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Honda CR-V Likes and Dislikes

felixkgwfelixkgw Posts: 2
edited July 17 in Honda
I am thinking of getting a Honda CRV 2wd EX-L, no navi as can not afford. I have read what people like and I have test driven them, now I ask owners what DON'T you like about the CRV having had one? Does anyone know if they will change the enterior cloth choices with 2008 models?

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  • crvme3crvme3 Posts: 140
    What comes to mind of don't likes the 1st thing is the inability when all doors are locked to be able to open just the hatch from outside with remote & not having to unlock all doors to access the back. Power seats & climate control a/c would have been a nice touch but I understand they will be available on 08's. Not enough power has long been a sore spot for many people but IMO it is just fine. Another feature that would be nice is to have the ability to open rear "oval" windows to eliminate the drum beating sound when front windows are down. As far as interior changes I have not heard of any but who knows!!!
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    My list could be long, but then the CR-V would cost a lot more than it now does.

    More seriously, when parking on a hill, the transmission wants you to first step on the brake, engage the emergency brake, and then put the gearshift lever in park. Otherwise, when you move the lever from park to drive, the pinion(?) gear will scream in agony when it pops out. I've never had a car quite this sensitive, but other CR-V owners have commented on this trait. It's a minor complaint I can live with.

    Less seriously, the floor mats are very cheap. They show wear real fast no matter how careful you are and how often you vacuum them. And the "winter" mats (in tan) show black scuff marks from every pair of shoes I own.

    Otherwise, I'm very happy with this SUV, really a tall practical stationwagon. My list of likes is quite long.
  • fnamowiczfnamowicz Posts: 193
    Compact spare tire, cheap tires all around, no side body moldings inability to open the rear tail gate window,forced to buy the undersized moon roof on the EX, EX-L and hard to see the digital gauges. Fuel, odometer etc. during daylight.
  • snoopy21snoopy21 Posts: 114
    we love our '07 CRV. however, that being said, here's my list of dislikes:

    1) wind buffeting with one rear window down...it makes a woof! woof! woof! sound.

    2) the CD/MP3 player is really slow to read/recognize CDs and start playing music. you also can't tell from the display which of the six discs is currently playing.

    3) the heated seat on the front passenger side only warms the bottom cushion, not the back also like it does on the driver's seat!

    4) the vanity mirrors are not lit

    5) awkward location of coin tray (left side toward the bottom of the dash)

    lzc, yes, the floormats that come with the CRV are cheap but at least they were included no charge. even though our has the ivory interior, we got the black all weather mats and they work and look great.
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    And here I thought I was being picky by mentioning the floor mats.

    But I guess if what bothers a car owner are things like unlit vanity mirrors (are they ever used?!), a seat that only warms one's buns, and an awkward coin tray location, although that's getting close to serious, the CR-V stands pretty tall. :)

    Yeah, black mats, once unthinkable, might have been the better choice. But I think my tan ones are looking blacker with every day.

    No, the CR-V ain't perfect, but then it isn't priced to perfection. The tires are OK, not great but OK, and of course options choices on all Japanese nameplate cars are at times frustrating. I wanted a leather no sunroof model. Too bad. I now have have an unused sunroof. Still, a great car.
  • dtstofdtstof Posts: 61
    Front end (grill). The hatch is a pain to open sometimes. I wish the EX-L came with wider wheels and better tires.

    It gets 25-26 MPG in normal driving, and I love it. It fits me and my needs
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 551
    Sure could use a power driver's seat. At least as an option.
  • harvey44harvey44 Posts: 178
    Can't see out the rear side window. No stick shift. Ugly styling.
  • stevecarstevecar Posts: 148
    Somewhere recently in a posting someone said that the remote key can open the windows ala the TL. This would be good. Does anyone's CRV do this and how did you do it?
  • more comfortable seats, rear seats that can lay flat would be nice. No 190hp engine, no v6 option, no dual exhausts, maybe a little more standard accessories like fog lights so we dont have to pay extra. Oh and the tires could be a bit wider for a more aggressive look.
  • I left the rear hatch dome light on by accident for five days which of course ran the battery completely dead........the problem being.........you can't open the rear hatch easily without climbing into the back and manually opening the hatch.

