1st Gen (1997 – 2001) Honda CR-V Problems

The 1st generation of the CR-V has a cumulative PainRank™ of 8.77. That can be compared against other Honda generations. Shopping for a Honda? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 1997–2001 CR-V model years have sent in 125 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (56%) followed by the suspension (5%) and the transmission (5%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2001 34
13.4
2000 51
13.3
1999 13
8.51
1998 17
7.53
1997 8
1.09

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