2003 Honda CR-V LX Fwd 4dr SUV w/ Side Airbags (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Fun spunky car that is just so easy and friendly. Purchased with 70K miles with a reputation for being able to go another 200K. Everything works great and easy. So simple there is little to break down. Road noise is substantial on rough highway and gas milage at 22 MPG overall is not overly impressive, but it's a box. Other than those two things, it's superb.
I bought a new 2003 Honda CRV AWD. It has been in the shop more than on the road. I have spent more in repairs than I almost paid for the car. It has still not reached 100k miles yet and now needs a rebuilt engine. The first time the engine locked up at 86k miles. It cost me 1700 dollars to replace the engine head gasket. Less than 10k miles later it needs a nother head gasket. Since it was in years past the warrenty for the drivetrain warranty. It has has 2 radiators. It has had a new alternator. It has had all 4 coils replaced 2 times. The sparkplugs need changed as often as it needs gas. It is a money pit. It has has 2-6 disc cd changers. Ac system went at 36,400 miles so Honda had no choice but pay the $3,000 for that little repair. Sometimes it would just shut down and later just crank and run like nothing ever happened. It still only has 93,400 miles and the engine has overheated again and has a blown headgasket. So here is another $1500 to $2000 if the engine is not cracked from the overheating. Again all my problems not Honda.
My CRV is going strong at over 143,000 miles and is great for city/suburb driving and commute, moving lots of stuff or large items, and the occasional camping or road trip. Engine/transmission and electrical are very reliable but acceleration is starting to drag a little bit, and the door lock actuator is broken (as in other reviews). But I have done all regular maintenance and major services like brake replacements, and the car is fine. It's easy to park and fits lots of stuff with fold-down seats. The seats aren't plush, but the interior is roomy and practical with good driving visibility if you remove the rear headrests. Roof rack has come in handy. Reasonably safe, although you wouldn't want to be in a side-crash as many vehicles are larger/heaver than this. Feels like a light car with the space of an SUV. Paint and finish have held up perfectly.