1996 Honda CR-V RD1
For the first time in Honda's celebrated history, they produced an in-house design for a crossover vehicle. Named the CR-V, it touted its AWD capabilities, tall ride height, and low cost of ownership. Finished in (B84P) Submarine Blue Pearl, and adorned by a set of OEM tinted raingaurds, the body is in good shape other than some minor dings and chips associated with normal use. Offered with a mere 45k verified miles, this recently serviced and legally imported five-seater is barely getting broken in. For those who value reliability, quality, and practicality this unique option would make for an ideal Japanese Classic!
The cabin is spacious and full of storage options and flexible seating. Honda thought of it all, and when designing this interior added some surprising features. To touch on the integration of safety items, the CR-V models all came with dual SRS airbags. They also included plenty of power amenities including power mirrors, locks, and windows. These items all work as they should, and the driver even gets an adjustable steering column. The center stack includes a simple to use automatic climate system and boy does that heat pipe into the cockpit. The only cabin upgrades come in the form of a classy Pioneer head unit with USB input and a set of Addzset tweeters. The audio clarity is quite good for the vintage too. The passenger and driver both have access to a foldable tray mounted between the front setas with two integrated cup holders. The passenger gets a large glovebox for storage and even the factory manuals are still in there. The gray cloth upholstery in really good shape and lacks any major imperfections such as rips, stains or tears. The material is soft to the touch and peppered with green and purple accents up close. The front seats can be used in conjunction to created dual sleeping surfaces if you're looking to catch some Z's without renting a hotel. The door cards, carpets, and headliners are in above average shape and it's obvious this car was cared for in Japan. Perhaps the coolest is feature is saved for last and when accessing the cargo area. The spare tire cover is actually an integrated picnic table that can be removed for a fine dining experience. Unfortunately, these don't come with the kitchen sink, you'd have to buy a Land Cruiser for that!
One of the most appealing ownership benefits is knowing that you're driving a Honda. Based on the Civic, with added AWD and ground clearance, parts are readily available and inexpensive which makes this CR-V convenient to own. Powering this sled is Honda B20B four-cylinder engine. Startup is quick thanks to a newly installed 12v battery. The 2.0L mill also receives a fresh oil and filter service and a new engine air filter to ensure she's running tip-top! While in the shop our team took care of a leaking valve cover gasket and replaced it with a new one so that the new owner need no do that down the road. Power is sent to all four wheels through an automatic gearbox. Shifts occur without any hesitation or clunking and the gear ratios are just fine for US roadways. The driveline is in nice shape overall, and the left front axle boots were replaced here stateside so that this RD1 ready for year-round use. The suspension has tons of ground clearance and handles large potholes without breaking a sweat. The brakes are direct, and this lightweight crossover slows down pretty fast. The steering is light and power-assisted, making this little five-seater easy to park in the city. The factory steel wheels are accented by a set of OEM wheel covers. New Falken all-terrain tires have been mounted and balanced at all four corners. We even added a new spare tire to boot! The new rubber quiets down the ride nicely and should deliver premium grip 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 complaint 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.