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2001 - 2006 Honda CR-Vs



  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Rocky - Try this link. Scroll down to the section on trailer hitches.

    There are quiet tires that you can buy for the CR-V. They do make a difference, but most are street tires without the traction necessary for off-highway driving and snow. This link provides a comparison of the two tires fitted as OEM equipment. Living in the North East, I opted to live with the noise and keep the all season traction.

    I added Dynamat sound dampening to the front half of my 99's floor and also fit it into the door panels up front and in back. That upgrade only made a minor difference (I'm not a pro installer, so you could have better luck). I spent less money on a hoodliner and got the same modest results. If I were to do it again, I'd go with the hoodliner and a paste/coating of the wheel wells.

  • > 1)supposed to be a trailer lite connector behind
    > the drivers side rear speaker, does the speaker
    > just pry out easily? I want to install a 4 flat
    > connector.

    The cover just prys off with a flat head screwdriver. Look at the bottom of the cover for a slot to insert the screwdriver. The speaker then can be unscrewed to expose the wiring.

    > Also, Looks like Putnam hitch is the only one with
    > 2 cross bars to the framework to be the heaviest
    > handler for 2000 lbs. Is this so?

    The CR-V takes a Class I hitch. Class I hitches in general are rated for up to 2,000 lbs, but the CR-V itself is only rated for 1,000 lbs. by Honda. The new 2002 CR-Vs have been rated for 1,500 lbs, but they have a more powerful engine and 4 wheel disc brakes. Having said that, there are CR-V owners that have successfully towed trailers weighing more than 1,000 lbs.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Is there a 2002 SE model? I read where the SE has leather, privacy glass, and a few other goodies. Are they available now or is there a wait? A hard spare tire cover was another feature included in the SE package.
  • timz58timz58 Posts: 44
    We have an 02 EX-A CRV with about 1000 miles on it. No problems with the car other than excessive road noise with the OEM Bridgestones. I had 215/65-15 all weather tires (much less aggressive tread pattern) installed 3 days after we took delivery and the noise level is about 40% less, almost non-existent on smooth blacktop roads. I do notice a little more torque steer under brisk acceleration but it is not objectionable. I think anyone changing tire size needs to consider the affect of oversized tires on performance and wear on the vehicle drive train - too tall and you risk "lugging" the engine on hills and decrease acceleration significantly. Too short and you will be turning a lot more engine RPM at a given speed. Most vehicles are designed taking factors like engine torque, horsepower final drive ratio and transmission gearing to optimize vehicle performance. Don't look too cool with your 17 inchers if the engine or transmission quits on you from over stressing them. Try to keep the same or close to the same outside diameter if you want to keep your vehicle running for a long time. My wife drove the Vee for the first time this weekend and I may end up driving her 99 accord. The CRV is a very well made, quality product that will no doubt provide years of service. We also had the dealer install an OEM trailer hitch - installed price with wiring was $261.00 including the insert and a trailer ball. Not bad compared to the last hitch I had installed on a pickup truck. The Honda Hitch is well built and seems to be solidly attached.
  • sluglineslugline Posts: 391
    Yes, tires can make a difference. The stock Bridgestone Dueler H/Ts are notorious noisemakers. After mine wore down, I swapped in a set of Dueler H/Ls, which are Bridgestone's top-of-the-line tires for trucks/SUVs that spend most of their life on the pavement. The tire noise levels were shifted down by 5-10 mph . . . what I mean is that 60 mph now sounds like 50 used to, 75 mph now sounds like the old 70, etc. The biggest noise irritant in my CR-V now is the wind noise by far. An unexpected bonus was a marked upgrade in steering and tracking -- it's noticeably easier to point straight. For maximum on-road performance and comfort, you might consider turning away from truck tires completely and embracing a passenger car tire like the Michelin X-One. There are a lot of quality products out there, but each is the result of compromise among conflicting performance values.
  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    This week I hope to get my new CRV EX and my wife
    will not get it!She has a 2001 Acura 3.2 TL which
    Honda is missing a bet if they don't make a wagon version of it.I only drove the V a couple of miles on city streets but love it.Even at MSRP
    there is no competition.The Escape is the closest
    in performance and price but it suffers from poor quality materials,and less room inside.Just for comparison here is a list of acceleration numbers
    0-60 mph which is important in So Cal.,Santa Fe 11.1 sec.,Toyota Highlander 4 cyl 10.8 sec.,VW Passat wagon 1.8T 9.9 sec., CRV 8.9 sec., Escape 8.5 sec.In addition a new issue of consumers guide gave the Escape a bad reliablity rating.I
    was seriously considering the Escape but little
    things like in the cargo area the carpet was not even trimmed,it would have cost a few cents.In the mountains it feels gutless unless you keep the revs up by turning off overdrive.I could have
    gotten the Escape for under invoice because my son works for a Ford dealer but sometimes money isn't everything.
  • I'm thinking of putting down a deposit for my "V" since i want a color i have not seen yet (green). Should I put it on a credit card in case this falls through (salesman said it was refundable). does anyone know if the accessory tires from honda are as nice as the ex tires?? think i want the lx any help appreciated thanks
  • inkyinky Posts: 370
    That Robert's name link was something new to me.
    Funny. Enjoy the V
  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    I thought Internet sales were suppose to be
    painless.You still have to play the game where you
    tell the guy what you want to pay he writes it down then goes back to some mysterious room then
    we repeat the process till we reach an agreement.
    They are still trying to extract all the cash they can for the deal.The only positive thing is you eliminate dealing with the wolves hanging
    out on the lot.You are just dealing with one very smart wolf who will eat you for lunch.Sure the internet price may be fixed(in this case msrp for
    CRV)but the variable is the extras added to the deal and the value given for your trade.Here a typical price on sticker is msrp +$1000 +$600 propack.I paid msrp ($22740)and that included the propack and dest.70 miles north the sticker is msrp + $600 for propack.The key to a good price is
    location and availability.I did not get a good
    deal relative to msrp but I did get a good deal
    if you look at other cars in it's class.
  • There's no 2002 SE model available for the US.

