I have been a follower of this board for over a year and have been reading the Honda-CRV messages almost daily since the interest and hype on the 2002 model started but only recently decided to become an active member to this site. I am looking forward to replace my 1988 Accord, which has seen 147,000 miles with the CRV. My Accord is still going strong. No problem, just regular oil changes, plugs, filters, timing belts etc. We are a Honda family. My wife drives a 1998 Accord EX. I am not quite ready to make my purchase partly because I am not happy with the fact that it still has the rear mounted spare, the wheel well issue, fabric colors etc. I have test driven the Forester and Highlander but my heart says CRV. Maybe I am a perfectionist and expect to find the perfect but this is not possibly. I have read here where some members are unable to find the invoice prices for the new CRV. There is a dealer here in the Boston area that lists his total inventory of 2002 CRVs including dealer cost (invoice) and MSRP on each model and invites customers to make an offer. He seems to be doing good business because yesterday morning the site listed 33 CRVs and this morning 27. This figure may not be correct because the list includes 3 SE models ?2001.
Here is the link to that site if anyone is interested.