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Honda CR-V, SUV
#15189 of 16202 Re: BRAT [ateixeira]
Dec 02, 2005 (12:04 pm)
Sorry to hear about your luck with the Geo. I thought CR rated them fairly well for reliability?
Mine was a 1991 that fried it's ECU in 1998 with about 80,000 miles on it (which also took out the fuel injection system). That was after a history of problems, including a new clutch with less than 40,000 miles which was caused by a defective clutch cable. The dealer replaced the clutch, but not the cable, which means I was back at 65,000 for another clutch at which time they told me the cable had a recall and was being replaced, too.
The Tracker/Sidekick was redesigned in 1999. Even the 1999's are showing some "Fair" categories at this point, and a number of "Good" (average). They did rate the 2002 as "Reliable", but not the 2001 or 2003, which are basically the same.
Compare that to the Honda CR-V, which for 1997 thru 2004 models has a single Good rating (1998 - paint/trim/rust), and everything else Very Good or Excellent for all years. The CR-V also has a "Reliable" rating for all years.
There's no comparision.
#15190 of 16202 Re: CRV in heavy snow [nashtam]
Dec 02, 2005 (1:10 pm)
"I am strongly considering the CR-V but have not been able to find any info about how it handles in snowy conditions. "
I own a 2003 CR-V, and comparison shopped the Subaru Forester. I have driven the CR-V in heavy mud and also in snow and ice conditions. It does fine. You always have to remember, with any vehicle, to slow down, drive carefully, and anticipate the starts and stops in cold conditions.
That said, the Subaru is clearly the better vehicle in snow. It has full time AWD, and limited slip differentials. The CR-V does not have LSD (the mechanical, not the drug!). The important thing to remember is to not depend upon the technology - your brain is the best driving technology in any vehicle.
The Subaru is too small for me. Others have a different opinion. Test drive both, and be sure and bring the family to ensure there is enough room for all.
Dec 02, 2005 (8:16 pm)
I am considering purchasing a Honda CR-V for light towing (3 comfort (i.e. heavy) bicycles on a hitch bike rack) and cargo space. I would prefer to buy the 2WD because it gets better gas mileage. I won't drive off-road but I do live in a Chicago suburb so I'll be driving on slick roads during the winter. I'm not worried about deep snow because the roads are usually plowed. (I have yet to have any problems on winter roads with my Civic.) Am I making a mistake by not getting the 4WD? Has anybody had experience driving the 2wd on roads with ice, snow and sludge?
#15192 of 16202 2006 CR-V LX purchase....looking for your buying smarts & skills
Dec 03, 2005 (11:56 am)
Will buy an '06 CR-V LX 4WD - AUTOMATIC.
Honda website lists the following for MSRP's:
550......... dest chg
189 .........cargo area cover
139 .........drivers side armrest/compartment
What's the best deal that one can honestly expect the dealership to sell me this vehicle ?
What are the approximate percentage 'mark-ups' for the base... and then also for each option ?
Is there a tool anywhere on the web that would have these percentages for this specific CR-V ?
Of the BS fees (proccessing fee; convience fees; document fees...etc...)what would be a fair amount to have to pay ?
No trade involved.
Any other tips, suggestions, & help is certainly welcome !!!
I thank you, in advance, for your help !!!
#15193 of 16202 Re: 2006 CR-V LX purchase....looking for your buying smarts & skills [razor1010]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 03, 2005 (12:07 pm)
You've found the Honda CR-V: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion I see. That's a good place to start.
It's fine to look at holdback and the price of accessories at various web sellers, but instead of bogging down in percentage mark-ups for various options when you do your deal, you may want to focus instead on your out the door price.
That way you're just negotiating one number instead of half a dozen.
Check out Confessions of a Car Salesman too.
#15194 of 16202 2006 CR-V LX purchase....looking for your buying smarts & skills
Dec 03, 2005 (1:38 pm)
...but if someone would have a solid idea on how low each item (...base; splashguards; cargocover; armrest...)has been reasonable I could have a specific starting floor to begin at. The MSRP's would obviously be the ceiling of the range to work with.
And what about those Fees ??? What would be fair ??? (assuming they were 99% profit to the dealer)
Thank you & everyone again !!!
#15195 of 16202 Re: 2006 CR-V LX purchase....looking for your buying smarts & skills [razor1010]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 03, 2005 (4:29 pm)
It's my understanding that the dealer gets paid by the manufacturer to prep new cars. Anything over $50 US to get the tags is suspect.
Convenience fees? Sorry, it's not convenient for me to open my wallet for junk fees.
#15196 of 16202 Re: 2006 CR-V LX purchase....looking for your buying smarts & skills [razor
Dec 04, 2005 (8:06 am)
This website, Edmunds.com, has information on invoice price on the vehicle. The link at the top of the page to H and A Accessories (http://www.handaaccessories.com/) will give you an idea of how cheap you can get the accessories you want for your CR-V. Also remember that the prices probably do not include installation charges, which can be expensive.
Tax, Title, and license fees depend on where you live. They're usually not negotiable. The destination charge is not negotiable. "Documentation" fees also vary, and are sometimes negotiable. Any other fees are profit for the dealership and you should refuse to pay them.
#15197 of 16202 Installation Price For CRV
Dec 05, 2005 (11:48 am)
Hello guys! I plan to buy 2006 CRV soon and will buy all the accessories I need from handa-accessories.com since they are much cheaper even after the shipping cost (I choose ground shiiping)included. My question, can dealers play with the installation price? I just called 2 dealers and ask them for the accessories installation price and I got different price for each accessory . Where I can get a good information about how much I should pay for each accessory? I'm excited to get a new car, but the homework is really overwhelmed me. Any help would be appreciated.
#15198 of 16202 Re: Installation Price For CRV [blueboyjocks]
Dec 05, 2005 (12:02 pm)
Where I can get a good information about how much I should pay for each accessory?
The installation charge is all labor, so it may vary from dealer to dealer. H and A Accessories also provides links to the install instructions. Many accessories are easy to install. Download the install instructions and decide which you feel comfortable installing, and which you think are more than you can handle.
When I bought my 1999 CR-V I got the accessories for cost and installed for free. I purchased the CR-V through a buyers plan offered by the Credit Union where I bank that allows you to deal directly with the Fleet Salesperson. I paid about 1/2 way between invoice and MSRP (there were waiting lists in 1999 for the CR-V, especially the 5 speed manual transmission and "Hoosier" red here in Indiana).