I bought my car 2 years ago with 104k and now have 144k and really havent had any problems with it..just replaced tires and radiator..i needed something bigger for work and this suv was perfect..plenty of room inside..fit 5 ppl often in the car..awd works very well in all conditions, and is quite fun on a little bit of offroading..but you have to be careful with that.. its awd is good but its not 4WD..i didnt have success on the sand but havent tried it often..mpg are about 25mpg combined..my only complain with the car is that the engine is just too weak..yes its why it gets good mpgs but only 146 hp and 133lb ft..its peppy but just needed more power..but honestly its just so practical
Interior space..tons of little compartments, love the under the passenger seat compartment..under the picnic table space..and i love the way it looks..i would take this model over the other gens in a heartbeat..mpgs are good too..i've gotten over 400 miles in a tank before
it def needed more power and torque for sure..would've loved like 175hp and 175lb ft or a small V6..the sound system was eh but i upgraded that so..but the cargo mounted speakers are in a bad position
I purchased this car used with only 7000 miles on it. I now have 126,500 miles on the odometer and have towed it at least 25,000 miles behind a motorhome. It has been serviced every 3000 to 4000 miles including all of the Manufacturer's recommended services. Other than a few door dings from several unconscious sloppy people, it looks great and drives great. What a workhorse it has been for us. Great to own!!
Bought this car new and still purrs like a puppy ten years later.
Things to keep an eye out on
 Automatic transmissions, don't forget to change that oil regularly.
 I had to replace the radiator at around 90,000 miles. It developed a crack in the cheap plastic casing in the front right below the fill port.
 Lube that rear differential regularly.
You'll definitely need to change it if you notice that tight turns at low (5 mph) speeds causes a humming from the rear.
 ADJUST VALVE CLEARANCES early and regularly! The cylinder heads on the first generation CRV's are soft aluminum and the valve seats can recede into the head cooking your valves and a very costly repair
We bought our silver '99 CRV new, and have done every maintenance step our trusted dealer has suggested. One major session, @ 100,000 M, cost $1200 another around $1000. This car hasn't skipped a beat, ever! It has been the most reliable, smoothest running car I've ever owned in the 49 years I've been driving. The 4-wheel on demand has never failed, and it was one of the first offered to the public at a reasonable price with that feature. Finally one small rust area has appeared.
We we finally sell it and get a new CRV we hope it comes close to the quality of this one.
The 4-wheel on demand feature.
Our '99 is the first year model. The following year they upped the engine size, Ours is "weak" in the mountains and we find it jumps into lower gear to go up the steep grades. Our mileage isn't very good either.
I bought the old girl with a little less than 30 000 miles on it. I was was warned never to buy a used rental. ten years later the car has 232,000 miles on it. In those ten years the car let me down once. (A freak electrical thing that ended up being a 50$ fix.) I have not been kind to this car. The thing is gutless (Good lord is it gutless) so I always seem to be over revving the car. I have towed WAY over its rated max weight. I'm terrible at maintenance. NEVER changed the oil on time. The car has pocks from a Kansas hailstorm. I,ve been rear ended. I cannot kill this car for love or money. She is starting to show her years now. Just like her owner.