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2004 Honda CR-V Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: My 2004 Honda CR-V .... a Keeper ! by zargarita

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Reviewed: 2004 Honda CR-V

4dr SUV 160-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Why the 2004 Honda CR-V?

Reliability & durability

2004 Honda CR-V - bought 2nd hand 2009 .. on a trip from FL to NC, the A/C blew up -- literally .. cracks down the side of condenser. Had it replaced with after-market unit when we returned to FL. Lasted until this past week -June 2019.. The compressor gave out and was replaced by a local mechanic [works only on Hoe rnda vehicles].. He is the ONLY one who touches my car for repairs since moving to NC. Honda has never [to my knowledge] said there was a problem with A/C and no dealer has ever said they ever heard of one.. interesting ! There was a Class action lawsuit in which I did recover most of the replacement of A/C in 2009 -- really, a unit only lasting 5 yrs ! The aftermarket replacement lasted twice as long. Most things done to my CR-V have been maintenance or Honda recall [ air bags ]. Love my car - don't plan on changing - it has what I need and it is paid for -- can't beat that ~ Considering a rear-view camera for safety . Good ride ! Peggy

Why Not the 2004 Honda CR-V?

Dealer practices

Will not take to a Dealer --- only after purchase in FL. In NC, I have a well-trusted mechanic [ only works on Hondas ] -- most everyone I know takes their cars to him. Have seen 3 of same year/model/color as mine in his parking lot ! We keep our cars in NC .. Had to go to the Dealer to have a key and fob replaced. Don't need to go there for the same work/maintenance and it costs at least twice as much.

Other Features of the 2004 Honda CR-V

Cargo capacity

Great capacity --- you wouldn't believe how many bags of pine bark mulch we can haul ! Spouse also 'borrows' it when he purchases something that won't fit in his Mazda trunk. Lawnmowers have ridden to repair shop, etc.

Conclusion

There are many 2004 CR-Vs in my NC town. I pass out my mechanic's business card to anyone who goes to the Dealer.

Not a fancy car ,, basic but it does what I need.

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