2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.4 gas from North America


A versatile load carrier with good power, but some concerns about quality of materials


Interior plastic trim & panels seem to damage easily. There are permanent scars already on doors, glove box lid and panels in the rear trunk area.

Gear shift very "notchy" moving into first and second gears. Honda dealership thought this would improve with use, but it is still a pain most times shifting from 1 to 2.

Paintwork is fragile - stone chips have taken paint AND primer off, right down to bare metal. Winter road gravel is the culprit, but paint chipping to bare metal has occurred in all ares of the vehicle, including the roof! Local Honda service facility has logged this problem.

Engine "stumbles" sometimes, often when shifting from 2 to 3 and also after lifting off the gas and then trying to accelerate.

General Comments:

Engine is quiet, reasonably powerful, smooth and with good response. Highway passing with 3 people and a load of skiing gear is confidence inspiring.

Do not like the tinted rear windows on the EX, makes it more difficult when backing up in low light conditions or in badly lit parking lots.

Seats are excellent, good support and all the right adjustments.

Great flexibility for carrying loads. I have had two mountain bikes, cooler, food and camping gear for two weeks stuffed in the back with no problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2003

2002 Honda CR-V EX 2.4 from North America


It's a great reliable little beast of burden


Some of the fins of the Air Conditioning condenser were damaged with a pressure washer at a car wash.

General Comments:

The CR-V is a great little SUV. It is way better on gas than all other ones I have heard about from friends. The cargo area is big enough to haul bikes and other awkward stuff around. The only thing that you should check before buying one is the passenger legroom. I am about 6' tall and the passenger seat doesn't move back far enough to sit comfy. This is especially annoying on longer trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2003

2002 Honda CR-V LS 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Reliable, practical family transport that's a bit different from the average estate car


Minor rattle from behind the radio - fixed immediately by dealer under warranty.

General Comments:

The CRV might not set the pulse racing, but it's ultra reliable and does exactly what it says on the tin.

Got a pretty good deal - last of the old shape which the dealer was probably keen to move off the forecourt.

Having owned two Audi A4s, the CRV had a lot to live up to. If anything though, the engineering/reliability seems even better.

Dealer service is great - they pick it up from my home and leave a courtesy car whenever it needs a service.

The main benefit though is interior space. Leg room in the back is probably equal to that of a big luxury car and camping trips are a doddle thanks to the big load area.

For a 4x4 on-road performance isn't too bad.

Off road performance is (I've read) not that good - but who goes off road anyway?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2003

2002 Honda CR-V LX 4 from North America


The car is good, but the design is relatively poor on the wheel well, CV boot, and Steering wheel


The CR-V is good in relativity.

The problems with the CR-V is as the followings:

1. Front windshield got hit by a very tiny pebble and cracked. Another time with an around 1 mm pebble, and it made a hole on the windshield. The windshield is cheap. I did not have this kind of problems with any cars I had before.

2. The wheel well has a big opening. This opening made the engine very messy after running on snow road. The entire engine compartment was very messy. The fan belt covers with the salt. It sips through the electrical connectors and thus reduced the reliability of the car.

3. Air conditioning light came on once for no reason.

4. Maintenance light flickers several time at 8500 even after I reset after 7500 miles.

5. Steering wheel does not seem to have hydraulic. If you do not hold onto the steering wheel tight, the car will go left and right running over a little bump. Most of the cars will have the steering wheel spin back after turn to left of right. CR-V does not spin back well.

6. The dashboard is very "PLASTIC." The plastic clips will break if you try to take it apart. I was even very careful on taking it apart and it still breaks.

7. Wind noise on the driver side.

8. Recommended motor oil is 5W-20 and it recommends to flush the engine if used other grade. However, the dealer use 5W-30 instead. In addition, 5W-20 is too thin specially during summer time.

9. The transmission dip stick is located in a very strange and hard to get to location. I wonder I have to keep the engine running to check the transmission oil!!!

10. The brake has a very loud clunk noise when it is cold.

General Comments:

1. Good gas mileage for an SUV.

2. It is cheaper than Toyota RAV4.

3. My friend's accord CV boot was replaced after 75000 miles. my other friend replace the CIVIC CV boot at 90000 miles. It is not a reliable CV boot.

4. I think Honda reliability is a hype. I will stick to Toyota.

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

Review Date: 10th June, 2003