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2001 - 2006 Honda CR-Vs

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  • bob05bob05 Posts: 27
    Well, until today, I was content with my FWD, which I bought for two reasons: 1. I am cheap; and 2. I rarely drive in snow that is heavier than a few inches on the road, and as you note, they are usually plowed.

    Today was different. Here north of Boston, we had a storm that intensified into a thunder blizzard for about 90 minutes just as we all had to get to schools to pick up kids (it was unexpected, and schools were open).

    Snow came down about 5 inches on top of a previous 5 inches within about 90 minutes, so there was about 8-10 inches on the roads (somebody decided to wait until it ended to plow).

    I had real a tough time. The traction control kicked in even when crossing ridges of snow at intersections; hills were impossible (it was wet and icey underneath).

    So today, at least, I regretted not getting 4WD.

    But a question: is 4WD really going to move smoothly through 10 inch snow or so, and even up hills?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,432
    Not smoothly.. but, it will get you through places that FWD won't.... and... up the hills...

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  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 306
    Bob05,

    I am cheap too. That being said, with all due respect, you were foolish to buy a vehicle known primarly for all wheel drive in a 2WD version IN BOSTON!!!!! What were you thinking? I live in Pittsburgh and here you have to special order the 2WD CR-Vs (and Explorers and everything else...dealers can't sell 2WD versions so none stock any). This was clearly a case of being penny wise and pound foolish. Particularly since CR-V IS the way to get AWD on the cheap! It and Subaru and RAV4 ARE the efficient AWD vehicles.

    I live in Pittsburgh...similar to Boston with bad winters and steep hills...and my new '05 CR-V SE was a champ yesterday in the storm. A champ. Right up my steep driveway...vroom!

    It's tough to sell a fairly new vehicle. I guess you're stuck for at least a while but I'd plan to make the switch to AWD soon in Boston.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,663
    gotta love those helpful replys.
    it may be best to fork over some money for some snow tires.
    they will cost up front, but will help you postpone the wear on your current tires. if you run them december through march, they should last at least 3-5 years depending on how much you drive.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,432
    This is very good advice... You can probably get winter tires for the CR-V for under $400... It will make an incredible difference in your winter traction and handling..

    And, as explorerx4 notes, your current tires will last longer, helping offset the cost...

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 306
    Yeah, you'll save a little on your regular tires that get a rest for 4 months/year, but any savings will be burned right up when they charge you up the wazzoo to mount/demount the tires twice a year. At this point, however, snow tires probably ARE your best/cheapest fix since you already own the CR-V 2WD.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Nah, just get them on a set of cheap steelies, probably $500 or so overall. Then you can mount and dismount them easily.

    -juice
  • bob05bob05 Posts: 27
    >>>>Bob05,

    I am cheap too. That being said, with all due respect, you were foolish to buy a vehicle known primarly for all wheel drive in a 2WD version IN BOSTON!!!!! What were you thinking? I live in Pittsburgh and here you have to special order the 2WD CR-Vs (and Explorers and everything else...dealers can't sell 2WD versions so none stock any). This was clearly a case of being penny wise and pound foolish. Particularly since CR-V IS the way to get AWD on the cheap! It and Subaru and RAV4 ARE the efficient AWD vehicles.
    >>>>

    Daryll44;
    First, you are talking to a fellow Pittsburgher: I grew up in Irwin/Greensburg and went to Washington and Jefferson College.

    Second, you are absolutely right: I was pennywise and pound foolish. Isell will recognize this: I was so intent on a bottom line price that I refused to open my mind to 4WD.

    But third: in all my years of driving (Pittsburgh, Michigan, Boston), I've done well with FWD vehicles so long as I stay off the roads when there is really a lot of snow...yesterday was the exception rather than the rule.

    However, fourth: a year after we bought the V, we also (unexpectedly) bought a lot on a pond at the end of a three mile mud road in New Hampshire...can't get through Nov-April w/o 4WD. I am intending to upgrade to 4WD at some point, so I'm not likely to put snow tires on if the money can go to an upgrade. I may talk to my saleswoman or her finance guy about the impact on my payment of a switchout/trade-in on an 06...mine has 14,000 in mint condition, so if she gives me the right deal, I might do it.

