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#563 of 2854 Gearing, assembly, and other odd bits
Aug 30, 2006 (9:35 am)
Juice - The gearing for the 1st gen CR-V was short. The 2nd gen still had short gearing, but it wasn't quite as low. That applied to both the auto and manual. This 3rd gen has gearing that is shorter than the 2nd gen, though I'd have to do some digging to see if it's shorter than the first gen.
Others - Most of time, troubled plants are new plants. The 1999 Ody was the first large vehicle produced at that line. New equipment, new workers, new processes. We saw something similar when Honda started assembly in the south around the MMC. This has nothing to do with where the plant is located. New lines in Japan have resulted in lousy quality vehicles.
However, after a few years, the differences between an experienced plant and one that is several years old start to fade. Honda is going through the same process in one of the plants where they assemble the Fit for sale overseas. That plant is less than a year old and rapidly approaching their targets for quality.
Pics - These are my random observations...
I like the double glove box arrangement. This is much better than the uncovered storage shelf in the dash of the 2nd gen CR-V. Interesting that the latch for the top compartment is off-center so the driver can reach it, but the bottom latch is centered. Why not have both this way?
I preferred the button-in-dial approach to the HVAC controls on the 2nd gen CR-V. The dials were larger and the buttons are easier to operate by feel when they are placed in the center of a dial.
Center stack, gauge pod, and other controls all look fine. It's about time they put in a trip computer! Everyone put your hands together for the return of a real dead pedal.
That stupid shelf system in the cargo area interferes with the use of the full cargo space. Love the fact that the rear seats still slide fore and aft. I am so happy to see that earlier rumors about an RDX-sized cargo space were bogus. Why can't they get rid of those annoying L-shaped gussets on the leading edge of the rear wheel arches?
All in all, this is a nice step up from the current model... except the nose.
#564 of 2854 Re: New Pics [robr2]
Aug 30, 2006 (10:08 am)
Actually the Navi will be both touch screen and voice command. Looks to be the same one use for the Civic.
Aug 30, 2006 (10:13 am)
Not sure I like the two glove boxes. RAV4 has that too, though. I'd just rather see one big one.
Arm rests - I wonder if only the passenger gets one? Now that all models are automatic there's no reason not to put 2 of them on there. Especially on models with the fixed center console - the walk-through is gone.
Again, though, it would make more sense to me to just make the center console a lot bigger and let the top of that serve as arm rests for both.
Everyone put your hands together for the return of a real dead pedal.
That gets thunderous applause from me.
#566 of 2854 Oh No - did I see "Max A/C" switch
Aug 30, 2006 (10:15 am)
I don't believe it - how could Honda get rid of the "recirc" button and move to using a "Max A/C" button?
that's what US auto makers use. There is no independant control of the cabin recirc air?
what if I want to close the outside air when I am behind a bus spewing diesel fumes, or on a dusty road?
#567 of 2854 No Dual Climate HVAC and Power Driver's Seat
Aug 30, 2006 (10:17 am)
These are major drwabacks to me for the CR-V not to have these 2 features on the EX-L navi version.
What do all of you think ?
#568 of 2854 Re: Oh No - did I see "Max A/C" switch [nimrod99]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 30, 2006 (10:23 am)
Current CR-V has a MaxAir switch... still has a separate recirc button.. I doubt that will change..
Foot operated parking brake? I know it is auto only, but I still like the hand brake..
Current automatic models also have a driver's armrest..
#569 of 2854 Re: Oh No - did I see "Max A/C" switch [kyfdx]
Aug 30, 2006 (11:07 am)
So what does "Max A/C" do if there is a separate recirc button?
On American Cars - MAX A/C is recirc but they tie it into A/C only.
#570 of 2854 Re: Oh No - did I see "Max A/C" switch [nimrod99]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 30, 2006 (11:11 am)
Well.. it kicks in the recirculation mode...
But, you can kick in recirculation manually, as well.. I think the CR-V has always (GenI and GenII) had it this way..
#571 of 2854 Re: Where the 2007 CRV will be built? [jmurman42]
Aug 30, 2006 (12:22 pm)
The RDX will be made in Marysville (Along with the Accord and TL) and the CR-V in East Liberty (Along with Civic Sedans and Elements)
#572 of 2854 Wrinkled leather sets
Aug 30, 2006 (12:58 pm)
The leather seats seem to have a substantial amount of wrinkles. My 2005 Pilot's leather seats are a different configuration without wrinkles. Are wrinkles expected for these type of seats?