I started typing this as a reply to a post in another thread and realized as I went on, that it didn't fit the title of that thread...so I started a new one.
...they keep on coming here hoping to carve out a pound of flesh from Honda because they got a CR-V that was a lemon. Amazing that grown men cannot get over it and move on. I have had at least 3 Lemons over the years, I sold them and moved on. I never felt the need to go out of my way to criticize anybody else who owned one or to dissuade anybody from buying one. I just decided that I would not buy a car from that company again and that was it.
Due to the fact that I also traded in my CR-V, I don't have anything to gain or loose in this forum. But I do have a different perspective, perhaps. I am still here posting. Why? (Actually, I DO have something to gain: the satisfaction of helping.)
1. Because I agree with all the awards the 5th Gen CR-V received. For the price and it's intended market, it is a top achiever. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone I know. My neighbor has a 17 EX-L, and he is also just as happy with his as I was with mine. The fact that so many publications rate the CR-V as tops, doesn't make the CX5, or Santa Fe, bad choices. They are all leaps and bounds better than anything available just a few years ago. I mentioned those because that seems to be the primary ownership of those who feel the need to come here daily to comment. I do wonder, however, why those former owners are here all the time gloating about how good their new cars are, and how much better the manufacturer stands behind them, etc. One or two posts, perhaps, but constantly? Other than my first post commenting that I traded my CR-V for an RDX, the only time I mention my new car is when specifically asked about it.
2. I am a car guy (like many others here) and I like to discuss cars.
3. I like to help others with their questions when I can. What can I contribute?
4. Like you, Rob, I have bought new vehicles that I replaced very early due to issues that were not able to be resolved by the dealer, (or I made a bad buying decision) and yet I continued to read the forum, only posting there when I had positive help for someone on that forum. But I NEVER criticized other owners, the manufacturer, or tried to dissuade anyone from buying one. Everyone has different tastes, priorities and values.
5. Anyone here who has read my posts should realize that I try hard to keep and encourage a positive experience here for all. I would hope that this will rub off on more folks.
6. NOT to be a Honda "fanboy" or claim that Honda can never do anything wrong.
7. To continue to enjoy conversations with friends who mostly share my thoughts and love of cars.
8. Cars are my only vice. I've bought, owned, and driven way more than most people...my last count is around 60, I believe.
I will add that it is human nature to respond when criticized or attacked, or when we read something that we believe is just wrong. I don't deny having been sucked in at times. For these I apologize.
Perhaps some of us need to ask ourselves the question I posed in the subject line?
"I am a previous CR-V owner, why am I here?"