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Old Oct 23rd 2022, 7:06 am
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Opinions pleasenon buying a used Honda CR-V. I need a low-cost car with very good leg room and mechanically reliable, not too difficult/expensive to fix in the UK, where I now am.

Thoughts? Good idea or bad?

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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter
Opinions pleasenon buying a used Honda CR-V. I need a low-cost car with very good leg room and mechanically reliable, not too difficult/expensive to fix in the UK, where I now am.

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For reliability, and repairability at reasonable cost, you're not going to do any better than a Honda.

Given how small most cars are in the UK, I don't think you're going to do any better than a CR-V for leg room without giving up a lot on fuel economy, and probably reliability too.
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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter
Opinions pleasenon buying a used Honda CR-V. I need a low-cost car with very good leg room and mechanically reliable, not too difficult/expensive to fix in the UK, where I now am.

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A CRV was my previous vehicle. Purchased second hand, from a family member who was GSM at the dealership. Quality of vehicle was OK, no bells and whistles. After a time, connecting to my phone became buggy.

Maintenance was reasonable, a few times (over 3-4 years) there would be a gear shift miss (automatic) that resulted in an engine light. This went away after turning vehicle off/on.

I drove ~80 miles/day in this vehicle. Gas consumption was OK, normal brake and tyre wear as expected.

Final opinion: good value for money. Seemed to hold value, although I sold during middle of great second hand market (covid).

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Originally Posted by Lion in Winter
Opinions pleasenon buying a used Honda CR-V. I need a low-cost car with very good leg room and mechanically reliable, not too difficult/expensive to fix in the UK, where I now am.

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I'm on my second CR-V, a 2019 Touring. My first was a 2002 EX 4WD. For a long time the road noise on CR-Vs was acknowledged to be terrible, but the 2019 we have is night and day vs. the 2002. We put around 10000 miles a year, mainly freeway or arterials, and it's a pretty damn' easy drive.

I'd recommend it.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
For reliability, and repairability at reasonable cost, you're not going to do any better than a Honda.

Given how small most cars are in the UK, I don't think you're going to do any better than a CR-V for leg room without giving up a lot on fuel economy, and probably reliability too.
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A CRV was my previous vehicle. Purchased second hand, from a family member who was GSM at the dealership. Quality of vehicle was OK, no bells and whistles. After a time, connecting to my phone became buggy.

Maintenance was reasonable, a few times (over 3-4 years) there would be a gear shift miss (automatic) that resulted in an engine light. This went away after turning vehicle off/on.

I drove ~80 miles/day in this vehicle. Gas consumption was OK, normal brake and tyre wear as expected.

Final opinion: good value for money. Seemed to hold value, although I sold during middle of great second hand market (covid).
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I'm on my second CR-V, a 2019 Touring. My first was a 2002 EX 4WD. For a long time the road noise on CR-Vs was acknowledged to be terrible, but the 2019 we have is night and day vs. the 2002. We put around 10000 miles a year, mainly freeway or arterials, and it's a pretty damn' easy drive.

I'd recommend it.

Thank you all, very helpful. I'll def be looking at older models, not 2019, due to price, but not really planning to do a huge amount of driving in it. I have to fit a substantial 6' 4" husband into it, and I have difficulty folding him up small enough for the weeny UK cars.

I also looked at the Ford Mondeo estates, but those things are like tanks.

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.... I also looked at the Ford Mondeo estates, but those things are like tanks.
If you're talking about length, the difference is only 6¾"/ 17cm.

For ride and fuel economy I'd take a Mondeo over a CR-V. I've never owned a Mondeo, though I've rented several, but I owned a Sierra for many years, and would have happily bought a Mondeo had Ford not stopped selling them with a manual transmission in the US when we last bought a car.

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Originally Posted by Pulaski
If you're talking about length, the difference is only 6¾"/ 17cm.

For ride and fuel economy I'd take a Mondeo over a CR-V. I've never owned a Mondeo, though I've rented several, but I owned a Sierra for many years, and would have happily bought a Mondeo had Ford not stopped selling them with a manual transmission in the US when we last bought a car.

There aren't as many of them around at my price level in the UK. Perhaps they just seem bigger than they are, particularly the estate. I drive automatics anyway () so I'm never going to win in the fuel economy stakes. I've never driven either the Honda CRV or the Mondeo (but have been driven in a Mondeo and it was very spacious).
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.... I ...... have been driven in a Mondeo and it was very spacious.
Or what those of us who are 6'4" like to call "adequate."

