hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,168 miles

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2001 Honda CR-V engine problems

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2001 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 252011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Honda has a service bulletin (03-038) for a known issue with the cylinder head. In searching online, many Honda customers with CR-V's manufactured in 2001 have experienced this issue. The remedy (as defined by Honda) is to adjust the valves to specific clearances during routine maintenance, but this information was not passed down to customers & many are finding themselves in my same situation with the entire cylinder head needing to be replaced. A costly repair for a faulty part. Honda is aware of this & is unwilling to cover the repair.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #7

Apr 182009


  • 68,000 miles
On about April, 2009 in our 2001 Honda CRV, with 68,000 miles on it. My wife was 60 miles from home when the air conditional blew up. The air compress, reciver dryer, belt all came to $1,600. I asked around and found out that a lot of CRV's ac where blowing up. This site showes a lot of other people with this problem. www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=utf-8&rlz=1T4gwya_enus311us311&Q=2001+Honda+CRV+ac+blowing+up.

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 102008


  • 104,000 miles
Honda CR-V motor valves defect or recall.

- Alton, KS, USA

problem #5

Jul 292007


  • 89,000 miles


Ac compressor started rattling sound. Went to the Honda dealer and found out problem with the compressor. Replaced by dealer with full labor and 1/2 parts paid by Honda.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #4

Sep 182008


  • 112,000 miles
Air conditioning compressor imploded.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,344 miles
Check engine came on at 76,000 miles. According to dealer the exhaust vales burnt into cylinder head, #4 cylinder was at 25 psi. According to dealer this happen before to this vehicle.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #2

Nov 022005

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
My vehicle stalls out, has rough idle, and misfires. It first started to happen only when the engine was cold. Once it warmed up it was fine. It progressively got worse. Dealer advised me to get a complete tune-up and said it would fix the problem. Unfortunately, this was only a temporary fix. It started again when the engine was cold and then at all times. The dealer seemed to be perplexed by the whole thing and advised me again to do a tune-up. Once again, problem was fixed for awhile. This last time it went downhill quickly. When engine was cold and then stalling and dying at anytime no matter what the conditions were. The mil light came on everytime I had this problem. Honda now tells me I have low compression in cylinder #3 and my car misfires. They advised me to have the head sent to their machine shop to inspect it. Nothing was done to correct the failure as of yet. I have found many other complaints. Honda Corp. Knows about the head problem. My own research found valves need to be adjusted/inspected regularly because they have a tendency to tighten which leads and/or results in the valve receding into the cylinder/burnt valve. I am very upset due to the fact that Honda has known about this and they have never told me anything about the valves. The dealer still never disclosed this known problem while having me paying over $1000 just to start on the repair. In the car manual it states you only need to inspect the valves every 105,000 miles or if you hear a noise. There was absolutely no noise from my valves. They should be checked more like every 25,000-30,000 miles. This is a huge safety issue to have your car die or stall. I asked Honda about the valve. Now the same people seem to know a lot. At this moment, american Honda Corp. Is offering me a goodwill warranty repair of 25% to repair it, but the case is not settled. I have been lied to, deceived, ripped off, and most of all my safety was put into danger willingly.

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 162002

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
At 72,000 miles my CRV blew 2 head gaskets thus requiring an engine overhaul. The dealer informed me that they have been getting a few vehicles with the same problem. However, problems are not under warranty. At 144,000 miles it required a catalyctic converter because it clogged.. however, I was noticing a weird sound under the car at 130,000. And before that it did not feel as powerful when going up inclines. My mechanic said that they are getting a lot of vehicles of the same model with the catalictic converter problem and as a matter of fact he had one CRV this past week in which he had to change the converter. Unfortunately, where I reside emmisions inspection is not required. Maybe, if we did, the problem with the catalyctic converter would had been noticed if it had failed the emmissions test. Please help!

- Westbrookville, NY, USA

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