really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,606 miles

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #11

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 #10

Feb 272016


  • miles
Honda has sent a recall notice to me several times for the VIN listed above. I have replied back every time noting that the vehicle was traded-in on a new vehicle in 2011 at richmond Ford in richmond, va. Whoever owns this vehicle is not getting the notices. Can you please help?

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #9

Sep 202015


  • 110,000 miles
Vehicle was parked in driveway at night. During the night, vehicle rolled out driveway, across street and into neighbor's yard. Vehicle was parked, shutoff and key removed even though not put into park. I tried it again and key can be removed after turning off engine with automatic transmission shifter still in "D".

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #8

Nov 022014


  • 140,000 miles


I am unable to insert key into driver side door and as a result can not open the door to get in. I have to go through the passenger side, open the door to driver's side. Driver side front door lock does not turn and we are stranded as the door doesn't open. I am hoping to call Honda and suggest they have a recall as this look like wide-spread issue based on the feedback on the web.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 132011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 62,500 miles
The air conditioner stopped working. I took it to a repair shop and they found a hole in the bottom of the compressor. They will have to replace the compressor, flush the system, repalce the dryer and then charge the system. The vehicle only had 62500 miles on it and the compressor should last alot longer than that. It will cost $756.24 to repair the system and that is if these are the only parts that need to be replaced. I am asking for the reimbursment to reapair the air conditioner.

- Leonard, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 072011


  • 99,980 miles
On wed. Sept. 7, 2011, I was driving to work when the gas pedal on my 2003 Honda CRV got stuck. I tried to brake at the stoplight, but the car would not brake. I had to go into survival mode, tried shifting the gears, and somehow got the vehicle turned off. It scared me half to death. I was also stuck in the middle of traffic and could not pull over to the side of the road, so I had the fear that someone might hit my vehicle from behind. I immediately called aaa and had them send a police officer for safety reasons. My car was towed to my mechanic who discovered that the throttle body assembly was broken, and needed to be replaced. Besides being a safety issue, this repair cost me aprox. $1,196.53. I have to say that even though it┐'s been replaced, I am very leery of driving the vehicle. The mechanic and the Honda dealership, where I purchased my car originally, say that this type of malfunction should not occur. About two years or so ago, the differential went out on this car as well. It had to be repaired and Honda paid for half of that repair, after I contacted the customer service dept. This was also a part that shouldn┐┐T have had to be repaired. I contacted Honda corporation and I was told that, "Honda would not assist me with this problem."

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 092011


  • 95,500 miles


The air conditioner (ac) stopped working. I then took the car to my mechanic who told me that the compressor locked up and destroyed many components in the system. He quoted me about $2,000 to fix the issue. I then took the car to Honda dealer and they told the repair cost would be $3500. I live in the dallas, Texas area and we have been experiencing triple digit temperature. This is a car my wife uses. We have two little kids. Not having a working ac is a life threatening situation. I contacted Honda usa for help and they told me since the car was not under warranty there wasn't anything they can do for me. I explained to them that there was a serious design flaw with the system. They would not agree even though there are countless postings on the web about this particular issue. Honda should be forced to issue a recall for this defective system. In hot climates, not having an ac is a serious safety issue. Now, I am stuck! where am I going to get $3500 to fix this issue. This problem has made the car completely useless. I am between a rock and a hard place. Honda should not get away with this because this company is endangering the lives of so many people.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 032011


  • 116,000 miles
Driving at 5 mph after leaving home I heard a grinding noise. It sounded like it came from the cabin fan (the air conditioner was on). I turned off fan and noise stopped. At traffic light tried fan without the air conditioner and engine stalled. Engine did not restart until I turned off fan. Problem was identified as failure of air conditioner compressor and a frozen air conditioner clutch. Other than the noise there was no warning of failure. Car was serviced 2 months and 800 miles before incident. Idling at a stop light at the time of failure resulted in stalled engine. If car was moving there would have been a loss of control as power steering and brakes would have been affected. If failure happened at higher speed I think I would have experienced catastrophic failure of the engine or compressor clutch (and shrapnel in the engine compartment or on the road and likely loss of control). Here was no early indication or warning of component failure. Although damage was isolated to compressor, if I had reacted slower or had the speed been higher there would have been high likelihood of additional damage or injury.

- Pearl City, HI, USA

problem #3

Jul 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Concerns involving Honda CRV's that bursting into flames after oil changes. The consumer heard on the news that the 2003-2004 Honda CRV's were bursting into flames and was concerned that this may happen to her vehicle.

- Mine Hill, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 012003


  • miles
Problems with 2003 Honda CRV. The consumer stated two recall had been issued for the vehicle. When speaking to the service dealer he noted things wrong with the vehicle that was not issued in the recall. The consumer is concerned and feels unsafe about driving the vehicle. *

- Fairfield, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 282003

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,898 miles
2003 Honda CR-V with less than 3,000 miles on it, caught on fire after initial oil change that was done by the dealership, barry Honda, dartmouth, Massachusetts.

- Hyannis, MA, USA

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