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Hi Guys,

I'm planing to buy a CR-V (RD5) and budget is around 3.2 M. I've gone through some of the threads but couldn't find any useful information also haven't experience on CRV.

Need some advice and information from the experts here..

1. Maintenance  & Spare parts

2. Fuel efficiency ( Heard that it's around  7-10 in city )

3. 2WD or AWD

4. Conman problem related to the RD5 

Value all your ideas regarding this :)

Thank!!! 

 

 

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It's a very reliable  suv.spairs are expensive  if you buy those through  the agents.its a same water tight rule for toyotas , bmw's ...etc as well.but now there are many places  to buy genuine  parts.use  genuine  parts for hondas, otherwise it may cause  some issue.u'll never get 10km/l in city  driving.its 8-9kml for 2wd &7-8kmls dor awd. But ull get 12-13ml on long run and 13+ on highways .comfy vehicle  and 2nd hand parts also widely  avail in delkanda.

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1 hour ago, Didula said:

It's a very reliable  suv.spairs are expensive  if you buy those through  the agents.its a same water tight rule for toyotas , bmw's ...etc as well.but now there are many places  to buy genuine  parts.use  genuine  parts for hondas, otherwise it may cause  some issue.u'll never get 10km/l in city  driving.its 8-9kml for 2wd &7-8kmls dor awd. But ull get 12-13ml on long run and 13+ on highways .comfy vehicle  and 2nd hand parts also widely  avail in delkanda.

Thanks @Didula for valuable feedback! 

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On 6/18/2017 at 11:58 PM, MrAeonM said:

Hi Guys,

I'm planing to buy a CR-V (RD5) and budget is around 3.2 M. I've gone through some of the threads but couldn't find any useful information also haven't experience on CRV.

Need some advice and information from the experts here..

1. Maintenance  & Spare parts

2. Fuel efficiency ( Heard that it's around  7-10 in city )

3. 2WD or AWD

4. Conman problem related to the RD5 

Value all your ideas regarding this :)

Thank!!! 

 

 

Not true....I have written quite a few posts on the RD series (1-7) and RE series CR-Vs. Please do a proper search.

Also...RD5 is AWD (prefacelift...facelift would be RD7).so you really can't get a 2WD RD5 (there are many around because people have removed the AWD components off...stay away from those). 

Don't buy a crossover like this expecting fuel economy. With careful driving you would propbably get about 6-7..a bit more from a 2WD.

Original parts are priced competitively as any other brands' parts. There are OEM parts around as well (no idea how good they are as we always used actual Honda parts).

Things to look out for....make sure that the power steering system functions properly and that the oil doesn't bubble/form and has a consistent feel to it. Make sure the rear diff works properly . Make the rear kick in (search the forum or youtube on how) and listen for any whines or howls. If you hear any whine or howl then the diff needs a fluid change..or if it has been left unattended it would need to be replaced. The diff oil has to be Honda Hypoid Transmission and Diff oil. Many people use alternative OEM oils (which are more common now and a bit cheaper) but quite a lot of them have messed up their diffs. The rubber like door handles have a habit of just tearing chunks of it off (kind of looks like a dog has chewed on it).

May I ask why you want a RD5 CR-V ? Compared to its competitors it actually has the poorer handling (lot of body roll that contributes to a lot..and I mean a lot of under-steer) and the real-time AWD system is not very good (so you will get stuck a lot easily and sooner than its competitors. Trust me..been there done that...). Although, comfort and interior finish wise (and steering feel/feedback wise) it is better than the others.

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17 minutes ago, iRage said:

Not true....I have written quite a few posts on the RD series (1-7) and RE series CR-Vs. Please do a proper search.

Also...RD5 is AWD (prefacelift...facelift would be RD7).so you really can't get a 2WD RD5 (there are many around because people have removed the AWD components off...stay away from those). 

Don't buy a crossover like this expecting fuel economy. With careful driving you would propbably get about 6-7..a bit more from a 2WD.

Original parts are priced competitively as any other brands' parts. There are OEM parts around as well (no idea how good they are as we always used actual Honda parts).

Things to look out for....make sure that the power steering system functions properly and that the oil doesn't bubble/form and has a consistent feel to it. Make sure the rear diff works properly . Make the rear kick in (search the forum or youtube on how) and listen for any whines or howls. If you hear any whine or howl then the diff needs a fluid change..or if it has been left unattended it would need to be replaced. The diff oil has to be Honda Hypoid Transmission and Diff oil. Many people use alternative OEM oils (which are more common now and a bit cheaper) but quite a lot of them have messed up their diffs. The rubber like door handles have a habit of just tearing chunks of it off (kind of looks like a dog has chewed on it).

May I ask why you want a RD5 CR-V ? Compared to its competitors it actually has the poorer handling (lot of body roll that contributes to a lot..and I mean a lot of under-steer) and the real-time AWD system is not very good (so you will get stuck a lot easily and sooner than its competitors. Trust me..been there done that...). Although, comfort and interior finish wise (and steering feel/feedback wise) it is better than the others.

Thanks @iRage Most of the friends asked me to check and get the advice from you :) , Gone through few of your posts but unfortunately couldn't find more about CR-Vs anyway will check aging 

Most available model is RD5 that' why i mentioned the RD5 ( RD4 comes with 2WD? -  correct me if i am wrong) . As you said, noticed rear end noise in most of CRVs , is that common issue?

