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2003 Honda CR-V SUV

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Honda CR-V Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Honda CR-V

  • The longtime benchmark of the "soft roader" mini-SUV class. Drive it. You'll like it.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Highly versatile and roomy interior, stable handling, comfortable ride, high crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Limited off-road ability.

  • What's New for 2003

    Fully revamped last year, the CR-V receives no significant changes for 2003.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great car for long term

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car off lease when it had 18k it now has 150k with no issues. I keep saying to myself I'll buy a new car when my current car breaks, but it still works perfectly. Sure it't not as smooth as it was when I first got it, but at 150k this is the best vehicle purchase I've ever made. I recently bought 90k warranty tires because I know that it will last another 100k without any issues. I basically did my oil changes, regular maintenance, break replacement, and tire replacements. Two years ago my a/c went out and I had to replace a rear door lock sensor, but other than that I have not had any mechanical issues at all. If you want a reliable car for long term purchase, get a CRV!




Potentially serious issues with a

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

1. Changed all door lock actuators, including the hatch door 2. Poor to dangerous car stability on two occasions First time on a slightly icy road the car did a 180 degree turn while driving at 40 miles/hour, I landed on the opposite direction of a two way street, fortunately nobody was driving on the other side Second time the car did a 90 degree turn on a slightly wet road, again driving ~ 35-40 miles/hour On both occasions the CR-V had top of the line tires that were in fine condition I have also been driving VW and Hyundai cars and never had this kind of experiences as I had with the CR-V



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great first car!

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

My mom bought this car used when it was 7 years old and we used it for me to learn how to drive and to have. It was a very reliable car and I loved to have it. It came in handy when all my friends and I wanted to go to the ocean for a weekend and we'd pack my CR-V and fit comfortably. I got a decent trade-in and got a Honda Civic so I had something better on fuel that I would have after college.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love!!! i dread the day

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

This is the best car I have ever purchased!!!! I bought my 2003 Cr-V brand new and 9 years later have put 160,000 miles on it. I have had no major repair issues that are not associated with normal wear and tear. I did have to replace the A/C compressor, but only once and after 100,000 miles of use. I put mainly highway miles on it in New England with snow, ice, road salt, and a heavy lead foot without a problem. It drives like a dream and I have no issues with noise. I have been rearended on the highway 3 times and only sustained significant damage with the 3rd accident. This car is very well built and incredibly safe. I wish Honda still made them the same way.




Here one not depressingly apperciated

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I swapped my (BMW 323i 2001) into this car, was seeking for better fuel economy simply by thinking a 4cyl consume less than 6 cyl But unfortunately i was WRONG! in addition to the super 24 valves where each plays its own orchestra with unsupportable noises. The AWD sounds like you are driving a tank, simply lots of noises with a poor sound system. About the interior, don't expect something more than Honda, Luxury is devilish and we must keep away. Great A/C but you may freeze in front seats to comfort who's sitting in the back. Bad deviation if accelerating up in a ramp.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Best ever

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I have owned Toyota and Honda going back 35 years and have liked them all. they have performed well with little maintenance. This CR-V has been the best all round vehicle for reliability, comfort and versatility. Nothing but regular maintenance after 7 years, my tall husband is comfortable driving it, and just about everything fits in it thanks to its boxier style. Good going Honda



Full 2003 Honda CR-V Review

What's New for 2003

Fully revamped last year, the CR-V receives no significant changes for 2003.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
/
  • 24
  • highway
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