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Beware NO ARMREST 2014 CRV-LX model buyers: No armrest on passenger side

Just purchased a 2014 Lx Honda CRV and to our surprise there was a missing armrest on the passenger side. Now that is uncomfortable, and incredibly CHEAP of Honda to leave off of a car with a sticker price of almost $24,000.
And to make matters worse, Honda doesn't even offer one for sale to fill in the missing one in your car. And the sales staff and manager don't seem to care enough to even call you back about it, once they have your money, they just are no longer interested in you or the vehicle's shortcomings. Very bad consumer relations! Not to mention very tacky of Honda on something that is taken for granted comes with any mid line car, like tires or a backseat. No Armrest, unbelievable!
 

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When looking for my V I did notice that on the LX model and found it quite odd. How much can it cost to add an armrest. I can see the LX not having fog lights or alloy rims as that is more costly, but an armrest? I love Honda's but that is a bit cheap on their part.

I wouldn't expect the dealer to do anything though as that is how the vehicle came from the factory so it is technically out of their hands and not a defect.

Just enjoy your V for the other nice features it has.
 

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Why is an armrest so important? Is it a necessity on a vehicle? Like wheels? Or brakes? Wipers? Of course not. LX models are missing many of the comforts and features the other models have. That's why they are cheaper. And that is exactly why many choose to pay more and get more.
 

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Why would we look for armrests when our last 2007 CRV LX had them which we traded in. I discovered the missing armrest Before we took possession of the vehicle and was told by the salesman at Honda he would check on it and get back to me the next day. He said he wasn't aware of the missing armrest, didn't know anything about it. I called him the next day and THEN he told us they don't come with one and that Honda doesn't even make one we could buy.

If we were told that originally we might not have purchased this car. And one does not expect an armrest in the front passenger seat to be missing on this vehicle when you had one in an older model. Almost like a Honda bait and switch! Should we count the tires too? should one also check to see if there is a back seat? A glove box? LOL An armrest is considered standard equipment, but not on new Hondas, how cheap and tacky is that?
 

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Watch this site as they should have something for you if the don't already.

http://www.jjproducts.net/jj_products_htm/products/Honda/jjarmrest07.htm

As for the dealer not getting back to you, I bet that would be the case with about any car make from any dealer anywhere in the US.

Next time I'm sure you'll be more careful and check out to make sure you get everything you want. Also, ready the sticker on the window listing the options. Also it's nice to put it next to the trim model up to get a better idea of the differences before buying. The reason the lower level is cheaper is because it is missing things. A couple bucks the manufacture saves, saves you money on the sticker.

Side note, the 1st gen no matter the trim level didn't come with a passenger side arm rest. No manual CR-V both 1st and 2nd gen, (97-06) came with an armrest on either side. It could be worse. A passenger side armrest is a convience and creature comfort sorry to
Say. Not a "standard" item.
 

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Toyota got rid of trans dip sticks on some vehicles in the 90's. Let's bash them too.

Are tweeters standard items too? LX models didn't used to get those and still may not. Oh no!
 

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EVERY car should have armrests. Even cheapo Yugo's had them...

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...a=X&ei=uNqCUs34OabwiwLJnYCICQ&ved=0CC8Q9QEwAQ

Honda goin' cheap on the 4th generation CRV's. Maybe they'll get rid of the transmission dipsticks like ford did.
I looked at the pic your link takes one to. I didn't see one. I googled more and better interior pics of the Yugo. Not one had a drivers side armrest much less a passenger side one or a console to use as one. Try again.

http://rustybuttrusty.com/2013/10/12/the-real-peoples-car-1986-yugo-gv/

http://www.caranddriver.com/photos-09q3/288670/1986-yugo-gv-interior-photo-288689

http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/[email protected]/3398444501/

The rear seat cushion makes it look like a passenger side armrest.

http://zastavanacionale.com/Default.aspx?lng=en-us&mode=heritage&id=1980s

Here's one from 91 even, no armrests still.

http://www.justacargeek.com/2011/10/1991-yugo-lots-of-flaws-lots-of.html?m=1
 

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Buy one through the parts department (approx. $45) for a EX and have the dealer install it.
Great idea in theory, but knowing that there was differences in the seat frames of prior models making this impossible, I decided to look into it on the 4th gens. I'm gonna say it's not that easy as they use a different part number for the seat frame for EX and LX models.

