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Hi, I am a member of Honda Accord forum for 8 years. My daughter has a 1998 Accord, 250,000 miles, which she also had for 8 years and 100,000 miles.

I am looking for a CR-V for my daughter and saw a 2009 CR-V , $5,400 with 148,000 miles.
I haven't looked at it yet, but was surprised about a few things.

1) It does not have timing belt but uses a steel timing chain?
2) The ad says it is a AWD. Is that common, or is it an option?
3) Do the transmissions and engines typically last 250,000 if taken care of?

Are there any issues that are common with these cars? I am a fairly good mechanic but want to be prepared for any issues or quirks with CR-V's
( I kept my daughter's car running for 8 years. I am giving up now because the crankshaft seal is leaking and it is not worth taking the engine out for repairs).

Any other ideas or suggestions will be appreciated!
 

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1. Correct, timing CHAIN. If the engine has been run low oil, the chain can stretch.

2. AWD is very common up north...less common in Southern states. Check to assure that the driveshaft is in place before buying.
AWD requires that tires be the same size...best to replace all at once. (If you rotate religiously, this is not an issue)

3. I don't know about 250K miles. The engines will last, but the trans (and rear diffs) require regular replacement of fluid.

Common issues: A/C compressor clutches wear (causing intermittent operation) Door lock actuators fail.

Be prepared to do ALL the 100K mile maintenance on any V that you buy, just to assure that it has been done.
 

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Thank you for the input.

Another question, what do you mean "make sure the drive shaft is in place"?
They can remove the drive shaft and call it a front wheel drive?
 

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Yes the rear driveshaft can be removed and drive as a front wheel drive. I did it on my 2003 for a few months because a u-joint broke. Helps a bit with fuel mileage.

148k is NOTHING. Transmission will last no problem if the fluid is changed correctly and regularly. That is the most important part, not a trans flush, but have to drain and fill. If the drain plug is removed and a bunch junk comes out with the fluid run the other way as that means it was never done properly. If it comes out just fluid (even if not bright red, as long as it's still obvious its red) then it was cared for and good to go.

My 2003, 244k I think now, still original engine and transmission. Never a lick of issues, I did put a timing chain kit in for piece of mind at 200k

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Ok, so how can I be sure about the condition of the transmission when I look at it?
In the past, I would pull the dipstick and see what color it is. In this case, no way to check for junk, unless the owner allows me to drive it home.
 

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Pull the dipstick & lay it on a while cloth. That should work.

The timing chain will likely outlast the engine, as long as regular oil changes are done.

If she does get it, the thing that will probably be hardest for you to accept is.... there is no printed service schedule anymore, i.e. nothing that says "change the oil every 5,000 miles". The car tells you what to do and when, by way of the 'maintenance minder'. If you follow it to the letter as I do on my '07 Accord, oil change intervals of 8-9,000 miles are possible. It all depends on how you drive. If I took my car and moved to New York City, it would probably tell me to change the oil at 3 or 4,000 miles. That's the beauty of the system - it's dynamic, and based on your driving habits and location.
 

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OH... That's the BIG thing about me. I keep a written maintenance log of everything I do to my cars.
No wonder people give me a strange look when I ask if they have a logbook.
and Yes... I am a baby boomer!

Ok thanks again for your inputs!
 

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I asked the full logbook from the dealer. Not that I don't know if my car was serviced but much of the information is not passed to me. The internal Honda logbook is very detailed with mechanic's notes and remarks.

@Tigris99 what's wrong with trans flush? It replaces 90+ % of the fluid at once.
 

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I'd do a 90k type service and 100k inspection. Here is an example: Service Intervals - Fort Wayne | Don Ayres Honda
Honda does not recommend a power flush since it can damage the transmission. They say 'replace' fluids. The Honda 'flush' is just a drain and fill procedure that uses the vehicle components to flush out all the old fluid. You can take it to any shop that has ASE techs that work on Hondas. Just make sure you get Honda fluids (very tight specifications). The trans fluid and rear diff fluid are usually changed at the same time. The owner's manual includes what to do (in fine print) in the Maintenance Minder section.
 

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They don't do power flush nowadays. The new machines hook up to the cooling lines and do not pump anything by itself. It recieves the old fluid from the transmission, diverts it to waste and feeds an equal amount of fresh fluid to the return line.
 

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Hi, I am a member of Honda Accord forum for 8 years. My daughter has a 1998 Accord, 250,000 miles, which she also had for 8 years and 100,000 miles.

I am looking for a CR-V for my daughter and saw a 2009 CR-V , $5,400 with 148,000 miles.
I haven't looked at it yet, but was surprised about a few things.

1) It does not have timing belt but uses a steel timing chain?
2) The ad says it is a AWD. Is that common, or is it an option?
3) Do the transmissions and engines typically last 250,000 if taken care of?

Are there any issues that are common with these cars? I am a fairly good mechanic but want to be prepared for any issues or quirks with CR-V's
( I kept my daughter's car running for 8 years. I am giving up now because the crankshaft seal is leaking and it is not worth taking the engine out for repairs).

Any other ideas or suggestions will be appreciated!
Hi, I am a member of Honda Accord forum for 8 years. My daughter has a 1998 Accord, 250,000 miles, which she also had for 8 years and 100,000 miles.

I am looking for a CR-V for my daughter and saw a 2009 CR-V , $5,400 with 148,000 miles.
I haven't looked at it yet, but was surprised about a few things.

1) It does not have timing belt but uses a steel timing chain?
2) The ad says it is a AWD. Is that common, or is it an option?
3) Do the transmissions and engines typically last 250,000 if taken care of?

Are there any issues that are common with these cars? I am a fairly good mechanic but want to be prepared for any issues or quirks with CR-V's
( I kept my daughter's car running for 8 years. I am giving up now because the crankshaft seal is leaking and it is not worth taking the engine out for repairs).

Any other ideas or suggestions will be appreciated!
I have a 2008 CR-V with 180,000 mi and a 2017 with 30,000 mi and I would not sell either one. The AWD is an option.
If you do good pm, there is no reason that the tranny should be ok. My '08 has the original tranny and I have the fluid
changed every 50,000 miles.
 
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