Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Honda CR-V estate?
Although four-wheel drive is standard, the CR-V was primarily engineered for on-road use, so you’ll need to check for damage under the nose and rear of the car to make sure a previous owner hasn’t attempted some overly optimistic off-roading.
Also, while the interior is fundamentally well put together, it’s prone to superficial wear, becoming scuffed and marked quite easily.
Is a used Honda CR-V estate reliable?
General consumables such as filters, fluids, wiper blades shouldn’t cost much more than for a family saloon. However, a common complaint is the CR-V’s appetite for tyres; having to replace them after a mere 12,000 miles is not unknown, especially for models riding on larger alloy wheels.
The brakes can take a pounding, too, so make sure that you keep them regularly inspected: especially the discs, which can pit or develop a distinct lip of a few millimetres depth on the edge when worn.
The 2.0-litre petrol engine needs its valve clearances checked and adjusted every 75,000 miles, so carefully inspect the service history to make sure that this has been done on schedule.