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#145 of 154 Doing it right this time--From a bad 2003 CRV to good 2008 CRV-now what?
Sep 12, 2013 (12:59 am)
Last weekend my mom got a Subaru so I dumped my dying 2003 CRV in the dealer lot ($3000!) and bought her 2008 CRV AWD EX. The New V only has $36,000 miles after six years.
After a decade long mutually destructive relationship with my Honda or Hate (HOH) I'm ready to do it right this time. I read the forums and goodle the hell out of all the forums but I'm delurking because...well...it's kind of overwhelming. My mom took the car to one shop (I already called for the repair history, "it's in the mail") about twice a year for an oil change every 3000 miles.
Heres what I know needs attention...well first those bumper stickers need to go. Only the magnetic ones transferred to her new Outback and now Im suck with a dozen stickers about dogs, the beach, life is good, kayaking, etc...i love my mom but I want them gone. Any recommendations for a paint safe glue remover?
More important stuff: The New V has finally worn out the original continental tires. Its battery is dying. The ivory colored interior cloth is really brown around the door handles. And the back brakes squeak. I saw the notice about reimbursement for the a/c compressor clutch but it didn't seem like I have to take any action.
Today I met Maintainance Minder (mind blown...and frustrated), which claims 70% oil, an A, and 1500 miles to a B (at least that's what I think the MM said, bear with me, it's only been five days). The sticker on the New V's windshield says I'm 300 miles past due for an oil change; I'm assuming that's based on my moms 3000 mile schedule. After reading these and other forums, and based on my experience with the HOH, I think I can go for another thousand miles or so before changing the oil.
But what about rear diff? brake fluid? ATF? Flush or just replace? and what about cabin and air filters? And while I've still got your attention, does this thing have a timing belt or chain?
I'm disappointed that the 2008 models lack a formal maintainance schedule (I did grab the 2006 one though, thanks) because I need a lot of guidance with car care. My ten expensive years with the '03 CRV honestly taught me nothing...I sucked, the car sucked, glad its over. So this time will be different. I really want to do right by this car and figured that by now other Edmunds members must know a thing or two about maintaining a 2008 CRV with 36,000 miles. So...what do you suggest? Any tips? Warnings? Thanks!
#147 of 154 Re: Beware of CR-V Vibration problems - Honda Canada's response [gkg452]
Sep 23, 2013 (1:00 pm)
I must say that I've been experiencing a similar Steering Wheel vibration for quite some time on my 09 CRV, which currently has 36,000 miles, when I first noticed it, I though it was just caused by my pervious balancing after 30K maintenance, and that It could be fixed easily, but after reading the many replies to your post, I started to realize that this might not be something fixable and I might have to let go the car, as now I can't be sure if everything dangerous will happen altogether with the vibration at a high speed (> 70MPH) on the highway, and it does terrify me thinking about my wife and daughter while they are on this car everyday, with HONDA itself could not figuring out the cause at all. (according to all of your cases)
I won't be recommending CRVs to my friends anymore which I been doing for quite some time.
BTW I just called a HONDA dealer asking about the vibration, and they told me they will need to see my car to test the issue, but i am pretty sure that according to his first response after hearing the word "Vibration", he's seen enough similar cases.
#148 of 154 Re: The Honda CRV Vibration [njdeerslayer]
Oct 11, 2013 (3:51 pm)
OK I have went to great length to find an answer to the vibration problems in CRV's. I have the vibration problem to. Its the drive line. Not tires like the dealers will tell ya. Its not the rear end or transmission. Its the drive line that's out of balance and also the center support bearing could add to the problem. Don't go to Honda because a new drive line is 1.3K. Go to a drive line shop who specialize in drive lines. More bad news. The universals in the drive line will need to be replaced also. They are built in to the drive line and has to be specially replaced. Honda knows all about this but will not admit to any problem. Honda calls the vibration "Harmonic Tingle". Really! So its an expensive fix. Mine did the vibration thing at various speeds. Backing off or slight acceleration made it stop. Happened with cruse control on also at steady speeds. Real pain in the ass!
#149 of 154 Re: Beware of CR-V Vibration
Oct 11, 2013 (4:06 pm)
Its the drive line.