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2004 Honda CR-V SUV

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Honda CR-V Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Honda CR-V

  • The longtime benchmark of the "soft roader" mini-SUV class. Drive it. You'll like it.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Highly versatile and roomy interior, stable handling, comfortable ride, high crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Limited off-road ability.

  • What's New for 2004

    Other than a new seatbelt reminder there are no significant changes for 2004.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Fun car

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this new and really love it. Love the moon roof, the CD/radio, and the seating configuration options. As a tall guy, I fit in this thing well, even with the moon roof. Towing a U- Haul type trailer on the highway I get a respectable 19mpg at 55mph. Original tires were noisy and rough, but lasted to 50K - replaced with Michelin's. Replaced rear brakes at 72K. MPG have been (very) disappointing - have always beat EPA estimates on other cars. I get almost 25 going to work 7-miles away, but highway mileage is almost 22 on the cruise control. Overall average is 23.7.




No more hondas

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Bought new in 04. Tires wore out after 20,000 miles. Excessive wind and road noise, rides like a tank, seats are not comfortable. Front struts had to be replaced at 50,000 mi. and yes my air cond. went out at 59000 mi., cost $2800 at dealer. Found someone to fix for $1000. Eng. light keeps coming on and off. No more Hondas.




How could this be?

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I bought my CRV brand new and have always driven it very gently. From day 1, I noticed there is significant wind noise and road noise. I didn't think much of it at first, but then other mysterious noises began to show. I can't get the dealer to figure out where a rattling sound is coming from whenever I drive on rough surfaces. Then there is this high pitch whining noise that is very noticeable when the car is going 40-55mph. They say it's a normal sound from the transmission. I don't believe it because it wasn't there for the first 4 years. And now the car averages 16 mpg. I know there are just annoying problems but they really reduce my enjoyment of driving this Honda.




Into the shop every 2

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Overall, my Honda has never died on me. I am a very spirited driver, but there are no excuses for some of the constant repairs being done to my car. I needed a new front axle at 60,000 (living in the NYC metro area, we have those big pot-holes), I have blown about 5 or 6 engine mounts, needed a new transmission at 80,000 miles, needed to replace throttle plate at 15,000 miles, the list goes on, and on. Thank god I used common sense, and bought the extended warranty. It's just a shame the terrible customer service at my local dealer turned me off to Honda, and therefore will probably never buy another Honda again. Was a great car until around the 50,000 mile mark. Then it's all down hill.




My last honda

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Great reliable car for about 4 years. It did pretty well in deep snow, had lots of room for hauling just about anything. My A/C exploded at less than 58,000 miles. Honda told me to basically drop dead. There should be a recall on this A/C problem. Honda no longer cares about their customers.




Nice until a/c failed

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Vehicle: 2004 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I really liked my CR/V until the last few years. 1st, the cabin materials did not wear well. 2nd, the gas mileage seemed to decline over time to the point that I could not get more than 275 miles out of a tank even with highway mileage. 3rd, we had reliability problems. Had a $600 transmission sensor repair last year, and then the A/C compressor imploded and destroyed the entire AC system a few weeks ago. The cost for that repair was quoted at $3800 by the dealer, and American Honda refused to help even though they've helped other customers with this, but left us out to dry despite owing a 06 accord and doing all service for both at the dealer. We're done with Honda for a while.



Full 2004 Honda CR-V Review

What's New for 2004

Other than a new seatbelt reminder there are no significant changes for 2004.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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