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What should I replace my faithful Honda CR-V with?

I am having to think about getting rid of my beloved Honda CR-V. It is now 14 years old and has been the best car I have ever owned. I bought it when it was three years old with 60,000 on the clock. It is the ES top of the range and automatic. My hobby is agility with my dogs with means that for the last 10 years I have travelled to shows and towed a caravan with it. All has been effortless to this trusty car. It has hardly had anything replaced. It has been lovingly serviced and cared for. My problem now is that I now longer work. I am 72 and cannot afford the upkeep of my CR-V. I realise it is probably almost worthless now and have thought hard about this but it is the petrol consumption which is the killer at present prices. My question is for about £3000, what suitable car could I replace it with?

Asked on 12 January 2013 by PR, via email

Answered by Honest John
Replace it with a second generation 2002-2006 CR-V petrol automatic. This was the most reliable CR-V and the first with a chain cam engine. Fuel economy remains an issue, of course, but fuel costs less than big repair bills.
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