What do think about  RAV4 (went through your posts which are related to rav4) / X-Trails and  Vitara when compared with CRV. Which one is best SUV  around 3.5M. I know, i can't expect good fuel consumption form all of theses models but i'm ok with 7-9kml. My main concern is maintenance ,reliability and spare parts.

Appreciate your thoughts! Thanks

 

 

 

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RD4 (and RD6 after the facelift) = 2WD

RD5 (and RD7 after the facelift) = AWD

As fr the rear end noise. Depends on what noise you are talking about. The rear diff does not work all the time. It will work only when power is directed to the rear wheels when a slippage is detected in the front wheels. There really shouldn't be much noise from the rear (kind of like a sedan). Even when the rear wheels do get power there should not be a whine or a hum from the rear diff. If the diff is actually making a humming or whining noise then there is something wrong.

Yes...the whine/hum is a common issue. Mainly because people do not do the required fluid change at proper times. If the car was maintained at the agents or at a Honda specialist the rear diff oil would have been changed at 50k-60k kms. However, most other service people neglect it till about 100k kms (Honda made a huge error with the first gen where the service interval for the rear diff was 100k..but most of the cars got diff problems at much lower mileages...so they changed it to 60k kms..also...usiing non Honda oils in the first few generations is somewhat of a risk)

RAV4 : I guess you are looking at the ACA2x series. Feels cheap...handles well and feels nimbler than the others...ride is a bit harsh, AWD system is decent (better than the CR-V as it has a permanent split).   If you get a manual one then you will get a center diff lock which helps you a lot in some sticky off roading situations. Feels a bit cramped in the interior. In SL it has the unfortunate curse of being overpriced because it is a Toyota. 

X-Trail : Quite spacey thanks to the boxy design. Decent pick up and go and has a softer ride than the RAV4 which also makes it a bit more pudgy around the corners. Typical of Nissans of the era, the steering feels like it is tied together using rubber bands. I prefer the AWD system more than the RAV4's as the AWD mode can be selected (Permanently Locked, AUTO/Norm,etc...)..

CR-V : I mentioned before....the CR-V has the better finish, the better on-road driving feel and comfort and comes quite well equipped compared to the others. However, handling is bad and the AWD system is not much to be desired for.

Vitara: Has a proper 4WD system. When you drive it,it feels very harsh (kind of like driving a tractor). To be honest there really isn't anything exceptionally bad or good about it. Haven't had one as a long term car so no idea how it is as a daily runner.

Personally I prefer the RAV4 because it does everything pretty well but not really good at one particular thing (and it really doesn't have anything that it is exceptional at..atleast that is the case with the ACA20 series). 

All in all it comes to a matter of personal preference in the end...so take a few test drives in these cars and see which suits you better and what compromises you are willing to make.

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On 7/3/2017 at 9:42 AM, iRage said:

RD4 (and RD6 after the facelift) = 2WD

RD5 (and RD7 after the facelift) = AWD

As fr the rear end noise. Depends on what noise you are talking about. The rear diff does not work all the time. It will work only when power is directed to the rear wheels when a slippage is detected in the front wheels. There really shouldn't be much noise from the rear (kind of like a sedan). Even when the rear wheels do get power there should not be a whine or a hum from the rear diff. If the diff is actually making a humming or whining noise then there is something wrong.

Yes...the whine/hum is a common issue. Mainly because people do not do the required fluid change at proper times. If the car was maintained at the agents or at a Honda specialist the rear diff oil would have been changed at 50k-60k kms. However, most other service people neglect it till about 100k kms (Honda made a huge error with the first gen where the service interval for the rear diff was 100k..but most of the cars got diff problems at much lower mileages...so they changed it to 60k kms..also...usiing non Honda oils in the first few generations is somewhat of a risk)

RAV4 : I guess you are looking at the ACA2x series. Feels cheap...handles well and feels nimbler than the others...ride is a bit harsh, AWD system is decent (better than the CR-V as it has a permanent split).   If you get a manual one then you will get a center diff lock which helps you a lot in some sticky off roading situations. Feels a bit cramped in the interior. In SL it has the unfortunate curse of being overpriced because it is a Toyota. 

X-Trail : Quite spacey thanks to the boxy design. Decent pick up and go and has a softer ride than the RAV4 which also makes it a bit more pudgy around the corners. Typical of Nissans of the era, the steering feels like it is tied together using rubber bands. I prefer the AWD system more than the RAV4's as the AWD mode can be selected (Permanently Locked, AUTO/Norm,etc...)..

CR-V : I mentioned before....the CR-V has the better finish, the better on-road driving feel and comfort and comes quite well equipped compared to the others. However, handling is bad and the AWD system is not much to be desired for.

Vitara: Has a proper 4WD system. When you drive it,it feels very harsh (kind of like driving a tractor). To be honest there really isn't anything exceptionally bad or good about it. Haven't had one as a long term car so no idea how it is as a daily runner.

Personally I prefer the RAV4 because it does everything pretty well but not really good at one particular thing (and it really doesn't have anything that it is exceptional at..atleast that is the case with the ACA20 series). 

All in all it comes to a matter of personal preference in the end...so take a few test drives in these cars and see which suits you better and what compromises you are willing to make.

Thanks @iRage for sharing valuable information!! 

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guys, 

sorry to open up an old thread... looking buy a CR-V 2014 ish one..there were few advertised in quick site but couldnt get the info properly from the sellers..help me with the trim levels of the model as they come 2l and 2.4 l varient..

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