    Thus, my jumper cables (kept near the spare tire under the cargo cover) were virtually impossible to retrieve easily. What should have been a short five to ten minute battery jump was quite the ordeal.

    Dennis
  • MY DISLIKES
    1. Though very peppy and I have not encountered a problem with passing or merging thus far, not as powerful as I would like (v6 option would have been ideal, just my preference)
    2. Lack of bluetooth
    3. Lack of power driver seat and adjustable lumbar support (the seats are not uncomfortable, but I would like to adjust)
    4. Vanity mirrors not lit (can be buggy when the passengers switch the lights to see themselves in the vanity)
    5. Road and wind noise at higher speeds (above 75 mph)
    6. Lack of bass in the sound system (EX)

    Overall, its not a bad choice at all, considering the build quality (I was looking at a 2007 Camry v6-lots of uneven spacing!!). Hope this car lasts for 250K miles.

    Good luck with your search!

    P.S: the boom boom boom effect when one window is lowered is common in most cars. Its called a Helmholtz effect and can be alleviated by lowering another window a little bit on the same side.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    I left the rear hatch dome light on by accident for five days which of course ran the battery completely dead........the problem being.........you can't open the rear hatch easily without climbing into the back and manually opening the hatch.

    Thus, my jumper cables (kept near the spare tire under the cargo cover) were virtually impossible to retrieve easily. What should have been a short five to ten minute battery jump was quite the ordeal.

    Dennis


    I don't have the new CR-V, is the rear gate and hatch fully electric or is there a manual override from the outside, like with a key?
  • It's fully electric no key, to unlock it manually you have to remove a cover panel on the tailgate from the inside and pull the release lever.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,863
    "It's fully electric no key, to unlock it manually you have to remove a cover panel on the tailgate from the inside and pull the release lever."

    Hmmm, and no way to open the glass either. Bummer.
  • You can unlock the tailgate and remaining doors by using the key in the driver's door lock and turning clockwise twice.

    Page 92, owner's manual.

    All doors and the tailgate can be locked by using the key in the driver's door lock.

    Page 82, owner's manual.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    You can unlock the tailgate and remaining doors by using the key in the driver's door lock and turning clockwise twice.

    Page 92, owner's manual.

    All doors and the tailgate can be locked by using the key in the driver's door lock.

    Page 82, owner's manual.


    I would imagine that this trick only works when battery has some power. He has drained his battery dead. Not sure if the trick would work.

    Just another reason for me to keep my Gen 2.5...

    I drove a Mini and found it interesting that when you pull on the door handle, the window lowers a bit to clear the roof overhang. What would happen if the battery were dead. Would you be able to even open the door to release the hood latch?

    And you can't crawl through the tailgate, it has a button that activates electric latch release, which is useless when battery is dead.

    I remember crawling through the hatch in my '85 Civic to start her up, when the car was covered in 1" thick sheet of ice, and I could not get the key into the keyhole, and even if I did, I would not have been able to open the door.
  • You are correct but this does not work on the tailgate if the battery is dead.
    This goes for all the other replies please slow down and read the complete issue.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,863
    "You are correct but this does not work on the tailgate if the battery is dead.
    This goes for all the other replies please slow down and read the complete issue."

    This is the first I've heard of this aspect of the Gen 3. That is one stupid design, a real slip by Honda. I consider this a safety issue, though not rising to the level of a recall.

    Dumb, real dumb. There should always be a manual method of entry for all doors in any vehicle.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,863
    "You can unlock the tailgate and remaining doors by using the key in the driver's door lock and turning clockwise twice.

