CR-V shopping

Discussion in 'CR-V' started by Observer, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. Observer

    Observer Guest

    Considering buying a new 2010 CR-V but so far what I read on the net
    is about reviews or comments for the features. What I want to know is
    the comments about the mechanics of them. Is there any mechanical /
    electrical weaknesses or things I should be wary of if I buy one...
    ie: timing belt or chain, electrical wiring, transmission, etc.. .

    Also anyone think a AWD in south Texas (Houston area) worth
    considering? I'm thinking about high water or just a lot of rain not
    snow or ice of course. Are the AWD reliable and do they require more
    maintenance? And do they handle a lot better than FWD?

    Sorry for all the questions but I'm still in learning and research
    mode.
     
    Observer, Nov 2, 2009
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  2. Observer

    M.M. Guest

    Check out the CR-V forums at http://www.hondasuv.com. Look in the
    2007-2008 sub-forum. There are several threads about the 2010's there.
     
    M.M., Nov 2, 2009
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  3. Observer

    M.M. Guest

    Check out the CR-V forums at http://www.hondasuv.com. Look in the
    2007-2008 sub-forum. There are several threads about the 2010's there.
     
    M.M., Nov 2, 2009
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  4. Observer

    TomP Guest

    The 2010 CR-v is as reliable as an anvil. That is the breed is well
    developed and refined. If you drive mostly in town; the CR-v is a great
    choice...
    However, the ambient sound level when on the highway (driving 65~80 MPH)
    can get a bit loud, depending on the road condition... after all, it's not
    a luxury ride.
    Make sure to drive the CR-v on the highway, and if possible on different
    road surfaces.
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    TomP, Nov 7, 2009
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  5. Observer

    TomP Guest

    The 2010 CR-v is as reliable as an anvil. That is the breed is well
    developed and refined. If you drive mostly in town; the CR-v is a great
    choice...
    However, the ambient sound level when on the highway (driving 65~80 MPH)
    can get a bit loud, depending on the road condition... after all, it's not
    a luxury ride.
    Make sure to drive the CR-v on the highway, and if possible on different
    road surfaces.
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    TomP, Nov 7, 2009
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    Dillon Pyron Guest

    Problem is the tires. Chunky tires make more noise. AND present
    delamination problems (although not as much as a few years ago). Most
    AWD and 4WD cars and light SUVs are now sold with a less OTR
    aggressive tread design.

    Tires dissapate heat by getting as much tread as possible exposed to
    the air, and getting as much tread as possible on the pavement. Slicks
    are great for that (although there are other advantages, like contact
    surface for transfer of torque), but big chunks of rubber don't do as
    good of a job. And radials don't like that.

    But yes, the CR-V can be a noisy ride. My Fit, surprisingly, is much
    queiter. Not as much as the Civic you'd get for the same price, but
    more so than the CR-V you'd get for more money.
    DO NOT drive thorugh high water, AWD or 4WD. I don't know if you hear
    the LCRA commercials, but "turnaround, don't drown" is real. About
    1/2 inch of moving water is death. In Houston, I've never seen "just"
    2 inches standing. Look at how much of 10 and SW Freeway go under
    water farily easily. TXDOT keeps building drains and they keep
    flooding.

    Other than that, what are you really looking for? Is a CR-V really
    the answer? I've actually heard people say they buy a CR-V or RAV4 or
    even Highlander because they're afraid of a crash with a dump truck.
    Well, folks, if you get hit by a dump truck in a 'Burb, you are very
    likely going to be carried off in the van marked "Coroner" or "ME".
    --

    - dillon I am not invalid

    "Always shoot first. At the very least you'll
    distract the guy enough to make the second one count"
    -- Lazurus Long
     
    Dillon Pyron, Nov 9, 2009
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  7. Observer

    Dillon Pyron Guest

    Problem is the tires. Chunky tires make more noise. AND present
    delamination problems (although not as much as a few years ago). Most
    AWD and 4WD cars and light SUVs are now sold with a less OTR
    aggressive tread design.

