really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,861 miles

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2004 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 272014


  • 73,800 miles


When attempting to accelerate speed from 40mph, gas pedal stuck in depressed position and RPM stuck at 4-5K. Unable to use brake application and efforts to unstick gas pedal failed. The only solution was to turn ignition and shut engine off. Fortunately, it was early in the morning and there was able time and distance for manual intervention to correct situation and avoid a potentially hazardous outcome. Vehicle was taken to dealership for diagnostic evaluation on 10/29/2014 and since the problem could not be duplicated it was not recorded as a defect.

- Pennsauken, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jan 202014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 173,620 miles
I was accelerating at a yield sign to merge onto the main road. I realized the car was accelerating more than it should be and was quickly approaching a very unsafe speed for this road (approx 60-70 mph). Felt the accelerator depressing itself further as I completely removed my foot from the pedal. Acceleration continued, and rpms were approaching the red zone of 6000-7000. Not knowing what else to do, I put the car in neutral and pulled to the side of the road. The excessive revving and rpms continued for about 30 seconds before suddenly going to 0. car was still running and I was able to continue driving, but now I'm worried this may happen again in less forgiving conditions.

- Glen Gardner, NJ, USA

problem #8

May 082012


  • 182,200 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The dealer stated that the throttle body was defective. They repaired the vehicle. The contact also stated that once the vehicle was taken home, he was leaving his residence and the vehicle was idling at 2,800 RPM's. the contact removed his foot from the brake pedal and the vehicle accelerated on its own to 50 mph. The contact also stated that his foot was not on the accelerator pedal during the failure. In order to stop the vehicle from accelerating the contact had to depress the brake pedal and shift into neutral. The dealer was notified and they had a representative pick up the vehicle. The failure recurred when the representative operated the vehicle. The diagnosis was unknown. The manufacturer stated that he did not take the vehicle to the proper dealer to be repaired. The failure mileage was 182,200.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 172011


  • 63,326 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda CRV. The contact was reversing 3 mph when the vehicle suddenly accelerated forward and crashed into a brick wall. The air bags then deployed and the contact sustained a concussion and injuries to the knee. The contact was transported to the hospital via ambulance. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contacts place of residence and being handled through her insurance company. The manufacturer advised that they would send a representative to inspect the failure of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 63,326.

- Midland Park, NJ, USA

problem #6

Nov 282010


  • 90,359 miles
Stepped on the accelerator to pass another vehicle and throttle stuck at full speed. Pumped accelerator to no avail. Applied emergency brake and, literally, stood with both feet on the brakes. Engine still raced at full speed, and I was having difficulty controlling the vehicle. River on my right and oncoming traffic on my left. Saw a large, open yard and drove the car at high speed into the yard and turned off the key. When turning the engine back on, it still raced at full throttle with the transmission in park and the accelerator pedal not depressed. Had car towed home and evaluated by independent (not Honda) mechanic. His diagnosis was "carbon buildup in the throttle body." Emergency brake and regular brakes completely ruined during this incident and in need of replacement. Two grandchildren in vehicle with me. Everyone terrified, but no one hurt or injured. Repairs quoted as very expensive, plus the cost of new brakes. Did not want to ever drive this car again and disposed of it forthwith. Routine google search uncovered similar incidents with the 2004 and other year CRV's.

- Greenfield Center, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 012010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
Letter from congresswoman giffords on behalf of constituent regarding problems with her Honda 2004 CRV (attachments not imaged) the consumer experienced problems with the air condition unit freezing, the engine blew spark plugs into the cylinder head, the propeller protection shaft was installed incorrectly, the vehicle would accelerate at times and the hood release latch failed while the consumer was driving.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 082010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 59,807 miles


I was driving my 2004 Honda CRV when someone ran a red light. I hit the gas as hard as I could and the car kept accelerating to red lining even after I took my foot off the gas pedal. I hit the brakes and they seemed to be trying to work buy they didn't stop the car or even slow me down. I put the car in neutral and tried to turn the key and it would not turn. I iwas almost hit twice as I had to go through a light. I headed to a empty building. I figured I would have to crash myself to keep from killing anyone. When I turned towards the building I was able to turn the key off and the brakes worked finally. The car still red lined in park. The car had to be towed and they had to fix the cover over the throttle. It had slipped down and the throttle caught on it. Towing number is 330-995-2385 Honda told me no recall on 2004's but heard about the Honda 2005 hybrid and that was actually what I went through. Gas stuck and no breaks, it was the most frightening thing I ever went through. It also happened to the mechanic who test the car and then fixed it. I ask Honda to report it and they told me to report it to american Honda but I decided after the way they acted to report it to you. I could been killed or killed several families.

- Streetsboro, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 052010


  • 116,500 miles
Honda CRV 2004 stuck accelerator in driveway of my house -- full throttle crashed into another car and kept going until other vehicle hit tree and fence.

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Dec 302004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I was driving a new 2004 Honda CR-V, stopped at a stop sign and then turned left onto a one way street. I saw an SUV in front of me and applied the brakes. Nothing happened. I hit the vehicle in the rear. That vehicle was knocked forward. I applied the brakes again. Nothing happened. I hit the vehicle again in the rear. The air bags deployed. I yanked my vehicle to the right, and stepped on the brakes again. Nothing happened. I was finally able to straighten and stop the vehicle by pulling as hard as I could on the parking brake--and even then, I had to pull it twice, as far down as I could get it. The other driver wasn't injured and her vehicle had damage on the rear side. My left knee hit the dash and my hands hit the wheel and dash--sustaining some injury, and my right arm was burned by the air bag. My vehicle was totalled. The mechanic who looked at my Honda said that he couldn't tell for certain if the brakes had failed, or if the throttle was stuck full open prior to the accident. After the accident, the throttle was stuck full open.

- Houston, TX, USA

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