1997 Honda CR-V LX 2.0 from North America
Reliable, durable, functional, economical and reasonably comfortable
Repairs have been minimal, wheel bearing, some minor suspension components, radiator and distributor igniter failed.
Purchased for a trip through the western USA and the Pacific coast of Mexico. Covered all terrain and weather conditions from mountain snow at 7200 feet altitude to desert heat at sea level. Outstanding vehicle reliability and toughness.
Underpowered? Well, yes... but the auto transmission ratios are well spaced and even with heavy loads it's able to climb most hills at 60-65 mph in 3rd gear. Interior noise is evident, but acceptable given the vehicle type.
Have averaged 28 MPG (imperial) on the highway and about 23 city. I thought if the vehicle just made the trip it would owe me nothing, but it just will not die so I have kept it. It has had no engine or transmission repairs, and does not leak any fluids. I change oil every 5000 miles (8,000 km) and add only a 1/2 litre of oil between changes. A very utilitarian vehicle with reasonable comfort and excellent durability. Tends to rust around rear wheel wells if not washed out periodically.
If this one dies, I will look for a slightly newer/more powerful (1999 or 2000) model as a replacement... call me optimistic, but that may be in another 100,000-200,000 km. I have several friends with CR-Vs over 300,000 km and all have been reliable and durable. High resale values reflect the quality/reliability of this generation CR-V.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th February, 2017