Had great success with '98 CR-V, so we bought this '03. Like the peppier engine, but like some others before, we bought one when Honda was having trouble with AC compressors. In addition, spent $600 on new brakes and now need a new clutch, and we still haven't hit 50K. With the '98 CR-V, we traded it in at 110K with the original AC compressor and even original clutch! Nonetheless, in very snowy northeastern WI, the AWD has performed well, mileage is okay, and amenities (sunroof, 6 CD player, etc.) are nice.
Improved acceleration, great visibility, easy-to-use controls and easy to park.
Aside from maintenance issues, would like somewhat softer front seating, and a shorter lower cabin lip to make it easier for us old-timers to get the legs in an out.
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