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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,076 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Honda CR-V engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jun 142007


  • 65,000 miles


Sudden acceleration also occurred with my 2003 Honda CRV on at least two occasions in 2007. Both times I took the car to the dealer ship and was told they were unable to find any problem. The second incident almost caused me to hit some one even though I applied the brakes with both feet and damaged the brakes in the process. I was terrified to drive the car, not knowing when the sudden acceleration and lunging would happen. I returned to the dealership and demanded to find the cause or I would refuse to drive a car that is possessed. I was never given a satisfactory explanation of the cause and was just told it was something with the computer. I had no problem since, but it is always in the back of my mind, especially sine the Toyota issues with sudden acceleration. I do not believe I am the only person who had this problem.

- Bringhurst, IN, USA

problem #6

Jun 012005

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. while driving 55 mph the vehicle automatically accelerated to approximately 80 mph. The contact was able to decrease in speed by depressing the brake pedal. The dealer stated that there was a defect with the throttle cap and made the repair. No other failures have occurred since the repair was performed. The current and failure mileages were 75,000. The consumer stated when bringing the vehicle in for scheduled maintenance the recall was performed for issues with the cruise control. The consumer stated while reporting to the dealer in 2005 that the vehicle would suddenly accelerate but upon braking the issue would resolve and could not be duplicated by the dealer. On the 2nd incident is where the vehicle accelerated to 80 mph by flooring the brake the consumer was able to get the vehicle to decelerate but the vehicle would not stop eventually stopping the vehicle by putting it into park. The dealer stated the throttle plate was sticking. Updated 08/03/07

- Atkinson, NH, USA

problem #5

Mar 212006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The malfunction indicator light on my 2003 Honda CRV came on twice. First incident happened December 2005, and second incident happened on March 21, 2006. On the first incident, the malfunction light went away after checking the fuel cap wasn't closed properly. Second incident, I took the CRV to a Honda trained technician and had it diagnosed. The diagnostic was performed on 3/22/2006. The sensor inside the throttle body assemble is malfunctioning. Contacted the dealer (Honda stevens creek, san jose) and explained the situation. They noted that warrantly for such parts are only covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles whichever comes first. My CRV was bought brand new and currently have 38,000 miles, which means Honda will not cover for the replacement. Replacement of the complete throttle body assembly cost $800+ and does not include labor and diagnostic cost.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 052006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles


Honda, 2003 CRV 4WD with 50,000 miles. Engine light came on. Diagnostics revealed P0122 throttle position switch low volt caused automatic transmission not to shift correctly, and will prevent acceleration to highway speed. Dealer quoted $950 for a replacement of throttle body with the throttle position switch. Discussions with other mechanics indicated other failures which may result in a Honda technical service bulletin (tsb) or recall.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Apr 152004


  • miles
The vehicle surged when accelerating. The vehicle would surge when accelerating from stop and was more noticeable with the A/C on. The door seal on the left front door St the bottom would sometimes hang down.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #2

Jan 142004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have two safety recall notices that the dealer is not able to fix because of lack of parts. The recall notices are six months old.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 062003

(reported on)


  • 15,000 miles
After the shift cable NHTSA recall campaign 03V 274000 was performed the vehicle jerked forward when slowing down or stopping. Also, when starting the vehicle it idled high.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

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