The only vehicle I have ever owned where I don't drive with the seat as far back a possible, my knees apart around the wheel, and usually with the drivers seat slightly reclined, is my F250.

There are many vehicles I simply could not drive. I sat in an MG F once, and found a piece of metal sticking into my ankle well above my foot. My feet were jammed against the bulkhead, my shins firm against the bottom of the dash, and that "piece of metal" was the clutch pedal!

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Or what those of us who are 6'4" like to call "adequate."

The only vehicle I have ever owned where I don't drive with the seat as far back a possible, my knees apart around the wheel, and usually with the drivers seat slightly reclined, is my F250.

There are many vehicles I simply could not drive. I sat in an MG F once, and found a piece of metal sticking into my ankle well above my foot. My feet were jammed against the bulkhead, my shins firm against the bottom of the dash, and that "piece of metal" was the clutch pedal!
I'm 5'6", and I remember trying a Suzuki Cappuccino - a blast to drive for a few miles, but after that, no...

I ended up with a Miata while living in San Diego, and when I moved back to the UK got the #2 registered MX-5 in the country. Loved that little bugger. Loved it to pieces.
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Or what those of us who are 6'4" like to call "adequate."

The only vehicle I have ever owned where I don't drive with the seat as far back a possible, my knees apart around the wheel, and usually with the drivers seat slightly reclined, is my F250.

There are many vehicles I simply could not drive. I sat in an MG F once, and found a piece of metal sticking into my ankle well above my foot. My feet were jammed against the bulkhead, my shins firm against the bottom of the dash, and that "piece of metal" was the clutch pedal!
Open top tiny sports cars - driving with goggles because your head sticks up higher than the windshield.
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Or what those of us who are 6'4" like to call "adequate."

The only vehicle I have ever owned where I don't drive with the seat as far back a possible, my knees apart around the wheel, and usually with the drivers seat slightly reclined, is my F250.

There are many vehicles I simply could not drive. I sat in an MG F once, and found a piece of metal sticking into my ankle well above my foot. My feet were jammed against the bulkhead, my shins firm against the bottom of the dash, and that "piece of metal" was the clutch pedal!
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I'm 5'6", and I remember trying a Suzuki Cappuccino - a blast to drive for a few miles, but after that, no...

I ended up with a Miata while living in San Diego, and when I moved back to the UK got the #2 registered MX-5 in the country. Loved that little bugger. Loved it to pieces.
Our mechanic back in the UK (who was 6'4") had no trouble driving our MX5s (plural).
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Our mechanic back in the UK (who was 6'4") had no trouble driving our MX5s (plural).
And when I say I loved that little bugger to pieces, I mean that I wrote off the first one :-)

I still remember the second one's number plate. K282 CTM. The Indian guy who lived next door told me he liked it because as far as he was concerned, CTM meant Chicken Tikka Masala.
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Our mechanic back in the UK (who was 6'4") had no trouble driving our MX5s (plural).
It's one thing driving it, it's another thing completely living with it day to day. I'm 6ft 5 and learnt to drive in an old Fiesta and a Corsa and managed fine but now I have Chevy Silverado I feel cramped in anything smaller. It's not just the leg room I have an issue with, it's the rear view mirror and sun visors being my eye height giving me massive blind spots.

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I'm 5'6", and I remember trying a Suzuki Cappuccino - a blast to drive for a few miles, ...
Probably like me in my Mustang, it fits me like a glove, seat fully back, and reclined a little, which keeps my head from touching the roof, knees apart for the wheel, left shin virtually touching the dash, and just enough room for my left forearm to rest on the door handle, because there is nowhere else for it to go.

I prefer to wear a pair of narrow-fitting thin-leather Reebok trainers when driving the Mustang, as the pedals are quite close together. I could wear ordinary trainers or dress shoes but a chunky pair of trainers, or thick-soled walking shoes makes operating the pedals difficult.
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Our mechanic back in the UK (who was 6'4") had no trouble driving our MX5s (plural).
That's good to know, thank you, as we're considering buying one.

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.... It's not just the leg room I have an issue with, it's the rear view mirror and sun visors being my eye height giving me a massive blind spots.
Yes, all of this, and that when my head is so far back from the windscreen, the A pillars, which are pretty fat these days, start to encroach on my forward field of view at junctions and sharp bends, so I find myself leaning forward just to look around the pillar.

On the plus side, at least we're less likely to be blinded or have our throat slashed by an exploding airbag!

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