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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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

"i HAD TO REPLACE THE COMPRESSOR TWICE BUT THE SECOND TIME THE MECHANIC TOLD ME THAT HONDA HAD FIXED A PROBLEM THEY WERE HAVING W/IT FOR THIS YEAR/MODEL"

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

"A/C Compressor is currently not working even after being replaced two years ago,"

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

"AC compressor failed completely. Repair cost was equal to vehicle value."

Robert F., MI (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The A/C compressor exploded. My normal repair shop said they'd never seen such a thing. I took it to a specialty A/C shop who also said they'd never seen such a thing short of an accident. The solid steel part cracked. Both places asked if I'd been in an accident, but I hadn't. The metal shrapnel from the explosion damaged a bunch of different parts of my car, and everything had to be flushed multiple times, but it was repaired."

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

"The original and replacement both failed"

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

"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 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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

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

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

"The air conditioner stopped working. The cost to replace it was too high for a high mileage vehicle this old."

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

"Needed a new A/C compressor"

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

"The a/c started blowing hot air. Replaced."

Joseph W., CO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AC failed and had to be replaced"

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

"whole AC system blow up creating shards of metal to circulate within the system thus causing a catastrophic failure of the whole AC SYSTEM."

Yong A., MO (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Just died after 14 years"

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

"It fell off while I was driving down the highway at 55 mph."

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

"Air conditioner compressor fail, which required the installation of a replacement"

N P., NJ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"did not work"

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

"I took my car to technician and the issue was not the freon but the blower was totally gone."

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

"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 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 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)
Condenser

"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)
Evaporator

"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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"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)

"hose leak"

C M., WA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Added freon to top off AC. Replaced schrader valves pressure switch."

Carol D., AZ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 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)

"Just routine wear."

Arnaldi E., PR (2003 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Left rear caliper locked up generating excess drag and heat. Based on millage replaced both rear calipers and rotors."

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

"The car has had annual major brake problems since the 2nd year of ownership. Recently the front calipers became frozen and made the car undrivable."

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

"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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"sizing brake caliper"

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

"Found one caliper frozen up. This has been a recurring problem with this car. Cheap and easy enough to fix, but annoying."

Stan F., MD (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper was locking and causing rotor to run hot and warp. This is the second instance (different wheels) in 26 months."

David W., MD (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Pedal got soft, I would call it normal wear after 15 years and 270,000 miles."

Stan F., MD (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"I've had this car for 16 years and this is the second time I have had to replace brakes. It was just the back ones this time."

Sharon H., IL (2003 Honda CR-V 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 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 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)

"everything is normal for age and mileage driven. This is the first time I have had these issues. Also have a 2005 C-rv these issues have not come yet at 154000"

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

"Parts brake down"

Arnaldi E., PR (2003 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"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)

"The last rear brake replacements which was done about 14 months ago (appx 10,000 miles) are already worn. The engine idles high, which requires that the brakes be applied whenever the vehicle is in gear (even though the gas pedal is not depressed.) The car often ides at about 20 mph on even roads."

Gina J., MI (2003 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"THEY ARE FINE AFTER FIX"

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

"corrosion of brake lines and calipers"

Cliff B., ME (2003 Honda CR-V LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"For several years there has been a grinding noise in the rear passenger side brakes/rotors. Honda service cannot do anything to fix it, but assures me that it's not a problem... just an annoyance. Brakes and rotors are checked regularly during routine maintenance. Rotors have been turned a few times and replaced once."

Anonymous, TN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 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)

"warped rotors. My son the mechanic blames my wife's driving style ( jams on the brakes at the last second)"

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

"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)

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)

"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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"No warning when key is left in ignition and driver leaves the vehicle.leading to tendency to leave keys in ignition and locking doors."

Anonymous, MI (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"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)

"entire dash unit lost power"

Michael F., GA (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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"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)
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)
Gauges

"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)
Headlights

"Headlights/interior lights/climate system had intermittent power, did not run consistently at the same speed/brightness."

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

"I have replaced one or both headlights every year. The lamps burn out. I try to replace both at the same time, however, for sure, one will burn out within that year's time."

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V LX 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)

"The low beams went out. I had received a recall notice about this but had neglected to get the repairs done."

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

"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 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)

"does not recognize back door is open and then alarm goes off"

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

"The keyless entry system alarm would go off precipitously and drain the battery. Had to call AAA to resume journey. Had to replace system. Problem involved both the original alarm system installed on car and an alarm system I had installed shortly after purchasing car."

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

"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 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)

"key fob no longer works the locks. All doors now manually operated."

Anonymous, MI (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)
Wiper motor or washer

"passenger side window washer won't work"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda CR-V 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)

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

Alignment

"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 joints

"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)

"The ball joints were very loose and the dealer didn't correct the problem on the last major inspection and I had the problem addressed when I went to a tire dealer for a leaking tire."

