3rd Oct 2003, 22:08

If you want more power, you'll have to burn more fuel.

The CR-V does what it was designed to do. As for the Kia

Sportage; I rented one not long ago. I made it ten miles before it blew up. It had less than 30,000 miles on it.

I understand that this is not a rare occurrence.

27th Apr 2004, 06:07

I agree with you... I took a 98 in great condition for a spin and was dissapointed... Also the materials used to make the car are questionable... I ended up with a 2001 Jeep...

3rd Dec 2004, 11:02

The 1998 CRV is way underpowered and the parts for the CRV or hard to find unless you go to a dealership and get them.

23rd Jul 2007, 14:52

I have a 98 and it has more than enough power. Are you taking it to the track? In what situation are you lacking power? Oh yeah and jeep lady, you are one of four people in HISTORY who has chosen jeep over honda. Thank you for polluting the world!

18th Nov 2007, 01:23

Hmmm, Geo and Kia over Honda? Let me tell you that we had a 98 Honda CRV from new until I wrote the thing off last week. The only money we spent on that car was to maintain the car. 9 years and 130,000 miles not $1 spent on broken parts. Ask a Geo or Kia owner what they spent on their cars before they traded them out after warranty.

4th Sep 2008, 22:12

Own a 97 and it's junk. The worst vehicle ever.

Door locks don't work, windows don't work, shocks knocking after 2 years, air doesn't work, transmission slips, engine knocks and the list goes on and on.

Never again a honda.

6th Apr 2009, 16:33

I used to own a 1998 CR-V, and it is one of the three most reliable vehicles I've ever owned.

I was a little put off when I first bought it by its lack of power, but that is expected when you have a race-inspired engine and you are trying to drive it mildly. I learned that with a little more in the pedal, that it did accelerate the way I wanted it to.

Mine was well maintained, and the only reason I don't have it was it was stolen in 2/2006. I made out like a bandit. The resale value on these (or any Honda for that matter) are golden.

Mine had 191,000 miles on it and it never gave me a problem. Our family of four drove it on many trips including several cross country trips. It never left us stranded. Reliability is unbeatable on these, so your argument about lack of power is just a matter of opinion. Going up a steep grade? Drop it into D3 and it will go with more than enough gusto.

8th Apr 2009, 10:18

My husband and I just purchased a 98 CRV for 1000$ from a man who was desperate for money. The car was not well cared for, and needs a lot of TLC. My hubby is a mechanic, so we put an engine in it (was knocking), car has 135K on it, I own a 97 Accord SE and love it. I am a little disappointed in the quality of a car (don't know if it is the car or the way it was cared for) that is a year newer, but nonetheless I love Hondas and I am loyal to the brand. It seems a little "rickety" compared to my Accord, and I am surprised that some of the options on my SE Accord are not on my EX CRV, such as a gas cap holder, and windows that go up once car has been turned off. But all in all, it's a Honda, and I got it for a great deal. We put 700$ in it, and I'm hopeful it will be as reliable as all the other Hondas I have owned. (Prelude, Accord, CRX)

30th Jan 2010, 09:50

1998 Honda CRV. Best small utility I have ever owned. I have owned at least 25 vehicles in my life time. The CRV is great on gas, and if you want a little more power, use 93 octane. Great commuter car in all weathers. Paid off, no car payments, and it will be with me for a long time.

20th Feb 2011, 20:22

Well I have no complaints about my 97 Honda CRV.

Everything's still original and it has 305,000 miles. It still runs great, the biggest thing to remember is the timing belts, oil changes, and valve lash adjustments.

I will not be surprised if I get 200,0000 more miles on it, still runs excellent and doesn't use any oil! Yes all my power windows work, cruise control, and air conditioning all work. Also the interior is very well made in these vehicles.

26th Feb 2018, 01:21

You are right. While the phrase "You are lucky your husband buys your cars" sounds sexist, if your choices are a Kia and a Suzuki vs. a Honda, you have probably not done your homework. Also agree with the assessment that if you want space, AWD and go fast as well then you will use gas! More than satisfied with my CRV's ability to pull itself and never told myself I would pull anything larger than what I could strap to the roof rack! Be realistic. It is perfect for hauling stuff, but it is not a diesel pickup!