    If you look at the 2001 SE compared to the 2002 EX you'll see that the '02 EX is better equipped than the '01 SE, other than not having leather seat covers.

  • bailiebailie Posts: 12
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  • sluglineslugline Posts: 391
    I hope to the heavens that doesn't mean a $600 "protection package." Oh Noooooooooooo!!!!
  • bailie, not to mention that Honda even gave the Canadians heated front seats and leather option in the CR-V EX models. Congrats!
  • Finally had a chance to take a test drive in a 2wd. In the city it was very quiet, nice ride, and had a small turning circle that made it very easy to make u-turns and park. Plenty of room for family and cargo. Fun to drive would be the best way to summarize the city driving experience.

    On the freeway, while power was no problem, the loud road noise was very annoying. Before we left on the drive, I checked the tire pressure(was about 28) on the Bridgestone Dueler's. I asked the salesman about the BF Goodrich tires, and he didn't really know. If those BFGs are quieter, why isn't Honda equipping all CRVs with them? Unfortunately, we came to the conclusion that we couldn't live with the freeway road noise in a brand new car. Buying such a vehicle would mean that we couldn't take it for any trips out of town.

    It looks like Honda has done a great job in significantly reducing the engine and wind noise on the 2002 model, but must have decided to not bother with road noise. I'd be willing to pay $1K more on a $19K vehicle to get the pleasure of a quiet ride. One more thing: these dB measurements done by car magazines cannot be a substitute for actual experience. That tire/road noise on the freeway at 60 mph is very distracting. I think many Honda owners (me included) have a tendency to be more accepting of such things just because it's a Honda, particularly in the honeymoon after purchasing one. Even though I am a Honda owner, I decided not to accept such a noisy freeway cruiser. Hopefully, Honda will make a few tweaks for 2003, just like they did on the 2002 Civic.
  • carguy62carguy62 Posts: 545
    I have the exact opposite opinion as you do. The noise level on my '02 is not excessive at highway speeds.

    That's the beauty of this world, everyone has an opinion. Try the Pilot, or MDX, maybe those are more to your liking.
  • The driver and front passenger seats in my 2002 Honda CR-V EX 4A rock slightly when I accelerate and/or come to a stop. The Honda dealer I bought it from is trying to tell me this is normal and says it is the same way in the other CR-V's he has on the lot. Since I have had so much trouble with the service department of this dealer, I was wondering if this could possibly be true. Is he trying to get out of a repair or refund? Or is this in fact a "safety design" to eliminate whiplash as the service manager is trying to tell me?
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Jvkalra - That's why I wonder about the 6 dBA difference between the C&D test and Edmund's data. If you're willing to spend $1,000, then you probably won't mind swapping out the OEM tires for a set of the Michelin X-ones for about $500.

    FWIW, I found the noise levels in the CR-V to be perfectly acceptable at highway speeds.

    Why doesn't Honda use only the BFG's? Because they can. The Bridgestones are apparently readily available to them and, while they may be noisier, they are generally a better truck tire.

    Susanlm - According to a poster at the CR-V IX, the bushings that connect the seat to the rail may become warn out way too easily. I haven't seen anything to confirm this yet, but that's the rumor. The CR-V seat does have a new design to help prvent whiplash, but I have serious doubts that it is responsible for the movement of the seatback.
  • scnamescname Posts: 296
    Don't overinflat the tires. Honda says 26 psi and its pretty quiet on my car to 80 mph.

