1997 Honda RD1 CRV
Available for: $12,995
There can only be one original, and the CR-V was Honda's first attempt at building a crossover. To say the model was a success is an understatement, and the current version of the vehicle is the brands best selling model currently. This 1997 is a unique and lovable little runabout that turns more than a few heads with its distinctive new coat of F8 Green (PFQ), which is found on sporty Mopars these days. Aside from some minor imperfections, the paint is in good nick, and this five-seater is set off by an OEM brushguard with oversized integrated PIAA fog lamps, rare OEM wind deflector, factory rainguards, and bronze 15" alloys. Recently serviced and legally imported, this 78k verified and documented mile RD-1 will provide reliable transportation, decent fuel economy, and is easy to service, too. As a daily driver, weekend cruiser, or a family hauler, this all-wheel-drive CUV can be put to use year-round! For those looking for a practical, eye-catching, spacious, and affordable JDM import, this Japanese Classic is it.
The cabin is spacious, despite this Honda's relatively small exterior dimensions. The tall roof height and driving position allow those behind the wheel to see a bit above traffic, too. The dash is in good shape, although a nav mount is still affixed, and the passenger has access to dual glove boxes for extra storage. The driver benefits from a tilt-adjustable steering column, electric folding side mirrors, power locks, and windows. These all work like a charm and make daily use more enjoyable. The original manuals and maintenance booklets are still on hand, which are neat to see and the OEM carpeted mats have been salvaged as well! The center stack includes a simple-to-use automatic climate control system. The A/C blows cold and the heat is piping hot for the long winter ahead. Adjacent is a functional Addzest head unit that is happy to blare some tunes to liven your morning commute. The seats are trimmed in a soft, gray cloth. They lack any major rips, stains, or tears, and are comfortable on long trips. The headliner is tightly held to the roof and lacks any major damage. The same can be said for the door cards and carpets which have withstood the past quarter century without sustaining major abuse. Overall, it is obvious this car was cared for in a prior life and we think the new owners will appreciate its condition.
The mechanicals are simple, which has likely contributed to the longevity of these first-generation CUVs. The unibody platform rides far better than body-on-frame trucks, and this relatively lightweight chassis offers peppy acceleration from the B20B four-banger. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the 2.0L whirrs to life care of a new 12v battery we installed here in our shop. Aside from arriving with a leaking valve cover and the need for a replacement engine mount, the B series was cared for in a prior life in Japan. We have fixed both of these items for the new owner of course, while also replacing the oil pan gasket to boot. Thanks to these repairs the engine has a new lease on life and operates smooth as butter. We didn't stop there, as one of our trained techs installed new trailing arm bushings to reduce suspension play. Add the suspension work along with the five new tires, which include the spare, and the result is a quiet and predictable ride. The new tires will last for tens of thousands of miles to come, and this shining example of a CR-V sailed through its state safety inspection with ease. All this wonderful Honda needs now is an excited American owner to put her to use!
*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.