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#63 of 95 Re: 2007 Honda CRV What don't you like? [denver5357]
Mar 29, 2009 (7:51 am)
Hi denver 5357: I can't speak about the newer CR-V's since my 2005 model year because I don't know anyone who has one. All's I can say is, based upon my point of reference between all-wheel-all-the-time on Subaru's and the CR-V "only when it thinks it needs it AWD", I find the CR-V is horrible for my winter driving needs.
This comparison is based upon my previous 1998 Subaru Forester that was spot-on with snow of all depths, loose gravel, snow covered roads & hills, no fishtailing during turns, never skidded, never got stuck, changed lanes on snow packed highways without losing control, etc..... I have had negative results with the CR-V in all aforementioned conditions. Maybe it's me and the way I expect it to handle, but even my husband has had issues driving it in the snow. Could it be because my model year is tall and top heavy whereas the Subaru's and new CR-V's are lower profile? Don't know.
Most new vehicles are built with the "auto" all-wheel-drive now. This is sufficient for most people who drive on paved, well traveled, melted roads in busy winter commuter traffic. Frankly, I will consider another Subaru or a Jeep where the vehicle will do what it's supposed to when it's needed on unplowed roads in hilly terrain - not after the fact, or, not at all.
Other than that, the CR-V is a very nice, reliable, roomy, affordable family oriented vehicle with excellent gas mileage. It's too bad it's just not working for me 100%.
#64 of 95 Re: 2007 Honda CRV What don't you like? [bvf925]
Mar 31, 2009 (8:48 am)
My 2005 CR-V EX locks on me too if I don't open the door within so many seconds after hitting the unlock button on my key. I guess it's a safety thing.
I like mostly everything about my CR-V with a 5 speed manual (last year of the manual) - especially for the fantastic gas mileage. It has lots of power, roomy interior, tons of standard features, stock 6cd 6 speaker cassette stereo, power sunroof, intense heater, smooth ride, and comfortable seats. I am the original owner with just under 60,000 miles on it.
However, I am not impressed with the AWD at all. It's always a day late and a dollar short - completely useless. It's fine if you are on flat surfaces where the front wheels do all the work, but up here in the hills where I live, it can't get out of it's own way. I can't tell you how many times i've gotten stuck - and even in my own driveway. My Subaru was fantastic in the snow, but this CR-V is lousy. I do not feel confident with it at all in the snow.
I have an 05 as well, and manual as well!
2006 is the last year they made manual CR-V, BTW.
As to AWD, AWDis great. I should know, I live in Buffalo.
Your limiting factor is tires. If tires are not getting traction, then no AWD in the world will help. Stock tires are good for 15,000-20,000 miles.
I have Yokohama Avid Touring and have no problem navigating unplowed roads up to 18-24 inches of snow. Any snow over 12 inches high make the exhaust sound very loud, as if I had lost the muffler. But the noise goes away as snow recedes.
Also, I turn off VSC when I need full control of the throttle, since it cuts power to the engine if all 4 wheels are skidding.
#65 of 95 Re: 2007 Honda CRV What don't you like? [blueiedgod]
Mar 31, 2009 (4:03 pm)
I love the manual transmission, don't you??!
Interesting about turning off the VSC - obviously I never thought of that! I'll have to try it out on a day where there's light snow just to get the feel of it.
Thanks for the tire suggestion. I've been thinking that's part of the problem - I replaced the stock tires relatively soon after getting the CR-V because they were practically bald after just 30,000 miles. The pair that's on there now only has about 29,000+ miles on them but they're not doing the job & they never have. I've read other posts about people putting 50lb bags of birdseed or dog food in the back over the rear tires because torque is great, but if you don't have traction, then it's just not going to help.
If you can survive a winter in Buffalo with the 2005 CR-V, then I guess i'm going to have to give it another chance and put some Yokohama's on it!
You may have just saved me $25,000 by not purchasing a new car! Too bad I have to wait until next winter to try these things out. Thank you so much!!!
#66 of 95 Re: 2007 Honda CRV What don't you like? [bvf925]
Apr 01, 2009 (8:26 am)
Hey no problem. Glad I could help.
Next time you try the "VSC off" driving, you can see how easy it is to set the car drifting. Keep her in 1st, turn the wheel almost full lock, and give her gas. She will spin around the front wheels.
Have someone video tape and post it on youtube
Here is mine
Manuals are AWESOME. Anything else is a eunic.
#67 of 95 Re: 2007 Honda CRV What don't you like? [blueiedgod]
Apr 02, 2009 (5:10 pm)
Looks like a blast! Now I kind of want winter to come back so I can try it! Glad to see those rear wheels really do work
I'm going tire shopping this week. Thanks again, blueiedgod!
#68 of 95 Re: 2007 Honda CRV What don't you like? [bvf925]
Apr 06, 2009 (8:46 am)
We are expecting up to 8" of snow here tonight, so, come on up to Buffalo
#69 of 95 Re: 09 CRV EX-L [denver5357]
Apr 08, 2009 (1:27 pm)
"Wait - so your wife was driving with daytime running lights on, lights that are made to be on for daytime use, and she was stopped because she didn't have the full headlights on? I don't understand. Are daytime running lights not legal enough? "
I suspect she got stopped at night; the running lights don't activate the tail lights.
#70 of 95 Re: 09 CRV EX-L [stevedebi]
Apr 08, 2009 (1:59 pm)
Gotcha. She drove at night with running lights on, thinking they were headlights. Thanks.
#71 of 95 Quality is Lacking$$$
Apr 22, 2009 (10:02 am)
Prospective buyers should be aware that Honda PR may be better than Honda products. My 03 CRV EX needed tires at 20,000 miles (Michelin replacements have lasted 47K and counting) (so thanks Honda for that rip), front struts went at 40K, rotors at 42K, AC compressor at 10K, and the sunvisor flopped limply at 65K ($100 replace).
Not too impressive.
#72 of 95 Re: Quality is Lacking$$$ [noisydash]
Apr 25, 2009 (6:28 pm)
Ah, but you seem to be the exception (sorry to hear about your problems) as CR and their readers (ie CR-V owners) consistently give it excellent ratings. W/O knowing your driving style, tires wearing out that fast are usually due do driver performance. Can't speak for the other problems but they can happen with any vehicle.