1999 Honda CR-V LX 1.8 from North America

Summary:

Decent, basic, reliable transportation

Faults:

Bought the car used, 1 previous owner. It was 16 years old already, so obviously there is some standard maintenance that happened oil/filters/tires/battery/fluid drain and fill... not worth detailing. Additional disclaimer, I live in the rust belt, so factor that in...

Previous owner:

Replaced radiator and hoses (known problem for this car).

Power steering pump and hose lines replaced.

Tie rod ends replaced.

Dealership replaced all the sway bar links (very common/frequent maintenance item on this vehicle).

My repairs/maintenance: I do almost all my own work.

125,000 - replaced PCV valve ~$15?

127,000 - rear transfer case making noise during turns, so did the 4x drain and fill recommended on forums, noise went away, ~$50 for fluid.

130,000 - hole in exhaust near muffler, entire system replaced, ~$500 in parts.

132,000 - installed hitch - cheap and easy to do, ~$150 including accessories/locks.

135,000 - timing belt/water pump/idler pulley/tensioner/drive belts (way overdue, this is a MUST on this vehicle), also mechanic checked valve lash (should be done every 20-40k based on what people say on the repair forums). ~900 well spent.

136,000 - rear struts - lower strut bolt snapped when I tried to remove, very common problem as Honda does not lubricate the bolt as it passes through the metal sleeve in the strut. Will have to cut the bolt on both sides of the strut with sawzall, drill out the hardened bolt (screw extractor would just break)... working on this right now, hope the other side isn't as bad. Some just remove the lower control arms and replace when they do the struts. ~$200 for complete struts, another $30 invested into hardened drill bits I need to get the bolt out so far.

Overall I'm not complaining, for a 17 year old car there are gonna be some things that need repair/maintenance. Still much cheaper than a car payment =)

General Comments:

Gas mileage ~24 MPG combined, the car is not fast, but moves OK even with 4 adults inside.

The car has very poor noise insulation.

Only rated to tow 1000 lbs.

Great traction in snow with the real-time AWD, heat works great.

Fits four average sized adults (all less than 6' tall) and 2 dogs with fair comfort for 3-4 hour trips. Roof rack and hitch cargo shelf come in handy.

Seats are average comfort, not great (my wife's Lexus has us spoiled).

Stick shift is pretty comfy/easy.

Able to fit a new front-load washer and pedestal inside with the rear door closed.

Haven't towed with it yet, but wiring was super easy as the vehicle is pre-wired, no splicing necessary, just remove rear speaker and plug into connector.

Great little daily driver, expect to get another 5-10 years out of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2016

1999 Honda CR-V EX 2 from North America

Summary:

Great small SUV with Honda reliability

Faults:

The radiator needed to be replaced at 150,000 miles.

The A/C condenser was replaced at the same time.

The rear sway bar ends were replaced at the same time.

Clock is known to go bad, replaced with a used unit.

General Comments:

This car is AWD and is very good in the snow. I put winter tires on, and my 19 year old daughter was able to navigate quite well, despite her inexperience. It even went better than a Chevy pickup 4x4 up a steep rough driveway.

The ride is quite a bit softer than my RAV4, and the acceleration just blows the Toyota away. I average 22 MPG with mostly highway miles. The RAV4 averages 25 MPG with the same roads driven.

It just feels more solidly built than the RAV4, and is a lot quieter inside.

The parts that were replaced are common with the vehicle's age and mileage.

It should last another 100k with proper maintenance, judging by the evidence of how many are still going and for sale with over 250k.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2012