I've owned the CRV since 5/99 and have over 100,000 miles on it. There have been no major breakdowns or flaws. Some things are now needing to be replaced: the catalytic converter is one. The heating system/radiator needs some work now. But it is reliable and has never broken down on me. Mileage is great and it handles well, in snow or horrible rain. I'd buy another CRV in a heartbeat.
The way it handles... it doesn't skid and rarely hydroplanes, even in torrential rains. It is easy to load and comfortable. Even my 85 yr old mom can get in and out of it comfortably, without a stepstool!
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