1999 Honda CR-V EX from North America


Most reliable car ever owned, and not bad on gas


AC needed to be recharged a couple of times.

Timing belt gets changed every 70-90k miles.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable car I have ever owned. I live in snow country on a dirt road with some decent hills, and even after 20+ inches of snow, this little car starts up looking for adventure. My husband has been able to do almost all the maintenance on this car (except for the timing belt).

It's not luxurious or fancy, but it has never once not started, and never once left me stuck in the snow.

It gets around 25mpg driving around town, closer to 30 on the highway, and the only reason we are looking for another one is that this one is getting up in miles.

If you can get your hands on a low mile 99 CRV, grab it. We're looking around now for a worthy successor, knowing it will be hard to replace it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2011

1999 Honda CR-V EX 2.0L DOHC 4-Cylinder from North America




Timing belt replaced around 100,000 miles.

Differential noise.

General Comments:

I inherited this car from my parents, who bought it new in 2000. It was incredibly reliable... all it ever needed was regular maintenance.

The headroom was great.

Visibility was top-notch.

Body construction was solid. Rust was beginning to form here and there, but I live in an extremely snowy area where road salt is heavily used.

Acceleration, though, was quite poor. The car struggled while going uphill, and it took quite a while to get up to speed when entering a thruway. That's basically my only complaint.

If I hadn't wrecked it in an accident, I would've run it into the ground. It was a very well-rounded vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2009

1999 Honda CR-V EX B20 from North America


Buyer beware


Burned valve at 89,000 miles.

Rear trailing arm bushings need replacing at 93,000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought a Honda because of its superior reliability reputation, which is why I was so disappointed when I had to pay $2000 for a valve job at 89,000 miles.

The B20 engine, which is standard on this generation of CR-Vs does not have hydraulic self-adjusting valves like most cars. Thus, they have a tendency to get tight if they are not routinely adjusted. Unlike when valves get loose, they will not make a noise.

Honda is well aware of this problem, as many people have reported it to them. They have even issued a Tech Service Bulletin to address it. On certain occasions they have even offered to help pay for the repair.

The reason why they offer this is because they have provided incorrect information in the manual. Instead of stating the correct valve adjustment interval of 30K miles, they list 105K miles. In fact, this is what is listed in the European manuals. Why might they have done this? Some have speculated that they felt that this short interval would be a turn off for potential buyers. Regardless, in my mind, it is a crime.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th March, 2009

20th Feb 2011, 09:06

This problem is not related to the lack of adjustment. Many Honda engines require valve adjustments to quiet the tapping sound because they all get looser, not tighter with age. For some reason, the U.S. version of this engine does crack valves, I believe it may be related to meeting the higher emission standards by running the engines slightly hotter; that's just a guess, but a Honda engine builder told me the Japanese version did not share the problem. Buying a low-mileage Japanese B-20 would be a cheaper/better alternative to the valve job IMO ;)

20th Feb 2011, 13:15

I had a 1999 Honda CRV that I bought second hand from a dealership in the high desert area.

When I got the car, it had a missing/stumbling at idle and when accelerating... luckily, the mechanic knew what he was doing and adjusted the valves, which made the problem go away... luckily I was under warranty with them (a small 10 day/3000 mile warranty).

Also had a problem with the rear of the car when making a u-turn (or sharp turn).. it would make some type of odd noise back there... not sure what it was... it was a EX model... nice car... simple and functional... but like a lot of Hondas I have had... I get bored with them and sell them... now that the gas is 3.45 a gallon.. wish I had it back...