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Old 06-19-2014, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Honda CRV and Element reviews?

Hey all, My wife is in the market for a used vehicle again, and she is partial to to the CR-V and Element. Our budget will probably let us get something in the 2002-2005 range. I know CR-V's older than that have a timing belt instead of a chain. I'm not sure if that would be a major issue.

We have NOT test driven either yet (drove a new CR-V but it is out of our budget.) In fact, finding an Element to test drive is becomming a bit of a chore.

Anyway, I was wondering what experience you all may have? I have heard they share a drive train and both can experience transmission and/or differential issues?

What say you all?

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Old 06-19-2014, 02:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would not be adverse to either one. For some reason the elements have a reputation of eating brake pads but its something that could be lived with.
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Old 06-19-2014, 02:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have an 01 CRV EX that I have driven since 2006ish. It has 210,000 miles.
Other than oil changes, plugs/wires/filters, and tires, I have done the following maintenance:
Brakes once
Timing belt once
Exhaust once (hole rusted in it)

That's it... seriously.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My brother is happy with his. He replaced a troublesome Jeep Compass with an Element. Says it much more reliable.
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey all, My wife is in the market for a used vehicle again, and she is partial to to the CR-V and Element. Our budget will probably let us get something in the 2002-2005 range. I know CR-V's older than that have a timing belt instead of a chain. I'm not sure if that would be a major issue.

We have NOT test driven either yet (drove a new CR-V but it is out of our budget.) In fact, finding an Element to test drive is becomming a bit of a chore.

Anyway, I was wondering what experience you all may have? I have heard they share a drive train and both can experience transmission and/or differential issues?

What say you all?
my mom had a first gen cr-v. it never had any problems except for a dead battery, and that was after her leaving the lights on overnight requiring a jump start and a 10 year old factory batt. it converted my dad, now my dad just bought the newest one. i've driven my mom's cr-v, sits high which isn't a problem itself, but you can really feel it when the car brakes, which may or may not be something some people like or dislike. also really hard to see the rear driver's side, unless you stick your head out the window. newer cr-v's may have solved that. i also see that my dad's cr-v sits lower, so the latest gen may have a smaller braking effect.

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