Originally Posted by hybrid90
Looking to buy a used or new CR-V.
What's the best year to buy performance/reliability wise?
I really like the look of the 3rd gen CR-V but don't know how it compares to the older ones like the 2003-2006 models.
Will be using it for camping, fishing, biking and sometimes trailblazing to a secluded camping site.
reliability wise its a Honda you can't go wrong. Just make sure if your buying use to check if they have maintance record and get the Car Fax.
First question you should ask if you want a Manual version or Auto.
Manual version in the US only came in 97-06 CRV
Second question you should ask your self is are you going to mod your CRV?
97-02 has the most mods avaible
02-06 has few mods that you can do as well
07+ is great more for cruzing through town and to the snow. since it has lower ground clearence its harder take off road.
My Opion I like the 2nd best because you can still get manual gear box and its K24 motor. Which you can grab all the mods from TSX, RSX, Accord, Element, Civic Si.