The Honda CR-V's redesign yielded big improvements. The four-cylinder engine is smooth and spirited yet economical. The interior is roomier, and fit and finish are very good. The CR-V is among the top-scoring small SUVs and represents a good dollar value. Crash tests are also very impressive. Too much road noise is our main gripe.
Alerts
There are 15 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side air bags available from 2002, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2005. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2015.
Road Test

The Honda CR-V's redesign yielded big improvements. The four-cylinder engine is smooth and spirited yet economical. The interior is roomier, and fit and finish are very good. The CR-V is among the top-scoring small SUVs and represents a good dollar value. Crash tests are also very impressive. Too much road noise is our main gripe.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (160 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2002 Honda CR-V owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The air conditioning was not cooling very well and started to make noise late summer 2016. A fan type thing in the air conditioning system had metal pieces coming off of it and it damage the system and it cost approx. $1000 to repair"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed during the summer in congested traffic. Found this is a common problem with CRV's in high heat situations"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This was the second compressor replacement. The first was done by a private repair shop, the recent one by the dealership. The compressor failed. Info on-line indicates that this is due to the location of the compressor, a problem that Honda has since fixed in newer models"

Jean E., MD (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We were returning from our road trip to the east coast in July of 2016. The AC quit just outside of Lincoln, NE. We had it checked and repaired before we left on our road trip. The Honda dealership repaired the AC with no charge, it was under warranty for a year and it quit within a month of the repair"

M A., WY (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"New radiator and a/c"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It quit working"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It was making a weird noise. When I brought the car in they said it needed a new compressor"

Susan J., FL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C stopped working, had to change the compressor"

Anonymous, PR (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor required replacement"

Ellyn I., CT (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor stopped working possibly due to a guard missing allowing water and dirt to enter the area and damaging the compressor. guard was purchased and put in place"

John S., PA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Again, this was REALLY expensive to have repaired - well over $1000. I understand the vehicle is old, but there's not a lot of kms on it and it is very well maintained. I'm only the second owner. I thought Hondas were supposed to be such great cars - this one, not so much"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Failure for third time while owned"

David G., TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"After taking it in for an inspection and told that everything was OK, the compressor, condenser and fan went out and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC compressor has failed. Since it's a 15 year old vehicle, I'm not sure about repairing it"

Kathleen C., ON (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Began making constant noise in engine compartment with engine running, needed to replace the compressor. Mechanic said very common problem with this age/model of CR-V - has done many of them"

Michael M., MD (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C does not blow cold air"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor self destructed. As soon as it happened, turned off A/C and had it repaired before it could damage the rest of A/C system. Repairs cost about $1700"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It was inspected and I was told it was fine, but then the A/C wasn't getting cool. Took it in and was then told that the compressor, condenser and fan were all "shot" and that it would cost over $2000 to fix it"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed at 30000 miles, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor turbine failed, disintegrated, had to replace compressor and other parts due to parts in the system"

Kathy S., SC (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed - Had to be replaced which affected the rest of the system"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor blades randomly exploded internally requiring replacement of the entire system due to metal particles being injected into the system"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped cooling. Replaced entire AC unit"

Jason C., TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioner worked fine until this year when it stopped altogether. The repair was $1200"

M S., GA (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor shot craps at around 60000 miles"

Anonymous, KS (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed two times"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Total failure"

Anonymous, SD (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This appears to be a common problem. I have not had it repaired because it is out of warranty and Honda suggests replacing entire system for $2000"

Paul P., NJ (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC system is leaking AGAIN. I have already replaced the AC compressor twice, not due to damage or accident"

Anonymous, MO (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor ceased up. Did not want to replace at the time (been cooler summers) had a cheaper bypass kit installed"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Ac stopped working. Assuming it is the compressor"

Brett I., FL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to replace the compressor and A/C system multiple times b/c of defective parts / design. Honda had an issue nationally with this system but were unwilling to pay for repairs in total. There was a class action lawsuit about it. Disappointi"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AC Compressor has been rebuilt twice, resulting in almost three thoUSnd dollars worth of repairs, very disappointed and inconvenienced, also lowering resale value of the vehicle. Behavior is referred to as 'black death' and appears to be very commo"

