really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,198 miles

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2002 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #17

Jul 082016


  • 69,000 miles


The contact owned a 2002 Honda CR-V. while driving 10 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact depressed the brake pedal; however, the brakes failed to slow the vehicle. The contact crashed into a guardrail. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to the contact's residence. The contact sustained scratches and bruises to the upper arm and body that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V370000 (air bags) and 15V320000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Juncos, PR, USA

problem #16

Sep 232014


  • 265,000 miles
Cruz control cuts out while driving a lot of forums on internet cruz control fails.

- Superior, WI, USA

problem #15

Jun 082015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda CR-V. while driving at approximately 40 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to stop without warning. The contact pulled the vehicle into a parking lot and turned off the ignition. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Needham, MA, USA

problem #14

Sep 152014


  • 156,230 miles


Three bolts hold on the clutch master cylinder cover.one bolt head head was sheared/blown off upon depressing the clutch pedal when starting the car. Brake fluid leaked out. Clutch was inoperable and power braking diminished. The clutch master cylinder was replaced and 11 months later the same incident occurred. The bolt head position that was blown/sheared off was the same in both incidents.

- Placereville, CA, USA

problem #13

May 252012


  • 176,000 miles
While pulling into traffic from a state highway onto an interstate the accelerator stuck wide open. Before I could assess the problem my speed had reached 80 mph. Using the brakes did nothing. I was only able to gain control and slow the vehicle down by tapping on the accelerator pedal several times. In researching CR-V's I found that the probable cause is a broken cruise control cable. Note: This has occurred 3 additional times. Note: The cruise control was not activated while this problem occurred.

- Gosport, IN, USA

problem #12

Jul 272012


  • 191,103 miles
I responded to a recall notice for the airbag inflator. I had noticed, immediately thereafter, that my horn and cruise control is inoperable. I contacted service advisor who asked to bring the car back in. She agreed that the mechanism for these inoperable parts is in "close proximity to the air bag inspection areas", for the recall. However, they claim they "... are not liable for the cable reel" and will charge to have it fixed. And just yesterday, in the process of getting my window fixed, the same dealership left out the moisture shield and disabled my door locks which are superficial issues that they somewhat resolved. However, I still do not have a working horn or cruise control because these were consequentially damaged after innocently responding to an airbag recall inspection.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #11

May 262010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Honda CR-V. while stopped at a traffic light, the contact attempted to accelerate and the vehicle suddenly stalled. The failure caused a crash involving two other vehicles. There was a police report filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the idle air control module motor, the lower control arm knuckle and the bearing were replaced. The failure occurred again; the vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the cruise control switch was the cause of failure. The vehicle was repaired. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 74,000 and the current mileage was 75,273. The brake light switch was replaced. Updated 04/01/11

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #10

Oct 062006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,900 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at 30 mph at a stop sign, the vehicle lurched forward followed by the illumination of the check engine light. Afterwards, the vehicle was able to be stopped by using firm brake pressure without incident. Upon inspection by a dealer, it was determined the throttle body needed to be replaced. After the replacement, the problem persisted. The manufacturer was contacted.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #9

Aug 182006

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,626 miles
The vehicle did not slow when applying the brakes upon approaching a stop sign. The drivers foot was off the gas pedal and on the brake pedal, but the vehicle continued to power forward. Not sure if the brakes were at fault, the driver stopped vehicle by putting the auto transmission into park to avoid going past the stop sign, entering a county highway and being broadsided by oncoming traffic. The engine speed then rose to about 5000 RPM, though the vehicle was at rest, in park, and the accelerator pedal was not being touched. A witness sought to lend some help and suggested that the continually racing engine was perhaps due to a stuck throttle, though a quick look under the hood did not reveal any obvious problem. After several minutes of the engine racing at about 5000 RPM while in park, the driver turned off the ignition and then restarted the engine. The engine continued to race. Only after the third or fourth cycle of turning the engine off and on, and pumping and jiggling the accelerator pedal, did the engine rpms return to normal, allowing the vehicle to be driven to a nearby Honda dealer. The next day, the service department returned the vehicle to the driver saying that they inspected the throttle cable and cruise control, test drove it for 3 miles, but could not find any problems. The behavior of this 2002 Honda CR-V seems very similar to that outlined by ODI id numbers 10073104, 10127008, 10048024, 10083184 & 10055124.

- Kendall Park, NJ, USA

problem #8

Apr 102006

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,700 miles
: the contact stated about three weeks ago the check engine light illuminated without warning. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer who determined the throttle sensor needed to be replaced. The part was ordered and replaced last Thursday. Updated 5/16/2006 -

- Shelburne Falls, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 062005

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles


Check engine light went on at 66K in July 04. Throttle body was replaced (850.00 part). Same part failed 13 months later, resulting in check engine light and another $850 repair.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 282005

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,800 miles
Contact stated while driving vehicle let off gas, and it just kept going. She had to drive with the brakes on. Dealer told contact she needed to fix the brakes. When she released the brake vehicle acceleratesd.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 282004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,500 miles
Engine throttle stuck at full throttle, shifted to neutral to avoid collision.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #4

Jan 172004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
When breaking to a stop the car suddenly accelerates. It has happened to me three times in 20,000 miles. Only to me, not my wife who drives it 99% of the time. The last time it happened I clearly was aware my foot was in no way touching the accelerator pedal. The engine speed only jumped up to approx. 2000rpm the dealer checked it over @ no charge to me with no findings.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 062004

(reported on)


  • miles
Concerned about the three safety recall notices on the vehicle. The recalls were concerning the throttle cable, shift cable, and ignition switch key interlock. The consumer doesn't feel safe nor does she feel that she made the correct choice in purchasing the vehicle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 012002


  • miles
Engine surges while driving, and then diies. Dealer has been contacted.

- Harrodsburg, KY, USA

problem #1

Jan 152002


  • miles
Car skips and hesitates when accelerating between 35 & 50 mph. Has caused 3 near accidents mainly due to being startled. Vehicle is unreliable and unsafe. Honda has replaced computer and oxygen sensor without improving the poor performance. Honda now takes the official position of "this is a characteristic of this model". I have asked that they take me out of the vehicle and Honda has refused.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

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