Well since getting the new puppy we have toyed with the idea of replacing the HR-V which is now 17 years old still runs perfect but a little high at the back and as he grows the space in the rear gets smaller. Some people have suggested an FR-V but truthfully both my wife and I are not great lovers of it, so we are considering a 2nd Generation CR-V. My remit is I am looking for as new as possible 55-56 reg. Low mileage, petrol or diesel?? Not too bothered,as many extras as possible, a good service history,and in decent condition. Well I've trawled various sites looking at various vehicles and building a possible list. This was looking pretty good but then I noticed that they had posted a picture of the engine which was diesel. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172279980471 So I decided to ring them as I wanted to know about servicing as well. It turned out that when they posted the ad they had two identical CR-V's both fuel types and they had mixed the photograph up. As for service history the lady owner had mislaid the service book and had no service receipts for any work done so this went in the recycling bin. This afternoon we went to a local private garage to take a look for the first time at a 2nd Generation CR-V (yes we hadn't looked inside one till today) The one we chose to look at was a 55reg 2.0ivtec with sat nav leather etc. Well initial thoughts were very spacious especially in the back for Frankie. It wasn't the cleanest I'd seen in my time the drivers seat was showing signs of age and hadn't been looked after. The passenger seat had a number of cigarette burns in it. Sound system was saying not working insert disc?? The engine bay was fairly clean a new battery had been fitted and the engine turned over and fired up first time of asking. Oils checked engine pretty dirty! The sunroof worked perfectly as did the air con but the drivers door mirror did not retract when the switch was activated. Then I tried to open the rear door which was one of the main areas we wanted to see. Unfortunately it failed to work under no circumstances could I get the door to open I could hear the lock unlocking but it wouldn't open. The bodywork was not in the best condition lots of scratches and a pretty bad keying down the passenger side. The tyres needed changing so for the £3898 they were asking for it I would have to put a fair bit more in to get it up to standard. And would be outside my budget. And honestly my HR-V is in better condition. So the positives we got were that it is very spacious which meets our remit, there are plenty more out and about and the pre pre search will continue. I'll keep updating as I go on.