Pre-Facelift Model My FR-V is a lemon and I hate it.

Discussion in '1st Generation (2004-2011)' started by billyspiller, Monday 12th Oct, 2015.

  1. billyspiller Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    After I looked and looked for a replacement for my Jazz, I came up with the FR-V 2.0 petrol (mark one, 65000 miles, 05 plate) for all the right reasons.
    Bought from a Honda dealer, paid top book for the peace of mind and I've had it for three months.
    It's been back to the dealer four times.
    Faults? Many!
    Windscreen cracked as we drove it off the forecourt which was replaced and now there is a buzzing sound from the right of the windscreen at any speed over 45mph.
    Exhaust rear box was detached and falling off. (was still quiet though)
    Rear wash wipe and rear de-mist failed after three days
    Brakes quickly began to bind on the front.
    Now I have a scraping noise coming from the front right wheel when I turn left, at any speed.

    To add insult to injury my MPG is appalling, 33mpg or less.
    No matter how much I drive like a nun I can't get better than 33.3mpg.
    This car is turning out to be the biggest mistake I've ever spent money on.
    I've had four Hondas over 12 years and this one is a bag of shite.
    I'm planning to sell and buy a mark seven Civic Exec as soon as I can.
    Rubbish car, no wonder they stopped making it
     
  2. Duc de Pommfrit Moderator Staff Team

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    Hello and welcome to HK, thank you for sharing you experience with your FR V, think the faults could be put down to poor maintenance rather than blaming Honda.
    Im sure the HR V owner on here will tell you how good they are.
     
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  3. Ben28 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Issue of brakes sticking I can relate to.
    Mechanic I go to said the piston is chrome and can corrode. He takes them out and cleans / polishes then it's sorted. Few quid. Most places want to swap the whole caliper will run you about 120.
    Happened on all 4 corners so far. Will replace with stainless next time.
    The noise from your windscreen could it be vibration? Surely that can be resolved by whoever swapped it.
    Sorry to hear of the problems you've been having.
    Mine is a diesel so wouldn't know about MPG for petrol.
     
  4. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Sounds like you've been unlucky there and found a badly looked after example.

    It is a big old bus, a diesel one would have given you a bit more economy.

    My LPG converted FR-V costs me just £8 per 100 miles of round town driving. That's the cost equivalent of getting 62MPG in petrol :Grin:

    On the contrary they are actually very good cars, like I said you've just been unlucky.

    Are you sure you're car hasn't been clocked back. As the list of faults are more akin to a car that has done something like 150K.

    Go online and check your MOT history to see if the mileages add up in the previous MOTs.
     
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  5. tom87 Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Hi. My FR-V 2.0 has 140k and apart from the usual wear and tear associated with that mileage it still feels well made and "sound!. As for MPG we get roughly 31 and never more than 36 on the motorway, which in my opinion considering its weight engine size etc isnt too bad. Have you checked your front plastic arch liners re the scrapping on full lock?
     
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  6. billyspiller Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Perhaps hate is a strong word.
    It's more like bitter disappointment than hatred.
    I love the look of it the flexibility inside, and that back window is just great...

    But the rest of it isn't doing it for me. I'm just going to have to admit defeat and change it.
    (true, the garage has mended all these things under the warranty for free, but the next owner can take advantage of my snagging)
     
  7. Ben28 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    It's not a car for everyone that's for sure. I love mine though.
     
  8. billyspiller Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Mate, they look f***ing ace I cannot deny that.
    It has a flawless past regarding servicing and the interior is proof of that.
    I looked at lots of them and this one came top of the heap.
    It just seems too many problems all too close together.
     
  9. Ben28 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Sounds like your dealer is looking after you. That's one good thing.
     
  10. billyspiller Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    He's actually a decent chap, doing what he can to help.
     
  11. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    It's a shame that this ones let you down.

    Don't you fancy trying another FR-V ?
     
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  12. billyspiller Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Hmmm...
    I don't think so as my MPG will never improve.
    I'm never going to get into the forties so it will always be chewing at my wallet, which I'm not keen on.
    Especially in these days of financial strangulation.
     
  13. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Ah fair enough then.

    If by some far fetched chance you happen to come across an LPG'd FR-V that would make for cheaper running costs.

    But the chances of coming across one of them are pretty slim !
     
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  14. DieselPower Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I wouldn't be phased by any of those
    Issues. they all sound minor! Any car has the capacity to be a PITA but at least your issues are all easily and fairly cheapily sortable. The fact you've not paid anything is a huge bonus.
     
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  15. billyspiller Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Totally agree DieselPower, the dealer has been really really good, can't fault them at all
     
  16. yanw Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I have a later 1.8 petrol and my wife gets 38mpg doing her 15mile each way back roads commute. I managed 46.8mpg on Sunday driving from Eccelshall to Gloucester (85 miles) 5 up (equivalent of 4 adults) but I was playing at hypermilling.
     
  17. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    @billyspiller even though the dealer sounds like he is trying to do the right thing, if you paid extra for an 'Approved Used' Honda then the windscreen and exhaust should have been sorted BEFORE you picked it up.

    Why Honda?

    That may have left you with a better impression of the car.

    As for MPG, the combined 'official' MPG figures (according to Honest John) were only in the mid to high 30s when the car was new.

    Honda FR-V 2004 - Car Review | Honest John
     
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