Should I buy this CR-V with idle speed sensor issues?

chriswfchriswf Member Posts: 2
edited February 2015 in Honda
So, I'm looking at an 01 CRV, AWD, and manual (manual is what attracts me to this one).

I ran the codes on it, and it came back with like idle speed sensor code.

Basically I did some research after visiting the guy selling the car, and it turns out these throttle sensors can be cleaned. One on top and one on back side?
But some people online still continue to have problems with this even after cleaning.

I got him down to 2,850$.
It seems difficult to get these cheaper than that in my area. ESPECIALLY manual ones.

My question to you, is the CRV worth it?
I have read a bit about valve adjustment, someone said every 30K miles. Is it difficult?
Are these problematic cars? I was always told they're like THE most dependable SUV out there.

Is this a car you buy because you LIKE the car, or because it's dependable (or both)?

Should I or shouldn't I buy it?


  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 233,488
    Hard to remember that far back, but I don't think that model CR-V requires a valve adjustment.. I had a '98, which was the same model (and, manual, as well).

    I spent a grand total of $11 on repairs of my '98, before it was totaled in a crash at 59K miles... You can't get much more reliable than Gen I CR-V. Stick-shift gives you one less major problem to worry about, too.

    Hard to give you a value on this one, without details on the current mileage and EX or LX.

    I would be concerned about buying a car with a problem, and not knowing for sure that's what it is..

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  • chriswfchriswf Member Posts: 2
    Got it!!! Don't regret it!
  • isellhondasisellhondas Member Posts: 20,342
    Yes, have those valves adjusted every 30,000 miles. Those have dual overhead camshafts and they CAN burn valves if they aren't kept adjusted.

    Also, those have a timing belt that needs to be replaced every seven years or 100,000 miles.

    Great cars! We have two in our garage and we've owned two others.

    For that price unless it's rough or has 200,000 miles you got a deal!
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