Elbert H., MD (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The Climate Control Unit needs to be replaced. The A/C comes on every time the fan is turned on"

Carol B., GA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Climate control panel failed. Initially heater fan kept turning on and off by itself regardless of control position then all climate controls stopped working. Climate control panel an fan motor resistor replaced"

Linas P., IN (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Had to replace twice in the last two years"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told that when the compressor went out it caused the fan to fail along with the condenser"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower control switch did not activate blower when turned on"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan began starting and stopping intermittently. Replaced solenoid"

Jason C., TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower transistor failed"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Hole in the condenser"

Steven P., MI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Part of the same issue with the A/C compressor"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioner failure which burst the evaporator(?), which corrupted the system and requires a total replacement of the whole system including lines"

Larry A., MO (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Same issue"

Larry A., MO (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater in my CRV did not heat adequately from the time I purchased it. When under warrantee the dealer denied there was a problem. When out of warrantee the dealer said it would be a very expensive assessment and repair. I never fixed it"

M S., GA (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"That was a problem from replacing the compressor"

Anonymous, KS (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Key door lock and ignition is activated automatically. Mostly locks doors"

John O., NJ (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"ALARM ENGAGES WENT IT IS NOT SUPPOSE TO LOST ALL OF THE BELLS A WHISTLES WARNING LIGHT BUZZERS ETC"

William K., CA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"Drl module welding was separating from the board which was causing the component to make a buzzing noise"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"It stopped working at the same time my check engine light came. After spending several hundred dollars,it is still not fixed"

Anonymous, AL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"No longer able to set, therefore cannot use"

Christine G., PA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control just stopped working. I took the car to the local Honda dealer to assess the situation. The cost to repair it was prohibitive (over $500), so I just didn't have it repaired. I can live without the cruise control, but I'm very dissa"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control would disengage itself after being on for several hours. I would need to turn off the main cruise control switch, then turn it back on in order to engage cruise control again. However, once the self disengagement starts, the cruise wou"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"There is an ongoing electrical issue in the dashboard. Headlight on warning signal does not work. Check engine light goes on and off. My mechanic discovered a "bulletin " issued by Honda that mentioned an electronic monitoring sensor failure. He chan"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Plastic lite covers glaze over with age which reduces the penetration of the lite beam"

Anonymous, ME (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"we have had to replace lights component twice"

Leroy F., ON (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights have an interior "fog" like covering that allows me to drive with brights on at night, unknown to approaching cars. Cannot remove cover to polish or clean, whole lite apparently must be replaced"

Christine G., PA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Burnt out headlight bulb 2014"

Leonard S., MD (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Daytime running lights not working correctly. Must drive with headlights turned on to stop the warning buzz. No high beam lights. Is a common problem with the CRV and is about $500 to fix"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Fogged. Alarm that lights are on when key removed not working"

James W., IL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Car automatically locks doors. Car does not turn off lights when key removed from ignition.When battery goes dead and is subsequently recharged a extensive convoluted procedure is needed to start car and interior electronics"

John O., NJ (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The lights that illuminate the dials that control the heating and cooling are have started to fail"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Some kind of switch had to be replaced. This switch controlled warning that lights were left on, dome light didn't come on, seat belt indicator"

Anonymous, MT (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior lights fail to come on when driver door opens; all other doors work fine"

Robert P., CA (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Half of the lights went out Interior lights on dashboard to see gauges on left side of dashboard. service center said the bulb is very hard to get at it to replace bulb & would cost a lot in labor"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The back window brake light leaks water"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"automatic locks for doors and interior lights don't work when doors are open"

Richard M., NY (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"All the door locks stopped working, both from the key fob and from the door switch. All have to be locked and unlocked manually now"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's door activator needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"non=functional"

Judith H., MI (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver door lock activator doesn't always work"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver door does not open with keyless unit. dealer says control unit in drivers door needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers door power lock stopped working"

Anonymous, NH (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"there is a short circuit(?) in the electric door locks, and it locks itself. the ceiling light doesn't come on when you open the driver door; the warning sound doesn't work when you leave the headlamps on and shut the car down"