John R., MI (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer noted at annual inspection that rubber boots were torn and ball joints had excessive play."

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

"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)

"Had to have the left front bushing replaced."

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

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

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

"One of the metal lines carrying power steering fluid rusted through and began to leak."

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

"power steering fluid leaked and caused belt to come apart caused everything to overheat. had to replace belt and pump."

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

"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)
Shocks or struts

"When getting new tires, mechanic suggested I have struts (front and rear) examined. A specialized wheel mechanic replaced front an rear struts Sept 2018."

Anonymous, FL (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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Squick, making noise when driving"

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

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

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda CR-V 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)

"replaced CV-axles front left and right."

Carol D., AZ (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer noted strut leaking , none had ever been replaced. I replaced all four struts with complete spring strut assemblies when ball joints were replaced. It now rides like a new car."

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

"Left front strut is shot, sometimes it makes a terrible noise sometimes not. I've not gotten it fixed yet because I keep considering selling the car."

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

"Honda strut cost has increased significantly in the last year."

Robert L., TN (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Car had over 200k miles. Used to live on a street that had HIGH speed bumps. 5 of them. Minimum of 20 hits a day. Eventually messed up the suspension."

Anonymous, FL (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)

"Front and rear sway bar end links failed."

Anonymous, PA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 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)
Steering wheel vibration

"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)
Tie rods

"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 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)

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)

"Check engine light illuminated (6/3/19) .Took the car to Auto Zone Who performed a free diagnostics with a hand held OBD ll sensor, Which indicated the replacement of the intake manifold runner control(MRC).. Thaking it to my local mechanic to confirm and repair the problem"

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

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

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

"needed new catalytic converter"

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

"EGR valve had a leak. It was replace by a mechanic"

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

"Catalytic converted failed."

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

"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 gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge does not accurately reflect amount of fuel in gas tank."

Anonymous, WI (2003 Honda CR-V 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)
Fuel pump

"worn bushing on pump seized. Reasonable considering 267,000 Km. Fixed in in one day."

Anonymous, BC (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"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 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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine alarm was present when I purchased it. I have to replace one oxygen sensor. I found an OEM part on the Internet then replace the part myself"

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

"Engine light was on intermittently for awhile. When checked by dealer a new oxygen sensor and electronic load detector were needed. Labor $265, parts $421."

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

"Took the mechanic a long while to figure out problem. The electronic feedback hat would indicate problem area was not terribly accurate."

Raphael W., OH (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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"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)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"the clear coat finish is peeling away"

Richard Y., VA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I was disappointed that the paint was cracking and peeling on the whole car."

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda CR-V 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 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 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)

"Clear coat crazing. When viewed at an angle in sunlight, the crazing appears. (Crazing may not be the right description, but faint cracking only in the clear coat appears.)"

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

"Paint on the front right quarter panel and right side near the roof top coat has failed and the paint is peeling."

Joseph S., VA (2003 Honda CR-V 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 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 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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust around rear wheels"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Honda CR-V EX 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

"CRV is on it's 4th alternator"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery reached its end of useful life"

Anonymous, AK (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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"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

"Wouldn't start at times. Would crank but not start."

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

"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 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 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)

"CRV needed replacement starter under 120000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"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)
Engine computer

"Check engine light comes on somtimes after filling with gas then goes off soon after, possibly needs computer analysis..."

Lloyd G., TN (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)
Engine knock or ping

"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)

"Had two engine and one trans. mount replaced."

Mart M., UT (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"The fuel line started to leak gas during travel and when first parked and posed a safety hazard."

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

"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)
Oil leaks

"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 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 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 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)

"Leaked oil from the VTEC solenoid more than once."

Anonymous, GA (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

Air or water leaks

"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)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

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

Anonymous, OH (2003 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"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)

"I live in a city with very poor streets, hence the squeaks and rattles. And the car is 15 years old."

Marie E., LA (2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"When car hits bumps, there are many noises somewhere inside the doors and back section that we cannot locate. Sounds like something is loose in several places. Noise is very irritating."

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

"A rattling noise appears behind dash when air conditioning is engaged."

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

"Very loud noise on highway especially in back seat"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda CR-V 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

CV joint

"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)
Differential

"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)
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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Related to the driveline that was replaced."

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

"When driving at about 55 mph (at appx 3300 rpm) the vehicles has a low droning whine."

Gina J., MI (2003 Honda CR-V 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Tie rod needed to be replaced."

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

"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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda CR-V 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 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)

"I went to the dealer for noise and vibration. They found that the drive line to the rear axle needed to be replaced."

David L., WI (2003 Honda CR-V EX 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 player completely failed, trapping my CDs inside. Mfg. replacement costs more than blue book value of the vehicle. Online comments from other CR-V owners indicate that it's a common problem with 2003 CR-Vs and that there is no real fix. Haven't been able to find any after-market unit that fits"

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

"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 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"it totaly ate 6 cds"

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