I'm reading that people have had issues with their A/C but mine works as good now as it did when I first bought it. The engine still purrs and the transmission is as smooth as silk. I put a heavy-duty hitch on it and haul approx. 1700lbs on occasion without any hesitation from the engine. Routine maintenance, good mpg and decent fit and finish continues to make my CR-V a winner for me. Just to add, mine was assembled in England and the engine/transmission were manufactured in Japan. Maybe this makes a difference.
AWD, dash mounted shifter, nice sound system, good fit and finish. pretty much everything.
I wish they had designed the rear door on the CR-V identical to the Element. I prefer a tailgate as opposed to a swing-out door.
Our CR-V has been a dream to own. We've had no problems whatsoever with regular maintenance. We love the layout of the interior and all of the cargo space, not to mention the gas mileage. I'd buy this car again and recommend it to friends and family.
Card table, waterproof well in back, ease of driving.
Love the car for its utility and versatility. it can carry three mountain bikes in the back and is great for our big dog. But the low gas mileage shocked us - 15 mpg for largely suburban driving (school runs, errands etc.) Has done really well off road when we've needed it to, and handled very well in snow and ice, with and without chains. The super expensive ($500) oxygen sensor went out just after the warranty expired and that was a disappointment.
Versatility of back seats - storage and cargo room. Great design. Versatility, versatility, versatility - best feature. Seats aren't very comfortable, back seat is not comfortable at all but has great leg room. Good for our sporty lifestyle, bad for long road trips only because comfort is poor.
Plastic trim is really cheap and fragile. Within a year several pieces had snapped off or broken. Back metal seat belt pieces bang hard and break back plastic trim around door (poor design). Poor OEM tires wore out at 22k miles. Poor seals around doors had to be replaced.
Gas mileage much lower than what I was originally told, too frequent on the fill ups. Acceleration weak but tolerable, car runs smooth. Speakers make a buzzing sound. Car jack difficult to crank, panel that holds jack regularly opens and jack slides out. At 62,000 miles radiator, engine heads and all radiator hoses all broke at once just months after the full 60,000 mile service overhaul.
In-dash 6 CD changer, comfortable seats, comfortable ride, easy to fit in tight parking spots, roomy inside, good heater.
Fix the buzzing sound from speakers. Improve mileage, melt down that nasty car jack and rectify the car jack storage compartment issues.
Like most people with a Honda 03-05 my family has air problems. Last week the condenser exploded, and not only ruined a $300 condenser but did a few thousand dollars in damage. What kind of idiot designs something so that when it breaks it tears up the entire product? If you don't believe this try to use your defroster this winter with the ac not working. This is a known Honda problem that they refuse to fix [via several web sites]. Anyone that has paid out of pocket needs to go to Honda lawsuit and help get everyone's money back and save others from this problem. It's defective equipment. They are ripping the public off .