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Honda CR-V Likes and Dislikes

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  • motoguy128motoguy128 Posts: 146
    edited February 2010
    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

    Been there done that, got the T-shirt.... 3 of my last 4 cars were manuals. It's a love/hate thing with both manuals and automatics. I think I would like a manual, if it's was a semi-auto clutch. Where you used the clutch in 1st gear, then used paddle shifters after that. Why? Well, where I live now, I have a 3 mile commute with 6 stop signs and 1 stop light. My last car was a 6 speed, so I could get into 4th gear at 30mph with 1 stretch 35mph so I use 5th gear... plus 2 turns, when I downshift. If I donwshift once for engine braking, and don't skip any gears when upsifting, if I get stopped at the light... that's 37 shifts in a 8-10 minute drive to work. It becomes more tedious than fun.

    For comparison, when I used to go to the race track with my motorcycle. In a 1:30 lap on a 2 mile circuit, I would shift only 16 times. That was a LOT more fun. Especially with a 100HP, 400lb motorcycle that reved to 14k RPM.

    Heck, my BMW mtorcycle with it's tall gearing, would only need to be shifted 16 times since I only use 1st and 2nd gears at those speeds. Plus it's a lot easier on a motorcycle, sicne you only need to squeeze one lever with your hand and toe up the shift lever with your foot, rather than lift your leg to push down a pedal. I never could heel toe in my car, but it's easy to blip the throttle on the motorcycle and brake at the same time.

    Plus, most all manuals these days have shorter final drives and overdrive gears, so they rev a LOT more on the freeway than automatics. The Fit and Civic are good examples. There's almost a 1000RPM difference between the auto and manual verson of those cars at freeway speeds.

    The benefits of the manual, soon failed ot outweigh the drawbacks. The final deciding factor, was that my wife didnt; want ot drive a manual. She can, and used ot own a miata when she lived in CA. But no longer desires to utilieze 3 pedals and use both hands to drive.
  • Hi, I recently purchased a 2010 CR-V LX. I've owned many other non-luxury Japanese brands before and so far can't see that the Honda cars are as magical as some people and car reviewers make them out to be. I have issues with a few interior design items (small radio buttons, very small alarm blinking light, crazy folding rear seats etc.), but it's just a matter of convenience. Anyway, one feature that doesn't make sense to me is the rear seat headrests that apparently cannot be removed. They could be tilted forward, but how can you have non-removable headrests? I rarely have rear seat passengers, and would like to have them out of the way for better visibility. Actually, the small middle headrest is removable, but apparently not the two main ones. Am I missing something? Does anyone know if there is a way to remove the rear headrests? Also, the driver seat cushion seems to me to be titled too much back, meaning that it feels like you sit on a toilet. I personally prefer to sit horizontally (and high). LX doesn't have the seat cushion tilt adjustment. So in order to make the sitting position more horizontal, you have to lower the seat which, in turn, straightens out the seat cushion angle. I guess it's just my gripes.
  • I have a 2008 CRV LX and I've removed my rear headrest before. Press the button and pull out. I know I've heard that the front seat headrest should not come out but I've also seen, on youtube.com, that those come out too. When you have the passenger seat tilted all the way back, w/o the headrest...it makes for a ice lounge chair on long travel trips for people over 6ft.
    As for the seat adjustment... I just put a pillow in back of my on my bad back days.
  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    I own a 2010 CRV LX as well. I've put 5K business miles on it so far. Its not a bad long trip vehicle - more comfort and performance than I anticipated. My gripes with the vehicle are - it has no outside air temperature gauge, the intermittent wipers have only one speed, and, not - so - hot fuel economy at interstate speeds. Don't know about the rear headrests - I haven't tried to remove them. I'm not a die-hard Honda fan - have had mixed results with the few I've owned over the years. I bought the CRV because it drove better than the competitors I tried.

