The Honda CR-V's 2002 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 13 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 2002 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 2003 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

"Something disintegrated in the A/C compressor and the entire A/C system including evaporator, condenser, and refrigerant lines all had to be replaced. $2500. Known weak area with Honda CR-V around that model year"

Mark B., OR (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire a/c system replaced. My research shows that most 2003 CRV's have required the same but Honda refuses to admit they should have had a recall"

Patricia M., GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Complete failure of compressor resulted in a $2000 replacement of compressor , condensor and evaporator. This is a know Honda issue that was not admitted by the company"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working. Got two opinions and had repairs done. Had to take back vehicle for AC work due to first repair not done right"

Charles T., FL (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor broke/exploded into many pieces, and those pieces were sucked into the air conditioning system"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Have replaces AC compressor 3 times in past 3 years"

David W., TX (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"entire system including compressor,evaporator,condenser with core and expansion valves assembly,suction and discharge hoses were replaced as lines were contaminated with metal graines. $3400.00 job"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor locked up & spread metal particles through out the system. Complete system replacement. Labor = $900. Parts = $ 2,500. Three weeks later, replaced main cooling & condenser fan motors & bushings. Parts= $550; Labor= $640"

Charles U., CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC has had to be replaced numerous times under warranty since we bought the car. I think we've had 4 new AC systems in the 12 years we've had this car"

Kristen H., CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It just stopped working altogether"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioner had "black death", completely died and was told it would take $5000 to fix"

SUSn G., MO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed making a loud clanking sound. A/C no longer worked after this incident. Compressor and related A/C components were replaced at Honda Dealership"

George D., NM (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the AC compressor, clutch, coil, and the radiator fan. Air bag was replaced under warranty"

David P., OR (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Basically the compressor died. I had it replaced and its been working fine since"

S S., TX (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the 3rd time I have had problems with the air conditioner unit in this vehicle. It seems to be a common problem with this vehicle. The compressor seems to be too small for the CRV. It has been an expensive problem"

Gretchen S., CO (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced outside AC compressor bearing. Complete AC replaced in recent years"

Anonymous, NE (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor malfunctioned, but many of the A/C components were replaced in order to satisfy the warranty on the new compressor"

Allen E., HI (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Air compressor broke apart 3/13.. After learning of $2,000 replacement cost decided to forget repairing. Use other car inhot weather"

Ronald P., WA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C does not work"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AC broken down in 5 years"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failure, replaced $800"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C failed. Repair would be very costly, so now no A/C"

John R., ME (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed. Over 1000 to repair"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AC system has been replaced twice and has never worked properly since"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It stopped blowing out cool air"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Second time the ac unit has needed to be replaced. Both condenser and compressor were replaced for the 2nd time"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"stopped working"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor clutch will not latch"

Ricardo B., MD (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor basically "blew up" and I had to have the entire AC system replaced at a cost of $1800"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor tore itself apart and cracked open. Repair requires replacement of entire A/C system which will almost equal 1/2 value of car"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor failed 2 months after recall time expired.Very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"In the 10 years I've owned the vehicle the AC failed 4 times. It quit producing cool air and had to be replaced. The vehicle has had 5 AC units in its life. Four I have put in. A bad design for this vehicle"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"froze up and was ruined"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Original equipment was replaced due to an accident in first year of ownership. Replacement compressor failed and was replaced last year"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This has been the weakest component on this vehicle"

Robert M., NV (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is 14 years old with 165000 on it. The AC compressor just stop working this past fall (2016)"

Mary T., WI (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire A/C system failed this year. According to the dealership, with this revision of CRV, if any parts on the A/C unit fails, the entire system must be replaced at a cost of $4,000 (parts and labor). I have confirmed this analysis with a local garage as well"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Honda had replaced the complete air conditioner less than two years earlier. Made a deal with the dealer to replace. I paid for labor, they paid for the new ac system"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"air compressor got a hole in it"

Jerome W., FL (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The air conditioner completely failed. The cost to replace it is too much for a vehicle of this age and condition"

Rudy P., PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C went out completely. We had it replaced with OEM parts and it went out again 6 months later. We were told because of the design it was likely to have repeat problems"

Mitchell M., TN (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The compressor unit in this vehicle completely failed for the second time. It was replaced several years ago with the same unit and it lasted only 2 years. No more A/C in this vehicle!"

