Problems With the 2003 Honda CRV

Many owner-reviewers on the Edmunds automotive website gave the CR-V a reliability rating of 1 to 5 out of of 10, citing the vehicle's expensive maintenance after passing 75,000 miles. On the AutoBeef website, owners who reviewed the vehicle reported a variety of AC and heater, electrical, engine, suspension and transmission problems to be the main issues of the vehicle, with other problems reported.

AC and Heater Problems

The most numerous issue faced by CR-V owners, air conditioning and heater problems plague even low-mileage CR-Vs. Most owners report an end blowing off the AC compressor, at an average of 76,900 miles. Repairs cost an average of $2,660, but in some cases cost as much as $3,700.

Electrical Problems

CR-V owners also cite electrical problems, prominently to locking and window mechanisms and interior accessories. Reported everywhere from 45,000 miles to over 100,000 miles, owners say that the doors won't unlock with the factory remote, the keys won't unlock the car, and that cigarette lighters and window buttons fail. Average repair cost per issue came out to $250.

Engine Problems

Owners report irregular idle patterns, catalytic converter failure, oxygen sensor failure and excessive engine oil use in CR-V engines. Occurring under or around 100,000 miles, these problems average roughly $2,500 to correct.

Suspension Problems

The two most common suspension problems are cracked ball joints and misaligned struts, which can cause the vehicle to pull to one side. Most problems occurred between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, and cost $300 or more on average to repair.