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Base 2.0L 4-cyl. AWD 4-speed Automatic - (44 reviews )
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Great Car for the Money
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By rockchalk7
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1997 Honda CR-V 4dr SUV AWD


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I got this car in 2010 with about 135k on it and drove it for 4 years and added about 30k miles. Overall, it was a great car. Lack of power is my main complaint - you had to floor it to get up a hill or pass someone, and it sometimes took the transmission forever to shift. The car couldn't maintain its speed on steep hills at all. My 2011 CR-V has eliminated these problems. I also didn't get as good of gas mileage as one would expect, but it is an SUV after all. Noisy ride. Several electrical problems including faulty power windows and locks - we finally traded it in because the car often wouldn't start and we believed it to be electrical. Nevertheless, I miss it!


Best Features

I loved the interior layout and the look of the exterior. The interior was so roomy, including the back seats. It had no blind spots at all. The AWD worked great and I never had trouble getting through snow. I was a big fan of the center console tray, which luckily my 2011 CR-V still has.


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Loved this car, she took a long time to wear out!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By nicoleinwi
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1997 Honda CR-V 4dr SUV AWD


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I bought my 1997 CR-V in 2002 with 100,000 miles on it at the time. I put on enough to get it up to 262,000 miles as of this month. Just yesterday the car finally broke down to the point where it's not economical to fix (transmission). I've been told that had I changed the transmission fluid regularly this car could have stood a chance to last even longer than it already did. As it is I feel I got way more than my money's worth out of this great vehicle. I had to replace the radiator in 2009, but other than that most repairs I recall doing on this car were relatively minor. I'm sad she finally broke so bad!


Best Features

MPG, agility in snow, reliability


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Love My CR-V!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By hondacrv7
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1997 Honda CR-V 4dr SUV AWD


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I bought her used and have really only put minimal repairs into her. She only had 1 owner before me. They kept great records. I always take good care of her and keep her tuned up. I have had her for over 6 years and have put over 80 thousand miles on her. She has a totally of over 160,000 miles. She has been a GEM! I started looking for more fuel effecient vehicles lately, but I really don't want to give her up. I would have bought a new CR-V if they had kept a similiar style, but I really do not like the new style. Maybe, I'll just wait till' she finally gives out on me. Her qualities will be hard to match! Great in the snow, durable, long lasting reliability and overall Outstanding quality


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HR-V (Harvy)
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By wsweeden
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1997 Honda CR-V 4dr SUV AWD


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Harvy is the name my CR-V was given by his previous owner. She loved this car and recently sold it to me at a price that can only be described as a steal, but only after buying a new CR-V. I have only owned Harvy for about a month, but I bought the 14 year old car with almost 160,000 miles. Soon after, my area got hit with 18"+ of snow. I let my wife drive my 2007 Z71 and took Harvy out for a true test drive.This little suv was unstoppable. I went places i would of been wary of with my Z71. Armed with nothing more than a snow shovel tucked neatly in the luggage rack, I had no problems that I could not dig my way out of. I love this car!!!


Best Features

Its a Honda Comfortable Seats Full Size spare Great traction Good milage Easy to get in and out of I have not met one CR-V owner who either does not or would not own another CR-V.


Worst Features

Don't like the master window switches on the dash Cup holders are too shallow No Vtech


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Still going strong
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Paul Vdp
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1997 Honda CR-V 4dr SUV AWD


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Bought this CRV used in 2001 and have been driving it ever since. Great reliable vehicle. Doesn't get any better. Some what under powered but that is really the only major thing I would want changed. Would like to get something else to drive as after 9 years, I'm getting bored of it .. but it just won't die and it not worth trading, so I'll just drive it till she quits or my 16 year old smashes it. AWD is great in the snow and have had no major problems. Great job Honda, put in a small six cylinder so I can pull a camping trailer and I will buy another one tomorrow.


Best Features

Lots of room


Worst Features

More power, less road noise


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