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#67 of 86 Re: Manual [drive62]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 14, 2007 (9:14 pm)
I thought the '97 came in automatic only, with manual availability added in '98?
The Gen II model was definitely available with a manual in the first year (2002).
#68 of 86 Re: Manual [kyfdx]
Jan 16, 2007 (3:52 pm)
I knew that, but I'd add an asterisk as that was the launch of a new model being brought over from Japan and they did things a bit differently. But you are right.
#69 of 86 Re: general raves and quibbles? 
Jan 31, 2007 (4:13 am)
I'm still driving my '97CRV, going strong with +130K miles on it...went to see the new ones at a dealership recently. The CRV I have has been a real workhorse on our small farm. It's just enough "SUV" to get things done-I can take it to the feed store on a rainy day, pull a small drag around the field, make it through muddy ground at a competition. It gets decent mileage while running the kids to and fro, and looks presentable enough (especially after I ripped the dry-rotted tire cover off the spare recently). No major problems, though it does a have a slow radiator leak and that will need replacing very soon.
Have to say I was a bit (actually more than a bit) disappointed with the '07 redesign. Seems perfect for commuters with a "city" job, but they appear to have really taken the country out of it. The table is gone (I know, I can always throw another table in the back), and so is my "secret" Santa hatch that was also very handy for stowing valuables out of sight. The "cargo cover" seems flimsy, and not destined to last as long as the car if it gets changed around alot. But the worst thing is that the undercarriage seems quite alot lower to the ground--it might add stability and increase mileage on the highway, but I don't see this new model going where the older one went off the road.
I'm very reluctant to exchange my little burro for this fancy new hothouse flower. And the Element is WAY too Spartan to consider (have to admit to not looking that closely at it).
SO--was the demographic for Gen 1-2 so undesireable that they had to go for a whole different class of buyers? Will anyone who actually USED their Gen 1-2 CRV want the new one? I sure don't....Guess I'll be going for 200K...
#70 of 86 Re: general raves and quibbles? [mcl97h]
Jan 31, 2007 (10:42 am)
I had a 1999 model for 7 years. I've come to pretty much the same conclusion. This new one is very nice, but not quite right for me.
You can probably find a used G2 model (2004 or 2005) fairly easily. Those are much closer to the original in terms of utility. Or, the new RAV4 is a decent option.
#71 of 86 Re: general raves and quibbles? [mcl97h]
Feb 01, 2007 (3:29 pm)
It's a different world than in 97. The new CRV is more convenient for most people and better for potential fuel price increases. Not too big a crv market for farm trucks.
#72 of 86 Re: general raves and quibbles? [mcl97h]
Feb 01, 2007 (4:31 pm)
I agree with the other posters. The '97 and the '07 are world's apart in form and function. But that's the way the market has gone. It isn't that the 1G (1st generation) or 2G (second generation) were undesirable (they did sell practically everyone they produced), times have changed.
I'm not sure what you should replace the '97 CR-V with for use on your farm. Even the small pickups of yore have morphed into mid size or greater.
Assuming it still meets your needs, I'm sure your '97 will last for a long time. But it is always nice to get a new vehicle.
#73 of 86 Re: 2007 CRV EX-L Headrests [jimby452]
Jun 27, 2007 (1:14 pm)
We picked up our CR-V May 7. About May 8th my wife decided that she hates the headrests, and they gotta go! At this point they are reversed. After doing so, we noticed MANY with this option. If the Accord ones fit, I may try that route - I really hate going without them entirely, which is what turning them around amounts to.
#74 of 86 Re: 2007 CRV EX-L Headrests [757vj]
Jun 27, 2007 (2:22 pm)
I have found that leaning the seat back two or three notches has helped me quite a bit. Also if I keep my butt back in the seat, which means moving the seat closer than I would normally to the gas pedal,the headrest is not that bad. I have also found that if I sit on a cushion, it raises my head and is more comfortable. The accord headrest will give you about and inch more space. I just got back from a 18 hr drive from Florida to CT and the headrest was not an issue. I think by sitting higher in the seat and leaning it back should help your wife. By the way I averaged 28 MPG on my trip. Good Luck!!!!
#75 of 86 Re: Manual [drive62]
Jul 03, 2007 (4:02 pm)
I assume they hold off on the manual to build demand. They get one year of producing one less model. Makes the difficult first year easier. Then in year two they sell more of them. I didn't buy the 97 for exactly that reason, and jumped on the 98.
#76 of 86 Re: Manual [harvey44]
Jul 07, 2007 (3:23 pm)
So you think they will introduce a manual next model year? I guess we'll see in about four months.