Garrick M., ON (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor went out suddenly. Dealer wanted over $1200. to replace AC system"

Lyle M., MN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to put in a new air condition right after the warranty ran out, about a year after I purchased it new"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"did not work"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Air conditioner ceased working. Compressor was first diagnosis, but then it also needed a new fan or blower. Quite costly"

Robert B., MO (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Last october the ac stopped working. I took it into the shop and they said the compressor was ok but needed a fan and seals. The cost was $750. That was too much to spend on an old car. The car runs fine and has never had any problems"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Fan stopped working suddenly. Repaired by Honda"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"May 2014. 90 degrees and no air and going on vacation the next day. Luckily my dealer was able to fix it the same day"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"module"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The motor of the fan burned out and was replaced"

W B., CA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor and condenser are continual problems. On my 3rd compressor and condenser and the current condenser is bad according to the dealer"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The condenser was replaced with the entire AC system. Four times in 10 years of ownership. I live in the desert and AC is necessary"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"musty smell"

David S., IL (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater stopped working in December, it took the dealer about 1 week to find the problem and fix but I had a loaner"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped working. Slow leak detected in unknown location. Mechanic injected dye to locate leak in future"

Pamela L., CA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"just noticed A/C not working. Added refrigerant myself and hope this fixes leak"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced leaking rad"

Steve U., BC (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Found someone who replaced system for $600. but had to take it back twice because of leaks"

Lyle M., MN (2003 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

"Exterior lights not flashing and horn not working when remote is used to lock and unlock the car"

A K., CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"digital display of clock and radio numbers fails to show numbers or shows partial numbers. Have to tap on or apply pressure to display face each trip to fix problem. Dealer says repair may cost $250+. Opted to let problem persist"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"cruise control intermittently stops: sometimes after 5 miles, sometimes not at all. NOTE thiscar has been towed by a motor home about 90,000 miles and thus should not be considered "normal" use"

Ronald P., WA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The wire became disconnected"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Guage ligth to make outside temperature easiy to read in dim ligth failed. Can''t tell temp at night to warn of possible freezing roads conditions"

Patrick K., AB (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard light went out. One of a cluster. I had to replace the whole set to make it worthwhile"

Raphael W., OH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the headlights wiring harness replaced as a result of a recall"

Julia M., FL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The sidelights do not automatically switch off when the car is parked. They need to be manually switched off from within the car"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Faulty light socket on brake light/tail light. Bad ground causing brake light to dim when headlights are on"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I suspect a "computer" (circuit board) is responsible. Also related failed warning lights and alarm (lights left on)"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to be a fuse problem that is impossible to fix. No matter what has been tried, it may work for a short time and then stop again. This also effects any warning of battery drain, which results in too frequent need for battery jumps. Good thing th"

Jami R., VT (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced the bulbs but just can't seem to get the interior lights to come on when I open the door"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard lights are burning out. Hard and expensive (labor) to replace"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"you cannot unlock/lock the doors using the remote control unit. You have to use the manual key"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Since owning the car (since 2006) I have had to replace two of the door locks and just recently the third door lock and the rear door lock electronics have failed. One of the door locks wasn't working when we bought the car and the dealer replaced t"

Larry L., SD (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Door does not unlock when using keyfob. Must use key in door to unlock"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not work"

H R., VA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side door lock failed - can not enter thru driver's side door with keyless OR keyed entry. Must unlock from passenger side"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Door lock wouldn't accept key. Actuators on three doors and back gate failed"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"driver side door electronic lock actuator had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"With the exception of the driver's door, one by one our door locks have gone "off the grid", i.e. the key fob no longer works them. We have complained to our dealer but to no avail"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I am only able to unlock the passenger door using the key. I am only able to lock and unlock the trunk using Keyless entry. The cost to replace the parts and repair the problem is approx. $2,000.00"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Not really a problem. The drivers side remote door lock quit working after 14 years"

Robert M., NV (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed key to open driver-side front door. After unlocking driver-side front door, passenger-side front door and rear door could be operated unlocked with remote. Same when locking. Driver-side front door would have to first be locked with key. Both rear doors had to be locked/unlocked manually at all times"

Paul W., WI (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both passenger side door lock/unlock motor assemblies have failed. The repair, though not expensive when done at home, is extremely tedious. I have had other Hondas which have had this door lock/unlock failure"

Gail F., PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Power locks quit working"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"A sensor inthe gas tank failed and the repair would have been more than the value of the car. Hello, electrical tape!"