    Tires dissapate heat by getting as much tread as possible exposed to
    the air, and getting as much tread as possible on the pavement. Slicks
    are great for that (although there are other advantages, like contact
    surface for transfer of torque), but big chunks of rubber don't do as
    good of a job. And radials don't like that.

    But yes, the CR-V can be a noisy ride. My Fit, surprisingly, is much
    queiter. Not as much as the Civic you'd get for the same price, but
    more so than the CR-V you'd get for more money.
    DO NOT drive thorugh high water, AWD or 4WD. I don't know if you hear
    the LCRA commercials, but "turnaround, don't drown" is real. About
    1/2 inch of moving water is death. In Houston, I've never seen "just"
    2 inches standing. Look at how much of 10 and SW Freeway go under
    water farily easily. TXDOT keeps building drains and they keep
    flooding.

    Other than that, what are you really looking for? Is a CR-V really
    the answer? I've actually heard people say they buy a CR-V or RAV4 or
    even Highlander because they're afraid of a crash with a dump truck.
    Well, folks, if you get hit by a dump truck in a 'Burb, you are very
    likely going to be carried off in the van marked "Coroner" or "ME".
    --

    - dillon I am not invalid

    "Always shoot first. At the very least you'll
    distract the guy enough to make the second one count"
    -- Lazurus Long
     
    Dillon Pyron, Nov 9, 2009
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  8. Observer

    News Guest


    The CR-V is s short wheelbase, stiffly sprung car that is quite darty
    and busy on the highway, especially over expansion joints.

    Great on back roads though, and around town, as a hauler.
     
    News, Nov 10, 2009
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  9. Observer

    News Guest


    The CR-V is s short wheelbase, stiffly sprung car that is quite darty
    and busy on the highway, especially over expansion joints.

    Great on back roads though, and around town, as a hauler.
     
    News, Nov 10, 2009
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    C. E. White Guest

    When we recently shopped for a new vehicle for my Mother we looked at
    the CR-V. We have a friend who has one as well. The friend's CR-V has
    been very reliable, but he says he wouldn't buy another one. His
    biggest complaint is the seating position. He has a base model with
    the non-power driver's seat. My biggest complaint about his CR-V was
    the wind noise. It was among the noisest vehicles on the highway I
    been in in a long time. For my Mother we decided against the CR-V
    becasue of the cost. She defintiely wanted a power seat and preferred
    leather. Unfortunately as soon as you looked for a CR-V equipped that
    way, you also got a sun roof, a fancy radio, and other stuff she
    didn't care about. This pushed the price up well beyond the other
    vehicles we looked at (Toyota Highlander, Ford Edge). She ended up
    getting the Highlander.

    Ed
     
    C. E. White, Nov 10, 2009
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  11. Observer

    C. E. White Guest

    When we recently shopped for a new vehicle for my Mother we looked at
    the CR-V. We have a friend who has one as well. The friend's CR-V has
    been very reliable, but he says he wouldn't buy another one. His
    biggest complaint is the seating position. He has a base model with
    the non-power driver's seat. My biggest complaint about his CR-V was
    the wind noise. It was among the noisest vehicles on the highway I
    been in in a long time. For my Mother we decided against the CR-V
    becasue of the cost. She defintiely wanted a power seat and preferred
    leather. Unfortunately as soon as you looked for a CR-V equipped that
    way, you also got a sun roof, a fancy radio, and other stuff she
    didn't care about. This pushed the price up well beyond the other
    vehicles we looked at (Toyota Highlander, Ford Edge). She ended up
    getting the Highlander.

