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2001 - 2006 Honda CR-Vs



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The new Garmins keep getting better. Mine gets a signal usually right away. I had a Tribeca loaner for a week or so and it wasn't any quicker at calculating directions.

    The Garmin's maps are actually more up-to-date.

  • dealership last weekend and drove an 06 CRV LX FWD. I liked it but felt the interior was a bit cheap compared to the EX. Unfortunately you can't get an EX FWD only AWD! :( Why not? Any thoughts if the next generation CRV will have the EX FWD? When is the next generation expected? I also hope that we will be able to get it with the 2.2 iCDI diesel like in Europe.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Why get an SUV if you don't need AWD/4WD? You'd spend a ton less on a Matrix or Scion xB.

    Honda's own Fit is sold in Brazil and has a nifty rear seat that folds out of the way so you can carry tall items like a plant inside. That's coming here soon.

    I just think if you want FWD you can save a bunch by getting a 5 door of some sort.

  • Juice..I would rather have 2WD/FWD because #1. Better gas mileage. #2. I really don't like seeing the suspension under the 4WD CRV. #3 I don't go off road. #4 I live in FLAT Houston. The wife and I didn't care for the cheap interior of the LX compared to the EX.

    Matrix too small plus you ride too low. :( Don't care for the Scion unless it's a TC. Would rather have a Toyota WISH or Honda FRV :) :) or Stream.

    Also looking hard at the FIT. Really nice. I saw a couple in Mexico last month. They should be here in the Spring. :)
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Check out the Mazda5. Very similar in concept to the Honda Stream. I drove one a while back and came away quite impressed.

    Honda doesn't offer many variations on the CR-V because it costs money to not install items on a car. Besides, they have the Element for the bargain shoppers.
  • drive62drive62 Posts: 637
    OT. You can look at the Mazda5 but I don't think you can buy.

    I don't have all the info but I believe all Mazda5's have been recalled. Something about the exhaust system getting excessively hot and potentially causing an issue. When I was reading about it they said they had no fix and people who had bought were given loaners. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the vehicle IMHO.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    I read about that, too. If it's not resolved already, they'll have it figured out soon. I'm sure the only thing slowing them down is getting enough parts manufactured.

    Honda did a similar thing with the 2002 CR-V when it first hit the shores. They found a problem with the seatbelt during some internal crash testing. Some people got their CR-V's "repo'd" because Honda wouldn't let them drive the vehicle.

    That got sorted out a good deal quicker than this Mazda5 issue, but I still wouldn't let something like that stand in my way.
  • Neither the CR-V or the Element pictures you posted looked very comfortable at all. Why not just recline the drivers seat and shut your eyes? How long are you all sleeping in your car for anyway?
  • I would like to find an aftermarket NAV with integrated hard drive small enough to fit in the storage cubby below the stereo. This way I could shut the door when I parked the car and hide it. Any suggestions?

    I have considered the aftermarket NAVs from Pioneer or Kenwood, my only concern is that I do not want to loose the 6-CD player functionality. Can you have both?
  • Is there an AUX input on the back of the current generation CR-V stereo? I have a portable Sirius radio I would like to hard wire into the unit. FM modulation is so-so at best. If there is no existing input, anyone know where to get one?

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    Someone in the Mazda chat last night was driving a new Mazda5 that he picked up just the other day so it sounds like they are trickling back to customers, along with $500 from Mazda for the trouble.

    I rarely even post recall news links anymore; they happen and there's one almost every week. There's been XC90 and Land Rover ones in the last couple of days and probably some others I didn't even notice.

    The Mazda5 recall involved 3 fires (link) and no Varmint, I'm not going to finish the rest of that thought, lol.

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  • #1. Better gas mileage. #2. I really don't like seeing the suspension under the 4WD CRV. #3 I don't go off road. #4 I live in FLAT Houston.

    #1 - the EPA MPG is only 1 MPG city and 2 MPG highway higher on the FWD version. Real life MPG is the same.
    #2 - the suspension is the same. The only difference is the rear differential and drive axles aren't on the FWD
    #3 & #4 - doesn't matter whether you go off road, you live in an area that has heavy rains - something the RT4WD handles very well.

  • They haven't offered an EX in FWD, so far... I doubt they'll start now...

    If it makes you feel any better, the EX AWD version will have much better resale, when you are finished with it..

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  • I have an 05 Ody. You can get it in LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. Not to mention with or without NAV/Rear DVD. With the CRV you have LX (2WD or 4WD) EX and SE both 4WD. Why not an EX with 2WD? Maybe the next generation. Could have an idea what the new CRV will be like when the Acura RDX shows up next year. It'll probably be 4WD..

    I'd really like to see both the new RAV4 and CRV start giving better mileage into the 30 mpg range. Can't believe Toyota only offering a 4 speed auto on the new 4 cylinder RAV instead of 5 speed auto/manual.

    I have also driven the Mazda5 and know about their recall. Stupid people driving the automatic at 65mph in second gear causing the exhaust fires. I liked it but not sure of it's reliability. The M3 has been great but the Mazda6 has fallen according to Consumers Report. I keep my cars about 10 years and that's why I like Honda or Toyota better. They are not perfect but still better then most.
  • drive62drive62 Posts: 637
    OT. I'd have to review the seatbelt issue again but Mazda designing a vehicle whose exhaust got too hot and caused fire issues is a bit different IMO.

    I liked Mazda at one point (IIRC you had a Mazda) but then Ford came in to the picture. Long time ago actually, my father's '91 Escort is essentially a Mazda. Although it seems like Mazda is the stronger partner (their platforms are the ones being used for Ford global projects) I still can't seperate the two.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Mazda will install a heat shield, but it was operator error because NHTSA found operators were driving it on the highway in 2nd gear. Mazda went above and beyond, I think they're offering $500 to affected owners as well.

    Hey, I had a '91 Escort also, GT model with the 1.8l engine from the Protoge LX and later used in the Miata. Great powertrain but the interior fell apart.

    The 3 does well, so we should expect the 5 to do well also, given it's the same chassis and powertrain and it's built in Japan, I believe.

    NAV - the Garmin Street Pilot c330 is small and has what you want, I'm not sure if it fits in that cubby in the CR-V's center dash but it might. Garmin also has an even smaller unit, the Street Pilot i5:

    The screen is small but if you want a small size that's the way to go.

    Tom Tom also has small ones that might fit in the CR-V's center cubby, though maybe not the 2002 models which had that tiny little space that would not even fit CDs. I never got that. :confuse:

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    "Neither the CR-V or the Element pictures you posted looked very comfortable at all. Why not just recline the drivers seat and shut your eyes? How long are you all sleeping in your car for anyway?"

    I'm not making recommendations. I'm just posting how the seats/bed work for the posters who have asked.

    To answer your questions... Sleeping in the fully reclined driver's seat is no better than sleeping on an airplane. And I've slept overnight while camping a few times.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Just get an air mattress and toss it over the whole thing to smooth it out. :)

    I wonder what size would fit, maybe full?

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Dunno about you, but my carcass isn't smooth. The contours of the seats actually work better than you'd think by looking at it. Of course, that probably depends on your sleeping position.

    The first time I slept in my V, I used a Z-Rest foam pad (egg-crate looking thing). It didn't change the comfort level much. I didn't use it the second time and by then I'd installed leather seats. So my sleeping bag slid on the smooth leather surface. I almost ended up in the footwell at 2 am. :confuse:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Crank up your seat heaters and you have a heated bed! :D

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