John M., NC (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash cluster failure"

William S., IL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Again, since fuse seems to blow, or short out constantly, it is difficult to know when you have left interior or exterior lights on, causing battery drains"

Jami R., VT (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"maintence light doesn't go off"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Related to suspected faulty circuit board"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"engine light stays on. problem with gas cap even after changing it 3 times. will reset and stay off until gas is added to car. checked many times"

Julie R., PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger side window washer won't work"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The windshield washer fluid is not working. This becomes rather dangerous on a dirty road when there is lots of rain, as I have troubles seeing the road ahead of me"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The wipers do not return to the closed position"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The car had no warning lights or signal that indicated the car lights were left on, resulting in several dead batteries. A visit to a Honda repair shop fixed the problem by installing a warning signal if the lights were left on. We don't know if this light warning was originally just missing from our 2003 model, but we relieved to have it corrected"

Anonymous, DC (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 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)

"none"

Joseph P., CT (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Did all the normal stuff to fix and still have a dash light stating ABS problem. Noise right front wheel"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"While stopped at a red light or after sitting in traffic the brakes will slowly loose grip and I have to release and reapply the brakes"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"rear calipers locked up on both 2003 and 2005 CRV"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear passenger brake caliper froze and ruined the rotors and pads"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brake calipers stuck closed"

Richard K., PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper "froze" up"

Bruce G., NY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine wear/replacement"

James H., OH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear calipers failed at different times and wore out the break pads"

Lyle M., MN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"frozen but this is a high mileage vehicle"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to be replaced in front due to rusting"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper failed"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced due to wear"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"sizing brake caliper"

Agnieszka K., IL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake apd had to be replaced along with the rotors"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"this was the second time I had the brake rotors and pads replaced in 165000 miles. Pretty good, I think"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"got my money's worth from the front brakes but it is getting expensive replacing them"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"normal check up was time to replace brakes"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced woen parts"

Joseph P., CT (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to have rotors replaced"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads worn down all the way around, calipers needed adjusting, rotors turned"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace front brakes due to normal wear"

Anonymous, IN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"BRAKES ALWAYS SOMETHING WE HAVE SPENT THOUSNDS ON BRAKES-FROM DAY ONE BIG BRAKE PROBLEMS--DEALER WOULD NOT TAKE CARE OF IT FOR US---WE WENT TO OTHER DEALERS--"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"lt rear brakes premature wear, other brakes standard wear"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to buy brake pads each year for last 3 years"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We are continually replacing the brakes, which is frustrating because we drive in a suburban area with very little high speed breaking and little demand on the brakes"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"THEY ARE FINE AFTER FIX"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were juddering when applied strongly. Mechanic (trusted, long-time) told me the rotors were faulty. Warped was, I think, the word he used"

Robert B., MO (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors warped, causing strong pulsing when braking from high speed. Had the rotors turned and new brake pads installed. Functioned OK for about 5K miles, then started again worse than before. Will need to install new front rotors, and maybe pads a"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"something came loss and caused the replacement of calipers,rotors"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rear rotors warped due to frozen calipers at around 249000 Km"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Uneven wear causes pulsation in braking. Servicing was not effective"

Dale Z., CO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It's gotten very "rattly" in the past two years"

John M., NC (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Just had to replace pads on the back wheels and have rotors turned .problem reoccurred and had to take back and replace pads and put on new rotors"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 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

"Caused a slight shimmy when driving at medium speeds. After repair shimmy went away"

Gerald S., HI (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Was due to sliding off icy road"

Harold F., IN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Reported what I experienced as steering problems with my CR-V and had the problem evaluated. The repair service said I needed to have a four wheel alignment and the steering wheel aligned. I approved those repairs. Had trouble on the way home from repair shop. Returned next day to have car checked and they said tires needed air adjustment and too much had been put in. They did that and I have not had the problem since although the steering still seems "off" to me. Unfortunately I am a woman"

Helen C., IL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Ball joint boots deteriorated but joints themselves are OK ----250 to replace 15.00 in parts"

