Having come to the forum seeking pre-sales advice, both through reading previous posts and asking questions, I felt confident enough to take the plunge last weekend. And now a week has gone by already so I thought I would write about my purchase and my initial ownership experience. This might be a long post so if you just want the summary - I’m happy! I had shortlisted a handful of CR-Vs to view, all 2nd Generation petrol automatics but one in particular stood out. My only worry that it was a classified advert on eBay from someone who had six or seven cars listed for sale all photographed outside their house. Their eBay feedback only related to their personal purchases. I would have preferred dealing with either an established garage or privately with the previous owner. The seller did say they would consider a part exchange though which was attractive. The car is late 2003 in executive trim with two lady owners and 88,000 miles. MOT until next November. It was advertised for £2995. The seller was very straightforward and pleasant to deal with, I think he has contacts in the trade and gets first refusal on part exchanges that are too old for the dealers to sell on themselves. This one had come from his local Honda dealership and was traded in against a new or newer CR-V. Anyway I looked around the car then we went for a test drive, he drove first then I took over. I asked lots of questions, everything was as he described in his advert and all the paperwork stacked up. He allowed me within £100 of what I wanted for my old car so we did a deal there and then and I drove home in my new CR-V! I think the car has a few extras or additions over and above its standard specification. I’m not 100% sure as I can’t find the exact brochure in the uploaded materials on this site. It has reversing sensors, they are from Honda as I’ve found a tiny booklet for them in the handbook. I don’t know if I trust them entirely yet, the spare wheel seems to confuse them! I also have 16” wheels. When I was asking about the face-lifted models on this site this was one of the changes from 15” but I don’t know if 16” was an option earlier on. Perhaps someone can tell from the design of the 6-spoke alloys in my photo. Tyres are a matched set of Kumho Solus with plenty of tread left on them. The headlights seem to be the later version without the amber glass. And I have a full set of CR-V mats. There’s no tow bar which suits me as I’m always worried about what a car may have been straining to tow! One thing I would have liked though is automatically folding mirrors. I don’t know if they can be retrofitted? I’ve had a busy week since and have covered 580 miles already (slightly more than my average) mostly on fast A roads. I’ve filled up twice and I’m getting 28.2 MPG which is almost exactly what everyone had predicted. So no surprises or complaints there. Nice driving position, reasonably comfortable seats, all controls where I would expect them to be. The SatNav unit works and I can listen to the radio and play CDs. What faults have I unearthed? The wiper blades squeal a bit so I may invest in a new set. My seat belt is a bit lazy. The O/S headlight unit has let in water and has an orange line of rust along the bottom edge. I think this will be my first major job if I can source a second hand one at a reasonable price. Mechanically there is one small, occasional problem. You know that noise you get when you turn the key to start a car that is already running – it goes right through you? When I start up from cold some mornings by the time I know the engine has caught and have released the key it’s obviously too late and this happens. Has anyone else experienced it? It could just be technique on my part but if it persists I may raise a thread on it. The car was last serviced in October though I have no receipt other than the stamp in the book so I don’t know what exactly was done. The oil still seems clean and fresh. I do feel though that it might benefit from a fuller service. It could just be that I’m not used to hauling a big weight around with a 2.0 litre petrol engine! If anyone has any comments on the above or advice on anything preventative I could be keeping on top of I’d be very pleased to hear them. Thank you for reading this far.