1996 Honda CR-V AWD
Available for: $11,495
This 1996 CR-V is the perfect city runabout. Reliable, frugal, spacious, and easy to park, it's no wonder it's Honda's best-selling vehicle to date. Finished in a lovely Cypress Green Pearl (G92-P), this crossover is set off by upgraded projection headlamps, privacy tint, and OEM rainguards. Aside from a few light dings, chips, and scuffs the paint is in good nick and this Honda is fresh off a recent service in our shop. At 103k verified and documented miles, this RD1 is barely broken in, and turn-key ready to roll off the lot. Easy to service, this practical little sport utility would make for a wonderful year-round daily driver, inexpensive commuter, or unique family hauler. Affordable Japanese Classics like these make a lot of sense, and with a cult following like no other, we doubt this little gem will stay around that long!
The cabin is spacious, simple, and perfect for daily use. The dashboard lacks any cracking or fading and offers an unobscured view of the road ahead. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column and power windows, locks, and mirrors which all function, and make daily use enjoyable. The seats are upholstered in a soft gray cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears. The headliner, door cards, and carpets are all in good nick. It even has a rear picnic table that can be removed from the boot at a moment's notice. Automatic climate control allows the driver to mix piping hot heat or cold A/C through the cabin on demand, for those who live in a climate zone featuring all four seasons. That's not to say the cabin is perfect as we wanted to note the audio functions, but there is no head unit, and the power folding function of the mirrors no longer operates. Still, at 25 years old the condition is remarkable, and its clear this car was cared for in Japan.
Like our stateside CR-Vs, this one is powered by the trusty B20B four-cylinder. Fresh off an oil and filter service this one springs to life with haste. To keep the 2.0L chugging along a new fuel filter was installed and one of our trained techs replaced the valve cover gasket with a new one. To keep vibrations to a minimum, a new right-front transmission mount was replaced. The engine is linked to a stout automatic gearbox that makes good use of the B-Series power band. Getting up to highway speeds is a stress-free affair and bopping around town is fun in this peppy runabout. The suspension has been refreshed with new struts at each corner and new trailing arm bushings were installed by one of our trained techs. The platform feels predictable overall. Power steering is standard and this small crossover is easy to maneuver about a parking lot compared to the massive SUVs we see nowadays. Braking is rock-solid and the alloy wheels are wrapped in nearly new meaty Falken rubber that has plenty of life left for the road ahead!
*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.