    I have 2000 miles on those Duellers now, seem to be quieter than when new.
  • An increase of 6 dB is twice the amplitude. Some people think it is 3 dB, but it is not. It is 6 dB.
    In any case, I've put down a deposit on a '02 CR-V and just waiting for it to arrive. But I am really concerned about some of these problems being reported. I realize that any new car is going to have some 'bugs', but in many respects, this is not a totally new car for Honda - it is a redesign. And from what I gather, the previous model used the same type tires. Along with the headliner problems, ABS light coming on, seat rocking, rough ride (differing opinions on this, I guess).
    Could it be that Honda, in an attempt to get something out as quickly as possible to match the stiff competition (when the CR-V was first introduced there was really no competition) that Honda has put an inferior product (inferior to their standards/reputation) on the market?
    Heat will cause the pressure to increase in the tires - so, if overinflated to begin with, the tires could gain 5-10 psi. while driving at highway speed. Could lead to a rough noisy ride. Does that sound correct? I do quite a bit of highway driving and do NOT want a rough noisy ride. I've never had a car that I had to overly concern myself with what tire or pressure was used - as long as it was a good quality and properly inflated.
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    I think higher tire pressure would actually reduce road noise, since there is less rubber contact with the road at higher pressure. Using an extreme example, try driving on flat tires. You'd be able to really hear the tires.
  • = twice the amount of power. If 6dB then 4 times the power (2*2). So if we were at 60dB and went to 66dB it would be 4 times more powerful. But you must remember that the human ear does not pick up noises linearly.
  • Thanks to everyone for the info on my 99 CRV about road noise and trailer wiring. I'll have to live with the Bridgestones for now, too much tread to trade off. I've had BFG's before, Radial T/A 's, rode okay, seemed to have low noise level, but I found when they were 3/4 worn out they developed lots of "wobble", which would indicate an inferior casing.
    One interesting thing was mentioned by a Toyota salesman when I said I was condidering a CRV, he said "Oh, they have Bad transmissions!" Anything to this? Funny things can be said by competing salespeople. :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Toyota may have up to 3.3 million sludge issues to deal with soon. That salesman is crazy to even be bringing it up!

  • sluglineslugline Posts: 391
    Some people seem to think that the only correct place for the gear shifter (automatic) is in a center console. Anyone who thinks that way could see the CR-V's transmission as "bad."

    Overall reliability for the past CR-Vs has been great. Pick up the Consumer Reports guide and see for yourself, especially the row of "bullseyes" under the transmission category. For the sake of complete disclosure, here are all the significant technical issues I am aware of for the first-generation CR-V:

    1) 1997 models had marginal vacuum capacity for the cruise control, leading to loss of speed on steep inclines.
    2) Many brand-new CR-V owners complained of a pulling to the right (PTTR). The PTTR issues seem to have been attributed to bad alignments from the factory, bad tires, or a combination of both.
    3) The published change interval for the rear-differential fluid (RT4WD models) is 90,000 miles. Enough anectdotal evidence exists to suggest that intervals of 30,000 miles is more realistic to avoid problems.

    The Toyota salesperson should have just stuck to dismissing the CR-V as too minivan-like.
  • Have driven both of these vehicles . . . and cannot decide. Yes, I know they're different sizes - but not in class. I can buy the Highlander for $500 above invoice. I can buy the CR-V EX for $500 below MSRP. The Highlander would be the FWD; The CR-V, the 4-wheel. The CR-V has the side bags, the 6 cd player, and a much stronger feeling to it. The fit and finish of the CR-V is better, I believe. Anyone have any ideas on this? Pete
  • canadianclcanadiancl Posts: 1,078
    I would go for the EX in a heartbeat. A base HL 4 would be too gutless, plain and homely, bordering on ugly. Besides, I think interior volume would actually be less than the CR-V.
  • h1vch1vc Posts: 295
    Can anyone tell me what model and year toyotas are affected by the sludge issue. Thanks.
  • h1vch1vc Posts: 295
    Thanks rockycow.
  • hpc1hpc1 Posts: 7
    Am about to pick up my CR-V silver EX this week. Just wanted to let the Chicago people on this board know what a good experience I've had so far with John Folga at Ed Napleton. Not only have I gotten a good deal on the car despite its popularity in Chicago, he has gone to bat for me getting me the silver one in a short time by doing a trade with another dealership instead of making me wait for it to come in from the manufacturer weeks later. I have pestered him a number of times regarding accessories and pricing and he has been patient and polite the whole time. I am not sure what other people's experiences are like with Ed Napleton but I can at least say that John has been cool to deal with so far. Everyone's dealings with car sales people are different so I can't even promise that if you go to him you'll have as good of an experience as I've had so far, but I thought I should nevertheless say something on this board to show my appreciation of his efforts, and let other Chicagoans know of him to try him out. The dealership web site is fairly useful also, shows the invoice and msrp prices for the cars.
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