"This car is wonderful, 5-speed transmission and a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine is a great combo. Its great inside as well, comfortable with the downfall of no driver or passanger armrests. Easy to drive and great in the snow! Real Time 4WD works great."
"Great vehicle, I hae had it for 6 years now, with just minor wear and tear maintenance. I love the space, how the back seats fold down.
The body is made to last and withhold damage and rust. With my car being a 2000, it only has a few rust spots."
"I purchased a Honda CR-V EX new in December 1999. After 10 years and 150,000 miles, I have found the vehicle to be by far the most reliable car I've ever owned and it was my tenth. The real time 4WD has been great for the snowy winters in central Illinois. Other than oil changes faithfully performed every 3,000 miles and the general maintenance recommended by the owner's manual, the only other repairs have been the brakes done once at about 100,000 miles, replaced the belts as a preventive measure, two batteries, and I'm on the 3rd set of tires. I did recently have the radiator replaced when it cracked along the hard plastic portion at the top, but this was a fairly inexpensive repair ($130 for a new radiator). The car does not use oil and starts on the first try every time. It still has its original muffler. I never really planned on keeping a car this long but I just cannot bring myself to trade it as I do not care for the appearance of the new generation CR-V (slopping back and blind spot). The interior has held up great. A friend bought a new Dodge Intrepid at the same time I bought my CR-V and by comparison, his car's interior is in bad shape (cracked dash, steering wheel's material is deteriorating, excessive carpet wear, fading upholstery). I've never had any problems with the AC as I see other owners have. On average, I get a combined 22 mpg in the winter and a combined 25 mpg in warm weather. I find the four cylinder engine has the acceleration and power of a V-6 even after ten years. I would definitely recommend the first generation CR-V to anyone looking for reliable transportion."
"Bought it at 76k and now it is at 170k. From 76k to 163K I had no problems, but in the last 12 months the little ($200-300) repairs are really adding up.....then the big blow, I just dropped 1600 to rebuild the transmission. Hopefully I can get a break before anything else needs repair."
"Nothing major has been done to my car and it has never needed too many repairs. I'm still driving it after owning it for 9 years and I'm sure it will last me another few years.
The best feature of this car is how every seat is roomy. I've had a coworker who is over 6' say there is a ton of room in the back for his legs without having to push the front seats forward. The trunk space is a good size and always loved the feature of having a secret ice chest compartment underneath the back with a picnic table. I know of no other cars with the same feature."
"I have owned this base model 2000 CRV AWD, 4cly Automatic for 8 years and driven 80k miles. I ave 26-30 mpg mostly city driving. Depending on time of year in extreme weather (hot/cold) the mpg is lower. The engine, trans, suspension have been free of problems. Some other annoying issues have surfaced e.g. pwr windows, pwr locks failures, heating/cooling losing its punch. This car is surprisingly roomy for a small SUV (I am over 6ft tall), easy to drive in traffic and ground clearance gets me through floods, mud, snow, etc."
"I've had my 98 CRV for 10 years and I've loved every minute of it. With the exception of having to replace the catalytic converter twice (which is a little odd), I've thoroughly enjoyed the comfort and realiability of my trusty sidekick. 160K miles laters and it's still running like the day I bought it. I even still like the style of it!"
"Our family has owned over 25 Hondas, and most have been worn out. Not because they are junk, but because we are a large family and well all drive so much.
That said, this car is my absolute favorite. My 1997 CRV that I bought brand new in 1997 has over 297,000 miles on it. I have used it in the mountains and horrible roads. I have ABUSED my car. I have no rust. I have finally worn out the AWD. I couldn't even find a new AWD driveshaft to repair it because there wasn't any of them out there to cannabilize! These are awesome cars. I still can't part with mine.
In fact, I'm looking to purchase another low mileage version of the first CRV's. What can't I say good about them?
Improvements needed: It needed a little more HP, but I can live with it. The fan motors on these and Accords all seem prone to burning up. But considering what value I've gotten out of my car, you can tell these are not major issues.
I love this car. I am not disappointed. I just wish I could get it in a 6 or 7 person version and have it be this good."
"I think the 1999 CRV is a great little SUV. It is a fun, reliable, good mileage vehicle. It has about the same gas mileage as a Honda Accord. I think it is the best small SUV on the new market. The brand new ones look really great (the design) too.
The only weaknesses are the pick up on excileration could be better at times (it is a V-4) but that's the tradeoff for good mileage I guess. It is roomy in the back but with 2 or more kids you could use maybe an extra 6 inches of cargo space.
Overall very reliable and fun to drive."
Cons: "external noise, good stereo and music helps"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car in 2001 as I traveled a lot to the south bay. I was a little reluctant to purchase an SUV but quickly became used to the CR-V and loved it all the years I drove it. I drove it everywhere without any concerns ever. I have to say it was the best car that I have ever driven. Not only was it reliable, it was spacious, and never had any mechanical issues. I maintained it at the Honda dealer with some basic oil changes and tire purchases at other places. The car just reached 200,00 miles and because I recently purchased another, yes, Honda of course, I decided to sell it to someone who could make better use of it. I cannot say how pleased I have been with my Honda purchase. I am a loyal Honda customer and words cannot express how much I enjoyed having had my CR-V as my first car."
Pros: "1 of safest to drive, maintaince easy on wallet!"
