Originally Posted by newRVer
We started out looking at used CRV's (2012-2014) mostly because it was an automatic that could be towed 4 down and it would be a full time driver for my wife. However, after multiple test drives and some research there appears to be an issue in many CRV's vibrating while in drive and stopped. It was damn annoying and even my wife noticed it which is saying something. After several fail's there we went in a different direction and started looking at Subaru's with a manual transmission to be used as a third vehicle instead of a daily driver. Eventually found a 2011 Impreza Outback Sport with 52k on it. This should fit the bill as it is smaller and lighter than the CRV and gets decent mileage for a full time 4-wheel drive. I am installing the base plate on it now but it will probably not be ready for our first trip this weekend so we may end up driving a car as well. As least this adventure will only be 200 miles round trip so driving a second car will not too much of a hassle.
Good luck with finding your TOAD!
Correction- the 2014's and OLDER do not have a vibration issue and are the only ones that can be flat towed.
If you are looking at a 2015, some customers have felt a vibration due to the fact that it now has a cvt trams so connections are different and can send vibrations into cabin. I have driven many customers units and I can't feel the vibration but I can pick out other issues that they were not aware of (because it is not on the Internet). And there is a fix for it once it is confirmed- but be aware. One of the fixes remaps fuel map and may cause your mileage to drop and it CANNOT be undone.
We do not keep 2014- older crv's more than about a week as soon many people want them as toads
2014 Evo 2850 "Woodstock"
2011 Toyota Tundra "Clifford"
2014 Stealth Evo 2850- "Woodstock"
2011 Toyota Tundra Rock Crawler TRD 5.7- "Clifford"
2013 Honda Accord Coupe V6 w/Track Pack- "Julia"
Just glad to get away