hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,777 miles

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 282011

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • 88,322 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda CRV. The contact was driving 50 mph when the vehicle abnormally accelerated to 70 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the cruise control cable. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 88,322 and the current mileage was 89,069. Updated 10/04/11 prior to the sudden acceleration problem, the cruise control stopped working. The throttle body part of the cruise control system was broken which caused a cable to be stuck; this caused the sudden acceleration which is clearly a serious safety issue. The cruise control was repaired by the dealer. Updated 10/24/11

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 222007

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,010 miles
On two occasions my 2003 Honda CRV began to accelerate on its own following an initial acceleration at highway speeds. The cruise control button was on, but had not been activated. It continued to accelerate and would not respond to braking, turning the cruise control button off, etc. For eight full seconds the car was not under my speed control on the highway. The certified Honda dealer said there was a news bulletin about it on Honda's web site (but would not share it with me) and told me to go to the Honda dealer where I purchased the car. I took it in and they cleaned the throttle, failed to share any bulletins with me, stating these info was for the dealers only. I was told that the acceleration was due to cruise control problems in these 2003 CRV's and it is a misread with the computer and the pneumatic system. There was no indication that the problem was fixed, but to take it to them again if I felt it would be a problem. I contacted Honda directly to file a complaint. They would not offer any information and stated that since it technically was not a recall, they did not have to share any information with me nor did they have to pay for it. I would like for the general public to know about it in order to save lives. I was blessed to have narrowly diverted disaster. I have lost trust in the recall process. This needs to reach the consumer in some form.

- Chapin, SC, USA

problem #1

Nov 202005

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
I was driving my 2003 Honda CRV on the second day of our trip from Ohio to Florida. There were two adults, and two small children in the car. We were traveling at highway speed with the cruise control on. I had my feet tucked near my seat away from the pedals. The car accelerated on its own, nearing the car in front of us. I put my right foot down on the brake, and it went completely to the floor with no braking or slowing down. I then put my left foot on the clutch to make sure my feet were in the correct place, and the clutch went to the floor with my left foot. I tried my right foot again on the brake with no resistance, and no slowing down. I then tried to disengage the cruise control with the hand controls on the steering wheel, with no result. All during this time, the car continued to consistently accelerate to the car in front of us. Knowing only that the steering worked at that point I jerked the wheel to the right in order to avoid ramming the car in front of us. Thankfully, there was not a car to our right, there was to the left. The car swerved violently, and shifted upwards as to roll. I pulled the wheel to the left and swerved again. We swerved several times, and at that point I was able to get the car back in control again. We took the car to a Honda dealership in Florida, and they tried to recreate the situation. Good thing they couldn't. they, too, may have nearly died. They suggested we take it to the Honda dealership once we were home in Ohio, which we did. They said it checked out fine. This is a classic case of sudden acceleration. At least 4 very valuable lives were nearly taken, and probably more, given the inevitable entanglement we would have caused with other cars near/behind us on the highway.

- Huron, OH, USA

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