Review: Honda CR-V (1997 – 2002)


Road-friendly 4x4 with a strong track record of reliability.

Low rear seats restrict the view out for shorter people and children.

Recently Added To This Review

18 September 2019 R/2019/243:

Possible air bag inflator rupture. Passenger air bag may not deploy correctly. Fix: The inflator inside the passenger’s airbag module is to be replaced. Build dates: 17-11-2000 to 16-12-2014. Read more

6 June 2002

Electrical contacts in ignition switch wear prematurely leading to a stall. Remedy to fit new switch. 53,175 Hondas affected. All official Honda recalls: Read more

21 May 2002

Contact point in ignition can fail at speed causing a stall in cars built 1997 to 2000. ECU problem with some later Mk I CRVs also lead to a TSB. Read more

Honda CR-V (1997 – 2002): At A Glance

What does a Honda CR-V (1997 – 2002) cost?

List Price from £26,310
Buy new from £22,748
Contract hire from £223.34 per month
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What should I look out for when buying a 1999 Honda CR-V?

I'm looking to buy a Honda CR-V 1999 automatic with 135000 km from a private seller. What should I look out for? Any advice is appreciated.
These were a lifestyle vehicle rather than all-terrain transport - a soft-roader, not an off-roader. So make sure the overhangs and the underneath haven't been damaged by any off piste excursions. Mechanically, a well-maintained example will have no trouble racking up the miles. You'll still want to make sure that it shows no sign of overheating and isn't going through oil or water. As it's an auto, you'll want to check that all gears can be engaged smoothly and that the kickdown is working. The interior may be a little bit worse for wear cosmetically, but there's not much you can do about that - your main concern will be checking that all of the electrics work. Has it got a tow bar? If it's been busy dragging things around that can cause premature wear of the mechanicals. Look for uneven tyre wear and play in the suspension and steering - also listen for any knocks, rattles or clonks. Also be sure to check the bodywork as best you can - the plastic cladding can sometimes hide rust. Door bottoms, wheel arches, wings, window surrounds ... check everywhere.
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