Joel E., PA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"1.) Not keyless but no other entry. The keyed locks have been a large problem for some time. The locks jam up and do not work. Very expensive to ix. 2.) The only other problem is the automatic window openers which do not work, also very expensive"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Remote entry locks on all doors failed over the past few years"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The door locks fail to operate intermittently. Changed the battery to no avail. In addition the manual key ion the drivers door is very diificult to operate. My mechanic recommends replacing the sending unit and the door lock, Very expensive"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Light indicating tire pressure low is on all the time. Car taken in for repairs, but it always comes back on and stays on no matter what action is taken. Tire pressure is fine, but light is on"

June M., NJ (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Check engine light stays on. Technician said it wa oxygen sensor, i had them replaced. Light is still on,vehicle still runs OK"

Anonymous, AL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washer fluid can't be used because the line broke about 5 years ago. Too costly to fix"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Washer fluid pump has failed"

Robert P., TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Normal wear. Brakes were replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"I feel the calipers are set too close to the rotors in that they scrape or rub, especially if the car has not ben used for several days"

Anonymous, ME (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is parked outside not in a garage. Seem to have to replace calipers every two years"

Scott L., WV (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Several times the front brakes have locked and required expensive replacement"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed smell and radiant heat from lr caliper. Replaced caliper, pads, rotor, lr brake line and fluid"

Linas P., IN (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"when we drive car every day as when we where working, it would cost about $ 100 every month to replace either rotor, pads or calibers"

Leroy F., ON (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Sticking - have had to replace 6 times in 18 months"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"right rear caliper does not retract always causing pads to wear prematurely"

John O., IL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Break calipers rub on the shoes, and rust forms. I have to have the brake shoes air pressure cleaned to remove rust now and then. Calipers seem to be in constant "light" contact with shoes, and I understand this is how the brake system is designed"

Paul H., FL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers and their problems have been a consistent issue with this vehicle. This may be related to winter weather in PA. They froze, stuck, etc. I consider it the "Achilles Heel" of this car"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems like I'm replacing these too often"

Thomas V., VA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A rear caliper broke requiring total rear brake replacement at a cost of $1400"

John H., BC (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Required replacement due to age related wear and tear"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"All brake rotors and pads were replaced and serviced in April 2014 with top of the line parts from NAPA, along with parking brake parts and service. Rear driver side brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced again in April 2014 due to seized callip"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seized"

Alexander C., BC (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had to replace the right front caliper twice since we own the car and most recently the left front caliper"

Anthony R., NJ (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"My car is almost 13 yrs old. Time for brake replacement"

SUSn H., NJ (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes worn, need replacement cost $500"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had numerous brake problems. Switched to dealer for maintenance and seems fine now"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"2nd time in three years"

James W., IL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake seized after purchase, probably due to previous owner not using it"

Arthur S., ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"headlights difficult to align, headlights tend to get darker due to lenses getting fuzzy"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"driver side rear caliper was hung up. unit was taken off and rebuilt (lack of lubricant) new parts installed. works good"

John S., PA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to be consistent with most CR-V"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to repair/replace the brakes on this model at least 6 times"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has had premature brake wear from the day I bought it"

Anonymous, NH (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to need replacement too often"

Thomas V., VA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Brake pads seem to wear out or rust sooner than expected and rotors need to be replaced or turned"

Scott L., WV (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors are too thin to be resurfaced"

Jeff S., IL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors had to be replaced with the calipers because of caliper breakage"

John H., BC (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake rotors were making a thumping sound in the vibration, brake pads were only 45% worn"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Stored by last owner and sold to me with brakes that vibrate at hyw speed. Dealer fixed it by turning the rotors and new pads. No charge to me"

Anonymous, BC (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Constantly squeaks for 6 years"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pad wear down"

Daniel D., CO (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Routinely see a check engine light for evap system leak"

Joseph G., WA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light came on. Part needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"timing chain and sensors. one thing kept leading to another and 5000.00 the LIGHT FINALLY WENT OFF.NEVER WOULD HAVE DONE REPAIR IF LIGHT COULD HAVE BEEN SHUT OFF. WOULD HAVE TRADED IN BUT NEVER HAD TO SPEND ANY MONEY ON CAR FOR REPAIRS PREVIOUS"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter failed and is very expensive to replace $1,600 plus labor"