Katherine A., VA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"CV boot had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"they were worn down"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Left bushing needed replacement"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose bushing the result of aging materials. Car is 14 years old and non metal parts, ie: rubber, fiber, cork gaskets, etc. an begin to deteriorate over time"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Old age, started leaking and needed to be placed"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"I almost blew out the pump when steering became noisy. I got the hose replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Original struts on the car needed to be replaced. Identified problem through normal maintenance"

Marsha E., IL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front strut leaking - Replacement cost 500.00"

Katherine A., VA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Cost was main issue; had to replace due to wear and tear; also had to replace the ignition switch"

Anonymous, NV (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"These were the original shocks and struts so the needed to be replaced due to normal wear"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Squick, making noise when driving"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks completely worn due to wear & tear; 256 miles on original equipment"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Shock leaks"

G W., FL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Harold F., IN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced, but not surprised due to age/mileage and teenager delivering pizza!"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Started with a shudder in the steering wheel, only with acceleration. Took to the dealer, who "guessed" it was related to the struts (which was failing) and possible the joint in the axle. Replaced both sides on the front, and the problem was resol"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new struts"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts need to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front shocks making noise when driving over bumps and potholes"

Gerald S., HI (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We have already replaced the shocks and structs, but they have now worn, causing harsh ride excessive road noise"

Dale Z., CO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken rear spring,required replacing both rear springs and some adjoining parts"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Broken anti sway bar"

William B., NJ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rough spots in a road will start a shimmy in the front wheels that last a few seconds. The dealer supposedly fixed it but it stills does it"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Harold F., IN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Tie rod end needed replacing"

Robert F., GA (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Loud noise coming from front wheels. The faster the car was driven the louder the noise"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Humming began gradually about 1yr to 1and half years ago till it became obvious and annoying.located which rear bearing and had it replaced. Big job!"

Raymond C., MB (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"first replacement of wheel bearing. Lasted for 200000 miles. awesome!"

Steve H., ME (2003 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

"Molding along top above doors has shrunk producing loose edges"

C T., NM (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Vinyl mouldings curling/lifting off vehicle"

Ron S., NB (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"all the paint faded, I had the car repainted, it is a common problem with hondas, I see it all the time"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the hood peeled and chipped despite being kept in a garage"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"paint fading and spreading over hood and roof. needs to be repainted badly"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat cracking"

Robert M., NV (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is extremely faded on roof and hood"

C T., NM (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The Hondas been outside much of my ownership and it looked pretty bad - so recently I had it repainted by Maaco"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat failure on the roof and hood on my red paint"

Robert R., CA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"paint is chalking on the roof of the SUV"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"The area around the gas filler door has completely rusted out and rust is starting to spread"

James K., OH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a surprising amount of rust that required cutting out and repair. It is fixed now"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust on bottom of doors rust on fenders"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust forming at seams on rear quarter panels"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on both rear quarter panels at the seams. This appears to be a common Honda problem area on most older Hondas"

David H., ON (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on driver rear panel just above wheel"

Rick M., ON (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust ocuring near molding"

Anonymous, QC (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust starting on wheel wells behind back doors noticed other crv,s rusting in the same spot"

Michael B., NB (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, NB (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust around rear wheels"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 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

"catalytic convertor failed at 160000 miles and had to be replaced"

Bruce D., NJ (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed new catalytic converter"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light come on frequently. Code says the catalytic converter is not operating efficiently"

Stephen H., WY (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"emission lwarning light kept coming on so had to replace emissions part in order to pass emission check for state license"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Evap canister had to replaced to pass emission test"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light coming on/going off. Mechanic says the computer check says it looks like the catalytic converter. Then light goes off and no more trouble for a while"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The fuel cap has been an issue from day 1. Difficult to fully tighten leading to check engine light coming on"

Stephen H., WY (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I have bought 2 different fuel caps, including 1 OEM, but the engine light code still comes up and the light stays on"

Mary M., MS (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Did not hold idle. Replaced IACV to no avail - there are more, other problems with idle"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The 1st O2 sensor failed, and when we replaced it we learned that the 2nd O2 sensor had also failed. The sensor was attached to the catalytic converter and could not be loosened from it, so we had to replace the catalytic converter also"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"No warning that a failure was imminent during regular maintenance checks. This can cause engine failure"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Connected obd11 to locate which sensor and replaced it.No 1 sensor(upper one).early 2014 and working fine since"

