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2001 - 2006 Honda CR-Vs



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Just a suggestion, but why not get bigger tires, maybe touring tires? It would address two of your concerns: noise and gearing.

    In fact I'd plus one and then some, get maybe 235/60HR16 tires on alloy rims. You could sell your old alloys on E-bay or put snows on them. This is an under $1k investment. Trading in your CR-V will cost you far more.

    Get quiet touring tires in that size. That would quiet the ride, plus the larger diameter means the engine would turn slightly lower revs, making it more quiet and maybe helping range a little (your speedo will be off slightly, but most are off to begin with).

    Plus it would look cool. Fill up those wheel wells.

    Another polite suggestion to both of you: try a longer test drive next time. If you spent 13 years in your van (wow!), I'm sure half hour on a test drive isn't too much. Check blind spots and road noise on the type of roads you'll be likely to encounter.

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    I've been tracking fuel efficiency since September 99 (5 speed EX). My overall average is about 25mpg. My daily commute is about 36 miles with a 70/30 split in favor of highway driving. I spend about 10 minutes in stop 'n go traffic most mornings (95 split below Boston).

    I also take long highway trips. For example, a trip to Cooperstown this weekend for a CR-V rally. On these trips, I typically get between 25 and 28 mpg. Even with the car loaded with five adults and camping gear, I've gotten 23-26 mpg.

    My range is about 320-350 miles to each tank. Fuel economy drops in Winter months. The cold weather, longer start-ups, and changes in gas lower averages about 2 mpg.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    But you have the 2.0l, I don't think the new 2.4l is quite as efficient (real world, not EPA). Then again, it offers more torque. Fair trade off.

  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Juice - Depends on who you ask. We play the mileage game over on other forums and the 2.4L versions seem to be just as efficient as the 2.0L. This week, we have some folks with low mileage. A few months ago, we had several 2002 owners posting 30 mpg. For a while, it looked like the EPA had under-rated the highway rating for the 2.4L models.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sounds good.

    If anything, you gotta look at the big picture. SUVs often get 12-16mpg, including compacts, so anything in the 20s is a blessing.

  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    What kinda mileage did that beast get?
  • With over 28,000 miles my mileage has varied from my high of 28.7 (back road mountain cruising 50-60 mph) to 21.8 in the snow for 3 days around town with alot of 4-wheel engagement on that tank. That said my average is 24.2. I keep a written detail with each fill-up and have changed the oil at 5k intervals. I have a 02 EX 5 spd. My other cam (vtec) gets engaged many times on each fill-up but I do tend to roll to stop lights not in gear. I think my mileage is improved because of the dark green color so if you have a silver one, that loses 1-3 mpg. :-)

    I usually fill-up when I need around 13.5 gallons which translates into over 300 miles. Sure wish I had a 20 gal tank and get 15 mpg so I could have a better range vehicle. Just joking, it is all about what makes you feel good. Hope everyone enjoys there CR-V as much as I do.

  • daveghhdaveghh Posts: 495
    I have 28,000 miles on my 2002!

    Is yours a 2002?
  • Yes it is a 2002 which I purchased 12/08/02, the first 5 spd of my dealers allotment.

    I thought I was the only one who puts alot miles on my ride!

  • Well I could usually squeeze 360+ miles out of a tank of gas. MPG?? Hmmm you tell me I'm not sure, math wasn't one of my strong subjects. When I sold the "Beast" she only had 122k miles on her. A little secret the only reason why I got that dodge was because of the mistubishi engine. The only original part that wasn't on it when I sold it was the water pump and the gas pump. Not bad for an American car with a foreign engine tucked in it.
  • I bought a 2002 CR-V last winter without realizing that the Hollywood bike racks that fit MOST rear door-mounted spare tires WON'T fit over the CR-V's spare because as of that model year, the tire has been recessed close in to the windshield, so that the wiper arm won't permit the bike carrier bar to fit behind the tire.

    Does anyone know of another brand of bike rack that will actually fit this model year? Our local bike shops (and I live in Davis, CA, so there are more bike shops than car dealers!) don't seem to know of one. I'm a 98-lb. weakling (well, ok, a 122-lb. weakling) and can't deal with putting two bikes on and off the roof all the time.

  • crv139crv139 Posts: 41
    i have the the honda bike racks for the crv that go on the roof you will need to purchase the cross bars . they work very well . Honda's bike rack is made by thule.
  • I don't know of any that will fit over the spare tire. Have you considered adding a trailer hitch and getting a hitch mount rack?

    Good luck.
  • robmarchrobmarch Posts: 482
    I agree, I think most people's concerns are not primarily gas mileage, rather cruising range. A larger tank would solve many people's complaints about mileage.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hopefully Honda is listening...

  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    Just got off the phone with my sales person. I signed my purchase agreement 11/20 and I'm still waiting for my blue or black 2003 EX CR-V. Gave him a call to see what the status was and this is what he says:

    Honda has thousands and thousands of CR-V's sitting in California waiting for delivery BUT, there is a part they are replacing on ALL of them. It supposedly takes 15 minutes to make this switch but, they are not letting ANY of them go until they are fixed.

    Valves or brakes? I wonder. Happy to get it fixed now than to worry about it later!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Must be some recall.

    This after the ports were a mess a while ago, supply has been short lately.

  • robmarchrobmarch Posts: 482
    kinda narrows it down. can't be anything too major.
  • icvciicvci Posts: 1,031
    Who know though? That could be the corporate line. I know for sure my local Honda dealer could make that a 1 hour job!

    Anyway it could be a computer mod to prevent the valve problem?
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Could be they forgot to install the extra coat hook for the '03 model. =)
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Exhaust. Cyl # 4 is the only specific one I've seen listed.
  • Have been doing a little research into this valve problem. Talked to a couple of my mechanics, along with a couple of Honda Service people. Both gave me the same answer,which was also my theory. But before I post any theorys, I would like to hear from a few people that are having these problems, and where you are located.
  • Could it be something that causes the "Check Engine" light to come on? Isn't that something relating to a failed O2 sensor?
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Back when the '02 model was first introduced, there was a problem with the emissions software. Under very specific conditions, the O2 sensor would register a false error and the check engine light would come on. Honda corrected that a while back (May, I think).

    Is that what you were thinking of?
  • theracoon, the bike shops did mention going the trailer hitch route, but it's more expensive for me since I don't have a hitch installed already. However, it might be the only way for me to go since they movved the spare in so close to the windshield in 2002.
  • robmarchrobmarch Posts: 482
    the only info I have seen is regarding the previous generation CRV's, not the current gen. The engine is new, do you guys think the valve problem migrated over to the new engine?
  • I doubt that a problem that specific would appear on two completely different engines.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    This is one of the problems with internet-based research. You have to look really closely to see what is actually happening. In some threads only one person has reported the problem, but a dozen others reply with advice, concerns, or simply statements of disbelief. Some just reported symptoms that were similar to those of the valve issue, but not actual valve problems. It makes it look like a hotter topic than it really is.

    To date, I am aware of three owners who have documented similar valve issues at relatively low mileage. Certainly, these people and others may have a real problem. I've counted several more who have symptoms that sound similar, but have not been linked specifically to valves. I haven't bothered with the posts from people who are just flabbergasted by the subject.

    I'm hoping that folks here will take advantage of the request mentioned a few posts back and list their specific problem and experience (not speculations). Then we can compare it with the information that poster appears to have from his sources. I know that the CR-V Engineer responsible for designing fixes surfs/lurks this and other CR-V threads.
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