Honda cars have suddenly become ubiquitous on our roads. It is a far cry from ten years ago, when every second car was a Toyota, with Nissan being the alternative for those who like their things cheap.
Now, from last week, I advised never to lend to your car to a bloke that drives a company car. Now it is time look at the individual cars and upside and downside.
Much has been written about Honda-CRV. As part of our acquired tastes, many of us have developed an unquenchable thirst for SUVs. It is a noisome habit we have picked from our politicians. The very politicians who shit on their role to ensure policy formulation to ensure sound transport networks and then proceed to gaslight us with their cool SUVs.
But, acquisition of a decent SUV, is above the reach of many of us. Thus, guys have resolved to go for lesser crossover SUVs as they save up to lay their hands on the V8s, Vogues, R Sport and such. There has been particular attention, desire and considerably huge amount of interest in the Honda CRV.
There are many folks who swear by the CRV.
For me, I rate cars, fully aware that no car is perfect, and these machines are operated by animals and a good number of them morons. Anything can happen-read human error.
I have some theories, however. One, if you walk around and it occurs to you that a certain model of a car appears to be grounded or being fixed in every garage or workshop, then there is something critically wrong with that model or series. It is a theory, but I do have empirical backing. It is a theory especially applicable to baba, mama na watoto (BMW).
Now, straight off, if you are going to settle for a Honda- CRV (Crossover Vehicle), yes that is what it means, you shall be buying one thing, – a good engine. Honda has a rich history of engine manufacturing. They range from marine engines, motorcycle engines through to supplying parts and engines to your favourite F1 team McLaren.
Bottom line consumption remains key in Honda engines because they have a particular focus on engine efficiency.
They are pioneers in the legendary VVTEC technology, same tech our friends at Toyota call VVTi but industry gurus say Honda is ahead with its VVTEC. I wouldn’t dwell on breaking down what it is now but I will quickly say current Honda engines are hardy.
Assuming you are a standard level-headed driver, I mean FUP and no FUP doesn’t mean fcuk up but Fair Usage Policy: Regular service, proper driving, and general maintenance. You won’t punish your Honda by overloading it, drive around carelessly, because someone said that the engine is good. You must exercise some good motoring decency.
Personally, I rarely focus on the interior of the car, even though Honda are extravagant with space and legroom. Neither do I care about trims since we source cars from different markets and means. We import cars from Japan, Malaysia and some from Australia or the UK. You probably know that car manufacturers make cars with their markets in mind. For instance, the target market in Japan won’t be the same as that in Malaysia or say Australia. By the way, Australia is one of the markets that get good pick-up trucks and SUVs since it has a naturally rugged terrain. As such, the suspension systems that are shipped with cars for that market are different for those of Japan.
The same would be said for the trims. The Honda trim for the cars they sell in the US market is variably different from that of what they sell in Kenya. So is the interior. In essence, interiors and trims will vary from car to car and so will be the engines and their respective performance tweaks. But bottom line consumption remains key in Honda engines because they have a particular focus on engine efficiency.
Dare I say, from my exposure to the CRV, the only downsides that I can highlight is the rear suspension and automatic transmission in that order. If you are not careful, it can ruin your wallet. The Honda uses camberlings that align the wheels. If you are the type that drives company cars, you will keep replacing rear tyres because they wear out quickly when the alignment is out of place and this is a common occurrence especially if you drive on uneven roads.
When your car is in perfect condition, you have extra cash, shop for consumables like filters, sensors, camberlings, brake pads, clutch plate, wiper blades and such from reputable dealers or online from Japan or wherever your car is manufactured.
I need say that when replacing the camberlings try to source for original ones. Thing about car parts, a car manufacturer doesn’t manufacture all the parts, they outsource much of them. After they are done putting a particular model on the road, they shelve the manufacturing of some parts and give out the patent and blueprints to private manufacturers to continue churning out those parts. Herein lies the source of that narrative of fakes or fake parts. Probably, private car part manufacturers do not adhere to the set standards or they overlook quality assurance with reckless abandon.
Take for instance ignition plugs and coils. Many a car owner would narrate how they bought a new set of plugs that didn’t last a month whereas a genuine set of plugs from Volvo will last a whole 20k kilometres!!!!! I hasten to add, do expensive shopping for your car during fair financial weather. Buy your car gifts. I will tell you how to.
Ok, I’m drifting a bit off topic but I want to show you how to enjoy your Honda, sit at home during the weekend rather than spend time acquainting with strangers at your favourite garage. When your car is in perfect condition, you have extra cash, shop for consumables like filters, sensors, camberlings, brake pads, clutch plate, wiper blades and such from reputable dealers or online from Japan or wherever your car is manufactured. This even scares the car from breaking down. When that day finally comes, fixing that car is the easiest you can ever get to do. I know people who do this and they have never complained even when they own bogus models.
Moving to the second problem, in some models, the CRV has shown a problem between reverse and the drive shifts in the auto transmission. I won’t dwell much on this because it is a rare occurrence and also it boils to maintenance. Auto transmission needs service, with the recommended ATF, change of filters, properly regulated ATF pressure in the gearbox. Also, when you are up in shagz and you get caught up on a muddy stretch, don’t pull out your Juha Kankunen traits revving up your auto transmission Honda in the mud, you damage your gearbox, go the easier way out of the muddy thing.
My ride awaits…
PS When you hitch a lift, never touch the car stereo….. it is just a lift in someone’s car, not your bed or living rooms! Thank me later.