Raymond C., MB (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on and would not go off after more than a week. Need tests & parts to repair it"

H S., NY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor had to replaced to pass emission test changed myself"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light comes on frequently. 02 sensor failed, pollution control system problems, transmission speed sensor failed. Also exhaust manifold rusted, holes developed"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I have replaced O2 sensors twice in 153000 miles"

Mary M., MS (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light warning. Lower gas milage"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 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

"Battery reached its end of useful life"

Anonymous, AK (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I THOUGHT I needed spark plugs. After I had the work done at the dealer I discovered the dealer had done the same job a year earlier! They would not give me any credit!"

Raphael W., OH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Spark plugs reached the end of their useful life"

Anonymous, AK (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter solinoid failed"

J D., TX (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent problem with starting for a few months. Thought it was a battery issue, replaced the battery, still had trouble, thought it might be alternator, checked out fine. Problem continued, found to be the starter, had repaired"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter failed-took three different replacement starters to finally get the problem fixed"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would hesitate to start for about 3 months. This grew more frequent during a one week period and I took it to the dealer for repair. 3 days later I finally got my car back"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The starter had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"this starter location is the most Honorable located one i have ever worked on"

Jack W., OH (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter degraded"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the first time I have had to replace the starter . It would crank over several times before it would start. After the first start of the day I didn't have any further problems. I had an appointment the day it quit to have it checked. Had to have car towed"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Walked out one morning and with no warning just wouldnt start"

Michael F., GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"Needed a positive battery cable and starter. It was very expensive and had to be ordered from another state, which took a few days, so I had to rent a car for several days"

Terri B., NE (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 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

"CD stuck in system. Will not eject. Cannot load any CD's"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"WOULD NOT EJECT CD"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player ate the CD and it could not be retrieved,"

James K., OH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"James and cost of repair greater than purchase on new unit"

William B., NJ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken, discs were stuck in the OEM unit"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"In 4 years the multi CD changer has broken 4 times and been replaced twice. I replaced it with a single CD player"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It stopped reading CDs"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"it totaly ate 6 cds"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a 6 CD player. A few times it has gotten jammed when "told" to load/unload or select a different CD when it is already in motion. It "fixed" itself once, but has been stuck now for about 3 months. I will probably remove it to free up the CD changing arm, but the replacement is $1600 !"

Gail F., PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"6 disk changer stopped functioning. Would not play nor eject disks. Dealer offered to remove and send for repair but cost was prohibitive"

Raoul C., LA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"LCD clock screen shows 88:88 unless you press on the screen with your fingers"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"Automatic speed control failed @ 200,000 mi"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Cruise control would disengage without my braking or canceling by touch. I no longer use it because I distrust it"

Raoul C., LA (2003 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

"Had to replace a leaking water pump"

Anonymous, NM (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rain water leaks in to cabin from under the dash area. Unable to find anybody willing to identify the sources or repair"

Richard M., AR (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rear hatch seal failed, water came into the car"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeak was and noise was a belt in engine. Unfortunately road noise is a problem with all Honda CRVs. If they would make it quieter I would consider buying a second CRV to replace my 2003"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"due to wear in the suspension system"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Thumping noise in the rear of the car. Could be sway bar"

David S., IL (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Th ear made an odd almost chirp occasionally. It would not happen for a mechanic"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the car is 13 years old. what more is there to say?"

David T., IN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle from left side of car and noise when stepping on gas after green light. Both problems fixed by mechanic"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed tie rod ends CV joints"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Very loud noise on highway especially in back seat"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"this is one of the noises vehicles i have ever owned you can hardly here the other passengers talk while driving"

Jack W., OH (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is 13 years old. It always sounds like wind is coming in as you drive it"

David T., IN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 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

Driveshaft or axle

"worn out"

Steve S., OH (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The coupling between the driveshaft and the rear differential broke, and the whole driveshaft had to be replaced"

Paul H., MI (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"making noises, and were bent. replaced all"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Universal joint on drive shaft became defective. Entire drive shaft had to be replaced as there is no fix on this year model by replacing universal joint"

Bruce D., NJ (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The CRV began to vibrate at about 40 km/h. I took it in to the garage and they had to replace the drive shaft"

