2008 Honda CR-V LX 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Nice car let down by poor manufacture
Clutch failed. Not in itself a negative, but the garage had to cut an engine mount off during replacement and then found Honda had none in the country and they were not expected for THREE MONTHS. He had to buy one from a breaker in Lithuania.
Instrument console failed. Honda wanted over £1100 for a new one. I got one from a breaker for a tenth of that.
Power steering has now started "stuttering" and it looks like there is a slight fluid leak. Easy enough to top up, except Honda use a proprietary fluid and use of a general purpose one may damage the pump/seals. Unfortunately I discovered this on a Saturday afternoon and the local Honda dealer is shut at the weekend.
It's comfortable and well equipped and, for a decent sized SUV, fairly economical.
Performance and handling are decent too.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd July, 2018
22nd Jul 2018, 20:09
Sorry to hear about your bad luck with your 2008 Honda CR-V. We have had our 2008 CR-V LX since new and has given us very few problems. There was a recall on the window lifts and the air bags, but fixed under warranty. Other than oil changes, filter and tires, we haven't done a lot to it.
Is it a great vehicle, no it isn't. It's far from perfect. But as a point A to point B people mover it does its job.
I also recommend the 2.4 engine in it. It's a simple and direct engine, not a lot to it. It does have a somewhat loud oil pump at start up, but the dealer says this is normal and doesn't seem to effect the SUV. I also recommend buying this vehicle new and not used. Buy on sale when they close out the old model for the new model coming onto the lots. Also get the base CR-V with the 2.4 engine and not the upgraded one with the unproven turbo 1.5 engine.
23rd Jul 2018, 19:06
Change your garage as there is NO need to "cut off" an engine mount to change the clutch on an '08 CR-V. That is why you found it so difficult to get a replacement - they simply do not fail, and there is no reason for anyone to cut one off. I can't believe your garage was actually incompetent enough to do that!