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2008 Honda CR-V

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  • wstevecwstevec Posts: 126
    Not that I am trying to push the RAV 4, but for 2009 in the Sport Edition V6 4wd they get rid of the spare in the back which sucks (my wife has one and its heavy to open and sometimes closes on you). Personally, I am going to look at that and the new Toyota Venza which looks a little too much like a Ford Edge but might be worth a look.
  • kmausskmauss Posts: 74
    Hmmm - well that might prompt me to take a closer look. (At the Rav 4). I've also not heard of this new Venza - I will keep my eyes out for it. Thank you for the tips. :)
    Karen
  • awt3awt3 Posts: 1
    I bought the basic CRV. My husband and I just put >1000 miles in less than 3 days: 6 hours on day 1; 3hours on day 2; and 9 hours on day 3. The car handled beautifully: acceleration was not problem; cruise control at >75mph was no problem. Travelling over mountain passes, hanging onto curves, twists & turns was amazing -- a dream come true.

    The problem is the seats are incredibly uncomfortable! Not the back, not the head rest; the seat itself -- it was/is worse than riding on a motorcycle all day.

    Has anyone else experienced this? The dealer said this is the first they have ever heard of it. We are thinking it is a fundamental design flaw. Everything is wonderful. Neither my husband nor I experienced any difficulty until we were 3 1/2 hours into our trip.
  • I only took one on a short test drive, so no thoughts. But, pretty much any vehicle that ends up on my short list I'll take on as long of test drive as they'll let me, and I'l have my sister riding in it. She's incredibly sensitive, so if the seats have the slightest hint of being uncomfortable,she'll tell me within 15 minutes! She's like the princess and the pea, lol!
  • Follow the link and correct me if I am wrong but the same CR-V gets an average of 34.5MPG combined City & Highway in England! I guess thats because the steering wheel is on the Right hand side! In fact all of the same cars, trucks, and SUV's you buy in the US have almost the same counterpart in the EU and get substantially better fuel economy. I always thought it was all rigged! I wish my CR-V averaged 34.5 combined MPG's! http://www.carpages.co.uk/guide/honda/honda-cr-v-2.0i-vtec-ex.asp
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,952
    Perhaps if you switched to Imperial gallons, you could get that 34.5. :D

    It's funny that the Imperial gallon is no longer legal to use in the UK for trade purposes, but they can use it for advertising mpg figures.

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  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,863
    "Follow the link and correct me if I am wrong but the same CR-V gets an average of 34.5MPG combined City & Highway in England! "

    Lets see. IIRC the English model uses the 2.0 liter engine. Also, that is IMPERIAL gallons, which are larger than US Gallons.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    FYI: 1 Imperial gallon = 1.2 U.S. gallon

    To convert from miles per imperial gallon to miles per U.S. gallon multiply by 1/1.2 = 5/6 so 34.5 miles per imperial gallon translates to 28.75 miles per U.S. gallon.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,952
    Then there's this post that says the rating system is too different to compare:

    nippononly, "What is "wrong" with these new subcompacts?" #8053, 15 Sep 2008 9:33 pm

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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    Oh, definitely! But the unit conversion is a good place to start. :)

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,952
    Aren't you glad you asked, crvexl2008? :)

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  • I am glad I posted! The 28+ MPG's combined even if it is in Imperial Gallons still blows away the US version by 5+ MPG's. Thankyou but I am still not sure they were using Imperial but I will check the site out or contact a rep in the UK to get the correct info. Thanks for the responses!
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,863
    "The 28+ MPG's combined even if it is in Imperial Gallons still blows away the US version by 5+ MPG's. "

    The spec page clearly states it is a 2.0L engine. That is almost 1/2 liter smaller than the American engine, which probably accounts for the MPG difference.

    If we had a smaller engine here, we would get similar MPG.
  • I have had my EXL CRV for 2 weeks now and pretty much like it. The road noise is high, thinking of new tires recommended by consumer reports. Do NOT like the fact that there is no sunvisor extension for the side, VERY annoying and such a simple thing! Have to remember to turn on the headlights. And the rear license plate is banging in the wind, hoping when I get permanent plates it will solve the problem. Otherwise OK.
  • I just purchased a 2008 CRV-LX. I'm 5' 7" and after driving my new car for about 10 minutes I had to stop and remove the headrest. My head was tilted forward because of the angle of the headrest (leaning too much forward). My chin almost touched my chest. Very uncomfortable. Poorly designed headrest. I now have turned it around. Unfortunately, It won't lock in that position and doesn't offer protection for my neck.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Did you test drive the vehicle before buying it?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    If you haven't already tried it, I find that tilting the seat backward helps a lot.

