fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,346 miles

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2004 Honda CR-V exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2004 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 192010


  • 50,000 miles


The check engine light lights up intermittently. Dealer changed gas cap twice but problem will not go away.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 042005


  • miles
I'm a 2004 Honda CRV ex owner and purchased the vehicle on 10/18/2004. I noticed a burning smell from the exhaust after driving the vehicle. I receiveda pamphlet when at purchase stating a smell will be evident for the first few hundred miles. However, it was the first thousand miles. Current mileage Apr. 8009 miles. I still smell it occasionally. Not knowing about all the previous damage from other owners, from the doubling the gasket. I think it might be that. Maybe oil leakage or something. Haven't brought it in for a check on that however. But I will asap. I have already got my first oil change(04apr05) at the dealership where I purchased vehile, and have not had any problems from anything catching fire. Also didn't bring up the smell, but I should have. Still do smell a burning scent from the exhaust after driving the car. Also, my 5th door(trunk) I noticed a thuping sound when opened all the way and brought it up during oil change and dealership fixed problem with no questions asked. They over charge me though($103.92). Don't go to "poway Honda " in California. Actually writing to consumer reports as well. Also have to say this is a great website and will reccommend to others. Thank you.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 292004

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,038 miles
Our 2004 Honda CR-V was taken to the dealer for its first oil change after 6 months of ownership and 2,038 miles driven. After driving a few miles toward home the oil began draining rapidly from the car and smoke was billowing from underneath the car. My wife, following in another car, signaled me to pull over. I did and immediately shut the engine off. The remaining oil drained out and the smoke and heat subsided. We believe a fire would have resulted if I had driven much farther. When dropping off the car, I made a special point to remind the dealer this model had reported fire problems associated with oil changes. The dealer examined the car after the incident and admitted the filter had not been properly installed. Despite the reminder, any steps taken by Honda to remedy the situation, and service by a large Honda dealer, this dangerous situation still resulted. We believe both Honda and NHTSA are remiss in not ordering a recall of this vehicle for some modification to prevent such oil leaks from falling onto the catalytic converter or other parts hot enough to cause combustion. We did not drive the CR-V again and traded for a safer vehicle. The dealer indicated he would resell the CR-V. will it take burning injuries or death before you take action?

- Overland Park, KS, USA

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