1999 Honda CR-V 2.0L 4 cylinder from North America
Fantastic little 17 year old SUV
At purchase (issues that were fixed before taking the vehicle home):
- Rear brakes (drums and rotors).
- Rear control arm.
- Driver's seat belt connector.
- Timing belt (as a precaution).
- Water pump.
- Lower engine seal.
- Rubber gasket between engine and transmission.
- Coolant flush.
- Brake fluid flush.
After purchase (4 years of ownership):
- Front bushings.
- Trunk latch sticks sometimes and needs to be lubricated once in a while.
- Clock died - found one at a local pick your part (apparently it's a common problem).
My wife and I both love the first generation CR-V, so when it was time to upgrade from her 1992 Accord, it was the perfect time to look for one.
The vehicle had some rust at purchase, which I cut out and redid and it has not returned. There was rust at the rear fenders, a bit on the front of the hood, and where the radiator connects to the frame. All were easy to access and fix.
The original gold paint still looks great.
All electrical components work, but the windows do take some time to open and close. The A/C is still ice cold. Power door locks work great as does the cruise control.
The interior has held up very well with no cracks or tears. The quality of materials is good, as is the fit and finish. There are soft touch plastics where you would typically keep your arms. There are nice features as well - like the picnic table. Cup holders are not the greatest as they don't hold larger drinks well, but they do the trick for the most part. Space inside is well used with lots of storage compartments. One interior gripe - there is no power door lock button on the passenger side and some plastics seem to scratch easily.
Visibility is amazing!
The little engine gets noisy at high speeds, but is peppy for the amount of weight it hauls (I think it's out of a Civic). Gas mileage is not that good. We get about 450km out of a full tank (I think it takes 60L). This is why I gave running costs an 8 out of 10. It does not burn any oil.
Steering is pure Honda - tight with great feedback and good on center feel. Handling is fairly good for a tall SUV. Body roll seems well controlled - though not recommended for spirited cornering.
The 4 speed transmission works well. It's typical Honda, not the smoothest but not jerky either.
The all-wheel drive feature is great and works when it's needed. We live in a city with harsh winters and lots of snow and it has done the job every time.
We upgraded the radio to an MP3 player, but kept the original speakers. It even has a subwoofer in the back! Sounds great!
There is ample hauling space (lengthwise) in the back with the seats folded down. However the floor is high and the roof is low so you don't get much in that aspect. Although even with the seats up you can still store a stroller and groceries in the back.
Overall we love the vehicle and intend on keeping it for years to come!
Well done Honda!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th March, 2017