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  • I bought the car in July 2008. Last week with about 3800 miles on, the oil life began to blink and after a trip of 300 miles it went to -245 miles. At the same time, the odometer changed from around 3800 to 8300 miles! Has anyone experienced this before? Is there a way that the car has a computer chip that the dealer can read to see the odometer reading change?
  • ttrattttratt Posts: 2
    I hope that you have better luck with your new 2008 crv then I have had. From things I have read on-line, it sounds to me like I got a 2007 model by mistake because many of the compliants from 07 seem to be found with this car. Six weeks after purchasing the car in March it begin to fail to start when you turned the key over- on noise on sound - DEAD! But all it takes to get it started (at this point) is to put it back in the start position and try again - starts right up! About 4 times it has made a loud hissing noice before starting. But the most change was when I was driving down the road one day and the hazard lights just started and stopped all by themselves. After taking it to the dealer several times.After my husband stepped into the picture,they suddenly found what they said was the problem d in Sept.- the gauge control modular- which they changed but no one could tell me what it did or why it would solve the problem. Finally ( Jan. 6) I got in touch with a women at Honda whol was willing to take the time and find out that this part controlled the speed gauge, rpm, gas etc. gauge - what did this have to do with a starting problem? Yes, the starting problem still exist and my phone calls/request from the dealer and Honda have been poorly ignored. After almost 10 months of this, we have had it! We are currently looking into our states lemon laws, because this car is a giant lemon! I bought this car based on the Honda name, a mistake I will never make again. We purchased a toyota 2 years ago and all that we have done is change the oil. I also agree with many of the other postings - the carpet quality is poor! I loved this car when I drove it off the lot, now I would like to push it off of a cliff!!!!!
  • sapper268sapper268 Posts: 1
    My 08 CRV gave about 28MPG on the highway last year. Now that I have almost 19500 miles the mileage has improved a lot. Last weeks trip to DC from CT gave me an indicated mileage of 32 MPG on the way down, 33 on the way back (except the last 60 miles where my son drove and brought it down to 29 ;-(). I find that the best mileage is around 65MPG and the cruise control helps.

    Calculated mileage is a bit worse 29.4 on the way down and 28.3 on the way back.
  • kevman3kevman3 Posts: 30
    27K on '08 EX-L. Drivin from NJ to NYC every day, getting about 27 MPG in the warmer weather, 25 in the winter. Car has never had 1 problem. Duelers are starting to wear down, but looks like I should get 40K out of them. 9000 miles on Mobil1 synthetic, OLM says 30% left. Great car so far.
  • Searched into this thread and have had quite a similar experience with vibration as many others have had with their CR-Vs (including arizgeorge1) and just wanted to share my experience. I have a 2007 CR-V LX with steel wheels and bought it new in Dec 06. First time I went on the highway I thought I had a flat - the vibration was that bad. Dealers checked it out multiple times and tried balancing and replacing a wheel - no dice. Ultimately we swapped the OEM Duelers out for the OEM Continentals at 8K miles on the vehicle (regional service manager wouldn't approve Michelin's - only original issue OEM tires). Problem seemed somewhat improved but not perfect. There was still an underlying vibration that got worse and worse as time went on and depended on road conditions. One highway trip last year (24K vehicle miles or so), I thought the median cup holder between the front seats was going to snap off from the vibration. A dealer on that trip said - "recommend better tires". Little did I know that the tires were becoming progressively more "chopped" as I drove it. Recently, the dealer noticed the chopped tires and said I needed new tires (now almost 35K miles on vehicle) and that it was my fault for not making them rotate the tires more often. I was nervous about investing in tires (not sure it would fix the problem) and strongly considered just cutting my losses and buying a new vehicle; but, after searching and not finding cars in stock that I wanted and the chopped tires becoming almost undriveable, I bought Michelin Latitude Touring tires today. The vibration is as little as it's ever been now but still there somewhat when going over 60 mph. I'll probably rotate the tires every 3000-5000 miles with each oil change to try to minimize the risk of chopping these tires. I see a different car in my future in the next few years.
  • cinglemomcinglemom Posts: 49
    There is just something about the CRV and the tire shaking at certain speeds. I have a 2008 which came with Dueller tires. Those tires lasted 30k miles and did not give me good traction from day one. I rotated my tires every time I got an oil change. I noticed that anything over 70mph I would feel some shaking with my steering wheel. It got worst over time. I purchased Kumho Road Venture APT KL51 and these tires make the shaking limited. These tires are also quiet and much smoother than the stock tires. Seems like Honda needs to look into why their CRV's are having this problem. Other than that I love the CRV that I'm in. Best of luck to you.
  • Sounds like your 2008 CR-V vibration problem was quite a bit less pronounced than my 2007's - I had vibration at much lower speeds. I traded in my 2000 Accord with 85K miles on the original OEM Michelins. Sure Honda just made a business decision to putting cheaper OEM tires on their CR-V line - which appears to need quality tires the most. Best of luck to you also.
  • kevman3kevman3 Posts: 30
    My 08 EX-L has been great from day 1. Getting 27MPG on parkway, plenty of room for kids sports equipment, big back seat, doors open very wide, great commuter car into NYC every day. Duelers are wearing out with 31k on them, but no shimmy problems ever. They should make 40K.
  • gkg452gkg452 Posts: 4
    For anyone planning to purchase a Honda CRV, please be aware that this vehicle may have a very annoying vibration problem at highway speeds (80-110 km/h). Honda is aware of this problem and has a name for it – “harmonic tingle”. My dealer has acknowledged that my vehicle (08 CRV EX AWD) and others from their lot that they have recently tested, both new and used, have this vibration to one degree or another. The dealer has tried rebalancing tires and replacing the wheels and rims but to no avail. They have been in touch with the Honda Tech Line and performed three suggested operations including neutralizing both the engine mounts and the suspension and removing the 4 wheel drive driveshaft - all to no avail. Honda suggested to the dealer that even these operations may not completely cure the problem.

