stopped and I had to start it again. My mother owned the car before I did, and she had had the same problems with it stopping suddenly, but the mechanics at the Honda dealership told her it was ok and the problem would go away at the 90K mark.

Now the valves have apparently burned out and now I need a valve job with an estimated cost of just labor and three days of work of $400 and still parts and another labor pay out for the placing the new valves is still unknown. I have just paid $300 for the valve adjustment and now I am told I am running on 3valves instead of four and so I need this valve job immediately.

Please help, I live in San Diego and I am not sure what to do or expect (money wise). Is there a mechanic or shop that can do this kind of work without swindling me at the dealership although I haven't gone to the dealership, I am sure they will charge me even more! Help or advice will be appreciated

- , San Diego, CA, US

problem #10

Jul 022010

CR-V 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles


just bought the car in ending june light went on. mechanic said do a complete tune up did it $ 200. 2days later, light back on check engein bring it back he says .change the whole unit distriputor & cap needs to replace ok do it $ 395. leave for vacation 1/2 way there to come back to light on afaid to go on with grand children in car to go back to a mechanic to tell me it may be a default in distriputor unit ok change it again only to charge me $100. for labor geuss what 4days later light is on again now they tell me its not distrputor its valves so far this car cost me 5.200 for car and $695 .00 for work and now to fix the valves are around $3000- $4000WITH THE LABOR TO REPLACE VALVES WE NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER AND FIGHT

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- , Fall River, MA, US

problem #9

Dec 222005

CR-V 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I paid to replace a burnt valve on my 2000 CRV at around 65,000 miles. Not what I expected from a honda. Now at 125,000 miles I had stalling problems and rough/surging idle problems apparently due to a defective head. I have had the valves adjusted, replaced O2 sensor, replaced idle air control, cleaned the throttle body to no avail. Needless to say I am not happy. I contacted Am. Honda and the local dealer to no avail. I'm game for a class action suit. I plan on driving around with a "THIS CAR IS A LEMON" sign also. Honda needs to make good on this or risk losing their reputation as one of the most dependable cars.

- , Louisville, KY, Pacific Islands (US)

problem #8

Apr 222009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,040 miles

hopefully Honda picks up this problem. got a tune up because the car was running rough and a week later the number 3 valve burned out after $1825 dollars later the valves are fixed. i noticed a lot of people have this same problem does anyone know of a class action law suit or how to get one started.

- , Martinez, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 212009

CR-V LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

76000 miles on a car I did my homework on, and I bought it with 40000, from a toyota dealer. Bad number one valve, little compression, other 3 miss firing. Mechanic that I have dealt with before and trust let me know worst case. He says he is seeing more in these cars for these years.

- , Clinton, CT, USA

problem #6

Dec 272008

CR-V 2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 182,000 miles

I just bought this Honda CRV 2000. I always thought they reliable and run for 300,000 miles.

As soon as I bought it the check engine came on. I took it to the autozone. And there were codes: PO303, PO505, PO304, which is misfire in cylinders and Idle Air control system. I took it the dealer and of course they told me to do the tune ups. they charged me 240 to do the spark plugs, wires, cap, etc. So that solved the problem, but in a couple of days check engine came on again and again the same codes. The car keeps dying on me the whole time and works very rough.

I started searching online and found this website with people who complain with the same problem.

I think there is something needs to be done here. Does anybody know how to file a law suit against Honda? Just think about how many people driven by the "Honda" quality buy these CRVs and get ripped off by the dealers because of manufacture's defects!!!!

Honda has to recall CRV's and fix the valve problems.

Please share your ideas if you know how to do this. I'll consult with the lawyers too.

- , St Louis, MO, USA

problem #5

May 312008

CR-V EX 2.0L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Ok, so 5-6 weeks ago, coming back from a visit with friends, the check engine light comes on coming out of the mountains and I still have a long way to go. A rest stop reveals the engine at idle running extremely rough, but can't feel the roughness at freeway speeds. However, we did notice not much ooomph when accelerating or on grades.

So last week, I finally received the funds from my employer for cashing out my vacation, and took the car to a mechanic for a diagnosis. Valve #3 is mis- firing. Ok, that cost me $95.00. The estimate for the repair - a valve job- is $2000.00.

Or I could buy a Cylinder Head from a auto dismatler for $650.00, but then have to pay the mechanic to install OR I could spend $1350.00 on an engine from the auto dismantler and again pay the mechanic to install.

