definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 9
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,006 miles

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2004 Honda CR-V engine problems

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2004 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #36

Jul 012008


  • 110,000 miles


I'm the first owner of a 2004 Honda CRV with a 5 speed manual transmission. From June 2008 to the present (September 2008) the vehicle has experienced a stall problem during every single use. Current vehicle mileage is 115,000. All the stalls occur during the same period relative engine startup, between about five and ten minutes after starting the engine, and when the vehicle comes to a stop. This stall period basically occurs at stop signs for a multi-minute period after the choke comes down. Unfortunately this stall period coincides with typical stop and go driving after departure: Near home, workplace, schools, and retail outlets. I consider this a safety concern. The stall occurs suddenly and without warning. Power steering and braking systems become difficult to use. I have narrowly avoided a number of accidents while trying to recover from a stall. The vehicle often does not start back up immediately after stalling. I'm concerned the starter will degrade and further inhibit timely restarting. Repair efforts have been unsuccessful. An independent shop and a Honda dealer have been tried. The Honda dealer in exeter, New Hampshire, blatantly avoided the problem and charged about $600 for unrelated work that was also not ordered. Apparently the diagnostic computer reported a voltage drop. The independent shop has attempted to determine the problem at three separate occasions. Spark plugs and wires have been changed and other regular maintenance has been completed. An immediate fix is desired for this 2004 Honda CRV stalling problem. My young family is put at an elevated risk every time we drive somewhere, we cannot easily sell a vehicle in this condition, and we cannot afford to buy an extra vehicle.

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

problem #35

Jun 182008


  • 54,000 miles
Please visit this link as it shows hundreds of complaints about the same issue: www.topix.com/forum/autos/Honda-CR-V/tu0okfjgv9V3F3fgl/P16#lastpost. Honda is selling a faulty air compressor and they are charging thousands of dollars to fix it. A loud bang occurs, which throws metal fragments that mechanics say could seize the engine, then the air conditioner blows hot air. Some of these compressors have gone three and four times per vehicle. American Honda does not offer to recall the part; instead, they only pay some of the charges to repair the problem if the customer tells them they know about this faulty part. Everyone is being charged different prices for the same problem, and most of these break downs are happening on practically-new vehicles! please visit that link and look at some of the complaints. Someone has to help about this. Thanks much.

- Clarence Center, NY, USA

problem #34

Jun 182008


  • 54,000 miles
The Honda CR-V truck has an air conditioning compressor that is a safety hazard and they refuse to do a recall on it, even though mechanics repeatedly say that the metal fragments it throws after it breaks can cause an engine to seize. There are hundreds of complaints about this at this link. www.topix.com/forum/autos/Honda-CR-V/tu0okfjgv9V3F3fgl/P16#lastpost. There are many posts before this page; I sent the link to the last post. There was no accident in my case, but they're going to wait until someone gets killed, then they'll do the recall out of fear. Honda will not do a recall on this, but they are refunding money only if customers tell them they know about this problem. Otherwise, they charge $800-$2500 for this faulty part of theirs. It is criminal! thanks, if you can help.

- Clarence Center, NY, USA

problem #33

Jul 152008


  • 50,000 miles


Air compressor failure. Could have caused an accident. Still in the shop for repairs.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #32

Mar 152008


  • 72,239 miles
2004 CR-V experienced grinding noise with ac unit the clutch assembly froze all occurred within two days. Repair was completed that required the entire ac system, compressor, evaporater and condenser were replaced. All occurred at 72,000 miles. Total cost of repair at non-dealer location using all new parts $1,059 dollars. First Honda I've ever owned that needed a costly repair. Then again this on is assembled in england not usa of Japan.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #31

Jun 152008


  • 74,346 miles
Check engine light came on. Brought the car to the dealer. Was told the oxygen sensor needed to be replaced (sensor #1) at a cost of $498.

- Woodside, CA, USA

problem #30

Dec 112007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Loud rattling noise from engine upon starting the vehicle; had CR-V towed to lia Honda in enfield, ct; lia said either engine fire or misfired spark plug - couldn't tell for sure, but that it shouldn't have happened and that I did nothing to cause it; machine shop is investigating to determine if cylinder head, which was melted, can be repaired, or if replacement is needed; checking for additional engine damage; investigation by lia is underway - so unsure how this will end.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #29

Dec 102006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,847 miles
About 2 weeks ago my Honda CR-V 2004 stalled in a car wash and wouldn't start. After about 20 minutes I was able to get it started. Since then my CR-V has had trouble starting. I've also noticed my heater not working as effectively and just recently the car started to over heat. I took it to the mechanic immediately. After a day they said I had gotten water in my gas tank and a water bubble in my coolant system. They flushed everything out, dried it and replaced my coolant. So far my car seems to be running smoothly again.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #28

Jun 152005

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,500 miles
The caller said while driving vehicle stalls. It happens at any speed and without warning. After struggling to get it off the road it will start back up. This has happened twice. Dealer said they couldn't duplicate the problem, there was nothing they could do. Manufacturer said they will have someone look into it and be a go between the caller and the dealer.

