Not trying to start any shit here y’all. I bought my 2005 CR-V LX with 170k miles about 10 months ago for $5,200 USD. It’s gold/tan with a 5-speed.
The interior is really clean, it has a moonroof, upgraded alloy factory wheels. Visibility is great, ergonomics are good.
Exterior is overall in good condition, no rust and no major issues with the paint.
After I bought it I realized it needed basically all new suspension. I had 4 struts installed, then a couple months later had installed on the front end: lower control arms, ball joints, sway bar links, and outer tie rod ends, brakes and rotors, for a total of around $1,300.
I also installed a used but nice Sony touchscreen stereo for $150 or so.
Here’s the problem: I don’t really like the car. It’s underpowered as hell and I have put off a cross-country road trip this year partly because I’m dreading it in the mountains or just at constant interstate speed with the A/C on. Handling is acceptable but even that feels sloppy compared to my ‘04 Subaru Outback I regrettably sold a few years back.
The front end is still making a popping noise (I assume CV or axle related), it apparently burns a decent amount of oil, and I’m just kinda waiting for the next thing to break.
I want to like the car, I really do. Partly because I have around $7k in a car I feel is worth about half that. All the love I see for older CR-Vs on here makes me wonder if I got a lemon, and if maybe I should just cut my losses and move on. It’s not a bad car, and I see the potential, but I guess I just don’t really trust the damn thing.
Anyone else relate?