really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
853,913 miles

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #11

Apr 102015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 110,405 miles


Door lock failed/jammed on rear door.

- Burke , VA, USA

problem #10

Mar 032014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Both passenger rear doors stopped responding to the keyless remote. They can only be unlocked manually from the inside of the car. Driver door stopped responding shortly there after. Have to manually unlock/lock the door with the key. The interior driver door lock can not be moved up or down manually. Only the key can move the door lock. Now the key is sticking and not turning in the driver side door lock. Must try multiple times to finally get it to work. 3 out of 4 door locks are faulty and do not work properly. It's only a matter of time before the front passenger door malfunctions as well.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 092013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 119,746 miles
The driver door lock will not operate via remote key-less control. All other locks work.

- Pioneer, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 042011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 8,638,081 miles


I could not unlock my car and I had to call aaa to unlock the vehicle, I got a ticket for parking during street sweeping time. The key seams to bind into the lock and will not unlock. I took my CR-V in to miller Honda where I purchased the vehicle and they quoted me a very high price to fix the locks, I refused the service and the service writer gave me a referral to a locksmith who did the job for a fifth of the price the dealership had quoted. This was about two and a half years ago. I had to take the car back to the locksmith about a year later to have the same work done. Now I have go back for a third time. I have had to spend $250 on my locks. This situation of the locks binding could be dangerous for a woman not being able to get into the car quickly.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 262013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Door locks failing. Two doors do not respond to master lock or keyless entry. Must manually lock and unlock. Potential safety issue if trying to open doors from outside to remove child from carseat, etc.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #6

Sep 202012


  • 87,112 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the four automatic power door locks failed to engage. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer however, the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 87,112.

- Uniondale, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 012010


  • 45,000 miles


I believe my 2003 Honda CRV has a defective ignition switch interlock. The key can be removed when the car is off and the gear is not in park. As a result my CRV has rolled down my driveway 3 different times, plowing into the hillside across the street, and recently nearly ran over my wife. On 10/07/10 I took my car to our local Honda dealer who said there was no recall for this problem on my car. Honda acknowledged and I believe corrected key interlock failure problems on pre-2003 models and should be required to correct post-2003 CRV defective ignition switch interlocks.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #4

May 132008

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CRV. The contact stated that the locks on each door, excluding the front passenger side door, had failed and they could only be opened from the inside of the vehicle. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 139,663. Updated 07/19/10 updated 07/21/10

- Benton, MS, USA

problem #3

Mar 052010


  • 78,000 miles
Had trouble also with the remote, unable to unlock doors, had to replace sensor at my expense in order to work. 2003 CRV Honda.

- Toano, VA, USA

problem #2

May 072007


  • 38,700 miles
I reported a driver's door rattle very early on (during the warranty period), but no source was found. On 5/09/07 (37,792 miles) the driver's door lock/unlock became inoperable, and I could not lock/unlock the door with the remote control; I could not enter or leave the car by using the remote. An "actuator" was replaced at my expense ($161.61). On 07/30/09 (48,565 miles) the same driver's window came off its track, and the track had to be reinstalled at my expense ($90) now I read that a different Honda model has been recalled with what seems to be my same problem. All services have been performed by the same authorized Honda dealer. Perhaps there is connection between the problems.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 212008


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact has been experiencing failures with the driver's side door lock for six weeks. Whenever she places the key into the lock, it jams, will not insert all the way, and takes numerous attempts to unlock the door. In order to open the driver's side door, she must open the passenger door and unlock it from the inside. The dealer stated that this was a very common failure that Honda has not yet recalled. They further stated that the lock assembly was defective and needed to be replaced. The contact believes that if the failure is so common, a recall should have been issued. The failure still persists and the vehicle is currently in her possession. The current and failure mileages were 70,000.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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