I have owned the car for a decade now and it has about 215000 miles. It is very dependable with a few exceptions. The car has the original clutch on it and I drive it everyday. I have never had a manual clutch last anywhere near this long in my previous vehicles. The power and gas mileage is decent (21/22 city, 25/26 hwy). My job requires a fair amount of off road driving. I have to say, with the manual it does pretty well off-road. The one thing I don't like about this 5 speed manual is that it is missing a true hwy or overdrive gear ratio. At 70 mph you are taching 3400 rpm. I have always run synthetic motor oil to offset the higher revs. It seems to have worked pretty well so far. Interior comfort is good and I have always appreciated the surprising amount of storage space in the rear when the seats are fully stowed. I recently had to replace the entire entire AC system because the compressor blew and spread metal shavings throughout the system. The dealer actually told me with a straight face it would be $4500 to fix the system. Seeing the vehicle is barely worth that amount I opted to drive it the ole fashion style, with the windows open. I did eventually have mechanic friend replace the entire system with good quality aftermarket new parts and it was about $1500. Not sure why the dealer needs 200+% profit over normal mechanics. The AC now runs very well. Overall, I hope to get another 100,000+ miles out of this great vehicle.
I moved 6 times with this car. Drove all over Florida with it, and it never broke down once. 100k miles on it and I have yet to find a problem with it. The speaks were soooo good, everybody thought I had special speakers put in. 10/10
The best car I have ever owned!! My 2004 Honda CR-V just turned over 340,000 miles! The only real problem I had was the AC compressor which lasted until around 250,000 miles and I replaced for $1000! The tires last forever on this jewel! I am now looking for another Honda CR-V! I love, love, love this car! Wish I could buy another one just like it!
Bought my 04' CRV with 175k miles on it. It now has 250k miles on it and other than putting new tires on it and having the breaks done I have not had a single issue! Not one! The gas mileage (manual transmission 26-27mpg)is pretty good for an SUV. The AWD system has worked well in the snow and I can feel the back wheels turn on when I let the clutch out. Quality interior that has stood up the brutal Arizona sun.
Negatives: I bought mine with an aftermarket AC compressor so I never had to deal with the issue but I have heard that it's a $3000 fix when the OEM one blows up. Road noise is bad, even with a new set of Michelins. Funky looking styling IMO.
Bullet proof reliability and gas mileage.
Honda needs to fix the road noise issue in all of it's cars, not just the CRV. Make sure you buy one that has had the factory AC compressor replaced with an aftermarket one. Why did they discontinue the manual gearbox after 20006?????
I bought this new and really love it. Love the moon roof, the CD/radio, and the seating configuration options. As a tall guy, I fit in this thing well, even with the moon roof. Towing a U- Haul type trailer on the highway I get a respectable 19mpg at 55mph. Original tires were noisy and rough, but lasted to 50K - replaced with Michelin's. Replaced rear brakes at 72K. MPG have been (very) disappointing - have always beat EPA estimates on other cars. I get almost 25 going to work 7-miles away, but highway mileage is almost 22 on the cruise control. Overall average is 23.7.
Sound system, rear well, visibility, fun to drive
Better highway gas mileage (add a 6th gear for cruise), lower road noise, arm rest on the passenger seat, more cup holders up front, more useful console