1996 Honda CR-V
CR-V enthusiasts understand how revolutionary this model was for Honda, and the cult-like appeal of the RD1 endures to this day. Stateside owners understand the heavy expense involved with accessorizing this crossover, too, but this one comes with a host of rare JDM factory bits and some pricey aftermarket upgrades. This Cypress Green Pearl (G82-P) 1996 is adorned with front and side nerf bars, a projector headlight conversion, OEM rainguards, chrome rear spoiler, and stylized spare tire cover. The body is in good shape aside from some minor dings and chips associated with normal use and notable repairs in Japan include a new hood. Fresh off an oil and filter service, this 65k verified and documented mile example is turn-key and ready to roll. Affordable, reliable, and just plain cool, it is hard to deny the appeal of this mini hauler. For those who want practicality, all-weather usability, and low cost of ownership, this is undoubtedly your Japanese Classic!
The cabin is massive despite its tiny exterior dimensions. The taller ride height lends itself to better visibility than a sedan and the view of the road ahead is clear and unobstructed. The dash lacks any cracking or distortion and the optional dual SRS airbags are on standby for some added peace of mind. All the switchgear is at hand and an automatic climate system is close by, delivering cold A/C for summer and heat for winter. After it arrived from Japan a US Pioneer HD Radio and Bluetooth equipped headunit was installed. It sounds decent and is nice to have on long road trips. The seats are upholstered in a soft gray textured cloth. Aside from a tiny hole on both the driver and passenger seat bottoms, there are no major rips, stains, or tears of note. There are some flexible seating options too, allowing for more cargo or even a fully reclined sleeping surface. The carpets, door cards, and headliner have withstood the past 25 years without accumulating major damage. Power windows, locks, and electric mirrors make daily use enjoyable. Aside from lacking the power-folding function of the side mirrors the aforementioned equipment works and the driver even has a tilt-adjustable column. Yes, the OEM picnic table is still stowed in its proper place and rear privacy tint keeps prying eyes off your precious cargo. Overall it's really hard to complain about the condition of this CR-V and we think the next owner will love it! It even has the OEM carpet mats and owners manuals to go along with it.
Mechanically this Honda is what brand enthusiasts really like! Easy to find and inexpensive parts, decent fuel efficiency, and surefooted AWD are all good reasons to consider one of these runabouts. This five-seater is powered by the B20 four-cylinder and is fresh off an oil and filter service. A new engine air filter maximizes MPG and the 2.0L is mated to a smooth-shifting automatic. Through the AWD system power is distributed to the front and rear, and the RD-1 is peppy. It can drive comfortably on the highway as you might expect and feels stable. One of our trained techs has replaced the front left inner and outer tie rod and the driveline feels solid as a rock. The brakes are grabby and the recently replaced all-season tires have plenty of tread and this RD1 is fresh off an alignment. Useful for those on the go, this stellar JDM Honda is one of the most convenient imports to own on the market, and this low mileage example has all the right equipment, too!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.