Colleen K., SK (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Driveshaft twisted the universal joint have to replace whole driveshaft. aftermarket best choice for cost reasons"

Steve H., ME (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"May be caused by aftermarket half-axles, cannot be sure - or, something more serious. Caused premature failure of front engine mount"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"bushings were worn out in the dampening mechanism located above the differential"

Garry W., MB (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Led to replacement of driveshaft"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to have fluid drained and replaced was making a terrible noise and vibrating the entire vehicle"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both CV boots tore at different times and had to be replaced"

Lyle M., MN (2003 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

"Main crankshaft pulley bearings were shot and needed replacing. Bottom half of engine had to be dismantled to replace the pulley"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was mis-firing when I attempted to accelerate. The problem was intermittant and dealer suggested it was "bad gasoline". I did not think this likely as the problem started several days after my last fill-up. After running diagnostics, the dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Two of four cylinders were misfiring. Needed valves reworked to fix the problem"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Have take to mechanic several times and uable to resolve. The care runs bad"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"Needed replacement from wear"

Raphael W., OH (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"Developed a fuel leak in the filler pipe. Then had a section of fuel line rust out"

David H., ON (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dripped on our paved driveway. Had to have several items replaced - seals, oil filter tightened after a change, solenoid leaking, frame flushed off"

Charles T., FL (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"persistent oil leak"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Ongoing oil leakage in small quantities, mechanics have been unable to resolve the issue"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced a seal but still uses oil. I have to check oil every 1000 tp 1500 miles. usually takes one quart"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant slow oil leak for past 5 yrs"

Anonymous, NM (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission/engine oil seal leaked 90000 mi, fixed by indenpent shop"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Requires a new Catalytic converter. But this is normal after the number of miles I put on the old one"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light found catalytic converter to be the problem. Replaced the catalytic converter, no further problems"

Richard S., NV (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light on. Cat converter needed to be replaced along with o2 sensor"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It died and had to be replaced"

Harry P., GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced, and was going to cost a significant amount of money"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Converter went bad a 150000 miles. I have elected not to replace due to cost and no legislated requirement to replace. Another know defect with this vehicle that Honda has not addressed"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"pipie connections rusted . Pipes themselves are stainless but connection hubs are not"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust system separation"

Bruce G., NY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"after changing Valve, engine light is still on"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 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

"Driver side lock would no longer operate the door lock. I had to have it fixed"

William M., NC (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace the drivers door lock actuator"

David W., TX (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not respond to remote locking; must use key to lock/open"

Ron S., NB (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk lock doesn't work. Driver's door lock doesn't work. Have had other door lock problems in the past that were repaired"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"On the back hatch water was leaking in and the driver side lock stop working from the ExterIor"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Hood release cable broke I had to have the dealer open it and it cost a lot of money because of the difficulty in opening a hood without being able to access the latch"

Richard W., IL (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"sideview mirror broke"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The electronic lock and unlock no longer functions"

William M., NC (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"key on longer works to open the tailgate latch"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"ran engine low on oil. two pistons went out and required the engine rebuild"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Honda CR-V Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is very old. Head gasket needs to be replaced, but cost outweighs benefit. Will dispose of car when it stops running"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve wear down that was extreme"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The timing chain loosened and jumped time causing the engine to barely run. According to my mechanic, there is an good chance that this damaged the valves. The potential cost of the repair vs the condition of the car (Vermont rust) made it not worth repairing. The car currently sits in the yard, un-driveable and has been replaced"

Anonymous, VT (2003 Honda CR-V LX 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

"Transmission has the same shutter problem as other Hondas at low speeds. Sometimes does not shift into overdrive"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Check engine light indicated 2nd to 3rd shift sensor failed. Recommend transmission replacement"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine lite on indicating trans problem but it seems to run ok"

Michael B., NB (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Computer analysis at dealer detected a problem. The sensor was replaced and the car returned to like-new performance"

Dennis O., IL (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Clutch slipping. Evidenced by "shudder" during acceleration. Clutch replaced. No further problems to date"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Many 2003 Honda CRV's have had the same torque converter failure, but, as with the a/c system, Honda didn't do a recall on this, either"

Patricia M., GA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Grinding sound in 1st gear; bad bearing. Required transmission rebuild"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Have had a number of minor/medium problems with radiator leaks and overheating in the last couple of years"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
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