John M., NY (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The original catalytic converter failed. It was replaced. The second converter imploded. It was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"Can't seem to get fuel cap tight enough at times to keep the dashboard sensor from coming on"

Anonymous, KY (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light indicating fuel cap lose even when it is not lose and $800 service of evaporative system"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had an intermittent engine warning light come on. The code was for the catalytic converter. We found that the gas cap seal was failing. By replacing the cap we have had no more warning lights"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter had to be replaced at $1200"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"First tried after market cap. Still caused check engine light to come on. Bought an OEM cap and it worked"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge stopped working. Put in a new fuel pump but problem persisted so replaced the gauge/sender. Had to get a whole new instrument cluster. Manufacturer should allow customers to replace just the faulty gauge. Now the mileage is off. Have to keep the paperwork so when I sell the vehicle it will have accurate mileage"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fuel gauge was not working so replaced the fuel pump to see if that was the problem. It wasn't. Had to get a whole new instrument cluster for just a faulty gauge"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Map sensor failed with no advance warning and was expensive to repair"

Joseph G., WA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Ran diagnostics using a purchased tester, replaced sensor and problem is gone"

Mark N., WA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The "Check Engine" light came on & our mechanic said it was most likely the oxygen sensor needing to be replaced. My husband will be tackling that repair soon"

Jean F., CO (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine warning light always on. Required replacement of O2 sensor"

Melvin F., CA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor and sensor control module"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on supposedly indicating catalytic converter needed replacing. Did not replace converter but light went off in the summer, came back on in fall"

Russell J., NJ (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced due to mileage. Also had to replace emission system hoses due to cracking"

Anonymous, KY (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced both sensors"

Anonymous, SD (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light will not go off"

Christi G., TX (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"keep going on and off"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the O2 sensors failed. The indicator light went on and the fuel milage dropped slightly. The O2 sensor was replaced and the problem was fixed"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on and this was the problem. It could not pass smog testing with check engine light on"

Kathy F., CA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Not easy to get at which increases cost of replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"both o2 sensors needed to be replaced. Everything wears out eventually, but the replacement cost for the parts - even after market is very expensive"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine Light required new oxygen sensors"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple sensor failures. Dealer charges $95 to diagnose each issue"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace oxygen sensor (catalytic converter exhaust sensor) after Check Engine Light would not go out"

Mark N., WA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"My car was "shimmying" a little but only when going over 60. At times scary because it felt like the body of the car was going to separate, or just fly off the undercarriage. Didn't realize I needed new ball joints"

Teresa H., WA (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Grease seal (or dust cover) ruptured, leaking grease"

Ernest E., NM (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to replace"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Wore out after 13yrs"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Worn out after 13yrs"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Lines badly position, prone to rust & leak"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Front struts required replacement. Cost $650 at independent mechanic"

Anonymous, UT (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"They just wore out and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts need to be replaced, but not sure it is worth the investment with 173,000 miles on the CRV"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"two of the struts are leaking oil"

Ernest E., NM (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"They just wore out"

Gary S., TX (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear & tear"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts were leaking fluid; did not handle rough roads well"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"excessive bounce in front end"

Mike K., AZ (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"REPLACED FRONT & REAR STRUTS AND SWAY BAR LINKS"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"All four struts replaced due to leakage and/or lack of shock absorbtion"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking struts in front and rear. Likely due to speed bumps in my neighborhood"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts wore out, which caused uneven tire wear"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"They needed to be replaced because my tires were wearing in a strange way"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"In the 40,000 that I've owned my car, I've had to replace both struts once and now have t replace the front ones again"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering chatters and squeels when turned hard. Condition has not been corrected yet, but will be in the near future when I can get the car to my repairman"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"A tie rod on the front had become rusted. The car felt as if I didn't have as much control and/or there was something wrong with the brakes"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacement...old car"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Weird. Both my Toyota and Honda had a wheel bearing failure within 6 weeks. Had wheel bearing replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"One wheel bearing started going bad (moaning). Replaced by dealer"

C K., SC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Had to replace timing belt idler to fix squeal. Not completely fixed"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"engine light on...fuel system warning light defeective"

Bruce H., HI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"board failed on engine computer, but difficult to diagnose since it created so many electrical issues. Due to Honda restrictions, was forced to go to dealer for complete replacement"

