Our CRV, which we bought new, is completing its 5th year on the road. So far nothing has gone wrong yet. I think that's pretty amazing. The vehicle also still looks very good. There is some small pitting on the hood and the black side rails are faded. I got 45,000 miles on the original Firestones and will change the next set at around 90,000. The recommended maintenance intervals are too far apart. Do the spark plugs at 75,000 and change the trans and coolant fluids at around 60,000 miles. Also if you notice a rumbling during slow tight turns, have the rear differential pump fluid changed. Change the pollen filters. When they clog, the AC works harder. That may be why compressors go bust.
Handling is fine and the ride is still firm and smooth. With the rear seats folded up to the front, there is a lot of cargo space and the car rides well with a big load. The rear wheels kick in instantly and silently. The snowy hills of Rockland County are no match for the mighty CR-V.
The smallish brake pads wear quickly. Road noise can get pretty loud. The sound system is nothing to write home about. Expect only about 21 mpg overall.
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