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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,644
    Congratulations!! I saw an SE in Pewter just the other day.. Very nice looking.. I think it would be my first pick..

     

    I'm not wild about the seats either.. but they've been like that since the first generation in '97..

     

    Hope your luck with it has been as good as mine.. Two CR-Vs and over 100K total miles between them.. and zero problems....

     

    regards,

    kyfdx

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  • Hello,

     I'm a new member here. My wife and I own a 2002 Honda CRV.. We presently have 65,000+ miles on our CRV and we're getting mailing from local Honda dealers that promote replacing timing belt and even replacing all the belts including the timing belt and water pump...(?) Of course, the dealers are running "specials" but for whom are they special?

     I'd like to know at what what mileage should I replace the timing belt and should I replace all of the belts plus the water pump at the same time..(?)

     Right now the dealers are pricing timing belt replacement only at $275 to $300... to replace all belts and the water pump, excluding seals (?),

    the going price they're charging is $575 to $600.

     I just read on line that one "expert" suggests timing belt replacement @ 60,000 miles... I'm considering doing it soon because we're planning to drive to Florida twice this year...a 1500 mile round trip. Any input would be appreciated.

     Thanks,

     Weezee
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Your owners manual will provide the recommended service interval for the timing chain. I think it's about 110,000 miles. Other belts should be checked on a regular basis, but the manual will also give a set mileage for them to be replaced.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,644
    They still haven't adjusted to the lengthened service intervals that Honda recommends for the 2.4 litre engines...

     

    I recently went in for my 40K mile checkup.. They still list it as 37,500 mile checkup..

     

    I also have an '02, but I'd have to check my manual, as I'm not anywhere close, yet.. But, if they are recommending services on the same interval as an '02 Civic, then take it with a grain of salt... and go by the manual..

     

    regards,

    kyfdx

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  • My wife and I own a 2002 Honda CRV.. We presently have 65,000+ miles on our CRV and we're getting mailing from local Honda dealers that promote replacing timing belt

     

    The 2002 CR-V 2.4 L engine doesn't have a timing belt, it has a timing chain. Check the maintenance sections of your Owners Manual, but I don't believe Honda has a recommended service interval for timing chains.

     

    The 1st Gen CR-V 2.0 L engines have a timing belt, which Honda recommends changing at 105,000 miles or 7 years (whichever comes first).

     

    :)
  • I recently went in for my 40K mile checkup.. They still list it as 37,500 mile checkup..

     

    The title should be "Some Honda service departments..". The dealer I go to has no problem with the service interval differences between our '99 CR-V (3,750/7,500 miles) and our '02 Civic Coupe (5,000/10,000 miles).

     

    :)
  • dcchrisdcchris Posts: 2
    Hello Everyone! I am the proud owner of a 2005 EX 5spd Auto in Redondo Red Pearl. It is one SHARP lookin' vehicle with the exterior upgrades for 05. I've only had it since Jan 05 and have already put almost 5k miles on her. Well I got her a K&N Air Filter to see if I could improve the performance as well as the gas mileage. The performace has indeed gone up. Step on the gas just a little harder to pass somebody and she downshifts and takes off like a rocket! However, I'm struggling to get above 20MPG mixed highway and city driving. Anyone know why? I don't bolt from stop light to stop light and I don't drive exceedingly fast (75MPH on the freeway at MAX!). Has anyone else noticed this? Is it because she's still relatively new? I figured with the K&N as well as the 5spd auto she'd do pretty good. Not what I was hoping for. But if the gas mileage is the only complaint I have, that's fine by me. I LOVE THIS CAR!!
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,794
    In town acceleration will take it's toll. Try a gentler touch on the pedal (both brake and acclerator). I can't really touch on more specifics, since I own a 2003, which has a different transmission.
  • bshelbshel Posts: 232
    dcchris, I have Ex 5 sp ('04) and my mileage improved - I have 12K on her now. I have had a couple tanks as low as 20-21 mpg, but generally do much better. Winter seems to take a toll on the mileage, may it be due to additives in the fuel. When I'm on the highway, I try to keep it 60-65 to get the best mileage.