I have not spoken to the Honda dealership, but am certainly going to do so about this problem. I noticed another persons complaint on this web site and frankly was shocked to learn that Honda has known about the valve problem. Apparently there is an internal Memo about it. Why weren't owners notified?

When is Honda going to step up to the plate and recall the 1999, 2000, 2001 Honda CRV's for defective valves? Offering to pay only half of the cost of repairs is NOT fair.

Hondas are supposed to run great up to 300,000 miles. That's why I picked their vehicle. I also looked at the Rav 4, Mitsubishi, and others.

I am going to e-mail everyone I know about this problem and request they e-mail everyone they know as well.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 132008

CR-V EX 2.0L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

In 2007, I had a check engine light come on and car running very rough at idle. I had a co-worker (a diesel mechanic) look at the vehicle. As a courtesy to me he offered to check the vehicle out and see what the problem was. I mentioned to him that I wanted the valve compression checked and advised him of the earlier problems I had with the valves in 2005. Again, I had to have a valve job on #2 and #4. I am still paying him for his work in 2008, as he agreed to take payments for this costly repair and I have very little in savings.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 122005

CR-V EX 2.0L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

In the latter part of 2004, I had my check engine light come on. Took the vehicle to a mechanic, had a tune up, and the problem check engine light came on again two days later. The mechanic checked the car again and could not find the problem, so reimbursed me for the tune up. I took the car to another mechanic, who could not locate the problem either. Finally, on a trip out of state, the check engine light came on again. This was pretty scary as I was in the mountains. I ended up having to leave my car out of state with a mechanic and it took him 1 week to determine that the problem was a valve compression issue. It took another week to repair valves 2 and 4 at a cost of $2000.00. Not to mention my having to borrow a car and the hassle of switching vehicles after the repairs were completed. The mechanic mentioned that he had found an obscure reference on the internet that the 2000 Honda CRV should have the valve compression checked every 30,000 miles or so. This is what led him to the repair.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

May 182008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

my Honda CRV alot on here,. hell, I sang her praises many times. She is 8 years old and has 139,000 miles on here. All I have had to do so far is fix the AC compressor. Well, Just before I left for vacation with her in May, I got a check engine light. I took her to Auto Zone and had the guy there help me get a code hoping is was something stupid. We changed the spark plugs and wires, and i got an Oil change. The light was reset. Two days later, the light is back on and the car is idling like it wants to explode. My dad was going away and he wanted to be involved with the car, so I was told to take it to Fl and we'll fix it when I came back. When i got home the light started flashing. I decided to sit down and do some research on known problems with my CRV. I was shocked to learn that not only were their known defects, there was a recall in 2000. !! For faulty wiring and bad valve seats that burned and ruined the head. Since these vehicles usually don't have problems till they roll over 100,000 I never had an issue with her.

Well we took it into the Honda dealer and were told that they had to run a diagnostic on it to prove what was wrong before they would touch the situation. well, let;s see... 100.00 bucks to get told the same thing the guy at the auto zone told me... Cylinder Misfire 1. I am not stupid., and I have some experience with cars. I know what is wrong with her. They said even if it is in the recall. they will still only pay for half of the repairs. (about 900.00)

Well, since they claim they cannot tell if it is the INTAKE or the OUTPUT they won't pay for anything. they also wanted 1800.00 for the repairs. Apparently, once they get the car apart.. you are stuck with the repair and the 85.00 an hour labor fee. I am told by another shop that they CAN indeed tell the input and output valves. I will never let a HONDA dealer touch my car again.

My dad and I have found another shop that will rebuild it for me for about 900.00. (that's 1/2 of Honda's charges). I have to wait a few weeks until the guy can get it in... but he has been doing this for 45 years and has a good rep. I will be using my mom's car in the meantime.

Honda customer service is only out to get you to trade it in on a new car and take a loss. So.... god forbid your valves go... they don't honor the recalls or the Service Bulletins....!!!

I love my CRV.. but she will be the last Honda.... I ever buy,

- , Washington, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 092007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

i have a 2000 Honda CRV w/ 91,000 miles. My Honda had been great to me until a few days ago when the motor started running roughly, followed by the check engine light. I took my car to the dealer and was informed an internal service bulletin had been issued to all Honda dealers that apparently the valves on 1999-2001 Honda's are defective. they graciously offered to cover 1/2 of the $4,000 price tag it would cost to get it fixed. i disagree and feel if they already know it's a problem on their behalf they should cover the entire cost. Guess what Honda i have 4 four kids that will never drive a Honda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Sanger, CA, US

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