Six problems related to cruise control have been reported for the 2003 Honda CR-V.
My family and I were driving on an interstate, traveling up a slight hill at 65 mph. I stepped on the accelerator to increase power, and the pedal suddenly went right to the floor and the engine rpms increased from 3k to about 5. 5k. The crv accelerated rapidly, approaching 80 mph, and I removed my foot from the pedal. The engine was completely unresponsive, and the crv continued to accelerate to 85 mph. At this point, I made sure that the cruise control was turned off. I quickly realized something was wrong, so I began to apply the brakes, gently at first, but the engine was racing and accelerating the crv, so I had to smash on the brake with both feet. I was able to bring the crv down to about 45 mph and exit the interstate at a rest area. Once on the off-ramp, I put the transmission into neutral because the brakes were under a lot of stress. The engine rpms shot even higher, so I cut the ignition and coasted into the rest area. We had to call for a tow truck. A mechanic confirmed (as I suspected) that the butterfly valve in the engine throttle body was stuck in the open position. A few days later, a Honda parts inspector reviewed the crv and determined that the problem was caused by normal wear and tear, and that we were responsible for paying for a new throttle body. A series of calls with corporate Honda ensued, wherein they refused to acknowledge any responsibility for the defective part. After much complaining on my part, Honda agreed to pay for a new throttle as long as I would sign a waiver absolving them of all future legal liability. I refused to do so. Ultimately, I worked with my local dealership to trade-in the crv for a newer model. I do not know the fate of the 2003 crv. The incident on the road was horrifying, and then to be treated poorly by corporate Honda was infuriating. The national safety database shows that this is not a new problem.
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Cr-v. The contact was driving 65 mph with the cruise control engaged when the vehicle abnormally accelerated to 80 mph. The contact canceled the cruise control and engaged the brakes, but the vehicle continued to surge forward. The vehicle continued to surge forward until the ignition was turned off. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Cr-v. The contact stated that the coolant leaked which caused the air conditioning compressor to fail. The steering column overheated. The passenger air bag light illuminated with or without a passenger in the seat. The cruise control activated suddenly at times. The oxygen sensor light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop but the exact causes of these failures could not be determined. The contact called the manufacturer who advised her to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000 and the current mileage was approximately 77,000.
On two occasions my 2003 Honda crv began to accelerate on its own following an initial acceleration at highway speeds. The cruise control button was on, but had not been activated. It continued to accelerate and would not respond to braking, turning the cruise control button off, etc. For eight full seconds the car was not under my speed control on the highway. The certified Honda dealer said there was a news bulletin about it on Honda's web site (but would not share it with me) and told me to go to the Honda dealer where I purchased the car. I took it in and they cleaned the throttle, failed to share any bulletins with me, stating these info was for the dealers only. I was told that the acceleration was due to cruise control problems in these 2003 crv's and it is a misread with the computer and the pneumatic system. There was no indication that the problem was fixed, but to take it to them again if I felt it would be a problem. I contacted Honda directly to file a complaint. They would not offer any information and stated that since it technically was not a recall, they did not have to share any information with me nor did they have to pay for it. I would like for the general public to know about it in order to save lives. I was blessed to have narrowly diverted disaster. I have lost trust in the recall process. This needs to reach the consumer in some form.
I was driving my 2003 Honda crv on the second day of our trip from ohio to florida. There were two adults, and two small children in the car. We were traveling at highway speed with the cruise control on. I had my feet tucked near my seat away from the pedals. The car accelerated on its own, nearing the car in front of us. I put my right foot down on the brake, and it went completely to the floor with no braking or slowing down. I then put my left foot on the clutch to make sure my feet were in the correct place, and the clutch went to the floor with my left foot. I tried my right foot again on the brake with no resistance, and no slowing down. I then tried to disengage the cruise control with the hand controls on the steering wheel, with no result. All during this time,the car continued to consistently accelerate to the car in front of us. Knowing only that the steering worked at that point I jerked the wheel to the right in order to avoid ramming the car in front of us. Thankfully, there was not a car to our right, there was to the left. The car swerved violently, and shifted upwards as to roll. I pulled the wheel to the left and swerved again. We swerved several times, and at that point I was able to get the car back in control again. We took the car to a Honda dealership in florida, and they tried to recreate the situation. Good thing they couldn't. They, too, may have nearly died. They suggested we take it to the Honda dealership once we were home in ohio, which we did. They said it checked out fine. This is a classic case of sudden acceleration. At least 4 very valuable lives were nearly taken, and probably more, given the inevitable entanglement we would have caused with other cars near/behind us on the highway.
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Cr-v. While driving 55 mph the vehicle automatically accelerated to approximately 80 mph. The contact was able to decrease in speed by depressing the brake pedal. The dealer stated that there was a defect with the throttle cap and made the repair. No other failures have occurred since the repair was performed. The current and failure mileages were 75,000. The consumer stated when bringing the vehicle in for scheduled maintenance the recall was performed for issues with the cruise control. The consumer stated while reporting to the dealer in 2005 that the vehicle would suddenly accelerate but upon braking the issue would resolve and could not be duplicated by the dealer. On the 2nd incident is where the vehicle accelerated to 80 mph by flooring the brake the consumer was able to get the vehicle to decelerate but the vehicle would not stop eventually stopping the vehicle by putting it into park. The dealer stated the throttle plate was sticking. Updated 08/03/07.