Used Car Checklist On Buying A Honda CR-V

The small SUV market teems with worthwhile alternatives such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4, and the Honda Element. Since it's introduction in 1996, the Honda CR-V has seen 3 makeovers. the first body style lasted from 1996 through 2001, followed by a revision in 2002 that persisted until 2007.

All CR-Vs are considered '5 door' vehicles (4 passenger doors and a rear door). However, models from 1997 through 2001 include a 2-piece rear door. The glass portion of the door opens vertically; the lower portion of the door swings open horizontally to the passenger side of the vehicle. Slick engineering permits the glass to open independently of the lower door, but it is possible to mistakenly close the lower door into the already closed upper glass, causing catastrophic damage to the glass. In 2002 the rear hatch was reworked; a single door comprised of glass and tailgate opens to the passenger side.

All CR-Vs include front bucket seats and room for 3 in the second row. The middle passenger doesn't sit on a hump, but shouldn't expect much shoulder room back there. Second row seats collapse into a mostly flat loading surface. Only one person is necessary to peform the intricate ballet: remove the headrests, stow them on the floor in front ot the seats, tilt the cushions into a vertical position, pull up on mushroom shaped levers to release the seat backs, tilt the seat backs forward into the already upright seat cushions.

Possible Problems

Some CR-Vs tend to emit a squeak from the front end when brakes are applied. One dealer explained this as a problem caused by excessive brake dust on the rotors. Have the noise checked out; if you've not heard it before, it may be indicative of uneven tire wear or improper front end alignment.

Many owners have reported serious air conditioner system failures in 2002 through 2004 models. Dealers will quote as much as $2000-$3000 for repair; have the A/C thoroughly checked out when considering these models.

Honda CR-V Defects and Recalls

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration lists the following defects and recalls for Honda CR-V models from 1997 to 2010. Purchasing a used vehicle does not excuse the Honda corporation and its' Honda dealers from providing appropriate repairs under the recall agreement. Recalls and defects are not subject to warranty requirements, nor do they 'expire'.

Defects and Recalls

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Model Year  
Recall/Defect  
   
1997
Ignition Switch
 
1998
Ignition Switch
 
1998
Under Dash Wiring
 
1999
Ignition Switch
 
1999
Under Dash Wiring
 
2000
None
 
2001
None
 
2002
Seat Belt Front Webbing
 
2002
Ignition Switch
 
2002
Automatic Transmission
 
2002
Front Air Bags
 
2003
Automatic Transmission
 
2003
Front Air Bags
 
2003
Glass - side,rear
 
2004
Front Air Bags
 
2004
Glass - side,rear
 
2005
Side, Window Air bags
 
2005
Glass - side,rear
 
2006
Other
 
2007
None
 
2008
None
 
2009
None
 
Defects and Recalls for the Honda CR-V

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