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02 CR-V - BAD CHOICE!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By NoCRV_4_Me
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Vehicle

2002 Honda CR-V LX 2WD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Pros: Door height - I don't bump my head getting in/out. Good little engine - strong, reliable Comfortable for around town driving Cons: 1. Air conditioning has gone out twice in last year. Bad compressor and dealer didn't offer me any deal, only a $3500 estimate. 1st time seals blew out, 2nd time bearings failed. 2. Black paint has white undercoat so every little scratch shows and it scratches VERY easily, despite frequent waxing. 3. Back seat legroom limited; OK for kids, tight for adults. 4. Has irritating rattle since new, especially when turning right. Dealer couldn't find cause under warranty. 5. If quality is so good, why does Honda have the worst warranty in the business?


Best Features

- Strong 4-cylinder engine - Good door height - Still tight (except one rattle since new) and drives well - Good gas mileage 26-28 in town up to 31 on highway at 70 mph


Worst Features

Better paint - Redesign air conditioner compressor or use reliable one from Pilot, or Acura - Add lumbar support for front seats - Make it quieter! It's so noisy, I can't even hear the CD player on the highway, in spite of buying some of the quietest rated tires on the market.


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Stay Away from 2002-03 - A/C Nightmare
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Fun To Drive
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Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Crescentan
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Vehicle

2002 Honda CR-V LX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We've had our 2002 CR-V for nearly six years and over 100,000 miles and have been quite satisfied with the car. It is incredibly roomy for such a small car, a decent road trip car and economical to operate. BUT Honda's a/c compressors for the CR-V and Element for 2002-03 were badly designed and fail catastrophically, requiring every bit of the a/c system to be replaced at a cost around $3,200. Our first such failure was under warranty at about 70,000 miles in September 2006 and the 2nd 18 months later. We paid $800+ plus labor this time since it's out of warranty. Doubtless, if we keep the car, we'll replace it again in 18 months or so.


Best Features

Large amount of space, fold down seats. Cargo area can be very comparable to station wagon.


Worst Features

Fix the bad compressor design for the a/c. Get rid of the crappy, lightweight tray table between the front seats.


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Likeable, Except for A/C Compressors
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Galvdude
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Vehicle

2002 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought certified used @ just over 50k miles counting on legendary Honda reliability. Pleased with majority of vehicle, including tire and brake wear, so on with the bad. As of yesterday, 2nd A/C compressor failure. First at around 55k under certified warranty, second 104,500, no warranty, but Honda is covering parts only. Blower control switch has dead spots, not covered when found under certified period, not worth $ for control panel yet. Intermittent auto up and down driver side window. Paint chipping off hood rapidly. Overall potentially the most expensive to maintain and repair out of 35 vehicles (4 have/had 120 - 210k miles w/out A/C problems) I've owned save for the cert. warranty.


Best Features

Higher driving position than passenger car gives good view of the road ahead. Cargo area surprisingly comparable to my 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which loses points for having the spare in the cargo area. Fairly nimble in traffic for a street only SUV.


Worst Features

Variable speed front windshield wipers, reliable A/C compressor, more usefulness to folding table beside drivers seat - underneath essentially wasted, more mid range torque - downshifts quickly on hilly terrain at 55-70, but not at 75 on the same hills when cruise engaged. Paint adherence.


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6-year follow-up
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Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By HD
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Vehicle

2002 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Purchased vehicle new in January 2002. Currently have 60k miles and have been pleased with the overall performance and reliability. No mechanical issues except the a/c compressor mentioned in other posts. However, our mechanic (Honda of Fredericksburg, VA) did a little research and found this problem to be occurring with more frequency; called corporate Honda and replaced the a/c free of charge. This when the car already had 50k on the odometer (and no extended warranty). It's worth the time to question Honda on this one. The one complaint would be that, although Honda makes a great, reliable vehicle, they seem to go light on interior design quality.


Best Features

Fun to drive; great storage for a small SUV; customer service makes for an easy decision to own a Honda.


Worst Features

Gas mileage is not what we expected (low 20's); tires needed replaced at 30k; Honda only put outside air temperature display in Canadian models; no standard roof-rack;


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My Honda
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By Gail
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Vehicle

2002 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Review

It is likely more typical to write a review when you have had, or are having, a problem. This thought occurred to me reading through some of the posts here re: unexpected and expensive problems. Thought I would tell you about my experience. Bought my CR-V used in 2006 with 52,000 miles on it - now, 106,000. Other than changing the oil with high quality synthetic every 3500 miles & buying a new battery, I did nothing else to it until last month. Had to get new tires and the back brakes done. Also took it to the Honda Dealership & had them do all of the scheduled maint. to date (overdue). Every fluid changed - $600 poorer. But think I'm good now for another 100,000 miles. Love the car.


Best Features

Reliability, storage space - both crannies and cargo, CD Player, Moon Roof.


Worst Features

Seats need to be more comfortable for a long drive. Small paint misses on the hood. Lot's of blind spots that I am fine with once get used to it, but need to caution others.


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