2001 Honda CR-V from North America
Nice, cute utility vehicle
Radiator started leaking as soon as I got it. Got a new radiator and replaced it myself. It wasn't leaking much, but better to be safe than sorry.
Brake pads were in bad condition when I got it; got new ones and replaced them myself. Braking was fine, but they were making annoying sounds.
The engine layout is very easy to work on. That's all I have done to it.
When I first got the CR-V, I had doubts, but I needed a bigger car, so I bought it cheap from a friend. I have the LX FWD model; where I live I don't need the AWD. I get about 26 MPG on the highway and 23 city.
The CR-V handles like a car, a high car. It is very roomy inside and comfortable for short distances. I took a 1500 miles trip with it, and I realized how bad the seats are for traveling. Also road noise is a bit high. I don't think the car is underpowered, however when going uphill, the CR-V struggles.
Overall it's a good vehicle, perfect for a small family or a student. It is roomy, reliable, and versatile.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2013
I wrote the review and I wanted to update you potential CR-V owners. I now have 147,000 miles on my CR-V and nothing has gone wrong.
I have noticed that when I don't use Honda oil or a Honda filter, the engine becomes a bit more noisy. So stay with Honda parts and liquids.
If you want a spacious compact SUV, this is the one for you. But beware, although it is quite tossable for an SUV, at the end of the day it's not that fun. However since it is a Honda, it has a high resale value. I can still get what I paid; maybe more. You can always sell it if you get bored and buy yourself a little Miata or something.