2003 Honda CR-V Consumer Review: Good and bad about CR-Vs

2003 Honda CR-V - Consumer Review

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EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Good and bad about CR-Vs
By Arnie Orloski on


2003 Honda CR-V EX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Had great success with '98 CR-V, so we bought this '03. Like the peppier engine, but like some others before, we bought one when Honda was having trouble with AC compressors. In addition, spent $600 on new brakes and now need a new clutch, and we still haven't hit 50K. With the '98 CR-V, we traded it in at 110K with the original AC compressor and even original clutch! Nonetheless, in very snowy northeastern WI, the AWD has performed well, mileage is okay, and amenities (sunroof, 6 CD player, etc.) are nice.

Best Features

Improved acceleration, great visibility, easy-to-use controls and easy to park.

Worst Features

Aside from maintenance issues, would like somewhat softer front seating, and a shorter lower cabin lip to make it easier for us old-timers to get the legs in an out.
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