It's nearing time for the PeaceMobile to get its first oil change. This upcoming event has been daunting.
Recent reports have shown that more than a dozen '03 and '04 CR-Vs have spontaneously burst into flames without warning. Investigators have found that it's usually happening soon after the very first oil change.
Honda has no plans to issue a recall on the vehicle. They claim it's not the fault of the manufacturer. Rather they are blaming it on sloppy oil changes. Apparently oil spills onto the hot engine and creates an immediate spark, sending flames throughout the vehicle.
No one has reported to have been hurt in these fires. But the vehicles were totally destroyed. Many were on their way home from their first oil change.
While it's highly possible for me to be able to jump out of a burning car, I'm not so sure how my precious cargo will fare. I bought this new car for peace of mind. I never thought spontaneous combustion would be one of my biggest worries!
I called my sales representative looking for more information. Apparently my information was news to them. I did receive a letter from my dealer offering to give me my first oil change for free. Of course, they didn't mention why. But you can be damn sure I'll take them up on it. I'll tell them what I know. And I'll make them take it for a test drive.
The Honda CR-V still remains at the top of consumer's reports as one of the best vehicles to purchase. I can attest to its great gas mileage, spacious cargo area, comfort, ease of driving, reliability ... but what the hell can I do about the possibility of a car fire?
While researching this issue, I discovered that a Nationwide Class Action has been filed on behalf of purchasers of '03 and '04 CR-Vs as a result of these fires. I've put a call in to the lawyer. But will that save my life? I just want to survive my first oil change and get past 10,000 miles safely! Is that too much to ask?
reminder: don't judge a book by its cover. I love my CR-V.