    Regards:
    OldCEM
  • bllfishbllfish Posts: 2
    edited February 2010
    I have a 2003 Honda CRV and the alarm that sounds if I accidently leave the light on stopped beeping.
    Anyone know the fix for this problem.
    Thanks,
    bllfish
  • dmt_myobdmt_myob Posts: 5
    edited February 2010
    Well guys, the LX is the "base" model after all and doesn't have some of the bells and whistles of the two other trims. If outside temperature gauge and intermittent wipers was important enough, you should have splurged for the EX. And, if the driving position is that uncomfortable with the manual adjustments, then choosing the EX-L would have given you 8 way power seat. Honda has given consumers a few choices in trim levels and it is up to you to decide what you feel is important before you buy - not after. ;)

    As for the headrest, I believe this is the first year the two outer rear headrests do not come out. However, if you take the middle one out and tilt the two others down, visibility is quite good.
  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    While not all that important to me, the two niggles I mentioned kind of surprised me. The last 4 "base' model domestics I've used for business had those two features as standard equipment.

    Regards:
    OldCEM
  • I think you answered your own question in your previous post. It doesn't have vairable internittent wipers or a outside temperature gauge on the base model like some domenstics. But you noted that you like hte way it rides and handles. Well, guess where Honda decided to put it's money? On the parts that count, not fluff. Honda has less fluff, because they put their resources towards suspension and steering components and chassis development.

    For example while hte new Equinox is a huge improvement and very nice vehcile that rides well and has tons of standard features...more than hte CR-V, it's still doens't handle or perform lie the CR-V. It has similar interior space, but weighs almost 400lbs more. That's how you offer fluff, and come in at the same price. Using higher strenght steel and using more product development to further refine the chassis design, is how you keep the weight down and increase performance. the EPA numbers are hgiher on the Equinox, but good luck comming even remotely clsoe to those numbrs i nteh real world. they've carfeully programmed hte transmission and tuned the engine to perform well in the EPA tests. 400 extra lbs can't be ignored so easily in the real world.
  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    To clarify - up till now my business drivers have been sedans. The last one, a Saturn Aura, drove like an Audi. The CRV does drive better than some of the sedans I've owned (a couple of Chrysler Sebrings come to mind here). However, I can't brag about the CRV's fuel economy - mine doesn't get close to its EPA rating on trips. I don't know much about the Equinox - haven't heard anything about the real-world fuel economy on them. Didn't even shop it, because wife hates Chevys.

    Regards:
    Oldengineer
  • tocatoca Posts: 147
    I'll agree with you on gas mileage. Driving in the Northeast part of the country the hilly terrain is a killer on fuel economy. Certainly nothing like the optimal conditions where the EPA produce their gas mileage estimates.

    That being said, I'm getting 22 - 23 mpg on average in mostly rural driving conditions.
  • oldcemoldcem Posts: 309
    Know what you mean - I live in West Virginia. Plenty of hilly terrain to climb. Funny though - I drove my brother - in - law's 4 cylinder RAV last year across Mo. and it didn't do that great on fuel economy either.

    Regards:
    OldCEM
  • I own a 2005 CRV and love it with the exception of all the road noise. I did the following and it made a significant difference (I can easiliy talk to my wife in either the front or back seat from the driver's seat).
    (1) there wasn't any sound dampening under the rear seats. I removed the seats, installed foam carpet padding, like from Lowes, and reinstalled seats.
    (2) My CRV has a door seal near the outside of the door but there isn't one near the inside. Since the threasholds aren't sound-proof, the road noise comes straight through the threasholds into the car. Installing the 1/2" thick el-cheepo gray open foam stick-on door seal from Lowes (it comes in a 10 ft roll) did the trick. Install the seal on the vertical surfaces right where the inside of the door shuts against those edges.
    (3) Install sound attenuating mat on the inside of the doors. This was the most expensive part ($325) since I had a local audio company do the work for me. The labor was essentially free since I would have had to pay over $300 just for the materials.

    Try it; you'll love it.

    I'm surprised Honda hasn't fixed this problem. It is really annoying. But otherwise the car is great.
  • crvexl2008crvexl2008 Posts: 15
    Best thing about my CR-V is the MPG's ! 32 on the highway, 25 in the city !
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