1996 Honda CR-V
When Honda designed the first generation CR-V they catered to those who loved the Civic and Accord models and desired AWD, more interior room, and a taller ride height. The model was supremely successful upon its launch and spawned the crossover craze that dominates US roads today! We see a lot of clean, low mileage Hondas around these parts but this 1996 RD1 CRV is a tough one to top. Finished in Silver Metallic (NH-595M), and set off by privacy tint and a rare OEM spare tire cover, this AWD runabout is offered for sale with only 22k verified and documented miles! Aside from some light dings, chips and scratches the paint is in good shape and this lovable five-seater is fresh off a recent service and ready to do its duty on US shores. Frugal on fuel and with readily available stateside parts, these Honda provide one of the best ownership experiences of any JDM import. For those looking for a dependable daily driver, surefooted year-round hauler, unique weekend cruiser, or mail carrier, this Japanese Classic is it!
The cabin is in good shape overall and includes a few factory upgrades and options we don't see all the time. We love the factory floor mats from the front to the rear of the vehicle. They have protected the carpets underneath and the door cards and headliner look good as well. The dash lacks any cracking or fading and there is an extra storage pod above the glovebox. The centrally mounted climate control is easy to use and blows cold A/C for these remaining hot weeks of the year. Adjacent to it sits the OEM Honda Navigation system. While it does power on it seems the remote control is on its last legs, so functionality is limited. The good news is a US replacement headunit is an inexpensive fix, and the 25 year old navigation is more of a novelty anyways. The driver benefits from a slate of other power options including electric windows, door locks and mirrors. It even has a keyless entry system which is really rarely seen on vehicles of this age. These features all work as they should other than the power folding function on the passenger side mirror. The seats are in above-average shape and aside from a small burn hole on the driver seat bottom, they lack any major rips, stains, or tears. Even the OEM picnic table is in the trunk for any spontaneous camping excursions and overall, we are sure the next owner is going to be very happy about their purchase!
Powering this stout SUV is the popular and reliable B20B. This four-banger is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery we installed while it was in the shop. The four-banger idles with confidence and benefits from a new oil pan gasket, ensuring you won't lose a drop. The 2.0L is mated to a slick-shifting automatic gearbox which makes good use of the Honda's powerband. Acceleration could be described as peppy and the CR-V is decent on the highway for long periods at sustained higher speeds. The suspension can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse and has been refreshed with new rear trailing arm bushings and new front and rear strut assemblies installed by one of our trained techs. The vehicle is stable and predictable and rides better than most thanks to our updates! The brakes feel confident and the power steering is light and on point. The factory alloy wheels have all been wrapped in new all-season tires. The new rubber quiets down the road noise, but most importantly will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*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