1996 Honda CR-V RD-1

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The crossover is a modern automotive phenomenon and is likely the reason why the classic four-door sedan is a thing of the past. Touting a more refined ride, better fuel economy, and plenty of space it's easy to see why consumers flock to this segment. This 1996 RD-1 was the first of its kind, utilizing the lovable Civics basic architecture, but with the benefit of a taller ride height and AWD to conquer winter. Finished in a sleek Adriatic Blue Pearl (B-74P) and set off by an OEM brushguard, the body and paint are in fine shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Fresh off a recent service, this turn-key five-seater is offered with a mere 67k verified and documented miles. Simple to service, inexpensive to operate, and about as trustworthy as they come, it's hard to deny this lovable Honda is anything but a Japanese Classic. 

The cabin is spacious despite the meager exterior dimensions. The taller ride height promotes decent outward visibility and the dashboard itself lacks any cracking or fading. For those who plan to daily drive, a centrally mounted OEM automatic climate control system, and factory head unit still function. The heat works great thanks to a new thermostat we replaced after we brought the car stateside. The A/C works too, if you happen to reside in a more tropical climate. Dual gloveboxes create ample storage up front, and a pop-up center tray table includes four cupholders for libations. The driver can get comfy behind the wheel thanks to an adjustable steering column and the soft gray upholstery is supportive and is in good shape. Lacking any major rips, stains, or tears the cloth has held up well over the years. The same can be said for the door cards, which are in good shape. Sure there is some light staining on the headliner and carpets, but on the positive side, the OEM floor mats are on hand to prevent future mishaps. Privacy tint keeps the harmful UV rays from penetrating the cabin and keeps your cargo away from prying eyes. The OEM picnic table can be found in the rear for any impromptu tailgating as well. For those who plan to commute, electric windows, door locks, keyless entry, and power side mirrors all work like a charm, aside from the power folding function of the side view mirrors. Still, at 25 years of age, it's obvious to see this little runabout was cared for in Japan, and it even has the JDM maintenance booklet for the next owner to enjoy!

Under the skin, the RD-1 is essentially the same as stateside versions. The B-Series engine is fresh off an oil and filter service and starts up immediately, thanks to a newly installed 12v battery. It idles with confidence thanks to a new fuel filter and engine air filter. For those who plan to rack up the miles, they can rest assured knowing the most expensive preventive maintenance service has been performed. A new timing belt and water pump were installed in house, which should add an enormous amount of peace of mind. While we were in there, it was a perfect opportunity to take care of some little odds and ends. For instance, the spark plugs and distributor were swapped out for fresh ones, and we resealed the oil pan that had been leaking. Lastly, we replaced the lower torque mount to quell any unnecessary vibration and she's now right as rain. With the engine refreshed, we worked our way down the driveline. The automatic gearbox shifts wonderfully and makes good use of the B20's powerband. For those who live in colder climate regions, the AWD setup is helpful for the occasional dusting of snow. A rear differential service was performed while up on our lift and the platform has a surefooted feel. New trailing arm bushings were swapped in prior to an alignment. The suspension can handle large and small bumps with confidence, and the lightweight platform brakes well compared to a lot of the heavier truck-based rigs we sell. To complete the reconditioning, 16" Falken were mounted and balanced at all four corners. They quiet down the ride a touch, but most importantly the new rubber will last for tens of thousands of miles to come. All four tires were replaced with new all-season Falkens. They ride nicely, are quiet, and will deliver tens of thousands of miles of grip 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.

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