    I do know that I don't want to feel as foolish as I did yesterday leaving the V on the side of the road as I walked to the elementary school in a blizzard (and back). :blush: :blush:

    Hey Varmint: how did you make out in the storm?
  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 306
    Well, you might be cheap (again, I confess that I also am a fellow cheapskate) but you have a good education from W&J. I guess I was a little caustic, in rereading what I wrote. Sorry about that. Anyway, there is SOME good news. And that is that you not only have a Honda, but a CR-V. Honda's hold their values best and the CR-V in particular. So while swapping up to an '06 AWD is still gonna cost you, it's not gonna be nearly as bad as if you had, say, an '05 Escape which is a depreciation monster. I once got rid of a car (a 1988 Lincoln Continental) in 3 weeks and lost $7500 (and that was in 1988 dollars). I just couldn't stand that car...my first FWD vehicle and I could not get used to the ride. Anyway, my point is that as long as you have your health and don't make too many financial mistakes, an occasional wallet-blooper happens. If you really need the AWD now then suck it up and move on!
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Circumstances change. Happens to everyone. I had to trade in a perfectly good 1999 CR-V with only 115K miles on it a little over a month back.

    I had no difficulty with the storm, but that's because I didn't have to drive in it. I'm home on vacation for a while. (Taking care of the critter.) The wife had the MDX, but, by the time she was heading home, the roads had been plowed and salted (ugh). We went out to dinner that night and I had a little fun on an unplowed street. Nothing challenging, though.

    Now, last year was a bit more fun. I had the CR-V then and took a few drives with 10-14" of snow on the roads. Not easy, but I got through it.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,663
    darrll... i've got to ask, if you had an '88 lincoln, why are you posting on a cr-v thread 17 years later?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    if you had an '88 lincoln, why are you posting on a cr-v thread 17 years later?

    Maybe because the boards weren't here 17 years ago? ;)

    tidester, host
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Nah, just get them on a set of cheap steelies, probably $500 or so overall. Then you can mount and dismount them easily.

    -juice


    Tirerack has a Honda CR-V package with 16 inch alloys and Scorpions for $640. Tires are already mounted and balanced, fady for install. In the spring, you just swap out the wheels, no need to pay someone to change the tires. And out the winter ones in storage for the next winter. People here get 4 winters out of a set of winter tires.

    What I see wrong with the Bostonian with 2WD, why do school demand that kids get picke dup right away. The meteorogists knew it was going to end in an hour or two. Why not just wait it out. Let the plows clean the roads, and then ask parents to pick up their kids?

    When we get sudden blizzards, everyone rushes home and I just wait it out. The roads are all clogged with aggrivated people, while I am just doing some extra work in peace and quet. Then, by 6 pm, there is no one on the roads, and the plows have finished plowing. I get a smooth ride home.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    $640 is fair, and I wouldn't even get alloys for my snow tire set, since they treat the local roads with salt and other chemicals. Steelies would be cheaper.

    -juice
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,794
    What I see wrong with the Bostonian with 2WD, why do school demand that kids get picke dup right away. The meteorogists knew it was going to end in an hour or two.

    Actually it was a completely unexpected freak low pressure system that popped up - all the meteorolists said they had never seen anything like it.

    Also, the roads around Boston were a complete horror show into the evening. At 7 PM when I was driving home, the interstate I was on (93N) was a parking lot. I got off and went back roads. It only took me an hour to drive 16 miles.

    As for the OP, I wouldn't worry about the 2WD. Snows will make it better but for the most part Friday's storm was a freak of nature. If you've done OK with FWD all these years, you shouldn't worry. As for your place on the pond, I doubt even an AWD CRV will get you there in the middle of winter.
  • I have a 2003 CRV, Friday, loud clunking noise began, drove the 1/2 mile to dealer. Saturday they tell me all four bolts are gone from drive shaft, have to order bolts, and then check to see what damaged was caused getting it to dealer. It has 17,000 miles, never driven off road and only dealer has worked on it. Any similar experiences.
    What are my chances this is covered by warranty?
  • I placed an order for CRV security system this morning at H and A - accessories.com. When I check my bank account online, the customer service told me that H and A - accessories.com has charged my card twice. I sent an email to H and A - accessories.com but so far I have no any response from them. The phone number on their website 1-888-440-8655 is NOT A WORKING NUMBER.. This is really frustrated me as a first time buyer.

    Does anyone have this experience like this :confuse: ? I plan to buy ALL my CRV accessories from H and A - accessories.com but this first time buying experience makes me think twice to do bussiness again with H and A - accessories.com. :cry:
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,794
    Never had a problem with them.

    Did they charge your account twice for the full amount or were there 2 charges? Sometimes, Visa/MC put a hold on funds until the actual charge goes through.
  • "Did they charge your account twice for the full amount or were there 2 charges? Sometimes, Visa/MC put a hold on funds until the actual charge goes through."

