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Honda CR-V Likes and Dislikes

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  • bvf925bvf925 Posts: 12
    Hi denver 5357: I can't speak about the newer CR-V's since my 2005 model year because I don't know anyone who has one. All's I can say is, based upon my point of reference between all-wheel-all-the-time on Subaru's and the CR-V "only when it thinks it needs it AWD", I find the CR-V is horrible for my winter driving needs.

    This comparison is based upon my previous 1998 Subaru Forester that was spot-on with snow of all depths, loose gravel, snow covered roads & hills, no fishtailing during turns, never skidded, never got stuck, changed lanes on snow packed highways without losing control, etc..... I have had negative results with the CR-V in all aforementioned conditions. Maybe it's me and the way I expect it to handle, but even my husband has had issues driving it in the snow. Could it be because my model year is tall and top heavy whereas the Subaru's and new CR-V's are lower profile? Don't know.

    Most new vehicles are built with the "auto" all-wheel-drive now. This is sufficient for most people who drive on paved, well traveled, melted roads in busy winter commuter traffic. Frankly, I will consider another Subaru or a Jeep where the vehicle will do what it's supposed to when it's needed on unplowed roads in hilly terrain - not after the fact, or, not at all.

    Other than that, the CR-V is a very nice, reliable, roomy, affordable family oriented vehicle with excellent gas mileage. It's too bad it's just not working for me 100%.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    My 2005 CR-V EX locks on me too if I don't open the door within so many seconds after hitting the unlock button on my key. I guess it's a safety thing.

    I like mostly everything about my CR-V with a 5 speed manual (last year of the manual) - especially for the fantastic gas mileage. It has lots of power, roomy interior, tons of standard features, stock 6cd 6 speaker cassette stereo, power sunroof, intense heater, smooth ride, and comfortable seats. I am the original owner with just under 60,000 miles on it.

    However, I am not impressed with the AWD at all. It's always a day late and a dollar short - completely useless. It's fine if you are on flat surfaces where the front wheels do all the work, but up here in the hills where I live, it can't get out of it's own way. I can't tell you how many times i've gotten stuck - and even in my own driveway. My Subaru was fantastic in the snow, but this CR-V is lousy. I do not feel confident with it at all in the snow.


    I have an 05 as well, and manual as well!

    2006 is the last year they made manual CR-V, BTW.

    As to AWD, AWDis great. I should know, I live in Buffalo.

    Your limiting factor is tires. If tires are not getting traction, then no AWD in the world will help. Stock tires are good for 15,000-20,000 miles.

    I have Yokohama Avid Touring and have no problem navigating unplowed roads up to 18-24 inches of snow. Any snow over 12 inches high make the exhaust sound very loud, as if I had lost the muffler. But the noise goes away as snow recedes.

    Also, I turn off VSC when I need full control of the throttle, since it cuts power to the engine if all 4 wheels are skidding.
  • bvf925bvf925 Posts: 12
    Hello blueiedgod:

    I love the manual transmission, don't you??!

    Interesting about turning off the VSC - obviously I never thought of that! I'll have to try it out on a day where there's light snow just to get the feel of it.

    Thanks for the tire suggestion. I've been thinking that's part of the problem - I replaced the stock tires relatively soon after getting the CR-V because they were practically bald after just 30,000 miles. The pair that's on there now only has about 29,000+ miles on them but they're not doing the job & they never have. I've read other posts about people putting 50lb bags of birdseed or dog food in the back over the rear tires because torque is great, but if you don't have traction, then it's just not going to help.

    If you can survive a winter in Buffalo with the 2005 CR-V, then I guess i'm going to have to give it another chance and put some Yokohama's on it! :)

    You may have just saved me $25,000 by not purchasing a new car! Too bad I have to wait until next winter to try these things out. Thank you so much!!!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Hey no problem. Glad I could help.

    Next time you try the "VSC off" driving, you can see how easy it is to set the car drifting. Keep her in 1st, turn the wheel almost full lock, and give her gas. She will spin around the front wheels.

    Have someone video tape and post it on youtube

    Here is mine

    Manuals are AWESOME. Anything else is a eunic. :P
  • bvf925bvf925 Posts: 12
    Looks like a blast! Now I kind of want winter to come back so I can try it! Glad to see those rear wheels really do work ;)

    I'm going tire shopping this week. Thanks again, blueiedgod!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    No problem.

