really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,047 miles

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2004 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2004 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Jun 262012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 91,205 miles


My air conditioner condenser exploded. I turned on the air conditioner and at first hot air was coming through..then nothing. Took it to the Honda dealer in manassas and they informed me that the air conditioner condenser exploded and there were small metal pieces throughout the line. They wanted over $4000 to repair it. They later counter offered to fix it for $2600. After I did research I found that this was a common problem for CRV's 2002-2004. I was told not to drive the car because the condenser could lock up and cause other problems. I don't understand why I have to pay for something that is clearing a damage and defective piece of machinery that was installed by Honda. This is my car that I need so that I can continue to serve my community as a volunteer and as a substitute teacher.

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #15

Jun 042012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
My A/C system blow out hot air about 7day ago. Went to the Honda dealership, the service told me the condenser and the compressor of the A/C system stop working. It would cost 3000 to fix.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #14

Mar 262012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
I was going to drive to work this morning at 6:30am and my headlights would not turn on. My high beams worked fine but my normal lights did not. I had noticed a burning odor a few days prior through my vents. I took the car to my mechanic this morning and the headlight problem was due to an electrical malfunction and the wires had been melted that are associated with the headlights. Thankfully I had not been driving at night time when this problem occurred. I had to get a kit to replace the wiring. This ended up being an expensive repair.

- Enola, PA, USA

problem #13

Nov 232011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles


Both lowbeam lights went out simultaneously while driving.

- Dayton, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jul 132011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
While driving both dim headlights went out. I pulled over and realized the bright head lights did work while the dims no longer worked. After replacing both bulbs and realizing they still did not work. I investigated the issue and after visually inspecting the wiring harness that plugs into the combination switch (blinker/headlight control) there is obvious signs of heat damage and electrical corrosion. The low beam headlights did not work, due to an electrical short in the wiring harness. Updated IVOQ 03/05/12

- Red Wing, MN, USA

problem #11

May 112011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Both lowbeam headlights both stopped working at the same time. I replaced both bulbs but they still did not work. No fuses had burnt out, so started to research. After checking online, I opened the plastic casing to the steering column, and found that the switch had burned and the plastic melted. This is obviously defective wiring on the part of Honda, otherwise the fuse for the headlights would have burned out before the switch could have. I find this to be a very important safety issue as this is the primary vehicle for my wife and infant son. Updated 12/12/11 updated 12/13/11

- Clarksburg, MD, USA

problem #10

Jun 012011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 89,900 miles


Both headlights (low beam) went out simultaneously due to an overheated connection between the headlight switch assembly and wiring harness (plug). Updated 12/12/11 pictures received 04/20/12

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #9

Sep 152011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The low-beam headlight switch fails repeatedly. When I replaced it, I noticed what appears to be heat damage on the wiring harness connector. I have replaced the combination low-beam/high-beam/turn signal unit three times in the last 7 months. Updated 01/17/12

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 302011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 79,527 miles
2004 Honda CR-V. both headlight low beams stopped functioning at the same time. High beams still work on both headlights. Replacing headlight lamps and fuses did not fix the problem (both low beams still not functioning). I will be going to a mechanic this coming week to get repairs. I suspect it is a malfunctioning electrical switch.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #7

May 282011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 116,782 miles
Both low beam headlights stopped working simultaneously. The connector to the headlight switch has melted preventing the switch from working. Updated 06/10/11

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #6

May 222011


  • 118,000 miles


Both low beam headlights failed simultaneously. Subsequently repaired at a Honda dealer. Repair required a new hi/lo beam switch and connector/wiring harness. I requested old parts and upon inspection, one of the metal connector pins (male and female) was discolored (black) due to heating with some distortion and discoloration of the connector block due to heating. Attached wire also discolored due to heating.

- Dalmatia, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 132010


  • 51,000 miles
2004 Honda CRV - air conditioning compressor stopped working. Made loud popping noise. When I opened the hood you could smell smoke. I noticed sparks and smoke coming from the ac compressor. I bought this CRV new in 2004 and had not had any problems prior to this. The Honda dealer that I purchased this from says that it will cost $2400 to fix it as it basically needs an entire new ac installed. I searched the web to see if anyone else had this problem, and noticed that it is widespread. Will Honda do a recall for this issue? I'm very concerned, as I also have a 2005 CRV that I purchased new in 2005 for my wife and see that it is very possible that this could happen to that vehicle.

- Grain Valley, MO, USA

problem #4

Mar 282010


  • 75,000 miles
Low beam headlights won't work, even though high beams do.

- N Potomac, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 102010


  • 77,000 miles
Problem: Sudden acceleration due to defective throttle body. The idle rpms are excessive upon startup and lead to sudden acceleration during braking to a stop. Background: Malfunction lamp light was constantly turning on and off. Took the car to a Honda dealership and they only found the error code for the O2 sensor. Later took it to a local mechanic to fix the O2 sensor and they found a defective throttle body (error code P0122). There are several forums which address this exact issue on 2002-2004 Honda CRV.

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 232008


  • miles
2004 Honda CRV with less than 21,000 miles. Electrical short. Car isn't over driven and checked regularly as suggested by Honda dealership.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 012006

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Was driving down the highway about two months ago, I was shocked or bolted and something went through my body. It was like an electrical shock. Also, my door locks keep opening and closing while I am driving. Its happened a couple times and it has scared me. I don't know if that would have anything to with the shock I received in the vehicle, and something keeps going off in my car, it sounds like a timer. I took it to Honda, they know nothing about the sound I hear and since its not a manufacture warranty, I did send in the warranty to the radio and I thought the radio and the locks are connected on my vehicle for security purposes. Been having medical problems, don't know if the shock could of contributed to it. I think I keep getting shocked every time I drive it. The number of failures would be a number I wouldn't know since it happens everyday.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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