This is the third CR-V I have owned within the last seven years (the first two being the earlier version). None of them has misssed a beat and they have been utterly relaible. We have used all of them to tow a caravan and they all have been superb.
When choosing the one we have now, we tried both vesions but decided the diesel was more noisy than the petrol but had more punch (not diesel clatter, but turbo whine, and really not that noisy but I value refinement).
The main thing about Honda that we like is that everything works as expected and with a quality feel. We have had absolutley nothing go wrong in seven years of owning Hondas (my wife drives a Honda Accord Tourer which is a superb drive) and it will take a major failure to make us change to another manufacturer.
As far as fuel consumption is concerned we get about 33mpg solo on average and about 23mpg towing.
We have also found that servicing costs are reasonable and that our dealer (Lookers Honda Warington) is very good.
PS we do not have any connection with Lookers or Honda other than being satisfied customers.
I bought a used 2006 Honda CRV Diesel Executive from GRAHAM P. CHATHAM, Abbeyhill Edinburgh, I would not recommend this dealership to anyone, if you must, be sure all work agreed to be carried out is done before taking delivery. This dealership had eleven full days to prepare the car from forecourt to agreed repairs (one small dent drivers door, one small dent rear quarter panel (was later told the reason these were not fixed was the dents are in the wrong place), repair scratches to door mirror cover and refurbish one scratched wheel - none of which had been carried out. The vehicle was also due its first annual service which I was told would be done - though I doubt it has been carried out. Had to return the car several weeks later so they could carry out the repairs that should have been done. 90miles round trip and off the road for 5 days. In my experience this is the worst service I have received from any motor dealers I have ever used.
My vote for worst in dealers for After Sales/Customer Care Great car shame about the dealer.
I have had my 2004 CRV for 8 months, which I bought privately from a guy who had it from new. I never really fancied getting one but after 2 years of constant nagging from my wife I was reduced into submission.
In 20 years of driving I can honestly say i get more pleasure from driving this car than any other car I've ever had. I shouldn't like this car as it has quirky controls like the dash mounted hand break, Sat Nav that is too far a stretch and I'm 6'2". The dashboard fridge which you rarely use mounted where the heater controls should be and it guzzles fuel. So why have i fallen in love with this car. The answer is simple. Everytime you stoke up the revs on that glorious VTEC engine you get a big grin from ear to ear. Those clever engineers have evolved a race inspired engine that alters the the depth of the valve opening as the revs increase so taking in more fuel and air. The result is power at any part in the rev range right the way up to a howling 7,000 rpm. the other big bonus with this car is the reliability. i had it in for it's 3rd service & first MOT and absolutely nothing was wrong with it not even an advisory. The car is also very practical and everything works clinically well.
I want the new shape one and will now always have a Honda as they are just so well engineered if a tad quirky.
I'm back with a second review. The car is now 10 months old and has done 12,000 miles. It has been worked hard in the last five months with moving to the country - each drive is long and there are a lot of large loads to bear.
It's still fun and easy to drive. I'm getting around 440 miles to the tank. That's's a wee bit disappointing given that my wife has a Jaguar X-type 2.0d giving 500 miles from the same tank size.
I've just had to replace both front tyres at a cost in excess of £200. Potholes and resulting bad tracking are the cause of the excessive wear on the outside rim.
For the kind of heavy use it's getting, I'd still recommend it.
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