Ok, so I've been playing the dangerous "Auto Trader" game this evening, looking around at what cheap 4x4's are available given the recent weather (last time I started playing this game this I ended up with a 1974 Mini that I had for 8 years!! ). Would be really interested to know what opinions are on the original CR-V 2.0 petrol automatic, say 1997/98, with c80-100k miles and costing between £1500-£2000. Seem to be plenty around, and as always, on the web they mostly look great... What are the key things to look for other than normal "old car" stuff? Are they generally robust and reliable, especially the automatics, as that is a must have for me (don't drive manual, long story). Having looked through the threads in this forum, I can see that they aren't that frugal, but that wouldn't be too much of an issue for limited, local, use. I do quite a bit of rural mileage at the weekends, and this year with floods and snow it has been a bit of a pain...so this may not be an entirely theoretical question - I may consider getting a cheap 4x4 in time for next Winter in addition to my Accord! Have also been surfing similar priced old Subaru Forester / Outbacks (also plenty around) and even the Daihatsu Terios (fewer autos around). Any opinions on these compared with the CR-V?? If I've missed a similar "what to look for" thread already in existence then I'm really sorry...but I can't see one?