1998 Honda CR-V Consumer Review: Tom on the CRV

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Tom on the CRV
By Tom from Kirkland on


1998 Honda CR-V EX 4dr SUV AWD


The CRV was our first SUV and Honda
experience. As far as this class goes,
the CRV is exemplary in that it
combines much of the best of both
world: car-like manners and comfort
with enough off-road capabilities for
most camping and hiking trips. (Note
that it emphatically will not do the
Paris to Dakkar rally...)

Reliability and build quality are
wonderful. With 60k miles, the car has
required two non-routine maintainence
repairs: a loose gasket on the rear
license plate holder and a rear diff
oil change. The car still has the
original brakes and needed only one set
of tires. Not a rattle or squeak to be

Best Features

I wouldn't rate anything about this car as "great". However, it does most things competently. It won't get you there with the adrenaline rushing, nor with you feeling pampered, but you can depend on it getting you there in one piece - exactly what the Japanese automakers are known for.

Worst Features

Consider buying the 5-speed manual tranny if possible - pickup on the auto was poor. Radio also has awful reception. Standard roof rack would have been appreciated, as would illuminated driver side power window switches (always hit the wrong one in the dark.)
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