2003 Honda CR-V Consumer Reviews

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2003 Honda Cr V
4.2
Average based on 23 reviews
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MOST RELIABLE CAR ANYONE COULD OWN

by from St. Petersburg FL soon to be Texax on April 6, 2010

What can I say, not a SINGLE PROBLEM, other than routine maintenance. NONE, DID YOU HEAR NONE! I had 107,800 miles on it when some tourist blindly made a left turn without even stopping. He was hid by...
What can I say, not a SINGLE PROBLEM, other than routine maintenance. NONE, DID YOU HEAR NONE! I had 107,800 miles on it when some tourist blindly made a left turn without even stopping. He was hid by a bus and as if in a Sc-Fi movie, he was just there, HONESTLY, I had .002 seconds to react. I have never experienced anything like it in 59 years. Driving minutes from home, going 42mph in a 45 zone, looking straight ahead and "this car suddenly is there! THANK GOD FOR THE 3,400LB OF MY CRV, THE SOLID FRAME, ENGINE, AIRBAGS, ETC. My CRV moved 8 feet after impact, the other sedan moved 30 feet. I loved this car, 2003 was the best year per consumer digest, LOOK IT UP. I AM NOW LOOKING FOR ANOTHER BLUE 2003 CRV, I expected to get another 150,000 miles on this totaled one. At 59 I have owned a lot of cars, none were better built, had fewer problems, NONE, than this year, model. I have arthititus as well but have no problem stepping up in to my seat and love being higher than the sedan rental I have and seeing the road better. GIVE ME MY CRV BACK -- OR ONE THE SAME COLOR AND YEAR. if you own one, and sell it, you are throwing MOMEY $$$$ AWAY, if you have that much money to waste send it to me ddh
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Nice reliable car

by from Lansing, MI on January 27, 2009

I finally crashed my cr-v with 163,000 miles on the odometer. First of all, the car kept me safe and held up well in the crash so that is a plus. It had never really been in the shop before then excep...
I finally crashed my cr-v with 163,000 miles on the odometer. First of all, the car kept me safe and held up well in the crash so that is a plus. It had never really been in the shop before then except for routine maintainence. So this car is very reliable. We used this car for work so we needed the cargo space a lot, you could fit quite a bit in the back. All of the interior is ok at best, everything has held up well but the seats are pretty stiff, and there are other small things that I don't like about the interior. I am a guy that is 5'10" and have to slide the seat all the way back just to fit somewhat comfortably in the driver seat it still puts me a little too close to the pedals, back seat is fairly small too but not too bad. The windshield wipers don't have an intermittent adjustment which doesn't seem like a big deal but is really annoying if its lightly raining, your choices are painfull slow, fast, and light speed nothing in between. Car has quick handling and gets around pretty well, it can get through the snow nicely too. The only thing that I don't like is that if you start to slide the car wants to go straight, no matter what you do, and that could mean straight into a ditch or curb. The car gets great gas mileage but doesnt have much power. I mean that motor sounds like a mean lil 4 banger but the car doesnt really go anywhere, which is nice when your trying to get on the highway :) The car is fairly easy to work on if you do decide to do any work on it yourself. Most of the little things I didn't like about this car are cancelled out by the good features of the car. It is a nice functional, reliable car, and thats all. I would recommend it, unless you are trying to impress anyone with its looks or power. Pros - good gas mileage - Very reliable (needed front end work and timing belt at 160k) - good cargo space - drives well - safe - functional Cons - windshield wipers - stiff seats - sometimes poor handling - low power - I don't like exterior design
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

