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2001 honda CRV i'm thinking of buying this one and need to hear about its reliability also looking at a KIA sorranto

Priorities: Warranty, maintenance cost / Reliability & durability / Ride smoothness

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum age: 18 years

Maximum price: US $ 4000

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Response from Dnslater

10:29 am May 14, 2018

First generation CR-V's where one of the last of the great, simple Honda's of the 80's and 90's and are low maintenance and fairly bulletproof. My wife had one when we got married,and I took over driving it for a few years. We sold it to my neighbor at 180,000 miles and it was still going strong. Great car. Simple. Did well in snow. Good interior space. Economical to drive.

Buying one in the $4k price range means that it will be higher mileage and may have some deferred maintenance. If you want to drive it for awhile you will probably need to budget for a few things when you purchase. You might see if they have any records when you purchase. Things to look for:

Spark plugs I think need changed every 30k miles along with a valve adjustment.

Transmission fluid is a similar inteval. If this is an AWD version, there is a rear differential that also needs changed. This often gets neglected.

Most importantly, the timing belt needs changed every 90,000 miles or 7 years. These are not cheap, but it could be catestrophic to neglect doing it as if it breaks it can trash the engine.

Wheel bearings are also a common item that goes on higher mileage version.

Most of the above regarding service will also be true of the Kia, but I would much rather have a $4,000 Honda than a $4,000 Kia.

Good luck.


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Response from AcuraT

5:58 pm May 14, 2018

The age of the car being considered has to be a factor here. If you can buy either a 12 year old CRV or a 7 year old Sorrento, eight times out of ten the Sorrento is a better deal with lower mileage and younger age with your budget. Both are pretty reliable, and if you can get the 10 year 100,000 mile warranty on the Sorrento in your budget (but I don't think that will transfer to the second owner) it is a no brainer on what to do.

Otherwise the above holds true. The condition of the cars being considered should drive your decision.


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Response from LectroFuel

7:03 pm May 14, 2018

It will most likely be reliable until around 200k miles when it needs a valve job. Many higher mileage CR-Vs from that generation are needing engine work. There is no other noteworthy problem. I think $4000 is way too much. I think $2500-3000 is better because you can get the redesigned 2002 for under $4000. 2002-2006 had some transmission problems.

Stay away from the 2001-2003 RAV4 because those transmissions liked to explode.


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Response from mywohop

9:11 am May 15, 2018

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