I purchased this as my first car and it's fantastic. The 5-speed was one of it's major selling points for me but the excellent quality and safety record were important to my parents. I have had no problems with this car thus far, even with 85k miles on it. The car isn't blazingly fast but the 5-speed makes it fun to drive anyway. I agree that it needs more power though, if the engine is under 3500 rpm, good luck moving with any ounce of agility. The only other downfall is the goofy auto-window switch placement. It's right on the dash; hard to get used to. Overall the car is excellent and very roomy, even for my 6'5" body and my equally large friends. Kudos to Honda for the large backseat.
large backseat, comfortable seats all around, great quality, 5-speed
move the auto-window switch placement for the driver, a little more power would be nice too
My CR-V is now 6 years old and I have been very satisfied with its performance. Routine maintenance is all that has been required, except when I was rear-ended. Thankfully, after a rear bumper and the crumpled exhaust system was replaced, it was fine.
The size. It's not a huge, but big enough that you don't feel like you're swallowed up on the road by larger vehicles and semis.
Biggest complaint is the OEM tires. They are horrible. Also, when climbing hills the engine revs like the "little engine that could". A bit more power would be helpful.
I'm approaching 100,000 miles on this car, which I brought new. Am very pleased with its performance. Have only had it serviced at Honda dealer using Honda's maintenance schedule. Still on first set of brakes.
Mechanical reliability. Ultra reliable. Keyless entry a big plus.
None. If Honda offered a brand new 2000 Honda just like this one, I'd buy it when this one wears out. That may take awhile. My mechanic told me I should be able to get 250,000 miles on the engine.