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Old 13 Mar 2011, 08:46 am
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Default is the honda crv a good car trouble free?

reliability is the key as now i want to get rid of my unreliable expensive 2000 mercedes benz ml270 cdi ,i have done abit of research and the crv 2.0petrol i-vtech seems to be the ideal car but please tell me if there are any common faults with this car

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Old 13 Mar 2011, 09:01 am
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I would say no better or worse than many others but not oustanding reliability - "Better on 17" wheels with 225/65 R17 tyres rather than 18" wheels with 225/60 R18 tyres. 225/60R18 replacement tyres are also very expensive and in very short supply.

Things can get a bit complicated if you buy one on 18" wheels and want to go skiinf, whihc necessitates snowchains.

One of the standard tyres for 18" wheels is Dunlop ST30 Grandtrek, which are designated M+S (mud and slush), but are not specific 'winter' tyres. Honda does not supply snowchains for 18" wheels as an 'approved' accessory. So owners are forced to either go for aftermarket chains, or buy a set of 17" rims, fit them with winter tyres and put them on the car from November to March. They can then use the Honda approved snowchains. Winter wheel and tyre combination suppliers: ; ;

Silver paint on interior door handles rubs off.

Honda CR-V rated ?Poor? for both front and rear bumpers in ABI Thatchan damageability test results published in December 2007. This rating means that front and rear collision repairs at just 6 mph costs in excess of 1,350 (each end of the car.)

Same old Honda problem of battery leakdowns occurring.

More owner/driver feedback welcome.

Active Cruise Control can sometimes refuse to switch on.

One complaint of fault with the interior light delay.

Unable to open glovebox due to faulty lock. Remedy: Glovebox replaced.

Vibration felt at low speed when turning steering wheel, especially when parking and using full lock. Cause: contaminated oil in front diff. Remedy: Flush out and replace oil.

Condensation in rear light cluster. Remedy: light cluster replaced.

One reader reports of his Honda CRV 2.2 CDTi EX Feb 08: "Excessive oil consumption, steering that wanders with the road's camber, glove box locked us out, front headrests so loose they bang your head whilst driving, poor quality plastics that show every scratch" (None of this was HJ's experience over 7 months with an 07 2.2iCDTI EX.)

Another reader reports of his 2.0i-VTEC auto purchased May 2008:

Failure of hazard warning switch

Vibration at low speed on tight lock from the front diff, which also causes 4WD to kick in.

Loose rattling exhaust pipe

Passenger door interior panel detached from door frame

Very high oil consumption by 2.0i petrol engines (approx 750mls per thousand miles for nine thousand miles). Having denied that this was a problem for many months, Honda has now accepted that there was a manufacturing fault previously only identified in "other Honda models", and has undertaken to replace cylinder head assemblies when this problem occurs.

On the diesel, yellow oil light can flash even though oil level 90% on dip stick. Apparent software problem. Oil consumption normally nil but can occasionally take a sip for no reason.

Some reports of steering not self-centering with 18" wheels.

Software fix for headlights not dipping can knock out rear window demister.

2009: complaints of deteriorating and clunky manual gear shift.

Mystery battery leakdowns can be through the starter switch. Can also be though a

faulty oil sensor switch.

4000.00 Honda branded radio, cd and sd card player and Europe-wide gps navigation system not very robust. Reports of repeated failures not only of originals but of replacement units. Replacements are refurbed failed units, not new.

As with the two previous models of CRV, the oil in the 4WD rear differential dual pump clutch is known to degrade prematurely, well before the recommended replacement interval. Symptoms are a moaning/groaning noise when manoeuvering on full lock. This is easily misdiagnosed as a steering rack problem, which may lead to uneccessary repairs. The solution is to simply replace the dual pump fluid with the latest spec Honda fluid which is called Dual Pump 2 fluid".

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