Cons: "would like it in a Hybrid!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought my CRV in 1999. I really enjoyed it's roomy interior, and being lifted up a bit. It is 15 years old, and I was hoping to keep it for 20 to 25 because this car has pretty much been regular maintanance ONLY! I only had 118,000 miles on it...unfortunately, I was in a vehicle accident where my air bags deployed, which makes repairing it not worth it, as airbags are $2500 EACH (?) I LOVE THIS VEHICLE!! and regret this has happened...Honda made a great vehicle for that year and I knew when it came time to replace, I was going for another CRV! Also, the interior seats are still intact, not even faded, no tears! I highly recommend this model to others!"
"This is the third Honda in my family and my second CR-V. I purchased it new in 2001. It has always been reliable, easy to drive and park, great gas mileage, no maintenance, and a never-stay-at-home-in-the-winter-car. The only problem: They don't make CR-V's like this anymore. If they did I would buy a new one.
I absolutely love this vehicle!!"
Cons: "Motor struggles up hills w/ AC, road noise"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought this car w/ 80k miles, and have driven it daily to 226k. Have replaced only age-related things such as battery, muffler, etc. Needs to have valves adjusted periodically to maintain power on hills, but otherwise have had no trouble whatsoever. Breaks my heart that a kamikaze deer may have done her in, b/c with so many miles the insurance company will never give what it's worth to me."
"I would get another one. Bought 5 years ago for $4500. Did only normal maintenance (oil changes, battery, upper front ball joints, a tire, wiper blades). Put 60000 miles without a breakdown in Nebraska winters ,summers, two trips to Louisana. It needs new shocks, timing belt, tensioner, water pump, and probably brake linings. Its been a great car. It will probably go to 300K if I kept it and I'm thinking of keeping it. When I do the above repairs, it will still be worth about 3500."
"Everything still works fine. 25 mpg on hwy, 20 around town. Interior and exterior still look like new (I had leather installed when new.)
Replaced tires and battery twice. Recently had all fluids and belts replaced so expect another 100K easy.
Only possible complaint is road noise so buy "quiet tires"
like Hankook H727's."
Cons: "no arm rest for the passenger in the 98 - odd"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've had my 98 for over 8 years and have had very few problems aside from the regular issues. I take care of it well and in return it takes care of me. Very roomy, great for someone who moves a lot or has kids."
"Very good vehicle. Catalytic converter had to be replaced at 85000 miles. Other than that only routine maintenance and vehicle still runs and drives great. Decent gas mileage for 4WD at 25 mpg. Currently has 127,00 miles. Plan on driving it at least another 100,000."
"I bought this car new in 2000 and now, after almost 80K miles and 8 years, it is still fun and easy to drive.Never kept another car this long! It is the best traveling car ever, with good visibility, handling, comfort and plenty of room for cargo. Our other car is a Volvo XC70 and we always choose the CRV for trips -- that says something. Mileage has been an average of 25mpg around town and 29mpg on the highway. I can't think of a better car, or a better value, on the road today. The only 4-star ratings were for performance (it has zip but could use a bit more) and a boxy look which I like but not everyone else does. When this car needs to be replaced, I will definitely get another CRV. Best car I've owned in 40+ years of new car ownership from Fiats to vans to trucks and everything in between."
"This is my 2nd CRV. I bought a 1998 or 99 and never had a problem. I had someone hit me on the freeway going over 70 miles an hour while i was on the off ramp and I was surprised that the car held up so well. The back of the car did not crunch up but the main frame bent up enough that the Insurace totaled it. I got a 2nd CRV a 2000 this time. I bought it used with 60,000 miles it now has 139000 and I haven't had any problems except the ususal wear and tear. please note that the older CRV's stereo's lock out if the battery dies and you have to get the serial number off the radio to get the code. I had to tear apart the console to get to it. Honda on the newer CRV's has the code. So always make sure you have the radio code if you buy one. It could cost you 100.00 to have a Honda dealership tear apart the console. My mileage is about 24 miles to the gallon. It handles great in the snow. The seats are not as comfortable for long trips but I still don't mind them when when I think about the gas mileage I get in my Chev Tahoe that does have great seats."
"Bought my 2001 CRV new...have had it for 7 years & 155,000 miles. Regular maintenance and 1 AC compressor is all I've done to it. Just put in gas and drive it anywhere. I had an armrest installed by dealer on passenger seat when I bought it. An upholstery shop put extra padding in the front seats, which made a world of difference in comfort. Would like a 6 cyl. engine for more power on hills, but at cruising speed the 4 cyl does just fine. I do alot of driving on my job, often long trips. I average about 28 mpg. My CRV is not for sale...love it!!!!"
"Honda makes the best automobile for the money, my CRV is proof. I bought the car, new, 7 yrs ago and have had no work done except regular maintenance (oil changes, etc.), a new set of tires and brake pads. With a Honda, if you follow the maintenance instructions, you will likely never have any problems. I must say that the Gold color is spectacular - I am asked all the time if I have a new car. I now have 86,000 miles on the CRV and it is so dependable. I have owned Honda's since 1985 and each time I trade for a new Honda, it's like losing a best friend. Amazing how one gets attached to Hondas."
"This vehicle has served me well over almost 10 years. It is not as comfortable as I would like, but very roomy and great in ice and snow. I can drive circles around the other vehicles.
It has also been very reliable. I am around 100K miles and have had it in the shop twice for engine related repairs. I have had to replace the whole air conditioning system three times. Each time it was about $1700.00. Maybe they have improved this in newer models."