    At the invitation of the dealer, I personally test drove an identical, but brand new 09 model with approx 20 kms. This new vehicle exhibited the same "tingle". The dealer has conceded defeat on this one and advised me to contact Honda Customer Relations to complain about the problem.

    Honda Canada’s response is that this is a condition inherent in this vehicle but that it is performing within spec and claims that it has no defect. End of discussion. No fix is available. I tried to elevate this to the next up the chain of command within Honda but was told that there was nowhere to elevate it. So it would appear that we are at an impasse on this. I have written to the company and am awaiting a written response.

    I have subsequently run across many discussions on this forum and others about vibration problems others have had over the years with this problem. I sure wish I had known about this prior to making the purchase because I would not be driving this vehicle today. Perhaps someone will be forewarned and benefit from my experience.
  • hello,

    I read your post regarding "Beware of CR-V Vibration problems - Honda Canada's response". I would like to know if you have received any update from Honda. I just bought a 2009 CRV EXL with navigation from Sisley Honda in Toronto about 10 days ago, we have driven about 200km on local roads and today we went on highway 80-90km/h and felt the "vibration". we will take the car in for a check hopefully tomorrow. But after reading the postings I feel hopeless. We would appreciate very much if you can keep me posted on this.

    thanks so much,
  • gkg452gkg452 Posts: 4
    Honda Canada sent a tech to my dealer to see the problem for himself. He spent over 3 hours trying different things such as reballancing the wheels, re-torquing the rear door hinges, re-ballancing the suspension, etc. After doing all these adjustments, he admitted that the problem may never completely disappear but that hopefully there might be some improvement. Well, after taking the vehicle home I discovered that there really was no appreciable improvement however one thing that this guy passed along to the service manager was that the cause may also be something called "flat-spotting" of the tires. Sure enough, I did my own testing and found that early on in any trip (15-20 minutes or so) I detect a worse vibration than later on in the same trip. I park my CRV in my garage and during the summer months, rarely use it unless it is to go golfing in the morning. Well the drive to the course takes 15 minutes but then it sits in the sun for 4-5 hours. On the trip home (over the same highway) the vibration is always gone. So I figure that maybe the tech is on to something. Are the tires the problem? Well, the service manager claims that they no longer use rayon in the manufacturing of tires and this may be the cause of flat-spotting. I do not know if that fact is correct or not. It would be interesting to have this claim run by a tire expert.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    Flat-Spot on tire - try add extra 3 to 5 psi to the tire standard psi to see if this will help the flat-spot / vibration.
  • gkg452gkg452 Posts: 4
    Yes, my service manager suggested that so I increased the pressure by 2 psi but that has had no noticeable affect. I will try another 2-3 pounds.
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