1998 Honda CR-V AWD
There are few crossover SUV's as beloved and time-tested as Honda's 1st generation CR-V. Highly regarded across the globe as being capable, efficient, and built to last, models like our 1998 RD1 are a sound investment, especially with only 86k verified and documented miles on the clock. Finished in Taffeta White (NH-571), this "Smart Scape" CR-V sports a few notable factory options and upgrades. Factory optional body color bumpers, OEM Rainguards, and a tasteful rear spoiler work in tandem to spruce up the exterior a bit, and a set of sleek tri spoke alloys provide a nice complement to the iconic boxy bodylines. Affordable, stylish, and backed by an unstoppable AWD drivetrain, this Comfortable Runabout Vehicle is a smart choice for a genuine Japanese Classic!
We often commend the CR-V for having one of the most well equipped and accessible interiors around for a small SUV. Finished in a soft and supple patterned cloth, it's clear this one was well cared for during its prior life in Japan as well. The seating surfaces are free of any unsightly wear and tear and the grey vinyl dash is in good shape and houses dual SRS airbags for any cautious pilots and passengers. Both driver and passenger buckets have an armrest for optimal comfort and the center tray table can stow away for an efficient pathway to the rear seats and cargo compartment. If you're already a Honda enthusiast, the simple to use climate control system should feel familiar, and luckily this one is primed with freshly serviced A/C and piping hot heat for the winter ahead. Additionally, adjacent OEM audio pumps out tunes on command and the sound quality is decent for a factory system. As expected from a daily use vehicle, all four power windows work as advertised, and the power locks and power folding mirrors are also operational, although the switch is a bit finicky. The rear bench folds forward or reclines for maximum versatility and yes, the factory picnic table is still present underneath the rear carpet. The factory carpets and matching floor mats have withstood the test of time and outside of some minor stains on the headliner, there's little to complain about with the condition of this classic crossover's cabin.
Under the skin, the familiar B20B powered AWD layout is about as recognizable and reliable as butter on toast, and this punchy four banger is as easy to service and maintain as its US counterpart. Our trained technicians have done the legwork of getting this one primed and ready for the road ahead, and a new 12v battery was installed to aid ignition. A new valve cover gasket was installed and a fresh oil and filter service performed and this B series runs like a top! For prospective purchasers, we did want to note a light seep from the oil pump and oil pan. While not severe, we felt it should be disclosed to the next buyer to plan for future maintenance schedules. A new engine air filter and fuel filter were installed to rid contaminants from the 2.0, and with the maintenance performed this one drives like a dream and shoots right up to highway speeds on command! The automatic transmission communicates with a full time 4WD system and traction is available. We also replaced the trailing arm bushings to shore up the drivetrain a bit. The shocks still feel healthy and the chassis as a whole is surprisingly rattle and squeak free, even over harsher road imperfections. New brake pads and rotors were installed up front and this lovely crossover now stops on a dime. If that wasn't enough, we even installed fresh Falken rubber on all four corners, sure to keep your drives smooth, quiet, and full of traction both on and off the beaten path!
*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.