2014 EX 2wd. Part #81136-T0A-A21 or 81136-T0K-A21. #36 in the pic.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+COMPONENTS+(R.)+(KA)+(KC)

2014 LX 2wd. Part #81136-T0A-A11. #36 in the link.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+COMPONENTS+(R.)+(KA)+(KC)

Also the seat back cushions have different part numbers as well as the seat back covers.

Then the cost of the armrest, without anything that actually mounts it, it is, $95.00 list price.

EX

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...(2WD)&catcgry4=KA5AT&catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+(R.)

LX.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...(2WD)&catcgry4=KA5AT&catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+(R.)

Great theory though.
 

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Great idea in theory, but knowing that there was differences in the seat frames of prior models making this impossible, I decided to look into it on the 4th gens. I'm gonna say it's not that easy as they use a different part number for the seat frame for EX and LX models.

2014 EX 2wd. Part #81136-T0A-A21 or 81136-T0K-A21. #36 in the pic.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+COMPONENTS+(R.)+(KA)+(KC)

2014 LX 2wd. Part #81136-T0A-A11. #36 in the pic.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+COMPONENTS+(R.)+(KA)+(KC)

Also the seat back cushions have different part numbers as well as the seat back covers.

Then the cost of the armrest, without anything that actually mounts it, it is, $95.00 list price.

EX

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...(2WD)&catcgry4=KA5AT&catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+(R.)

LX.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...(2WD)&catcgry4=KA5AT&catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+(R.)

Great theory though.
Did you happen to link to the same page twice? When I click on both links, the same part number comes up.
Bernardi shows the armrest assembly for $30 + misc small parts.
 

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Screwed the top 2 links up. Both are for 2014 EX 2wd.

The bottom 2 are correct though and show the armrest at 95 list and what 65 they sell for.

Here is the link I meant to put up for a 2014 LX 2wd seat frame. #36.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+COMPONENTS+(R.)+(KA)+(KC)

2014 EX 2wd seat frame. #36 again.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+COMPONENTS+(R.)+(KA)+(KC)

Either way I bet you an just get the armrest and install it.

Best bet for the OP is to watch that site I put a link to earlier for a 2014 to become available in either a wider drivers side, (as they offer currently for the 2013 LX) or hope they make a kit to add on to the passenger side. I don't see that happening though as they didn't make one or the 2013.

http://www.jjproducts.net/jj_products_htm/products/Honda/jjarmrest07.htm

They have made kits since the 1st gen.
 

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I agree that it is awfully cheap of Honda not to have arm rests on both sides, but does nobody bother test driving and checking out all the details of a vehicle before making such a big purchase. It's not like the arm rest is missing, it just doesn't come with one. It's essentially the same as saying the moonroof is missing, or the seat warmers are missing. They're not missing, they're just not included on your trim level.
 

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Screwed the top 2 links up. Both are for 2014 EX 2wd.

The bottom 2 are correct though and show the armrest at 95 list and what 65 they sell for.

Here is the link I meant to put up for a 2014 LX 2wd seat frame. #36.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+COMPONENTS+(R.)+(KA)+(KC)

2014 EX 2wd seat frame. #36 again.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com...catcgry5=FRONT+SEAT+COMPONENTS+(R.)+(KA)+(KC)

Either way I bet you an just get the armrest and install it.

