1997 Honda CR-V

Stock#5551

Honda's original iteration of the CR-V was perfect for the time. Consumers yearned for more space, better visibility, year-round usability, and fuel efficiency. Sadly the  Accord and Civic could only do so much and so the crossover segment was created. This 1997 five-seater is a delightful little runabout and is offered with only 86k verified and documented miles. As any Honda die-hard will tell you, outfitting your USDM RD-1 can become expensive, however, our Vogue Silver Metallic example (NH-595M) comes with all the accouterments. The chrome rear spoiler and mirror caps, OEM rainguards, amber PIAA fogs, OEM brushguard, and OEM rear tire carrier subtly change the aesthetic. Aside from some light chips, dings and scrapes the body is in good shape otherwise, and lacks any major blemishes. Fresh off a recent service, this timeless Honda is turn-key and ready to rock. Fun, frugal, practical and steadily becoming more collectible by the day, all this CR-V needs is an American owner!

The cabin is roomy, clean, and was cared for in a prior life. The dash lacks any cracking or weather-related distortion and even has a cubby for storage in addition to the glove box. The driver will ride in comfort thanks to an adjustable steering column electric windows, door locks, and mirrors. An OEM Nakamachi audio system and a simple-to-use automatic climate control system are mounted in the center stack. Both operate properly and make daily use enjoyable. The clock can also be conveniently switched to read the exterior temperature as well, which is kind of cool. The upholstery is in above-average condition and is supportive on longer hauls. It lacks any major rips, stains, or tears and can be adjusted in a multitude of fun ways. The carpets were cared for in Japan, and the OEM floor mats are still in place, however, do have some minor staining. The door cards, carpets, and the cargo area are all in great shape and haven't sustained any major damage over the years. It even has the OEM picnic table sitting in the boot!

The mechanicals are nearly identical to US versions so the ownership experience is stress-free. Powered by Honda's legendary B20, this little runabout is fresh off an oil and filter service. The 12v battery was replaced with a new one, which should last for a few more years to come, and ignition is instant. The four-banger idles with confidence and breaths freely thanks to a new engine air filter. To stay topped up on oil a new valve cover has been installed and the B series pulls strong all the way up to redline. While it won't win any pinks on the drag strip, the RD1 has plenty of oomph to get up going on the highway and she's peppy around town. The suspension provides tons of ground clearance and can confidently handle our rougher American tarmac. The driveline was shored up with new front axle boots plus new front struts, and now it is good to go. The brakes are responsive and the power steering is light, making parking a snap. Lastly, new all-season tires were mounted and balanced at all four corners. The new rubber quiets down the ride and will last 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 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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