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ann h., 06/20/2003
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this is an incredible car? SUV? Drives like a car but does great in EXTEME conditions... I live in Idaho, came back from Sun Valley last year down terrible road conditions, my cr-v did great... cars, SUVs, pickups all over the the side of the road (off the road and ditched... my cr-v just kept going... no problemo.... P.S. We have a 1992 landcruiser (old tank type) and for on-road conditions of any type, this really does better!

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Get valves adjusted 1st!!

Bill in PA, 12/13/2019
LX AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
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I purchased this car used 36k in 2002 and the only real issue is Honda's lack of concern about valve adjustments not printed in the book in the Americas. This is a well-documented problem and needs to be done every 30k miles. Had this issue at 65k, used aftermarket parts when I should have used original Hondas, but the car was never the same and needed valve adjusted more and more frequently. Replace the engine at 180k one with 150k with crossed fingers and immediate valve check. This 'new' engine apparently survived the valve issue, at 150k had two tight exhaust valves but no misfire codes and has been adjusted 30k ever since. At about 210k a cracked radiator n hoses were replaced. At 228k on the body I'm having characteristic rust problems in the back wheel wells. Go figure. I put on a new complete stainless exhaust at 225k, 2nd or 3rd front end kit, and blew a brake line at 226k-had them all replaced. At approx. 200k (on the 2nd motor) I've developed an oil leak somewhere up front and the tranny is slipping. May or may not address these in spring 2020. If you run into one of these used, and you can verify its maintenance history and /or get the valves checked first, you will have a very reliable, Spartan, tough, slightly noisy slightly uncomfortable Workhorse. 100% Japanese built, and very reliable for what you're paying for. Keep all the fluids changed on schedule, and be ready for some maintenance such as tie rods, sway bar ends, motor mounts, eventually brake lines over 200k. Its been a great vehicle for what it is. Spartan tough! Cannot say the same for following model year reviews...

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