1999 Honda CRV w/ transmission problems
R Whit UK

Wilmslow, UK

#43 Dec 18, 2007
Overdrive lock out not working on auto box, reves do not drop off when cruseing. Any suggestions ?
honda service manager

Cedar Rapids, IA

#44 Dec 31, 2007
RMS wrote:
I have a 1999 and it sounds like the same, to a lesser degree, happens with mine. I took it to the dealership and they said dont worry about it, so I dont. I find that not trying to baby it, nor trying to hot rod it, is when it drives the best. If it just quits then it just quits but, so far it just keeps going. You might consider servicing the tranny. Use only Honda fluid. It doesnt need much for a standard service and it's easy to do yourself.
You can use other types of trans fluid in the hondas the honda fluid is made by mobile it says so on the drum you can use mobile trans fluid multi line , or mobil full synthetic fluid i prefure to use BG trans fluid my self i have 220000 miles on my 98 and still going stong and i started doing this at 60k when i bought it the owner before me never changed it. also use synthetic oil in the engine it will cut down on a lot of carbon build up in the egr and help your o2 sensors to last longer havent replaced mine yet and they tested well in specs and my compression is only 3 lbs off what it was when it was new. i love this truck.
honda service manager

Cedar Rapids, IA

#45 Dec 31, 2007
Thomas wrote:
I have a 98 Honda CRV and its doing the same thing as Bill V's is there a way to clean out the transmission or do something that wouldnt involve me having to get it overhauled or a new one??
flush your trans out with the bg cleaner and then flush all the fluid out with new bg synthetic trans fluid before you go and overhaul or replace the trans this may fix your concern i have had it fix hundreds of these things.

Bronx, NY

#46 Jan 1, 2008


#47 Jan 6, 2008
Is honda CRV a good car to buy?
Is it a car I can enjoy in terms of maintenance?


#48 Jan 6, 2008
nolbrigo wrote:
hello....I have a CRV 1999 and the four doors are making a noise when a open or close them.....i already put grease on the small metallic part that holds the door with the main frame....but the noise is still there....also I have a noise when a push the clutch pedal that is making me crazy .
Please help
Put graphite from on the natallic parts you are talking about. I had the same problem too. You can get it at a parts store or a store that sales hobby car things, like Micheals. I have to reapply every few months.

Odessa, MO

#49 Jan 7, 2008
I have a 99 Honda CRV. When it's cold and I back out of the driveway it jerks like I've hit something. This only happens in reverse and when the vehicle is cold. Honda says it is the fluid in the rear end and charged me $150 to change it. Didn't work. Now they want $1100 to replace the drive shaft. That's not going to happen. Does anyone have any ideas?
Pam from Guelph

Toronto, Canada

#50 Jan 29, 2008
My fabulous 1999 Honda CR-V with 104,000 kms was the perfect dependable vehicle for me until two weeks ago. The engine light came on and then the "D" green light turned on and then started flashing. I was told I need a new solenoid for $500. The Honda dealership installed it and it didn't solve the problem so they told me I needed a "new" transmission. They would do that for $4200 instead of $4400. Whoopee like I was going to jump with joy about that.

I called Honda Canada and the customer relation's person said she would get back to me in 48 hours; however, my car was no longer on warranty so she doubted Honda would help.

I did not hear back from the person so I ended up renting a car, having my car towed to a transmission shop to have my transmission re-built. Well all this was about three weeks ago and I still do not have my car back. I guess the car drives fine but there is an error showing up on the computer. As of last week the cost of the rebuilt was $3,000. I will know the total once my car is ready to be released from transmission jail and my credit card is ready to handle the burden of the expense.

When all of this is over, I plan to send the president of Honda Canada a box with the damaged parts, the receipt for my car rental, the receipt for the rebuilt transmission, and all of the receipts from Honda showing I had every single inspection recommended completed at Honda. I can't help but think that the transmission inspection was not done properly by Honda. No way should a transmission fail at 104,000 kms/62,400 miles.

Sri Lanka

#51 Feb 3, 2008
honda crv d4 light on

Toronto, Canada

#52 Feb 5, 2008
Same problem as others have indicated with no response. My Drive indicator, the "D" starts flashing after a few minutes yet the tranny sounds fine, occasional excess whifting it seem s but nothing tragic yet. Have any of you with the problem had it looked at yet? I have the 100K warranty and have 98K on it now, going to get it looked at today but need to know if this is a sign that it should be replaced and i'll push for that.