Best bet for the OP is to watch that site I put a link to earlier for a 2014 to become available in either a wider drivers side, (as they offer currently for the 2013 LX) or hope they make a kit to add on to the passenger side. I don't see that happening though as they didn't make one or the 2013.

http://www.jjproducts.net/jj_products_htm/products/Honda/jjarmrest07.htm

They have made kits since the 1st gen.
Looking at the jjproducts link...since they specifically state the dual arm rest isn't available for the LX 2012-13 models but yet it is apparently available for the other 2013 models, one would figure the seat frame is different. It is too bad that the frames aren't the same, allowing someone to add the feature if wanted.
Would $100 added to the MSRP make much difference??? Apparently there was a price point they were looking the keep the entry level CRV under and with all of the new added features over the Gen 3, something had to give.
 

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My arm rests are always flipped up. Always. Why are armrests so important? How do you manage to walk, eat, shower, etc, etc without having arrests?

I'm actually typing right now without resting my arms. How is that possible?

Just a big deal over nothing.
 

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I actually used the arm rest a lot.. Only because I like leaning when driving.. Its no big deal if I don't have one. I never had one with my 89 corolla. My mother 2004 RAV4 had that flat box that your suppose to put your elbow on.

I can use both hands so I just lean or put my shoulder on the door instead, I been doing that for 10 years so it doesn't bother me if I am leaning on the door or the arm rest.

As for LX not to have it.. I agree it is pretty stupid especially at this price range. My only gripe of the CRV is no passenger arm rest and no variable speed intermittent wipers... even base cars have variable speed intermittent wipers..

Now I personally don't care about the tweeter inside the side mirror and think they look like a after thought nor do I care about map pockets in the back seat


I do wonder though, Honda spends extra for different seat frames and materials and yet they couldn't just use the same seats and material to save money?

The gripe I have about the EX is, there are to many "options" that I don't personally care for which drives the CRV prices up to something I don't want to spend. If honda used the same seats for all of them how much would the CRV cost extra? $100 more? Our sales tax is 7%

$23,000 x 1.07 = $24,610
$25,000 x 1.07 = $26,750

26,750 - 24,610 = $2,140

Basically I would be paying for $2,140+ worth of options..
LX fog lights are a $400 option.. which I hear from the forum is pretty useless also since it doesn't provide low light. The tonneau cover at the time dealer wanted to charge me $400 dollars since it was basically new at the time and supply was limited.. so $800 for tonneau cover and fog lights.. Now you can get the covers for $200 or so.


What Honda should have done is for the EX, besides the sunroof which I don't care about and know 3 people with leaky roofs when they were new... (GM cars btw :D)

EX interior options should be : 1. Glove compartment light and rear power port in trunk with baggage hooks behind the rear seats
EX-L : interior lights(the one that lights up the foot well for passenger and driver when doors are opened) glove compartment light, rear power port,mini cargo nets on the side of the trunk for storage, passenger and driver side auto down/up windows.

It should be the very little stuff that make people think DO I really have to spend money on stuff that want, instead of MUST HAVE to spend money on stuff that I need. Things that people tell themselves, can I live with or without long term.

The reason why intermittent variable wipers speed bother me so much is because the 2004 RAV4 BASE model had more little convenience interior wise then the LX CRV. Reminds me when I was comparing my 1989 Toyota Corolla to a 2004 Honda Accord VP that someone owned... thinking, cars are expensive and they are missing so much options that my old car had. 2 speakers up front only..
 

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It is an annoyance, and a worthy gripe/query for solutions.

My rant is in another thread, and at least the responses were helpful there. I was fully aware of the shortcoming prior to buying, but did not want the other EX offerings (nor the price delta). It is inarguably an asinine decision to omit something so cheap, common and useful. Even the crappy Big 3 comps have passenger armrests.

This is a community forum, so it's probably better to offer suggestions that criticize the complaint.
 

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I think I'll kill myself. Boohoo. No seat-back pockets in the LX. How can they be so cheap. That's all I wanted. I don't care about anything else. I want seat-back pockets.

What a bunch of cry babies. Something important to you? Do some research. Don't complain after buying.
 

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Too much coffee this morning miko :D
 
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