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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Honda CR-V

2003 Honda CR-V

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2003 Honda CR-V Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

A groaning noise from the rear differential heard while going through turns can be caused by differential fluid break down. Servicing the rear differential will generally correct this concern.

Brakes -- Verified

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

On certain models a faulty windshield wiper motor can cause the wipers not to turn off or not park properly. The wiper motor needs to be replaced to address this issue.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Worn door lock tumblers can cause the door lock to be sticky or not work at all. The lock has to be removed and the tumblers need to be replaced for this issue.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The AC compressor may seize resulting in loss of cold air from the AC vents. Often when the compressor fails in the fashion, debris is spread through out the entire air conditioning system resulting in very expensive repairs.

2003 Honda CR-V Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., June 16, 2004

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The wire harness of the driver's front air bag was incorrectly wired. In the event of an accident, the air bag might inflate incorrectly, which may increase the risk of injury to the driver. Dealers will repair the wiring.

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Body, Interior & Misc., April 27, 2011

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Honda is recalling 2,430 vehicles because a driver's airbag inflator, installed as a replacement part, may be defective. In the event of deployment, these inflators could produce excess internal pressure and rupture, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace the driver's airbag inflator as necessary. The recall is expected to begin by June 27, 2011. 

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Body, Interior & Misc., October 5, 2012

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The driver-side power window switch may fail or melt. If the switch fails, it could overheat, smoke, and cause a fire. A switch failure and a fire could occur even if the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the recall repair has been performed. Dealers will inspect and repair the driver's window switch as necessary. The Honda recall number is S61.

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Drive Train, August 19, 2003

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Excessive corrosion of the shift cable linkage may prevent the driver from shifting into "Park." This may cause the vehicle to roll away. Dealers will inspect and replace the shift cable if corrosion is present and install a new corrosion-resistant control pin.

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Electrical & Lights, March 29, 2012

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The electrical terminal for the low beam headlights may wear in the electrical connecter at the combination headlight switch. This can cause increased electrical resistance and melting of the terminal ends within the wiring harness connector. Failure of the electrical connector can cause the low beam headlights to become inoperative, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will repair the damaged terminal harness or replace the combination lighting switch as necessary to correct this concern. The Honda recall number is S34.

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2003 Honda CR-V Questions and Answers

benedict_1, 2003 Honda CR-V, New York, NY

i would experience every morning as i turn on the ignition to start the engine,a prolonged cranking before the engine starts.The succeeding ones is of shorter cranking before it starts which to me...

benedict_1, 2003 Honda CR-V, New York, NY

the mileage of my crv is 47T, my spark plugs are about 5 months old my battery is new ,fuel filter and air filter are almost new,what could be the reason why i have to experience every morning when...

Wgc6string, 2003 Honda CR-V, Dickson, TN

Keyless entry doesn't work all the time. For the majority, the key fob will lock and unlock all doors except the back door on drivers side...Sometimes, it won't lock or unlock...When I ge...

AnnaFrancesca, 2003 Honda CR-V, Bonita Springs, FL

We just purchased a 2003 CRV. There is an intermittent knocking noise coming from the right rear/side quadrant. It is a soft knock and is not rhythmic at all. It is not affected by braking, turn...

rjbwell, 2003 Honda CR-V, Glendale, AZ

Does anyone know how to change this valve, and if so, is it complicated? The dealer wants to charge $450 for parts & labor.

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2003 Honda CR-V Reviews

The air conditioning system went out. Thousands of complaints about this on the internet. Honda wont do anything about it. The drivers side window switch went out. Bought the car for my daughter. I will never buy another Honda

The fuel vapor recover canister hangs to low to the ground and is very expensive to repair. We have torn it out 5 separate times at the cost of $1800 each time. The Honda dealers in our area are aware of the problem. The dealer replaces the same parts but makes no effort to protect this part from further damage.

My only complaint about this Honda is the road noise. I have heard the updated CRV with the spare tire on the inside is much quieter because so many consumers complained about road noise in previous years. It handles well, has good visibility, upright seating, carries 4 very comfortably, and is versatile enough to carry cargo when the seats are down. I would like to get better gas mileage too, but for a car of this size I guess that would only happen if they make it a hybrid. A solid, sturdy car but I wish it were better insulated.

Love, love, love my car. Previously drove a '95 Civic and bought the CRV in '03... Although I miss my reliable Civic, I couldn't be happier with my CRV. Currently, am replacing radiator fan & head gasket but it's worth every penny. This car will take my son to college.

Great car! Very roomy.

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