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#229 of 268 2005 XM Radio on LX or EX
Oct 03, 2004 (6:03 pm)
I noticed that some parts of the Honda site show that the XM radio is standard on the EX, but when you build and price it, XM radio is an available accessory on the EX, but not on the LX.
Is that an error on the site? It seems that XM radio should be an available accessory on the LX model if it's standard in the EX.
I don't see any photos of the LX interior. Is the seat fabric the same on LX and EX?
Seems like the LX is a great deal if you can live without the moonroof and alloy wheels.
#230 of 268 Re: 2005 XM Radio on LX or EX [307web]
Oct 04, 2004 (11:29 am)
I have a brochure for the 2005, and it looks like there's a slight texture difference in the fabric from the little swatch pictures, but not having seen them in person I can't say for sure. I would assume it's much the same as in the 2004 LXs, which I liked when I drove one recently.
I'm debating between an LX and an EX myself, trying to decide if I really need 4WD (not really, in Houston) and a moonroof (used to them after having a moonroof or ragtop for 15 years) and the alloys.
#231 of 268 Re: 2005 XM Radio on LX or EX [xiabelle]
Oct 04, 2004 (12:24 pm)
I think you can get 4WD even if you get an LX and you can always add the upgraded stereo and even rims later, so it looks like just cosmetics (painted bumpers and other trim) and the moonroof are what you really give up.
If you get the 2WD you get a little better MPG. 29 MPG highway is pretty good with new 5-speed automatic.
All they standard safety equipment for $20,500 looks like a bargain.
Oct 04, 2004 (12:34 pm)
Actually, painted bumpers are part of the SE package here in the states. Even the EX does not have those.
But I agree with the rest. There are quite a few items which can be added via aftermarket means, rather than pay for the whole EX package. Though if you decide to go for the big ticket options (both rims & moonroof), you might better off with the EX.
#233 of 268 Re: Help with tires. [2yearleaseonly]
Oct 05, 2004 (5:15 am)
This month's Consumer Reports rates SUV tires based on how quiet they are, dry and wet stopping distance, and handling. The Michelin Cross Terrains are rated considerably lower than the Bridgestone Duelers, although neither is at the top. Also, tire and car manufacturers work together to design a tire for a particular car, and Honda must think that the Dueler is best for the CRV. Further, changing the tire size can be dangerous and would not be recommended by Honda.
#234 of 268 Re: Help with tires. [peachtreecity]
Oct 05, 2004 (7:58 am)
Peachtree writes:The Michelin Cross Terrains are rated considerably lower than the Bridgestone Duelers, although neither is at the top.
Ouch, consumer reports is my purchasing Bible since I do subscribe to it. They are hard to argue with, but I will say this, if you read the reviews on the Tire Rack website which is antectodal in nature, most people spit venom at the Duellers and most people really like the Cross Terrains. Not much of a rebuttal I know but its the best answer I have even though I sound a bit lame.
#235 of 268 Re: Help with tires. [2yearleaseonly]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Oct 05, 2004 (8:04 am)
I wouldn't use CR's testing of SUV tires as a basis on what tires to buy for a CR-V.. They tested a much larger size, designed for a much heavier vehicle (GMC Envoy, I think?).
Most "SUV" tires in the CR-V size, are completely different than what was tested. If looking for tires for a CR-V, you are much better off looking for "touring" sedan tires.
#236 of 268 When to buy?
Oct 05, 2004 (10:00 am)
A friend is considering an LX, 04 or 05 (she heard how much I liked mine). If she decides on 04, will she get a better price now, or after the 05 models come out in November?
#237 of 268 Re: When to buy? [kay1864]
Oct 05, 2004 (11:41 am)
With the significant upgrades added to the '05, I think she should go for the '05, regardless of the discount on the '04. She'll get back the difference in spades in terms of safety, driving pleasure, and future resale.
Besides, even though there will no doubt be bigger than normal discounts on the '04, Honda typically doesn't offer firesale discounts on any model.
#238 of 268 honda.ca updated...
Oct 07, 2004 (5:31 pm)
...and it looks like Canada is not getting the VSA and upgraded RTAWD.