Robert P., TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"The valve timing actuator had to be replaced after the valve cover oil leak was repaired by the dealer. I think that problem may have been caused by the dealer when they replaced that gasket. The check engine light came on shortly after"

Anonymous, AB (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"2 needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"fuel line leak. Had to lower the tank and replace the line. Experience mechanic said it was the most difficult he ever worked on"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Old car leaks oil but more expensive to fix it than refill oil"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealership was not able to resolve the oil leak. Took 7 returns to the dealer before they were able to stop it. But due to carelessness, there is still some residual oil drips on my garage floor. Problem started Dec 2014 till April 2015"

Eve C., IL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I bought the car 3 weeks ago from a Consumer Report Buying Guide dealer. One week after purchase, a major oil leak was disclosed"

Carol B., GA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"leak around the V-Tech valve was corrected by replacing the valve and gasket"

David P., NC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking oil around crank pulley and valve cover gasket. expensive repair"

J B., SC (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced oil pressure switch"

Anonymous, MN (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple leaks that the dealership has fixed on numerous occasions just to have the leak continue"

Pat C., AB (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Plastic roof edge molding at a point where it joins together, just above the left front (driver's) window"

Clark T., CO (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim on the roof came loose"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint is beginning to chip, but in fairness, the car has not been garaged and it is 13 years old"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the roof and hood of the car had faded almost down to the metal"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Even though I had it waxed on a regular basis it's still oxidized. Looks terrible but to expensive to have it repainted"

Noreen H., AZ (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat peeling"

Anonymous, PR (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the hood has lost its topcoat and the paint beneath is faded. Since it was purchased used, I don't know if this was an original paint job, or perhaps a flawed repair"

Glenn H., OK (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda's paint doesn't look like it holds up very well. The hood had spots and a lot of fading. A few years ago the drivers side rear door had to be painted . The Honda rep was actually at the Honda place and saw the door. He took a picture of it and"

Billy S., GA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat has come off the hood and the front side panels"

Anonymous, GA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint has faded severely on both the roof of hood of the vehicle"

Elbert H., MD (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"rust perforation in body above rear wheel wells and beneath rear doors"

John W., ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on the bottom of both front doors. only on the inside. can't see the rust on the outside"

Dennis M., WI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sound under dash that went undiagnosed until water spilled out. It was clogged tubing from windshield"

Barbara L., CA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a problem with the factory wheels. The way the metal is created causes it to breakdown with age and tiny pieces of metal fly off the wheels when driving and damage the tires. There are many slow air leaks in all the new tires we've installed"

Jennifer S., NH (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"The car is old... Not a defect in manufacturing"

Howard G., FL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Wiper water resivor cracked leaking water"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"My running board was ruined during the lifts they had to do to see underneath the car (oil leaks). So now it is loose therefore rattle while idling & running over bumps of potholes. They refuse to fix or replace it"

Eve C., IL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"constant rattles from anything on the console area and if there is a drink in the drink holder"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"wind noise in cabin, and road noise also"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The older the car gets the more the wind runs through the doors"

Richard M., NY (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It's an economy model of vehicle and the sound proofing is very cheap and there's very little of it. This is a similar problem with all Hondas; our 1998 Civic had very loud road noise as does our 2004 Odyssey"

Jennifer S., NH (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"constant wind noises from all areas of the vehicle"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"bad"

Lloyd M., DE (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"together with an exhaust pipe, the car sounded as if it had no muffler, even thought he muffler was fine"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had to replace this twice on the CRV. I never did this before with any other Honda's even though I had the same milege"

Gilbert M., VA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter and connecting pipes needed to be replaced; it was rusted out"

Anonymous, MN (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Was told at last checkup (160000) that a new catalytic converter was needed. Chose not to replace it at that time due to the expense"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"After market converter at least a little more acceptable in price even though it cost over $900 whereas Honda was $1500"

Gene H., MO (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"During exhaust test catalytic converter is not functioning correctly and needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"converter had to be replaced which is understandable but the O2 sensor had to be replaced twice. it was replaced 2 years ago, and last year had to be replaced again when the converter was replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace 2 years ago because the car failed emissions inspection. Now it's failed again and will need more work. Costing a lot to keep the car legal to drive"

