really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,757 miles

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #5

May 202016


  • 138,784 miles


My son was driving my 2003 Honda CRV on highway 101 South near exit 484A, in rohnert park, ca just South of the todd rd. Overpass/on ramp. It was a windy day. The hood of the CRV came up and hit/broke the windshield. My son was able to look sideways to guide himself off the freeway. He was able to guide himself into a safety zone next to the freeway, but couldn't get out of his car. He reached around from the driver's seat, and was able to pull down the hood somewhat (he's 6'4"). he was able to drive down farther to a more safe area on the wilfred avenue off/ramp. He was able to exit the vehicle, and further close the hood. The windshield is shattered, and there is damage to the hood. The force caused two areas of the hood to bend near the windshield. The hood won't open now. It is in a opened position. There are small dents in the hood from the impact. From this location, he was able to drive approximately 2 miles home, using back roads and sticking his head out of the window to see where he was going. This happened on a Friday afternoon in a rush time on the freeway. Luckily, my middle aged son was strong enough and tall enough to close the hood while in the safety lane. I wouldn't have been able to do so, due to being elderly. We have read on the internet of multiple incidents with the Honda CRV 2002-2006 hood opening up and hitting the windshield, yet no recall has been initiated. There is believed to be a defect in the hood latch. We also have another 2003 CRV, and I am now scared to drive that one too, knowing this could happen with that CRV too. My son called our insurance and arranged for the windshield repair right after the accident. However, we have realized there is more damage. We will be calling our insurance and local Honda dealer (manly Honda of santa rosa) to see how to proceed from here.

- Cotati, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 102015


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the windows failed to operate on the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V486000 (electrical system, visibility). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Eastsound, WA, USA

problem #3

May 282014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
While I was on my way home from work, I decided to take the freeway (instead of the normal roads) back home. I was hitting speeds that were 60mph-65mph. It was until I was 15 minutes into my driving that I heard something snap in the front of my car and heard a dense whoosh. The hood of my car slams up against my windshield and I am completely blinded; I can not see in front of me. Thankfully, I use my rear views while I am in the middle of the freeway and manage to drive off to the shoulder. If I had been surrounded by cars or if this had happened during a heavier traffic period I might not have made it.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

May 172014


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the front passenger, rear passenger, and the rear driver's side power switch window failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12V486000 (electrical system, visibility). The failure mileage was 67,000.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 152012


  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the front driver side and the rear passenger side windows could not be opened or closed. The rear driver's side window could be opened however, the window either could not be closed once it was opened or would close extremely slow. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis where the contact was informed of a recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V486000 (visibility:power window devices and controls). After the repair had begun, the dealer notified the contact that the failure in the windows was caused by the tracks, which would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was being repaired. The failure and current mileage was 121,000.

- New City, NY, USA

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