Engine Valves May Fail Prematurely and Cause Engine Problems on Honda CR-V

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The engine valves can prematurely fail. The cylinder head will need to be replaced due to wear in the area where the valves seal. Intake or exhaust valve failure may illuminate the Check Engine Light. The car may have poor engine performance and fail emission tests.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 145,274 (70,000–254,000)
Engine affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder
6 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002
23 people reported this problem
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Engine Cylinder 1 and 3 faulty due to possible piston ring and (mostly suspected) valve fault. I have referred it to a garage to have it looked into.
Recently my CR-V started idling rough and wanted to stall. Then my engine light came on... turned out low/no pressure in number 4 cylinder. Cost to fix, about $2,000. Thinking about junking it.
Cylinder # 1 has only 20 PSI compression
bad valve cylinder nos. three
Shortly after purchasing used from a Honda dealer this problem began. Also had expensive sensor problem as well. This car has been a nightmare. Honda is not as reliable as reputation!
Number 1 cylinder 30psi, one of the exhaust valves was found to be completely tight on valve clearance inspection, no gap, valve stuck open, check engine light on, rough idle/dies, runs ok above 2500rpm, spark plug looked brown not fouled.
Just have really bad idle. Engine power is good. Problem improved a little with new spark plugs. Previous timing belt replacement didn't improve problem much.
Trying a valve adjustment today and compression test but mechanic thinks this is yet another CRV with a burned valve.
No solution except to replace the cylinder head and probably valves. Told this by Honda dealer.
Took in to dealer for tune up, found out the 4th cylinder did not have enough pressure
At around 75,000 the check engine light came on on our 2001 CRV and it turned out to be a bad valve... cylinder block had to be replaced.. a very expensive repair, about $2,000... then shortly thereafter distributor failed had to be replaced and shelled out another $800, then transmission fluid master cylinder failed... about $300 to fix... recently had a loose timing belt but dealer tightened it and have not had any major problems since... since engine has so many new parts hoping we can get 200,000 mi out of this car... overall disappointed with this car... was expecting better quality from Honda... hoping to drive it to 200,000 miles to get our money's worth from all of the expensive repairs...