    It sure is a great car - I have the Chianti Red - not sure how close in color that is to yours
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,794
    " I have Ex 5 sp ('04) and my mileage improved - I have 12K on her now. "

    Huh? The 5 speed tranny came out in the 2005 model...
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,644
    Not on the EX.. I think that is the only 4WD model that comes with standard-shift in '05.

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  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,794
    Oh, you have a Manual Transmission. EX has always been one with the MT option, as far as I recall.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Stick-shifting was added in 1998 just before the 146 hp engine in 1999. It was the base transmission for the LX 4WD and EX. The LX 2WD was automatic only.

    That same packaging continued over with the 2002 remodel. In 2005, they dropped the 5MT from the LX trims. Now it is only available with the EX.

    With both the auto and stick being 5 speeds, I think the way to refer to transmissions is with 5MT and 5AT, or 4AT for older models. That might help avoid any confusion.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,644
    I kind of like either "auto" or "manual"...lol

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  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Which auto?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,644
    Each model only comes with one choice, right?

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  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    The point is... You'd have to state whether you're talking about a 1997-2004 model or a 2005 and then assume that the readers know the difference. If you just write 5AT or 4AT, there's no need for further explanation.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,644
    Of course, if you write 4AT and don't specify the year of your EX, we still won't know...

    This reminds me of the OTD pricing discussions.. Unless we can make every member read over the entire thread, we'll have to rely on their common sense... which means we could all be in big trouble... ;-)

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  • bob05bob05 Posts: 27
    Hi folks;

    I've been lurking for awhile and have decided to join in.

    First, thanks to Varmint for hosting this forum and for all his useful information.

    I bought an 05 FWD LX on 12/20 (manufactured in November). My 5 year-old princess named it "Honda Bob".

    For those shopping, here are some first impressions:

    The Ride: ...is beautiful. Our other car is an 04 Toyota Prius, which has the smoothest drive train I have ever driven...it simply purrs. But I must say that this Honda engine and tranny are every bit as smooth --I would almost think it was a continuously variable tranny. Driving it is real pleasure. I have bad lower back, and I find the support down there to be great.

    Mileage: first, I must tell you that this has been a harsh winter here in Boston...very cold Jan-Mar with lot's of snow and ice at commuting time. Still, over 12 tanks of gas since Dec, I averaged 22.4 (about 66% surburban and 33% highway). Today, I took my first "all highway" drive --the temp now beautifully in the 40s--and I came in at 27.5 on that tank!

    I attribute this to the driving habits I've learned with the Prius (which did 52 mpg this last week): coast to stops; ease out from stops; and keep to 30-35 mph in the suburbs; use hills to save gas (going down of course); keep to about 65 on highways.

    Practicality: Honda Bob replaced a '96 Dodge Grand Caravan --we have four kids. We were looking to downsize as the kids got older (fewer "all family" trips), but couldn't bring ourselves to pay for a Highlander, but on the other hand also found the RAV 4 and Forrester too small. Our experience so far is that finding the CRV to fit our "niche" was exactly right. The kids are comfortable, and we still have lots of cargo room (for example one cello and one baritone horn on music day at school).

    Drift and Pull. It doesn't pull, but then again it drifts pretty strongly (have read Varmint on this). I may have it aligned, or it may be my imagination. Until I read these threads, I didn't pay attention, but on my drive to Hartford today I noticed that they have indeed crowned the roads very steeply at center here. In fact, in a 3 lane road (Mass Pike or I-84), they have overlapped the center lane pavement halfway into the left and rightmost lanes. Especially since I am new to an SUV, this give the strong feeling of leaning left or right, depending where you are.

    This is already long. Again, thanks to moderators here. I enjoy it.