- Flint Hill, VA, USA

problem #27

Apr 222004

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,000 miles
My Honda CRV-ex 2004 went on fire on the highway. Total loss. Insurrance covered some of the personal lost items and some of the car rental cost. Honda refuses to cover the difference (just doesn't answer). I called, faxed and mailed my itemized request. Thank you for your help and understanding, victor prutu

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #26

Mar 242005

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,955 miles


While the vehicle was positioned at the stop sign consumer noticed black smoke coming from under the hood, and smelled something burning. Passing by driver came to get the consumer out of the vehicle. Consumer turned the vehicle off and stepped out of the vehicle. Within a 2-3 minutes the fire went out on its own. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, who informed consumer that the fire was due to oil leaking from the oil filter seal onto the manifold.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

problem #25

Dec 182003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
The consumer was driving on the freeway going approximately 60 mph and suddenly the dashboard illuminated in red and smoke was coming from the engine compartment. The consumer pulled over and called for assistance. The consumer was informed by the fire fighter that there were nuts and bolts missing from the engine. Owner later called the dealer and was told to have the vehicle towed to the dealer. The consumer was informed that there would be a few changes made to the engine and the vehicle would be there for a couple of days. Provide further details.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #24

Sep 282004

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
This is a general complaint about the 2003-04 engine fires in the Honda CR-V. there needs to be a recall on these vehicles asap. I am a brand new owner of a 04 CR-V and I feel very unsafe in this vehicle. What could be more dangerous then a fire. Please act promptly. See 10099806 also.

- Cortland, NY, USA

problem #23

Nov 102004

CR-V 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalled intermittently. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic informed consumer that the problem could not be duplicated. Consumer advised the mechanic that oil changes could cause a fire. See 10100386 also.

- Cortland, NY, USA

problem #22

Oct 242004


  • miles
While driving oil leaked from the vehicle all over the highway. Had vehicle towed to the dealership. They replaced the gasket on the vehicle.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #21

Sep 062004


  • 6,000 miles
While driving the engine started leaking oil from the area around the oil filter. The oil leaked onto the hot engine which resulted in smoke.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #20

Sep 012004


  • 4,000 miles
The vehicle leaked oil onto the engine manifold. The consumer noticed a pool of oil under the vehicle. In taking the vehicle in to get serviced the mechanic found that when getting the previous oil change the technician never removed the old oil filter gasket and placed a new gasket over the old one. When the engine got hot the oil leaked between the two gaskets. See ODI 10092496 also.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #19

Sep 082004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
At 4500 miles, I brought my car in to get the oil changed. After I had driven home from getting my oil changed, I noticed a burning smell, and I found oil leaking from my car. At first it was leaking about 20 drops a min, and then the next day, it was only leaking 15 drops a minute. I took my car back and had it inspected the next day, but they couldn't find any reason why my car was leaking oil.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #18

Jun 272004

CR-V 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I recently bought a new 2004 Honda CRV on June 27, 2004. About a month after I bought it I was informed not only of this website but of the fires that everyone is complaining about after they get their oil changed. I can't believe that a large corporation like Honda is allowed to get away with this. Or how a safety recall has not been issued yet. Why is it we have to wait for someone to get killed before something is done" soon I will have to have my oil changed and that is terrifying to me. How about the next time and the next time I have to have to have my oil changed? is this something that can happen whenever the oil is changed throughtout the life of my car? do I just pray I get a service technician that knows what to do" as the NHTSA you need to take a closer look at this.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #17

Sep 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
It was just 2-3 weeks after purchasing my 2004 Honda SUV when the first story came out on the Washington post about the CRV's bursting into flames. I was told by Honda that I could no longer take the car back I would have to try to re-sell it and take the loss myself. Here I am getting close to to the 5000 mile, which will be my very first oil change, and I see another follow up story on the washingtron post regarding the same thing. And still nothing being done about it. Depending on some emails and letters being sent by Honda is not resolving the issue. I am completely afraid of getting my first oil change, especially when I see that other consumers are taking their CRV's to the Honda dealers and the problem still occurs. What guarantee do I have" how safe am I suppose to feel when the Honda dealers still don't do the oil change right? I am in awe that your organization is waiting for a high death toll to finally do something about it. How many deaths will it take for you guys to wake up and tell Honda to do a recall? how many lives have to be taken for you to see that this is of high importance" I am scared of even parking my car in the garage after my first oil change. It absolutely ridiculous that you and Honda are trying its best to save thousands of dollars and prefer to risk thousands of lives. And yet, the consumer is stuck with the problem and footing the bill if that occurs. I'm surprised I haven't heard of any lawsuits. It's to time to take action. I am completely dissapointed with Honda and regret ever purchasing my vehicle from them. They have not come forth for the consumer. I hope the next time I write to you is not because I'm having to complain and write a detailed report of the same thing happening to me.

- Allen , TX, USA

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