2002 Honda CR-V Reviews - Page 5 of 9

2002 Honda CR-V 2.0 VTEC from Lithuania

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 VTEC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Well built and a pleasure to own

Faults:

The only major fault was a VTEC system failure, which left me with no car for a month. Had to return to dealer 3 times, before they managed to find what was wrong. The parts took two weeks to come. Very poor Honda and Citroen dealership in Lithuania.

General Comments:

Otherwise CRV is a pleasure to own, it offers enough power and good offroad, though its not a real off- road vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2006

2002 Honda CR-V LX 2.4L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance104000 miles
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

It's a great car with questionable quality

Faults:

I've owned 5 Honda's and this one is not typical of Honda quality. By 32,000 miles, all 4 struts were replaced with the right front and left rear being replaced twice. The driver's door lock was difficult to put the key in after 2 years. I bought a keyless entry system to get around the expensive lock assembly. The support strut on the back cargo door failed at 42,000 miles. Around 50,000 miles, it became difficult to shift into reverse. I was told there was a service bulletin, but at owner's expense of $800. The air bag light would come on if the front seats got wet (side air bag option). The dealer was kind enough to reset it at no charge. The left front tie rod link broke and the starter went out at 100,000 miles. The engine check light came on twice within 1000 miles at 102,000 miles. I finally got rid of it.

General Comments:

I loved what it did as an SUV.

Great highway mileage at 27 MPG.

It was fun to drive especially with the 5 speed.

It was comfortable on trips, but was more noisy than I would expect.

It was a maintenance nightmare.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th October, 2006

16th Oct 2006, 14:59

Funny how our CR-V did the same. But we towed a little truck behind it and over a thousand pounds of newspapers every weekend. It was driven 25,000 miles per year and though it was very slow, we always put it into full throttle to get onto the freeway. I think this story tells you why the CR-V was not too reliable for us, although the struts, automatic transmission, and valve number 3, started failing well beyond 80,000 miles, and was still very much more reliable than a lot of other vehicles on the road. You should look closely in how you have treated your vehicle, since yours has the same problems our did.

2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.4 Vtech from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4 Vtech Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance62200 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

My confidence in Honda is severally shaken

Faults:

My wife loves this car. I appreciate the good mileage 27+ mpg. It has a few rattles and had to go back to the dealer twice for some recall items. Also it had the air bag light on. All the above covered by warranty. And then recently I noticed a noise coming from the engine. The noise, clanking on startup, had me very concerned. A local repair shop confirmed my worse fears, rod knock (connecting rod to crankshaft interference). Worse the logical repair (suggested by our local Honda specialist) is a very expensive short block replacement $5,000 to $9,000 depending if an independent shop does the work or a Honda dealer (where the warranty is better).

General Comments:

How can an engine from Honda fail like this with such little mileage (62,000)? This car received very good service and is adult owned and driven.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th June, 2006

2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.4 liter gas from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter gas Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Mr. Honda, with this being my first car purchase, I was disappointed

Faults:

Steering wheel was seriously worn at 50000 miles.

A/C compressor went out at 75000.

The car would sometimes not start for several minutes. Honda mechanics could find no reason for this, and it's continued to happen every couple of weeks since I bought the car new.

The paint on the radio buttons faded.

General Comments:

I feel more at ease to know that I am not the only one with serious problems with my CR-V. I bought a Honda because I thought they were ultra-reliable.

A few days after I bought it, it wouldn't start. The dealer couldn't find anything wrong with it. It started up fine later. It does this every few months, and I've had this car almost three years. Can you imagine having to guess whether or not your car will start every time you get in it. I wanted to return it after a month, but couldn't.

The interior noise is horrible at highway speeds. The car also needs a bigger gas tank, because though it is pretty good on gas, it is hard to go a day or two without needing a fill up.

Three days after the extended 75000 mile warranty ended, the A/C compressor went out. Honda quoted me $1900 to fix it. I traded it in the next day for a Mercedes.

E.M.

Houston, TX.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th July, 2005

30th Apr 2006, 23:16

I was happy to read that someone else has had similar issues. My CR-V has failed to start about once a month for the year I have owned it. I have had to replace the complete A/C unit, rotors, problems turning and major scuffs on the interior. I think the "plastic" is too soft. I am disappointed as I bought this vehicle for the great reputation and it has cost me a substantial amount to fix.

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 33 reviews