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I Had a 2018 with the oil dilution and lack of heat issue. Thats gone, my son will be home from the Peace Corp in early fall and has his heart set on a CR-V. I'm seriously looking at getting him a 2016 with low miles. Do the 16's have any issues I should be looking for?
 

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I like the 2.4L a lot better than the 1.5L turbo.

When I saw the 1.5L turbo in the 2017 - I knew that turbos make OD much worse due to turbo charging. So I got a 2016.

Every make of car with GDI is going to have OD. I do not let the Mileage Minder go below 50% before I change the Oil. I think at 50% the engine will last for 300,000 miles. Not so sure that the CVT transmission will but there are not an other choices.

If you only want an LX model - the US LX model still has the 2.4L engine line the 2015 and 2016 have, I wanted the Touring for the ACC and power hatch.
 

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I went through a similar decision making process just over a year ago. We were in the market for an SUV and I had a 2nd generation CR-V back in the early 2000's. It had been very reliable and we started down the path of looking at new vehicles. We really liked some of the features and creature comforts of the 2018 CR-V but some of the reported issues concerned me and I wasn't all that thrilled with the idea of having a turbo. We bought a CPO 2016 EX-L and couldn't be happier. After a year of ownership we like the vehicle more today than when we first drove it off the lot. We saved some dollars at the time of purchase and the insurance/taxes are also a little less expensive than what a new model would run.

I'm not aware of any significant issues on the 2016 models. There is the "rough" idle issue that some of the 2015's experienced and I have heard that perhaps some of the 2016's were impacted but I can't prove that. Beyond that I don't know of any other concerns.
 

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I Had a 2018 with the oil dilution and lack of heat issue. Thats gone, my son will be home from the Peace Corp in early fall and has his heart set on a CR-V. I'm seriously looking at getting him a 2016 with low miles. Do the 16's have any issues I should be looking for?
Also opted for a '16 about 2 yrs ago. Had a turbo blow at 150k miles on a Volvo; since the core was still okay it 'only' $1200 to get a reman installed. The turbo push was a thrill but you don't buy a CRV to go zoom
 

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I bought a 16 EX AWD with 19,877 miles on it in Feb 2020. I plan to keep it a long time. I like it a lot.

As for music, I have about 2,000 songs on a Samsung Bar Plus flash drive ( they are better suited for reliability at the extremes of temperatures seen in vehicles, and load fast ). I bought Express Rip software for my home computer to rip my large collection of CD's, and Note Burner spotify music converter to convert songs from spotify, and also got many songs on CDs from the local library and ripped them with Express Rip. I do not miss Apple Play as my phone is an android based low cost refab anyhow, and the ever growing collection I keep on a flash-drive in the vehicle is very enjoyable to listen to.

I would recommend getting a 16 with 30 K or less miles ( so you know the CVT fluid has not been ran longer than 30 K without changing ) and changing the CVT fluid every 30 K miles and rear-end fluid ever 15 K miles. Which are super simple to do, but do take a while to do.

There are plenty of YouTube videos on how to change the CVT and rear-end fluid.

Being careful and putting down layers of plastic sheet, cardboard, and on top of that again plastic sheet, and cardboard, and keeping the container I poured the used fluid in, in a bigger bucket so any miss did not get on anything ( and there was a lot of miss that ended up in the bigger bucket even though I used a bib funnel ), and tilting the vehicle by raising the drivers side to drain the CVT better during draining, it took me 3 hours to do a drain and fill. But I did not spill a drop on the cement. Oil on cement stains and is almost impossible to remove.
 

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Some of us dont trust the cvt (2015-16) Some love it. I guess it comes down to personal expirience, bias, expectations and preferences.

My wife's V is a 2016 with cvt and 50000 miles currently - love the transmission, hate the idle vibration (it had all the "fixes" applied at the factory). The vibration dissapears for a while (10-15k miles) after a drain and refill of the cvt though.

To me, the V is extremely versatile and just plain easy to drive. It is also "fun" to push around corners (easy to get close to the limit).

Known (to me at least) problems (tsb's available)
1.Water pump might seize way too ealry - not related with coolant changes frequency/actual defect in part.
2. Car stalls when cold and thrown in reverse-if the case-transmission must be replaced
3. TSB to update cvt software must be done timely to prevent slipping of the belt and damaging transmission. If damaged already, codes will be stored and would point to transmission replacement.
4. as said above -idle vibration that makes some of us hate the vehicle.
5.vtc actuator grind-have not experienced that one yet (now that I said it...)-lots of info on this forum.

Overall, we as a family, love the V. I actually plan to leave it for my DD after wife gets a new bigger SUV (new pilot is coming out soon:)))

Engine pulls well, car handles well, brakes are solid performer, ground clearance is enough for occasional camping (if you drive knowing its a crossover NOT an SUV) a LOT of space - costco's full assembled dresser in box fit in (flat second row seats) and I closed the hatch. Also a slightly folded queen mattress fits with the hatch closed!!!
Baby seats (the biggest britax I could find fit well with a little room between them. Not enough for a person or third seat though.

Again, my bias towards the V is based on comparing the CRV to my other vehicle with RWD ,8sp ZF auto (which is calibrated well and shifts brilliantly!!!) still, I hate automatics by default- always drove stick until wife forbade it, so we can switch cars if needed.
The V does not have gears with the cvt , which helps not be annoyed with the auto hunting for gears, switching when I dont want it to etc.

Hope my long-winded reply is actually helpful:)
Cheers!
 

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I have never been in a 16- they may be okay, BUT- when I was researching to pick out a CRV. In the 4th gen group the 2012 and 2016 both had an overall reliability rating of 3/5. The 13, 14, and 15 had a 4/5 rating. The 7, 8, 10, and 11 had 5/5.
This doesn't mean that all 2016 models are bad- it just says there were enough bad ones to wreck the overall score.
 
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