Honda FR-V (2004 – 2009) At A Glance
Not too long ago, a ‘family car' was a straightforward saloon, hatchback or estate seating two in the front and three in the back.
And, because the French tended to have bigger families, there were Citroen, Peugeot and Renault seven-seater estates. Then along came the Renault Espace and the Chrysler Voyager and seven-seater ‘Multi Purpose Vehicles' were born.
Since then, Renault did it again by inventing the five-seater MPV in the form of the Scenic. And, just to be different (very different) Fiat pulled its six-seater Multipla out of the brown paper bag.
So how does the new Honda FR-V fit in?
Honda FR-V 2004 Road Test
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Will there be problems getting parts for a Honda FR-V in the future?
"I am considering buying a Honda FR-V. I am slightly concerned about getting parts in case of a breakdown. Honda discontinued the FR-V in 2011. Would finding parts be a problem? I am planning to keep the car for next 4-5 years."
The engine and transmission are standard Honda Civic items so no problems there. Body parts and light lenses might be more difficult but there is always a specialist somewhere in the world. These people seem to be the best: https://jp-carparts.com/
Can you recommend a car that can fit two child seats and an adult in the back?
"I'm looking for a car that has three full size seats in the back. I need to be able to fit an adult in the middle rear seat, between two children's car seats. My budget is only small (not helpful I know) - between £1000 - £1200. My daughter is two years old and in a rear facing Joie Steadi. The baby isn't born yet. She will possibly go in our old Joie Gemm, or if the new car seat has isofix, we may buy a new isofix seat."
You'll need something quite wide with a small central transmission tunnel. For your budget it'll probably be quite a struggle, you really can't get much at that price which won't have high mileage on it. I'd suggest getting an older car, like a Honda FR-V, which is quite reliable. You might just squeeze two child seats and an adult in it. You could also try a Toyota Previa, but I'm not sure that you'll get the space you need. Hyundai Trajet is another one to look into.
Unfortunately, you can't guarantee reliability for that kind of money so make sure you ask a lot of questions about the car, check the service history and try to buy a Japanese car for reliability. What you don't want is to buy a cheap car and then so much needs done to it that the first service and MoT costs half of what you spent on the car. The best advice I can offer is to be smart when you buy, don't just go for the cheapest model you can find. Imports will be cheaper, but be careful because if you get something too obscure then parts might not be available if something goes wrong. Good luck with your search.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
My niece is expecting triplets - what vehicle is best suited to take two adults, a seven year old and three babies?
"My niece, who already has a seven year old, is expecting triplets. What would be your recommendation for a vehicle suitable to transport two adults, a seven year old and three babies (including all the paraphernalia that goes along with them, i.e. buggies, toys, changing bags etc)? What do you think of imported Japanese vehicles, such as the Honda Stepwagon or the Nissan Elgrand?"
A Honda FR-V would have done the job, but getting old now. Japanese scrap van conversions can make some sense as long as you remember that these vehicles were effectively scrap in Japan which is why they were exported to poorer countries with lower standards.
Should I get a hybrid car or an EU6 diesel?
"I'm looking at replacing my Honda FR-V with a Lexus NX or Land Rover Discovery Sport. My heart is with Land Rover, but build quality seems to be an issue and I worry at the potential lifespan of diesels with pollution issues. The NX looks capable, gets good reviews and might be a cleaner option. I generally make short journeys with a few two hour motorway runs, have two large teenage boys to carry and tend to keep a car for a long time (10 years or so). Which would you go for and is there another car out there I have overlooked?"
Build quality is a major problem with the Discovery Sport. And there are problems with the Ingenium diesel when used for short runs, but you can now get Ingenium petrol engines in it. If you want reliability, Lexus is at the top of the ratings and Land Rover is at the bottom.
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