    At this point, I don't know. I buy almost everything online (except groceries :) )even the car and never have such problem that seller hold my funds twice as much as the purchase amount. I know they do that at gas station if you pay with your debit card. I just checked again my email and still no response from H and A - accessories.com :sick:
  • The phone number on their website 1-888-440-8655 is NOT A WORKING NUMBER.

    I just called that number and "Bill" from H and A Accessories answered on the third ring.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Bill? You mean ASIMO isn't working today?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Let's avoid naming sales people! :)

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  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I placed an order for CRV security system this morning at H and A - accessories.com. When I check my bank account online, the customer service told me that H and A - accessories.com has charged my card twice. I sent an email to H and A - accessories.com but so far I have no any response from them. The phone number on their website 1-888-440-8655 is NOT A WORKING NUMBER.. This is really frustrated me as a first time buyer.

    Does anyone have this experience like this ? I plan to buy ALL my CRV accessories from H and A - accessories.com but this first time buying experience makes me think twice to do bussiness again with H and A - accessories.com.


    I have seen double charges on the account updates on line, but they never show up on the bill itself at the end fo the month. One charge is hold, and the second charge is the actual charge. Once the money is tranferred, the hold is released.

    As to non-working number, you are probably in a different time zone. If you are in the north-east, Fair Honda is a better alternative as you get most of your stuff in a day or two, instead of week or week and a half from H and A (California) Check out www.fairhondapartsforyou.com and if there is soemthing you don't see, call them and ask for it. Unlike H and A, who state that whatever is not on the website is not for sale, EVERY SINGLE Honda part is available from Fair Honda. They even offer free shipping if you talk to the right person. But, I can't post names. E-mail me for contact person for free shipping.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's their Holiday 2-for-1 special expect that means they charge you twice. :P

    -juice
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    When was it first put in to service? If less than 36 mos. (which it should be since it's an '03), it'll be covered.
  • Just want to up date about this issue. I have received an email from H and A - accessories.com. and the problem is solved. I just check online, I should receive this on 12/16. :)

    Thank's for all response and concern. :blush:
  • saabgirlsaabgirl Posts: 184
    Another ex-Pittsburgher (Here we go, Stillers!) weighing in, currently a New Englander and much in favor of the AWD CR-V.

    I have the Goodrich all-season OE tires on my AWD 2005 EX. Brought home our Christmas tree during the storm you speak of, and Saabgirl, my missus, said, "Oh, don't try to lug the tree through the snow all the way to the back deck. Just drive through the yard (and about 10" of snow). You have AWD."

    What the heck,I went for it. And I prolly woulda made it, too, except the yard has a little grade to it, and the Honda was slipping slightly sideways while chugging steadily uphill through the white stuff. Our course looked like it would take us into assorted trees and shrubs. So I aborted the little off-road adventure and, fortunately, the CR-V had no trouble backing out of the snow-covered yard into the freshly plowed driveway. No harm done.

    So, I'd say the CR-V does well under adverse conditions in a heap of the white stuff.

    Problem is that the spinning and sliding tore up the snow cover in the side yard and the missus is of the opinion that I should go out there with my snow shovel and smooth it all out before Christmas company begins to arrive. (Oh, sure, dear. Just in case Martha shows up with a photographer, I suppose.)
  • daryll44daryll44 Posts: 306
    is VERY steep. The CR-V with the stock Dueler tires (I'd rather have Michelin and will install them when these go...at about 20,000 miles or less around here) was a CHAMP! Went RIGHT UP in steep ice/snow. CR-V passes the test. If it can handle my driveway, it's good for any on-road challenge it might face.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Sounds like you were putting too much pressure on the gas pedal. :-)
  • saabgirlsaabgirl Posts: 184
    Possibly, but I was just trying to keep 'er moving, which we were doing pretty well considering the depth of the snow cover. Problem was that a side yard that has plenty o' room when you're riding a lawnmower in summer gets kinda cramped in the winer when you're driving a CR-V. (Who the heck moved those apple trees so close to the house?) The margin for error just got too small for comfort.

    But my CR-V is doing well in the white stuff, even with all weather Goodrich passenger car tires pumped to 32 psi.

    Only problem I've had is that one remote crapped out. A dealer who's about 10 minutes away (but I didn't buy the car there because they weren't low bidder) gave me a new remote, no hassle at all, no problem getting in. My experience with the CR-V and Honda dealers has been great.
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