The Honda CRVs have a reputation of high reliability. Actual results from our 2007 model don't back that up. It has an AC Compressor bearing failure at 94,000 that was found by the dealer while it was being looked at for the known AC Compressor clutch problem.
Symptom was an unusual noise that came from the engine area that subsided when the AC was engaged. It is quite noticeable during idle.
Dealer wants $900 to fix it, plus they charged me $140 just to diagnose it. Way out of whack.
It also has a "shudder" which appears to be a transmission failure.
You may want to choose a different vehicle.
It's okay. My wife wanted to upgrade from 2nd gen CR-V, and while it looks slick and new, (she loves it), the vehicle is not as practical or user friendly as the previous model. I find I liked the old swing gate better than the clamshell. The old gate made the vehicle easier to load as you could open the window. There is less storage in the back and the leg room feels more cramped, especially in the back. In front, the giant doorhandles stick out into my leg. I liked the four-spoke steering wheel better on our '04 and while leather abounds, it's not especially comfortable. The stick shift was better on the dash as now it just takes up room. The whole thing feels like a mom car.
The ride has been improved. The vehicle is quieter than the old CR-V and I like the bigger tires.
Bring back the 4-spoke steering wheel. Bring back the swing gate, at least as an option. Move the stupid shifter. Make the cargo room bigger and stronger. Improve fuel economy. Eliminate blind spots in the rear. Needs a better roof rack. Needs fold-flat seats. Design a CR-V for men.
I had this mini suv for six years and never had one mechanical problem with it at all.
Overall a really great vehicle to own especially for reliability. It was a bit loud on the highway but never enough to be annoying.
I wouldn't call it "fun" to drive but it was a great suv for zipping around town and transporting my dog to the park.
I would buy another one but I feel Honda needs to really put a power liftgate in this vehicle.
Also the navigation is a bit subpar with other vehicles.
Back seat leg room was pretty good
Rear a/c vents
Blind spot detector
I purchased my certified new with 25K miles. I loved it and have been happy with it but have had reliability issues. My air conditioner failed and had to be replaced and the locking modulator has failed along with a door lock and my routine maintenance visit to the dealer yielded new struts. I'm just at 77K miles with regular maintenance so thumbs down.
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