definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,101 miles

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2004 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 012016


  • 62,000 miles


I first heard a noise from the front of the car under the hood, and later I felt many metallic pieces banging inside the car and falling off, when I was driving on a city street. Later when I took it to the mechanics, I was told the air compressor was exploded, and some of the metallic pieces from the explosion partially cut my belt. The mechanics said it is necessary to replace the entire air compressor, condenser and belt, and do a complete flush of the system. The worst case, if some small pieces residue inside the system, it could hurt the engine.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #12

Feb 122016


  • miles
My airbags have been replaced as part of the takata recall. After the last airbag was replaced on 2/12/2016, the service advisor told me that the SRS opds unit was malfunctioning and needed to be replaced at my expense ($475). He said that this needed to be replaced in order for the airbags to work properly. My contention is that if this unit needs to be replaced for the airbags to work, then this is a safety issue that should be covered by the manufacturer, exactly like the airbags have. I called Honda is out of warranty and therefore my responsibility. I disagree. Please review my case and let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #11

Dec 192015


  • miles
Back door driver side does not lock.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #10

Apr 022012


  • 60,000 miles


For the last 3 years we have had three (3) main issues with this vehicle, 1) air bag SRS light has been on, 2) the front passenger window will not roll down and 3) the air conditioning system has not operated. From the begining I have checked on recalls/ campaigns for these items and the only recall we received for this vehicle VIN # was the air bag recall (btw we took it in for the recal and the SRS light is still on). When you look on Honda's website to check for recalls no other issues come up with my VIN#, yet if you look the vehicle up by the model and year, a whole list of "campaigns" come up under this vehicle. My vehcile has had the same problems as the said make and models for years. I filed a complaint with Honda America (case # 04205532) this morning and spoke with "serinity" of the product concern section of Honda America and basiclly she is telling me because my particilar vehcile was manufactured in Japan (VIN # starting with a "J") that no recalls apply to me. But yet I am having the same issues with my vehicle of the same model and year. Honda basically has stated that they cannot offer any help on this matter. Please note, there are other safety "campaigns" that I never got notices, such as wiring harnessess. I took my vehicle into a non-dealer mechanic for air-conditioning services and they stated to me 2 + years ago that this vehicle is known to have a major defect in the ac clutch on the ac pump was designed too close to the engine and thus heats up and shatters into many pieces and flows though the whole ac system thus requiring that the whole ac system is required to be replaced (Honda service bulletin # 12-072). Honda has issued a campaign increasing the ac system warranty to 10 years/ 100,000 miles, but again this does not apply to my vehicle, yet I have the same exact issues on my vehicle. Please help on this matter.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 132015


  • 121,000 miles
Driver's side sun visor will not stay in position. Drops down constantly. Will not stay up nor pushed forward against windshield. The owners forum has tons of CRV owners with this problem. I contacted Honda and was told they do not guarantee that part! this is a major safety hazard. Honda knows it has issue with it's visors however will not issue a recall for the problem.

- Willingboro , NJ, USA

problem #8

Jun 032010


  • miles
Ac compressor fail. Compressor seized up, built pressure, exploded. Had repaired. 2 years later, same thing. Had it repaired. 3 years later, 5/29/15, same thing happened. Looked online for recall. Thousands of complaints, but no recall. Could potentially cause injury.

- Midway, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 242014


  • miles


Steering wheel adjuster comes loose every once in a while while driving causing the the steering wheel to move loosely. Had occured several times in last 7 years.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Jun 192012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
As I was driving, without warning I heard a loud "metalic" noise that sounded as though I had run over something. As I was seeking a place to turn off of the road, the sound stopped for a few seconds then returned. At that time, I lost my power steering and had difficulty pulling off to a side road that I found several hundred feet from where the incident occurred. When I got out of the car, I noted that there was a chunk of metal protruding from the bottom of the car near the passenger side front tire. When the car was finally towed to a Honda dealer, I was told that the air conditioner compressor had exploded! I understand wearable parts breaking but exploding! I was within a mile of approaching an on-ramp to a 3-lane highway and shudder to think of what would have happened had the explosion occurred on the interstate! beyond the inconvenience and cost (approaching $2,000), this type of catasrophic incident is extremely dangerous. The explosion caused me to lose full control of my vehicle and most definitely could have caused a very serious accident.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 122011


  • 75,000 miles
I was driving about 30 mph and heard a loud bang coming from the front of the car. The air conditioning started to blow hot air.I pulled over and found upon opening the hood that oil from the A/C compressor had been forced out of the compressor on to the engine. I brought the Honda CRV to my service station immediately. Upon their inspection, they found that the A/C compressor had exploded, sending refrigerant oil and pieces of the compressor housing down to the ground under the front tire. The repairs needed were a new A/C compressor, condensor, A/C hoses, expansion valve at a cost of twelve hundred dollars.

- Bohemia, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 042011


  • miles
Ac compressor locked twice in 1 year

- Moseley, VA, USA

problem #3

May 012010


  • 82,000 miles


Ac compressor has failed. Vehicle model and manufacturer have a long history with this particular issue. There is no recall in process. Manufacturing defect causes expensive repairs for replacing entire ac system at cost of $4000, and each time ac fails, it requires a recharge with R type freon - which means the R freon has escaped into the atmosphere. There is lawyer investigating class action - [xxx].. [xxx]. there are many Honda CRV forums discussing this particular issue. Honda negates to accept responsibility and repair costs.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #2

May 152008


  • 66,307 miles
My air conditioning was not working well. I took my car to the Honda dealership and they said I needed to have the ac clutch pulley replaced. Calling around, other car repair shops said that if I didn't get it replaced immediately there could be a catastrophic failure. Honda then investigated further & found out that I needed to have the entire ac system replaced because the ac compressor went bad. Looking online, this is a common issue for Honda Cr-vs. There are multiple websites/blogs discussing the issue and also a class action lawsuit. Honda should recall the ac compressor to fix the issue.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 092004


  • miles
One month ago I purchased a 2004 Honda CR-V. this afternoon on my way home from work, I went to hit the brake pedal when I discovered something had fallen over the brake pedal. Honda has put a piece of plastic under the dash for some reason and devised some rinky dink way to hold it in place. The latch was still in the locked position but it had vibrated to the side and came loose, falling on the brake pedal and almost causing an accident. Fortunately I was not following to close so I had time to stop before rear ending the car in front of me, but just barely. I was not able to pull over to remove the piece of plastic for several more miles and once again, came close to rear ending someone because this piece of plastic had fallen over the brake pedal. I think you need to take a look at this and have Honda fix this before someone has a really bad accident.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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