1997 Honda CR-V AWD
The first generation Honda CR-V was a truly pivotal vehicle for the sport utility market. Combining SUV capability with the stature and fuel economy of a compact to mid-sized vehicle, the CR-V undoubtedly kickstarted the crossover craze and serves as the blueprint for a lot of the compact SUVs you see on the road today. Our 1997 model RD1 CRV is a handsome example fresh off the boat, sporting a mere 98k verified/documented miles. Finished in Honda's Cypress Green Pearl (G82P), the iconic boxy bodylines of this 1997 show well, aside from some dents on the roof and rear spoiler and some expected age-related stone chips in the paint. Exterior styling is utilitarian, the factory steel wheels still retain their original hubcaps and the matching factory spare shows nicely on the rear. Fresh off a recent service, this CRV is a clean AWD runabout ready to tackle whatever challenges await on US shores. With the majority of parts being shared with its US counterpart, this is one Japanese Classic that'll serve you well for years and years to come!
The cabin is incredibly spacious and was clearly maintained well by its previous owner. Featuring all the quirks and gadgets the CR-V is known for, such as the stowable picnic table, ice bucket, and center tray, this cabin is a great place to be for any future pilots or passengers. The factory dash is clean, with no cracking, peeling, or pesky sun fading and the OEM striped cloth upholstery has held up quite nicely, as well. The switchgear is easy to operate, with the dash housing a fully functional automatic climate control unit. Cold A/C is on standby for those in warmer climates while hot heat is ready to rip for the colder months ahead. A handful of power amenities are on deck to provide a stress-free driving environment. Power windows work at the flick of a switch, and power locks and power mirrors are fully functional and provide some added accessibility. The rear seats are extremely versatile, folding all the way forward to provide plenty of extra cargo space, or reclining back so your rear passengers can catch some shut-eye on a road trip. Overall the cabin shows nicely, although we must note that the factory Gather's audio has kicked the bucket. Aside from some light wear on the headliner and door cards, this is one interior that does it all, and we think the next owner will be satisfied with the condition.
The RD-1 shares most of its running gear with the USDM model, making parts sourcing and servicing a breeze. Power is delivered via the punchy B20B DOHC engine, providing enough get up and go to dart around town or cruise comfortably on the highway while still maintaining the excellent fuel efficiency these little Honda 4 bangers are known for. Our trained technicians have changed the oil pan gasket and performed a fresh oil and filter service to keep fluids topped up, and a new 12V battery ensures this powerplant will fire up the first time, every time! The automatic transmission shifts smoothly and is easy to operate, and optional AWD is sure to come in handy for any mail carriers, campers, or soft-roaders that may traverse off the beaten path. We've even replaced the trailing arm bushings and the right front CV axle with a new unit to give the drivetrain a slight refresh. The suspension is durable and compliant, and braking leaves little to be desired, as this lightweight chassis stops on a dime! For an around-town warrior or highway commuter it's hard to beat the versatility of this CR-V, and with 5 new Falken tires installed you're sure to have plenty of grip 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.