    Ed
     
    C. E. White, Nov 10, 2009
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  12. Observer

    E. Meyer Guest

    Speaking as a CR-V owner, I don't agree with those assertions, at least not
    when comparing the CR-V to other SUVs. The CR-V rides much more car-like
    than my Pathfinder and I don't know what you mean by "darty". We've driven
    it cross country several times at sustained highway speeds, 70 to 80 MPH.
    It drives straight effortlessly. Nothing "darty" about it.

    My only two complaints are the road noise (its tire noise transmitted
    through the suspension, not wind) and the too small gas tank, both of which
    seem to be Honda traits, not just with the CR-V.
    That I agree with. Most versatile enclosed vehicle (open pickup still wins
    this category) I've owned.
     
    E. Meyer, Nov 10, 2009
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  13. Observer

    E. Meyer Guest

    Speaking as a CR-V owner, I don't agree with those assertions, at least not
    when comparing the CR-V to other SUVs. The CR-V rides much more car-like
    than my Pathfinder and I don't know what you mean by "darty". We've driven
    it cross country several times at sustained highway speeds, 70 to 80 MPH.
    It drives straight effortlessly. Nothing "darty" about it.

    My only two complaints are the road noise (its tire noise transmitted
    through the suspension, not wind) and the too small gas tank, both of which
    seem to be Honda traits, not just with the CR-V.
    That I agree with. Most versatile enclosed vehicle (open pickup still wins
    this category) I've owned.
     
    E. Meyer, Nov 10, 2009
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  14. Observer

    News Guest


    I'm also speaking as a CR-V owner of a 2005 SE ... after five years.

    The highway ride was improved (less darty, less noise) after ditching
    the Duelers that came on the car, but is still far less directionally
    stable at highway speeds than my 100" wheelbase comparison ride.

    The CR-V's issue is the steering -- overly sensitive at highway speeds.

    Our Accord had variable assist steering, which the CR-V appears to lack.
     
    News, Nov 10, 2009
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  15. Observer

    News Guest


    I'm also speaking as a CR-V owner of a 2005 SE ... after five years.

    The highway ride was improved (less darty, less noise) after ditching
    the Duelers that came on the car, but is still far less directionally
    stable at highway speeds than my 100" wheelbase comparison ride.

    The CR-V's issue is the steering -- overly sensitive at highway speeds.

    Our Accord had variable assist steering, which the CR-V appears to lack.
     
    News, Nov 10, 2009
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    E. Meyer Guest

    My CR-V is an '06. The steering is not any more sensitive at highway speeds
    than any other car I've owned. In fact, its less sensitive than many of
    them, including the '00 TL (which is an Accord with delusions of grandeur).

    There was a TSB that applied to the '05 & earlier 2nd gen CR-Vs to take the
    front suspension apart and reposition the spring in the upper seat. You
    might want to look into that.
     
    E. Meyer, Nov 10, 2009
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  17. Observer

    E. Meyer Guest

    My CR-V is an '06. The steering is not any more sensitive at highway speeds
    than any other car I've owned. In fact, its less sensitive than many of
    them, including the '00 TL (which is an Accord with delusions of grandeur).

    There was a TSB that applied to the '05 & earlier 2nd gen CR-Vs to take the
    front suspension apart and reposition the spring in the upper seat. You
    might want to look into that.
     
    E. Meyer, Nov 10, 2009
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  18. Observer

    News Guest

    That was for the "PTTR" Pull To The Right issue, which we don't have.

    Make no mistake, I like the CR-V, I just don't prefer to drive it on
    long distance / highway trips.
     
    News, Nov 10, 2009
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  19. Observer

    News Guest

    That was for the "PTTR" Pull To The Right issue, which we don't have.

    Make no mistake, I like the CR-V, I just don't prefer to drive it on
    long distance / highway trips.
     
    News, Nov 10, 2009
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  20. Observer

    E. Meyer Guest

    Frankly, its not my first choice for a long distance drive either, but
    because of the excessive road noise rather than the steering.
     
    E. Meyer, Nov 10, 2009
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