    Honda Bob
  • to4ecrvto4ecrv Posts: 2
    hello all. i would like to introduce my self my name is Jose and i live in miami florida. i recently purchased an 04 cr-v with 7k miles on it and wanted to get more knowledgable with this fine suv . i drive for fedex on weekdays and limo's on the weekends and let me tell you this little crv feels like a limo ,smooth ,soft and very comfortable . i love this car , hopefully i might get the bug to start modifying my crv like i did with my 84mazda rx7 which is now turbo and about 15k in upgrades. just wanna see what there is out there for the crv
    jose vela
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Enjoy the forums.

    Bob5 - I'm in the Boston suburbs. Depending on how obsessive you get, you might find the local Honda SUV events entertaining. The Honda SUV Olympics is the one that I organize. It probably won't happen this year, but next year is a good bet.
  • bob05bob05 Posts: 27
    Thanks Varmint,

    I may just take you up on the Olympics...I'll watch.

    At some point I may ask about quality of service around Boston. I got mine at the large-volume dealer in Burlington, and I didn't enjoy the sales experience...that pesky dealer processing fee....but that's no guide to service, and the latter have been good to me in other ways.

    Anyhow, I'm enjoying these first 40F+ days in Boston...vacuumed out Honda Bob last Friday.

    Bob
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    These are the guys who work on my CR-V and my wife's Acura.

    http://www.mymastermechanic.com/
  • ANyone know where I can get some snow chains for my CRV? the tires are 205-70-R15's and I have not been able to find any one who makes chains in this size. I've been to Kragen's (i live in N. California) and several websites. Zip, Zilch, Zero.

    Any help would be great!
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    At the risk of stating the obvious... Have you tried looking for "cables", rather than chains? I know of an owner in CT who purchased cables for a 2003 model. Sorry, I don't know where she got them. :-(
  • bigeauxbigeaux Posts: 46
    Bought a 2005 LX FWD last night. Sahara sand metallic exterior, ivory interior with after-market leather, roof rack cross bars, and wheel locks.

    VITAL STATS:

    Me: Engineer
    Wife: Law student
    Location: New Orleans (uptown)
    Other car: 99 Civic LX
    CR-V's name: don't have one yet
    Kids: none
    pets: two cats, one 58 lb boxer mix, one fish

    What we like about the CR-V:

    It's the best value we found in the small SUV market for our needs. It's spacious, has lots of storage, and comfortably seats five. But it still fits well in an urban environment without off-street parking. The gas mileage is good for the class. The acceleration, braking, and handling are all pretty decent. The standard safety feautures are hard to match for the price in class. We love the Honda reliability and resale value.

    Honestly, I think the perfect vehicle for us would have the CR-V space and layout, the Forrester's performance and fuel economy, the Equinox's clever cargo area shelf, and the Hyundai warranty. When someone puts that on the market for what I just paid, I'll buy two.

    Until then, the CR-V is the best fit.

    Thanks to everyone who has been posting all the useful info here at Edmunds, and elsewhere. It's been very useful to us as we made our decision.

    Looking forward to many happy years on the road in our CR-V.
  • bob05bob05 Posts: 27
    Congratulations. You'll love the car. Sounds like you got a great deal too...read over on the buying board.

    I can't remember what msrp/invoice on the cross-bars is....did you compare to after market?

    Have fun with it.

    Bob
  • bigeauxbigeaux Posts: 46
    Invoice on the cross bars is $240. MSRP is $262 + installation. Got quotes as high as $337 installed.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,794
    I got cables for my 2003 CR-V ... from the Toyota dealer!
  • bettyabettya Posts: 2
    I am hoping that someone in this Forum can help with this problem. I have a 2003 CRV (automatic) which intermittently jams or gets stuck when shifting gears. It will be fine for 2 months and then will not shift out of park or drive. It will then be ok again for weeks!!! It has been back to the Dealer four times. The first time, the dealership had the nerve to suggest that some women didn't know that the shift had to be pulled down to the left before the downward motion!!! The next time they replaced the whole shift mechanism. The last 2 times (the last of which I made them tow it from my driveway) they claimed nothing came out on tests and that they could not replicate the problem!!! Before resorting to legal action, I am asking all if anyone has heard of this...does anyone have advice? Thanks :( :(
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