Louisville, KY

#53 Feb 13, 2008
I have a Honda CR-V with 165,000 miles and the typical "not shifting into gear" started happening with me too. My mechanic told me it was the clutch pack going out in the automatic transmission. Once the clutch packs are out, the transmission will have trouble engaging. I searched many Honda service bulletins that explained this is common with transmissions over 150,000 miles. The only option is to replace the transmission. It is cheaper to go with a remanufactured one than with a new Honda one. Buying a used one would be the cheapest, but you could soon have the same problems since most of them come from salvage yards with high mileage. If you are a "do it yourself" type of person, www.hondaautomotiveparts.com sells a remanufactured transmission for 964.88 + an additional core charge of 700 tat is refunded once you send them your old transmission. Hope this helps!
Peace Observer

Edison, NJ

#54 Feb 15, 2008
Honda Users should have a website like this one from MercedezBenz owners: http://www.mercedes-benz-usa.com/submit_merce...

United States

#55 Feb 18, 2008
I have a 2001 CRV manual transmission and am the original owner. About one month back, I could not shift to any gear position after starting the engine. With the engine shut off I was able to shift gears without any problem. So I shut off the engine, shifted to first gear and then was able to get going. While moving, I was able to shift to second gear with some difficulty. I was slightly easier to shift to higher geats though not as smooth as before. I managed to take it to the dealership and they said my master/slave hydraulic pump for the gears was worn out. They charged me $525 for fixing it and I also got a 75000 service done for additional $325. The car worked fine for a month and today I had the same problem show up again. I had driven about 10 miles and wanted to shift to a lower gear but the stick was just stuck in neutral. I faced the exact same problem as last month. When the engine was running I could not shift into any gear. I had to turn off the engine, shift to first gear and restart the engine. This time it was worse because it was almost impossible to shift while the car was moving. If I took it to neutral it was very hard to shift to another position. And whenever I tried to slow down and bring it to first gear at any traffic light, the car started to stall and shut off. I am going to take it back to the dealer tomorrow and I will need a tow truck this time. I have not had any problems with my CRV up until now and am very upset that it is behaving like this at only 75000 miles. Would greatly appreciate any suggestions on what the problem could be. Thanks.

Dallas, TX

#56 Feb 20, 2008
ISAAC wrote:
I have a 2003 Honda CRV. When the drive gear is engaged, the "D" indicator on dash board is normally steady but of recent start blinking. Is this a problem to be worried about
did you find the answer, i now have the same problem

Arlington Heights, IL

#57 Feb 28, 2008
I have a 2002 CR-V, changed the oil regularly every 3,000 miles, brought in for all scheduled maintance checks, etc. Transmission completely died at 78,000 miles. Worked fine on Monday night, but Tuesday morning made it 2 miles and the car shook and stopped. The fat lady sang her song. Interesting that the "D" light for drive on the dashboard was blinking right before she died. I'm having a brand new transmission put in the car at a cost of $2,500. I checked the reports on Honda's and while this kind of thing can happen, it's rare. Just doesn't seem like it when you look at the internet and see other people with the same problem. I guess we're just the lucky ones.

United States

#58 Mar 13, 2008
At the shop I manage we had a customer with a 98 CRV come in with a transmission problem. After her transmission warmed up she would have a flare on the 2-3 shift and it would progress to a no shift to 3 or 4. I found this forum doing research on this particular problem. My technician Jimmy found the root of the problem in this particular transmission. The cpc valve spring in the main valve body of the transmission was broken. It is a prevalent problem that Sonex has an update and repair for this particular problem. I hope this helps some of you out there.

Tallahassee, FL

#59 Apr 6, 2008
I have a 01 Honda CRV with 73000 mi. Overall I love the CRV, however, sometimes excellerating up even the slightest incline or hill it takes forever to shift gears. Local transmission shop said this is normal, but I wonder if anyone has had similar problem.

Boston, MA

#60 Apr 15, 2008
I have a 2002 Honda CRV that I haven't had a major problem with it. However in the past 2 wks I've noticed an issue with acceleration, feels very sluggish and I have to really push on the gas to get it to go. It feels like it takes too long to shift gears and drags before finally kicking in. Checked the trans fluid and it's clear, I'm suspecting a trans issue from reading everyone's issues. I only have 51K and I'm the original owner. Any suggestions?
Anne Spring TX

Houston, TX

#61 Apr 21, 2008
I have a 2003 CRV with 38,000 miles.
When I make a left turn at 30 mph or higher, I hear a grinding noise from the right front wheel.
Anybody know what this may be?

Jacksonville, FL

#62 Apr 25, 2008
I have a 2002 CR-V and I am the original owner. It only has about 90,000 miles on it. I have had EVERY oil change and recommended service done at the Honda dealership. In the fall, two oxygen sensors had to be replaced at about $600. I also did a top engine clean, trans flush/fill, radiator flush/fill, brakes, everything...for about $1000. I loved my truck. Two weeks ago it about threw my daughter and I through the windshield at about 40 mph, and then it felt like the engine fell out. It did it once again before we got home. It was taken to the dealership and for $4660.28 they say new transmission, catalytic converter and serpentine belt are needed. I could cry...and I am NOT at all happy with Honda vehicles. A private shop had to drive it about 10 times to find the same "slam on breaks" effect and now they say they've NEVER seen this happen before...

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