I love my CR-V. Going on 10 years old now and have had no major issues with it. Have only replaced battery and tires. That's it. Have driven in 12 inches of unploughed snow with no problem. I don't even want to trade it in and would keep it even longer but 10 years old, so it's time, especially with the tax incentives on new purchases.
All Wheel Drive, reliability
Wish it had privacy glass in rear. Have used an old afghan to hide packages which is annoying.
Bought our CR-V new in 1999. 10 years later and 145,000 miles on it the thing still runs like a top. The only repairs we have done, outside of new tires, a battery, & routine maintenance, are the front brakes at 65,000 miles and the electronic door lock relay at 72,000 miles. Everything else is original. (Yes, even the timing belt and the muffler!) Looking forward to 200,000 miles +! Very little body rust even after 10 Vermont winters and salted roads.
Top 3: Reliable, reliable, reliable. We have averaged 25 to 29 MPG each year.
This model year does not have an electronic door button on the passenger door. Minor annoyance.
We have had this car for almost ten years and have only replaced the battery and the tires. We have more than 250 000 km on the car, we take it back and forth to the cottage. We have towed things behind it, moved stuff in it. We have utilized this vehicle to its full capacity and it has given us no aggravations or problems. We would not hesitate to buy it again.
A very practical family car if you don't need to carry more than 4. Lots of cargo capacity, though long items require some creativity. All maintenance has been preventative and at reasonable cost - it's never left me stranded. No problems at all in snow - I've driven in 6-8" depths without an issue. Performance is nearly nonexistent with just the driver and decreases rapidly with payload. High-speed cornering fraught with uncertainty as one might expect with skinny tires and a high center of gravity. I get a very consistent 25 mpg with a 70% highway/30% city mix at 127K miles.
We've owned ours from new in '99 and echo what many have said. We're coming up on 300,000 km on little more than gas, oil, and tires. Still have original clutch and have had only 1 (yes!) brake job. Exhaust original as well. 2 recalls (ignition switch and rear differential fluid). This car has been fabulous. There are some complaints, however. The fan and a/c is weak for the interior volume (although still works as if new). The seats are the worst part of the car - seat cushion too short and hard. It's underpowered for it's size and noisy on the highway owing to high revs. Needs a sixth gear. I know it seems like a lot of complaints but, actually, it's a great car. Would buy again!
Build quality, clutch, brakes, quality of interior materials, velvet switchgear, smooth engine, 1st gen styling.
Needs: better seats, lockable rear differential, more power, higher final gear ratio in 5th or a 6th gear to reduce highway noise. Not a relaxing long distance cruiser although we have taken a 5000km road trip with it.