    We are expecting up to 8" of snow here tonight, so, come on up to Buffalo :surprise:
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,786
    "Wait - so your wife was driving with daytime running lights on, lights that are made to be on for daytime use, and she was stopped because she didn't have the full headlights on? I don't understand. Are daytime running lights not legal enough? "

    I suspect she got stopped at night; the running lights don't activate the tail lights.
  • denver5357denver5357 Posts: 319
    Gotcha. She drove at night with running lights on, thinking they were headlights. Thanks.
  • Prospective buyers should be aware that Honda PR may be better than Honda products. My 03 CRV EX needed tires at 20,000 miles (Michelin replacements have lasted 47K and counting) (so thanks Honda for that rip), front struts went at 40K, rotors at 42K, AC compressor at 10K, and the sunvisor flopped limply at 65K ($100 replace).
    Not too impressive.
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    Ah, but you seem to be the exception (sorry to hear about your problems) as CR and their readers (ie CR-V owners) consistently give it excellent ratings. W/O knowing your driving style, tires wearing out that fast are usually due do driver performance. Can't speak for the other problems but they can happen with any vehicle.
  • Why oh why do people feel the need to be Honda apologists? My message stated that the replacement tires have lasted @47K miles (compared to 20K on OE
    'Duelers'). The OE tires on 03's DID have horrible performance as reflected in CRV forums.
    I have an 03 Odyssey that has had not unusual wear or breakdowns (tires lasted 65K).
  • I forgot to add that the motivation for my original post was that the CRV now has three failed door lock actuators. The unsympathetic dealer wants $600. See ya Honda!
  • fnamowiczfnamowicz Posts: 191
    Does any body pay attention to the useless current fuel mileage indicators that are on the upper information display ?
  • Yes. I find it handy to know how hard the engine is working relative to it's speed. On rolling hills, you can use it to help maximize your mileage.

    It can also tell you if your going uphill, downhill, have a headwind or crosswind, and you can predict when it's about to unlock the torque converter for more power.

    Hey, if nothing else, it's something to pass the time. Personally, I like it and woudln;t ind also having a gear indicator with a symbol as well to indicate if the torque converter in locked or unlocked.

    I could see some seeing it as information overload.
  • ckrolckrol Posts: 9
    Just in case anyone is unsure of purchasing CR-V, just thought I'd tell you that I just traded my 2007 in, upgraded to Odyssey. I miss it already! I had to upgrade due to growing family.

    I had the ex-l or whatever the fully-loaded version is. I consistently got great mileage, never a problem with the car. Handles beautifully on rural roads as well as highway. Great instrument panels and safety features.

    If you have any questions, feel free to email me. I loved this car and miss it already. I love my new van but it's going to take some time to get used to the size!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • I absolutely HATE the wiper controls & the way the rear wiper operates. I'm not an idiot (really), and I still can't tell when the wipers are off. I am forever getting into the car in the morning (garaged) and the wipers start-up. If the wipers are on delay, the rear wiper will wipe when you back up. I don't want it to do that. It's very frustrating when a car thinks you know what it wants you to do and does it for you.

    Yes, that's probably my biggest dislike...not the end of the world. The AWD system isn't the greatest--always pulling/vibrating while turning. All around, a good vehicle; even one I would recommend. It's comfortable, reliable, and a great value. My taste--I'm ready to trade-in and get something else.
  • dgrebdgreb Posts: 51
    Hi,

    I purchased a Accord LX-P in Aug last year and we've decided that the CRV is more practical for us.

    What are the chances of a dealer not taking us to the cleaners and offering a ridiculous trade-in and then making something from the CR-V?

    The Accord has 5k miles on it. I'd even consider a straight swap for a 09 CRV LX/EX with the same mileage.

    Thanks
  • lzclzc Posts: 483
    It's a fact of life, a 1-year-old car with 5k miles on it is worth considerably less than a new one. Still, car sales are slow these days even for Honda. And maybe your dealer has a surplus of CR-Vs and a shortage of low mileage Accords. Could be.

    What about selling your car and then buying a slightly used CR-V?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Yes. I find it handy to know how hard the engine is working relative to it's speed. On rolling hills, you can use it to help maximize your mileage.

    It can also tell you if your going uphill, downhill, have a headwind or crosswind, and you can predict when it's about to unlock the torque converter for more power.

    Hey, if nothing else, it's something to pass the time. Personally, I like it and woudln;t ind also having a gear indicator with a symbol as well to indicate if the torque converter in locked or unlocked.

    I could see some seeing it as information overload.


    Sounds like you would benefit from driving manual. You would know exactly what gear it is in, and the rest of the feedback you are seeking :D
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