2006 Honda CR-V RD MY2006 2.4L i-VTEC from Australia and New Zealand
Money well spent!
Both headlight globes blew, within 3 weeks of one another. Just general wear & tear, I suspect.
Sun-visor clip broke - bought a replacement on eBay.
Left-tail light was cracked on purchase, allowing water to seep in. I bought a brand new one (which cost less than a salvaged one!) from the parts department at my local Honda dealer (which thankfully is only 10 minutes away!) & replaced it myself, with very little difficulty (luckily, the water didn't get into the electrics beforehand!).
Spare wheel cover was scratched & in need of a respray. Already so when I bought the car, but unfortunately, I added to it, by reversing too quickly up my VERY steep driveway & clipping the bottom of the stairs leading up to our balcony! Whoops!
VERY squeaky clutch! I've learnt to put up with it (plus my music's usually loud enough to drown it out!).
Transmission was quite stiff to change gears with, when first purchased. Replacing the transmission fluid at a service fixed the problem straight away!
Sun-visors are very stiff to remove from their clips, when you wish to put them sideways. You need to be gentle, or you risk breaking the clips.
Would prefer the On/Off switch for the cruise control to be up on the steering wheel, instead of under the dashboard (keep hitting it with my knee, when getting in!)
This has been a reliable, comfortable, well-featured car & I plan on keeping it for as long as possible!
It simply ticks every box for me! First & foremost, it's a manual, which I greatly enjoy driving (except in traffic). In spite of its size, this car is surprisingly economical! I tend to refill the tank at around the 1/4 mark, & by then I'll have done anywhere from 120km to almost 500 in 2 weeks! Definitely beats the mileage/efficiency of my Mum's V6 Magna (especially considering I do at least 300km a week)! Despite the efficiency, I find the 2.4L is a reasonably powerful unit & can easily reach 110km/h! Granted, it can be a little underpowered going uphill, but going back into 3rd gear tends to help with that.
The interior is comfortable & very spacious. I wanted a car that I could fit my bike in & with the front wheel removed, mine fits in the back of the Honda beautifully (the fact that the back seats not only fold flat, but lifted up out of the floor, resting vertically against the front seats is a big help!). Being 6'4", I like having a car that A) has room to move & B) I don't fall into, then have to heave myself up to get out of (as is the case with most low cars!). My only complaint is that finding new interior parts (sun visor clip is a good example) in the right colour can be a challenge (my CR-V has the tan brown interior, which is slightly less common than grey or black).
Although it's the base model, I find the car well-equipped with a CD player, excellent climate control, cruise control & steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Overall, the car seems to be living up to Honda's reputation for reliability & comfort, so I'll be hanging on to it for a while yet!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd June, 2015