1997 Honda CR-V LX 1.8 from North America


The most dependable car I ever owned


New timing belt at 100,000 miles.

New sway bar links at 133,000 miles.

New timing belt and water pump at 210,000 miles.

New distributor at 299,000 miles.

New Rockford propeller shafts for driveshaft at 302,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is by far the best vehicle I ever owned, still runs great with 305,000 miles (never any motor or tranny work), interior looks fantastic with no noticeable wear or rips, all power options still work, including cruise control.

It does have some rust on the rear fenders starting.

I would not be surprised if I get 200,000 more miles out it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2011

1997 Honda CR-V 2L 4 cylinder from North America


Best vehicle I may ever own!


Cam head cracked around 100,000.

Tie rod replaced 100,000.

The driver and passenger side power windows motors died after 120,000.

AC leaked and just stopped working, dead of Florida summer around 130,000.

Radiator cracked around 160,000.

General Comments:

This car was a fantastic buy. I had it for nine years, it was the first vehicle I have owned.

The steering has always been responsive and safe.

Though the interior was not luxury quality, it could take a beating and come back for more, and still look great.

If you do your maintenance in a timely manner, the car can run FOREVER.

Great on gas mileage; the four cylinders definitely do not provide any "giddy up".

Built on a car chassis, rode like a car. Great for long trips, I would still have it if it had not been totaled in an accident. BTW, it was a front end collision, and my passenger and myself walked away with cuts and bruises. So it was very safe, and held up surprisingly well considering the circumstances.

If I could change anything, it would be the acceleration when entering a highway, but other than that, a quality, fantastic vehicle. Also driving in snow never felt dangerous, but because of how light the CR-V is, you have to be cautious of brake timing and speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2011

1997 Honda CR-V LX 2.0L 4 cylinder from North America


Good fuel economy for SUV, but rubbish vehicle overall


Car died on me 3 times within the first year of ownership 2 times on the highway. It almost caused an accident once... later was recalled.

Suspension started wearing out at 40,000.

Wind noise whistling at 50km/h.

The car leaks into passenger footwell and dealer cannot fix.

Cruise control stopped working at 23,000km.

Engine squeaks now.

General Comments:

This car was not very reliable.

It is extremely slow, and will not drive it over 90km.

The car has extremely intrusive engine, road, and wind noise.

The 4x4 system is a joke really, as sometimes it won't transfer enough power to the rear wheels.

The car gets reasonable fuel economy.

Must say the looks of car have aged well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2010

1997 Honda CR-V EXL 4WD 2.0 litre from North America


Not sexy, but runs great


I ripped off the brake light cover when I was loading something into the car.

Driver's side power window is getting a bit slow.

Automatic transmission downshifts a bit more rough than it used to.

General Comments:

This is a seriously reliable, workmanlike car. It definitely won't win any acceleration battles, but it has enough power. Runs great and pretty decent with gas if you keep it under 85 mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2009

4th Apr 2013, 01:57

I ended up selling this car at 180,000 miles. The wheel bearings went out about 175,000 miles. The amazing thing is that nothing went wrong with the car otherwise. And the interior held up really well to camping trips, a big dog, moving, etc.

Overall a very well built automobile. If Honda hadn't changed the shape of the CRV so much, I may have bought a new one.

1997 Honda CR-V from North America


Great buy


Tires replaced 75,000 and 160,000.

Power locks replaced at 165,000.

Brakes 60,000 and 185,000.

General Comments:

Most likely one of the most reliable cars I have ever owned.

I received the car from my parents (who bought it brand new in 1997) when I graduated from college in 2005. Honestly, I have beat the car up and haven't take care of it at all, and it hasn't given me a single problem. I don't get regular oil changes, and often just let problems go until I have no choice but to fix them. The car is approaching 200k and still shows no signs of stopping.

On a number of occasions have gone on 400+ mile trips to Western Maryland, through the mountains, knowing the car needs an oil change, and have had no problems.

The car is very roomy with plenty of luggage space. The factory stereo system can actually put out some good noise, but you will need to get an after market CD player.

I doubt I will be able to sell this car for any real value because of the damage I have done to it for the past 4 years, but any other car under my care probably wouldn't have made it much past 2 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2009