Review of used Honda CR-V: 2001-2007
The SUV market really started to shake when Honda launched the improved CR-V in late 2001.
With soaring sales and an increasing number of people turning to traditional sedans and wagons, automakers are racing to take part in this action.
Honda was there right from the start enjoying the benefits of being an early player. CR-V is sold as gangs, but Honda must have the mettle to stay ahead of the game and keep its popular model at the top.
The new CR-V, released in late 2001, is an evolutionary model rather than an entirely new model. It builds on the success of the first CR-V by solving problems raised by the owner.
There’s a new look thanks to a redesigned nose with new headlights and grille, but the big news is the new 2.4-liter ‘i-VTEC’ engine.
The model range is similar to the previous model, being the base CR-V and CR-V Sport, along with some limited edition special models that were released during the model run.
Both models have a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, choosing a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission and all-wheel drive on request.
The base CR-V comes standard with dual front airbags, air conditioning, remote central locking, tilt steering wheel, power windows and mirrors, CD player with four speakers, and seat belt shock absorbers. .
On top of that, CR-V Sport offers ABS anti-lock braking system, EBD (Emergency Brake Force Distribution), 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps and an electric sunroof.
ABS became standard on the base CR-V in 2002, cruise control the same year was added to the CR-V Sport.
Those hoping for automatic climate control for air conditioning, sat nav, touch screen, parking sensor, reversing camera or park assist system will be disappointed.
Bluetooth predictions are not able to connect iPhone or Android devices.
The rear-mounted spare tire is a full size, so there’s no inconvenience from saving speed limit space.
The vertical shape of the CR-V allows a high driving position to provide good visibility down the road and in all directions around the vehicle.
It also produces a spacious cabin, has seating for five people, and enough space to ensure a comfortable ride whether in the front or in the back.
There’s also good luggage space, 948 liters with the rear seats in place, and there’s the flexibility of foldable rear seats for even more volumes – 2038 liters – when needed.
Cup Cups have been provided and there are more options for storage spread around the cabin.
The Lap seatbelt makes it easy for car seats, but it’s too early to mount ISOFIX.
The big news is the introduction of Honda’s famous 2.4-liter i-VTEC variable valve motor, with maximum power increased by 10kW to 118kW (160 hp) and maximum torque increased from 182 Nm to 220 Nm.
While maximum power and torque increase, the i-VTEC system generates higher performance over a wider engine speed range. It is easier to drive and boasts of better midrange performance.
Even with the zip, it is no faster than the 0 – 100 km / h sprint, 10.4 seconds to complete the trip.
Honda recommends the use of regular 91-octane unleaded gasoline.
Transmission options when the new model was launched include a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, but later upgraded to a much more efficient five-speed in 2005.
It has the same all-wheel drive system as required, which limits its ability to handle off-road terrain.
Most of the time it acts as a front-wheel drive car with all drives sent to the front wheels, until the system detects the front wheels slipping, and then it redirects some drives. to the rear wheels. As a result, it stays at home more on slippery surfaces or on light roads.
CR-V drives nicely with a smooth ride and competent handling and control capabilities.
Its i-VTEC engine provides good performance across the rev range, with low torque down good for drivability and top notch punch for performance when needed.
Although it drives through all four wheels, its system is a four-wheel drive system on demand rather than the usual four-wheel drive system seen on bush-deflected vehicles.
With the town’s biased powertrain and relatively limited ground clearance, the CR-V will be figured out if pushed to the more difficult race track.
Safety features were limited by today’s standards, but on par with time.
There are airbags for people in the front seat; they also have seat belt pretenders.
ABS brakes were initially limited to the Sport, and the EBD Electronic Brake force Distribution was even for braking, until late 2004 when the base model was upgraded with the same system.
ANCAP rated it in four out of five stars when CR-V was tested in 2001.
Any common problems?
Owners often praise the reliability of CR-V 2001; few people report anything other than having to replace common wear and tear such as brakes and tires.
Some people have reported experiencing a shudder from the transmission line, which is often from the rear differential and the oil change often fixes it.
The i-VTEC engine is a tightly tolerated gem that requires regular maintenance to keep it in the best condition.
Changing oil regularly, 5W-30 is recommended, is essential.
The good news is that the engine has a cam timing chain, doesn’t need frequent replacement, but there have been reports of breaking the chain when the tensioner is broken.
Listen for any sign of a loose chain when assessing a vehicle before buying. If you are not sure there is a mechanic check it for you.
Check service records to show that your purchase intent has been well maintained.
Look for signs of off-road use, especially its signs of widespread use. There are many things that do not leave the black peak, and they are the things that need to be done.
CR-V preceded the introduction of a price-limiting service, but the service cost was not too high and an authorized mechanic could handle it.
This model is affected by the Takata airbag recall, so check with Honda to see if it has been remade, or if not, when it will be done.
Warranty when new is three years / 100,000km, but expired long ago.