    Page 92, owner's manual. "

    blueiegod, I realize that you missed the fact the battery was dead, but I really appreciate the fact that you posted the information rather than just referring people to the owner's manual (some people don't have the manual - like me, I'm researching the CR-V while I am "between cars").
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    blueiegod, I realize that you missed the fact the battery was dead, but I really appreciate the fact that you posted the information rather than just referring people to the owner's manual (some people don't have the manual - like me, I'm researching the CR-V while I am "between cars").

    The actual procedure and the pages were part of RichK's post, I didn't do a good job of separating his reply from mine. lol.

    I actually brought up the fact that the procedure in the manual only works when the battery has juice.
  • asearchasearch Posts: 20
    I am a new 07 CRV owner. I love this car, the style, the space... I didn't think I would have anything dislike it but today, I realized I do.

    Today is kind of windy in Northern NJ. While I was driving on highway, my car wasn't that balance. I was little scared since while I was driving my old, 97 Honday Accord, it never happened to me. Anybody has similar experience of the CRV? :confuse:
  • purchased CR-V 2007 EX-L (w/o Nav) late Aug '07. Traded-in 2003 CR-V EX model. The only thing I don't like is the rear hatch unlock is electric, no keyed entry on passenger side.

    other opinion: my 2003 was more like: "Okay I am driving to the mountains", whereas with my 2007 is more like: "okay let's drive into the big city for a show"
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    I enjoy my 2007 CRV EXL except for the LACK OF a center Console. I "hate" those two "center armrests"...but I knew this when I purchased the 2007 and now I lay a pillow the same over the two armrests for driving comfort.

    NORTSR
  • I am wondering if anyone can comment specifically on the handling of their 2 WD cr-V, particularly in snow. We live in the upper Midwest, have a 4 WD Forester and are thinking about saving the $1,000 or so and getting a 2 WD CR-V to replace our other vehicle. Thanks.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,103
    Can't really comment on what you need... But, I would think that in the upper Midwest, resale value of the AWD model will more than make up for the extra money upfront..

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  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,797
    I am wondering if anyone can comment specifically on the handling of their 2 WD cr-V, particularly in snow. We live in the upper Midwest, have a 4 WD Forester and are thinking about saving the $1,000 or so and getting a 2 WD CR-V to replace our other vehicle. Thanks.

    The $1000 you save now, will cost you more when you try to sell it on the secondary market in a couple of years.

    Any FWD car can manage the snow with a set of snow tires. So, you can save $1000 on the vehicle and then buy a set of snow tires and rims (to save on mounting and dismounting costs) for about $600. A set should last you 3 winters, after which you will need to buy another set of tires, and mount them on the winter rims you will already have.

    With AWD, you can bypass the snow tires in most situations and get away with a set of good All-season Mud and Snow tires. (not the OEM supplied tires)
  • What I dislike about my 07 CRV EX AWD are

    1) no option to open all 4 windows automatically with keyfob (unlike my 03 accord LX) :mad:

    2) no lights in vanity mirror (unlike my 03 accord LX) :cry:

    3) back seats dont lay flat when folded :(

    That's about it. All are really minor and I am not complaining at all. Just wish it had the features....

    The dislikes list is nil compared to my likes list :) :shades:
  • Took our new 2007 on it's maiden voyage and didn't really find anything to seriously dislike. I expected to find the engine power really lacking compared to my 99 v-6 Dakota but was pleasantly surprised to find that it dealt with the mountain roads much better. We also expected the firm seats to be tough on our old bodies and were pleasantly surprised there as well. The "grade logic" the dealer told me about worked great both up and down hill. We left at zero dark: thirty in the fog/ rain and the low beam headlights seemed really dim but they seemed better on the return trip. Think I'll keep it !
  • Came back from a day trip in the dark and again the headlights seemed really dim. On a section of road with no other cars they were so dim that I felt like I was overdriving them at 45 mph. This is dangerous but they seem like they are all lit. Going back to the dealer today. Anyone else with this problem? The lights on my 9 year old dakota are much brighter
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