really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,839 miles

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2003 Honda CR-V steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 012012


  • miles


We were told that the vehicle was in car accident which perhaps lead to the present problems. I'm not an expert on cars. However I do feel a safety concern with the vehicle on the road with children. The vehicle has been sent 4 times; fix mostly a loose noise with steering issues (there connected?). these issues occur constant during turns and on the road. Once the mechanic works on the vehicle the problems always return. Are there any defects or safety issues regarding loose noise, or steering problems" and prior to any accident? second, the dealer did send the vehicle to Honda to check the air bag but that seams to be a concern as well. Any ideas for me? third, not only do I have a safety concern but the dealer is not able to provide any documentation of fixing any parts. So we really don't know what is wrong with the vehicle in regards to; what has been fixed or a defect prior to a accident"

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #7

Jul 212010


  • 139,100 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda CRV. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the steering wheel tilt lever would become unlocked, causing the contact to lose complete control of the vehicle. Both the dealer and manufacturer advised the contact that there were no related recalls and offered no further assistance. No repairs were performed. The current mileage was 151,000 and the failure mileage was 139,100.

- Montclair, VA, USA

problem #6

Jul 212010


  • 139,100 miles
In my 2003 Honda CRV ex I had been noticing that my steering wheel tilt lock lever had been getting looser after each time I adjusted the steering wheel position. Sometimes I would just be driving down the street and the steering wheel would suddenly go up and down and I would have to react very quickly by pushing the steering wheel tilt lever back up into the locking position. Eventually this problem would occur up to 5 times a day. Recently I was driving on the interstate with my entire family in my CRV. I was going approximately 64 miles an hour when suddenly the steering wheel lurched almost out of my hands after going over a small bump. I was surrounded by vehicles on all sides and almost lost control of my vehicle. If I did not act very quickly by pulling the tilt lever back into the locking position there would have been a terrible multicar accident on the interstate and me and my family could have been injured or killed. I called my local Honda dealership and explained what happened and if there was a recall on the faulty tilt lever. They said they were not aware of a recall for this item. This is a very serious and potentially life threatening defect that should be addressed by Honda immediately.

- Montclair, VA, USA

problem #5

May 012010


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the coolant leaked which caused the air conditioning compressor to fail. The steering column overheated. The passenger air bag light illuminated with or without a passenger in the seat. The cruise control activated suddenly at times. The oxygen sensor light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop but the exact causes of these failures could not be determined. The contact called the manufacturer who advised her to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000 and the current mileage was approximately 77,000.

- Lafayette, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 032010


  • 92,000 miles
There is two problems with my 2003 Honda CR-V. when car has sat overnight or when the air conditioner was on full and the car was off when we went to start the car it sounded like the main starter had been corroded not allowing the car to start it's not the battery nor the alternator and whats keeping the starter from starting the car only has 92,000 miles. The bigger safety issue is that the tilt steering is not locking allowing it to stay loose while driving, this is a big issue when in motion and cannot find a solution. My two requests are why is the starter going bad so early and why wont the tilt lock into place?

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
Steering hangs in a turn causing dangerous lose of control. Steering wheel must be forced back. Dealer tried to fix problem but failed. Both dealer and Honda tech-line (engineers) concluded that the problem in inherent in the new design and there is no fix. Leaving me with an unsafe vehicle. I was forced to dispose of the vehicle with only 500 miles on it, at a $2000 lose.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 022003

(reported on)

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering wheel failed to return to its position after a turn was made. The consumer had to apply force to get the steering wheel to drive straight. When going around curves and corners, the wheels occasionally hang in the direction of the turn and would not return. This occurred when the vehicle was cold.

- Williamson, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 122003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Steering wheel locked on 2003 Honda CRV and driver lost control of the vehicle causing a crash into brick wall.

- College Park, MD, USA

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