Hal S., MD (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"lock on drivers side takes 2 min of giggling. Locksmith says lock need to be replaced"

G W., WA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"RF door lock inop, LF door lock won't accept key, Keyless lock/unlock broken (both)"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic locks have failed to release the passenger side door. They were fixed, then after a bit over a year, they failed again"

Glenn H., OK (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced driver door window harness. After work was completed, the security system audio on alert did not work. The audio on alert did work prior to installing replacement window harness"

Jerry V., CO (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"The driver side mirror came loose and in order to repair it, entire mirror assembly had to be replaced at a cost of $400- and that was the price charged by all dealers I checked with"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

"defective air bags controller --recalled"

Bruce H., HI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"NEW MTR IN DRIVER'S SIDE WINDOW"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The motor in the front driver window is sticking when putting window up"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced driver door window harness"

Jerry V., CO (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"It froze up and the car stopped, had to get it towed to the dealer"

Anonymous, AE (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"failed- needed replacement"

David S., IN (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"wearing out and I understand from the Honda service department; it is not reliable"

Sally L., OH (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

"Had to replace"

Paul H., FL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"intermitent starting function...not reliable. Have replaced alternator and battery and now i am in the process of replacing the starter and the positive battery cable"

Sally L., OH (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It gave out. Quit. Needed a new one"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter has to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter began "dragging". Have had to replace"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Original clutch gave out after 15 years and 190000+ miles. I paid to have it replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch wore out but car had 145000miles on it-pretty good!"

R K., NJ (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Second new clutch we've had to put in vehicle"

David G., TX (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch slipping, had to be replaced at 145,000 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was replaced after more than 200,000 miles on the original clutch. There was still wear left on the old clutch disc"

Max S., WA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch wear"

Bill V., ON (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had car towed in after "D" gear light started blinking. Required partial transmission replacement costing less than 400 dollars"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"The in dash cd changer does not work. Unable to unload or load cds and the ones in the changer does not play"

Rupert A., DE (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"No longer loads or ejects CDs"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"does not always play"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Skips or doesn't play selections"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"CD Player will play but will not eject CDs and will not accept/load new CDs"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Factory stereo died. $1000.00 Honda service charge or $400.00 aftermarket switch out with all of the modern features. I went with the aftermarket Sony product that fit the car's cavity and gave me all of the modern feature on our Accord"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Speakers "chatter" on occasion"

Anonymous, MN (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Whining noise from differential at speed range 40-50mph"

Anonymous, IN (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rear differential had a moderate hum"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"still have not been able to figure out the reason for the vibration when accelerating after shifting into 2nd gear. Might be the propeller shaft"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"At about 1700 rpm transmission shakes/shutters until rpm is increased or decreased"

John O., IL (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"There is a joint in the wheel axles that corroded and broke causing the wheels to shake. I don't remember the exact name. My local mechanic replaced them. They still shake but less so"

Mario C., MA (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"A/C Compressor quit working, electrical issue, probably due to internal protection due to overheating"

Anonymous, NV (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The engine blew its cylinder head. I had it repaired at my local mechanic's shop to my satisfaction"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"This engine had 268,000 miles when a cylinder failed. I think that this was normal wear and not unexpected of a 4 cylinder engine at that mileage"

John M., NY (2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Hose broken, heated up and needed to rebuild engine. $3000"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Head gasket was leaking"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A few gaskets have been replaced. Also catalytic convert"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"Both repairs were ridiculously expensive to fix, but $1200+ for the timing chain and naturally, I had to have that repaired or the car w/n run. Apparently, this is a common occurrence in CR-Vs. For what Honda charges for their vehicles, they need to get it right!!"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Engine overheating in traffic. Requires a new radiator and thermostat"

Thomas K., FL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Overheating while running at very low rpms for extended periods, slow crawl through construction zone. Really bad if trying to run air conditioning"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Radiator

"Engine overheating"

Thomas K., FL (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"leaks in lines"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"sudden slave cylinder seal failure rendered vehicle undrivable"

Neal K., OR (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"First gear grinds when I accelerate quickly. Have not had it looked at because I can't afford large repair costs"

Paul P., NJ (2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
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