Pre-Facelift Model First Gen CR-V - What to look for?

Discussion in '1st Generation (1995-2001)' started by FirstHonda, Monday 25th Mar, 2013.

  1. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    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!! :Whistle:).

    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 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?
  2. richsprint Account Closed. ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Get yourself a set of decent Winter tyres for your Accord. Holdcroft are doing Sigma alloys for £299 a set, a decent set of Nokian or Vredestein winter tyres for £500.

    A normal car like an Accord is just as good in snow on winter tyres than any 4x4, most of those arent even on winter tyres.

    So £800 for wheels and tyres for your Accord, or £1500-2000, plus insurance, plus road tax, servicing etc??
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  3. ArcticFire-Account Closed Banned Getting Started

    Scotland Graham Scotland
    I only recently found out about these tyres and they appear to be excellent. Came across this and I don't often see such a good score for a tyre! Although this isn't a winter one it seems their winter ones also get excellent reviews (link)

    The VSA on my Accord coped quite well with the snow at the weekend but fortunately we don't really get much snow in Glasgow, but if we did I'd definitely get a set of winter tyres. Check out this!

    This may also be interesting for you, it takes into account AWD vs FWD, with the latter having winter tyres LINK
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  4. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    Thanks for the tyre recommendation Richsprint, I was looking at Vredestein for my previous car (which was a 4x4) as I've heard positive things, but couldn't find any stockists round here (although could go online easily enough). Will put them to the top of this list this time for sure!

    I got a set of the Sigma wheels from HH a few weeks ago (there is a thread on the HH forum), with a plan to use them as Summer wheels with Winter tyres on the existing 17" wheels next year.

    ^^Sorry, but my personal experience is different, although I've heard others say similar. One of my relatives lives down a (steepish) unmade road, and last year in my Tiguan (and in her Subaru) with "normal" tyres they could both get up and down without even spinning a wheel...the only really impressive thing about my VW! Normal cars with winter tyres couldn't move...

    However, you are almost certainly right about not really needing a 4x4...the dangers of online Auto Trader for people like me with a weakness for looking at cars!!:Foolish:
  5. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    United Kingdom Stoke
    if there cheep enough and you would benefit from a 4x4 some of the time ide say why not buy one. ide love somthing to mess arround in and have a smug face in this sort of weather lol. just watch out for any ABS lights, ball joints are common and oil consumption on some of the engines. quite often i see them come in with no oil on the dipstick! takes 3 litres to top up to the max level and they were running quiet as a mouse beforehand!!! great engines but somthing to bare in mind.
  6. excel monkey Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    United Kingdom Epsom
    As mentioned above, check the oil level and condition.

    Also check for groaning noises at full lock - means the Dual Pump Fluid (which transfers drive to the rear wheels) needs changing.

    You mentioned the Subaru Forester - these are also good cars and would probably take you further off road than the CR-V, having full-time AWD as opposed to the CR-V which is FWD until the car detects the front wheels spinning. On the other hand, Foresters frequently suffer blown head gaskets and general cooling system problems. Your call, based on how much off road ability you need.

    I have a second gen CR-V, also bought on a "nice to have one" whim rather than any real need. It has been great in the recent snow and the high roofline means it can carry a lot of stuff (although does nothing for aerodynamics or fuel economy).
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  7. richsprint Account Closed. ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ is a good site for tyres, supplied direct from Germany. Winter tyre specialists.
  8. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    spend you British pounds here you can get cheaper tyres here if you negotiated hard.:Whistle:
  9. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    Thanks all, very useful. If I do get myself a 4x4 I'll let you know - will wait until early Summer so that prices soften as much as possible.

    Think the CR-V is probably the favourite, my brother used to have a 1st Generation and loved it. Absolute off-road ability isn't a must, as long as it can cope with rural, snowy roads. Like the idea of higher driving position and ground clearance too, useful for floods and something the Subaru's don't really have.
    Anyway, now that I am a total Honda convert, why would I want anything else on my drive?!:OTT:

    One last thing - opinions on whether better to go for a 1st Generation with say 70-80k miles or a newer 2nd Generation with (say) 110-120k miles for similar money? Given low predicted annual mileage I assume option 2, but...what do you all think?

    -----Unfortunately, this isn't going to happen for a while, but is still on my agenda. A new kitchen won the argument rather than another car...:Sobbing:-----
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