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Average SUV w Major AC problem

by from Lawrence, KS on May 28, 2012

Beware, the reliability ratings reported for this vehicle are not correct for at least the Heating and Air Conditioning category. There are major, expensive problems with the AC compressor. The design...
Beware, the reliability ratings reported for this vehicle are not correct for at least the Heating and Air Conditioning category. There are major, expensive problems with the AC compressor. The design was faulty and many have replaced the compressor multiple times. It is a recurring and very expensive issue. If Honda does the job, they'll want around $3,000 to replace the entire AC, which is what they will want to do for this issue. Outside of this issue, the vehicle is pretty average. Repair costs will be expensive because the engine is crammed in tight and other parts will have to come off to, for instance, replace the water pump, or AC compressor.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Honda CR-V - Great Buy

by from Lake Tahoe, CA on February 1, 2012

Recently purchased a used 2003 Honda CR-V and so far am very pleased with all aspects of the car. The back seat has more room than my old 4Runner (according to my three kids) and handles great in the ...
Recently purchased a used 2003 Honda CR-V and so far am very pleased with all aspects of the car. The back seat has more room than my old 4Runner (according to my three kids) and handles great in the snow. I was a bit concerned with the snow, as I reside in the Tahoe area. So far it has not been a problem. The car is very comfortable and has been great.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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evaulate 03 CRV

by from Binghamton, NY on January 17, 2009

I have owned three of these, the 03 is much improved with the 5 speed automatic, amazeing power for a 4 cyl. dose have road noise, front seating a little tight if rear folded, Its all arround great ve...
I have owned three of these, the 03 is much improved with the 5 speed automatic, amazeing power for a 4 cyl. dose have road noise, front seating a little tight if rear folded, Its all arround great vehicle, never had a bit of trouble with any of them, combined milage of over 200K, live in snow country, it goes right through the deep stuff.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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The King of Compact SUV's

by from atlanta, GA on September 30, 2010

The 2.4 litre model has the pep of a 6 cyl. but does not guzzle gas like one. Great value for the money. More solid than the Rav 4 which makes me feel like I am driving a toy. My only complain is leg ...
The 2.4 litre model has the pep of a 6 cyl. but does not guzzle gas like one. Great value for the money. More solid than the Rav 4 which makes me feel like I am driving a toy. My only complain is leg room for your left leg...I am 6'2"
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Honda CR-V 2003

by from Ann Arbor, MI on February 26, 2012

I love the look of this CR-V, and it drives like a dream. I enjoy being able to load things in the rear, and the rear door opens like a regular door. My family was please with the way it drives, the o...
I love the look of this CR-V, and it drives like a dream. I enjoy being able to load things in the rear, and the rear door opens like a regular door. My family was please with the way it drives, the only problem that I have is the all wheel drive, and the cost of tires. I did not know you have to replace all four wheels whenever you need only one new tire. That part is not worth it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Enjoying This Car!

by from on January 28, 2010

So far, the car has totally lived up to my expectations. Great ride and reliability. The cargo area holds more than expected, too.
So far, the car has totally lived up to my expectations. Great ride and reliability. The cargo area holds more than expected, too.
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My CR-V Rocks

by from Fishers, IN on November 29, 2012

I was just looking for a second car with 4-wheel drive to use on snow days, but now I drive this CR-V more than my expensive Sedan. It is not too big and not too small. Fuel economy is not so great bu...
I was just looking for a second car with 4-wheel drive to use on snow days, but now I drive this CR-V more than my expensive Sedan. It is not too big and not too small. Fuel economy is not so great but it is a 2003 model, so I don't expect it to be that economical.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Awesome Family Car

by from Bay Area, California on August 11, 2007

I needed to comfortably seat long-legged teenagers and their friends, AND separate bickering kids in the back seat--pull down drink container/kid separator is perfect. The back seats are so comfortabl...
I needed to comfortably seat long-legged teenagers and their friends, AND separate bickering kids in the back seat--pull down drink container/kid separator is perfect. The back seats are so comfortable, I frequently wish I had a chauffeur. This car has taken us on many family trips very safely and comfortably, and holds luggage and coolers. Handles well in extreme weather conditions.
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Does recommend this car

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