1996 Honda CR-V AWD
The Honda CR-V has a bit of a cultish following here in the states. These determined little runabouts are loved for their reliability, all-weather usability, and practicality. Our 1996 Adriatic Blue (B-74P) example is fresh off a recent service, is turn-key ready to roll, and even boasts a few upgrades. Set off by some subtle rear privacy tint, the paint is in good shape aside from some minor blemishes including a couple of dings, scuffs, and chips associated with normal use. Offered with a mere 63k verified and documented miles, this AWD five-seater would make for a dependable daily driver, weekend cruiser, or unique kid hauler. Affordable and easy to service, these stellar crossovers are in much better shape than stateside examples, as you'd expect from a Japanese Classic.
The cabin is spacious and simple. The view of the road ahead is clear and commanding as this CUV rides above traditional sedans on the motorway. Unlike some CR-Vs, this is equipped with the optional dual SRS airbags located atop the dash. No cracks or distortion are noted on the aforementioned dashboard, and an American Pioneer Bluetooth head unit and backup camera have replaced the dated Japanese one. These work fabulously and for those who live in the tight confines of the city or have a busy parking lot and work, the reverse camera is cheap insurance against bumper damage. The automatic climate control system is right at hand and works like a charm. The A/C blows cold and is useful for the last hot days of summer. We have recharged the system and did want to note the possibility of a small leak, but it blows cold at the moment. All the same, power windows, locks, and mirrors make daily use convenient, but we did want to note that the power-folding side mirror function is no longer operational. We also wanted to note that the passenger side lock needs to be used manually at this point and that the passenger front window motor is a tad bit slow. On the positive side, a collapsible center tray includes cup holders for all, and the gray cloth seats are in above-average condition overall. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears and the door cards match to boot. The upholstery is soft, durable, and comfortable on long journeys behind the wheel. The carpets and headliner haven't sustained any major abuse over the years and the cargo area is surprisingly spacious. The seats have plenty of adjustabilities and can even be folded into a pseudo-sleeping arrangement if you need to catch a nap. Even the owner's manual is still sitting in the glove box and it's obvious to see this ride was cared for in a prior life in Japan.
The convenient thing about CR-V ownership is that the platform was sold here stateside. Parts and services are readily available and are known to be affordable. The B20B four-cylinder that powers this hauler is fresh off an oil and filter service. A new valve cover gasket was installed to keep the B Series topped up on oil. The automatic transmission shifts properly and sends power to all four wheels. It's peppy when on the throttle and gets up to highway speeds with ease. The suspension rides well thanks to new struts installed at all four corners within the past 15k miles. One of our trained techs also installed new trailing arm bushings to shore up the ride even further. The power steering and brakes feel confident and the lightweight and fun nature of this platform allows it to dart in an out of traffic. The Falken all-season tires are nearly new and have plenty of tread left. To keep them lasting as long as possible we also had it aligned at the local Honda dealership!
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