2003 Honda CR-V 2.4L from North America

Summary:

Great, until you have to fix it

Faults:

I'm an AC Repairman and I just replaced a compressor that was locked up. It took me two days working till 8-9 PM to fix it. Had to remove condenser, almost removed radiator to get to it. Certainly a pain to repair. If it wasn't a good friend, I would have told to call Honda.

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

Review Date: 27th June, 2008

2003 Honda CR-V LX 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Very good vehicle for the hearing impaired

Faults:

The CR-V has been a very reliable vehicle. I perform work on the car myself and it has not been that difficult. Good gas mileage. The CR-V protected my son in bad car accident. At 39,000 a minor seal went bad in the rear. It repair was $70.00.

My biggest issue with the CR-V is cabin noise at highway speeds (60mph+). It makes normal conversation difficult and listening to music a pain. It needs more noise suppression insulation. Better tires help a little bit.

I have a 5 speed manual transmission which I prefer with a 4 cylinder engine. It is not the smoothest. I had a VW Jetta with a linkage stick and the difference is very noticeable. Even though the CR-V is a 4 cylinder the next time I would get an automatic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2008

2003 Honda CR-V LX 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Spacious for three

Faults:

Rear driver door switch stuck in the closed position. You might think "So What". Well when the remote switch is used to open the door, you must open within a certain amount of time or it automatically re-locks. My two year old loved keys so to keep her occupied she had the car keys when we were putting her in the back. We (wife) did not know that the door had relocked after she shut the door. Child now locked inside the car in the car seat. Door eventually unlocked. Cabin light went out and didn't know how to take the cover off to replace it. So the switch was not covered under warranty, but they did give me a free oil change so I think it was all even.

So far nothing has gone wrong. Speakers now not sounding too good, but working.

General Comments:

Mechanically sound. Drove cross country with it and got GREAT gas mileage with the air condition on and the cruise contol set at 65mph. Plan on keeping this rig for a long time. Good storage. Seats fold down. Cabin noise is a little loud, but some aftermarket products can fix that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2007

2003 Honda CR-V EX from North America

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

You cannot go wrong with a Honda. Great sales and service staff.

About the car. It's a mini tank. Took us on a major snow storm in Louisville KY for 6 hours. Many cars were in the ditch, but ours handled real well.

We have taken it on a lot of major trips. Chicago, Canada and many others. It still drives like brand new.

It's very comfortable, even for the taller and people. You feel safe and comfortable while driving it.

I would recommend anyone to buy a CR-V. Pretty much if you're up to date with your maintenance, any Honda will easily last you 10 to 15 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2007

2003 Honda CR-V EX 2.4 from North America

Summary:

Nimble, Reliable and easy to work on

Faults:

Fuel injectors were replaced (under warranty) at 18k miles due too bad gas in Midwest area due to excessive sulfur in gasoline. Affected many folks in our area about 1-1/2 years ago.

One recall for cruise control cable.

General Comments:

This is my first Honda. I bought the Helms Service Manual and try to do all maintenance items myself. I run Synthetic oil and change it every 6k miles. It doesn't burn any oil between changes and the oil still has a golden brown look even at 6k miles. Total monies spent in 30k miles has come to $166 for oil, filters, etc..

I bought a 2nd CRV ('03) for the wife and a used ('97) for the kids to drive so now we have 3 of them. At least its easier to work on since I have 3 of them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2006

25th Dec 2007, 10:32

Update on my original post 1 year ago today. 2003 CRV still running good. Have 40.5k miles on it. Total expenditures for maintenance at $333 so far. Dueller tires still original and have good tread left. No visits to the Honda dealer except for a 4 wheel alignment that I did because I had a $69.95 coupon. Alignment was actually in good shape.