Honda CR-V: Diesel Disaster

  • We are caught short in the CR-V...
  • ...and are hampered by modern technology
  • But overall the Honda is performing very well

Look, I know. I know exactly what you’re going to say. That doesn’t change what’s happened though, so I’ll admit it: I found myself caught short in the CR-V.

That doesn’t mean I wet the driver’s seat.

What it does mean is that when the 'Money Light' (my name for an illuminated low fuel light) lit up on the dash I was too lazy to stop in decent time to refuel. Imagine my terror when I got to a filling station and found all of the pumps were out of order!

Luckily the truck pumps were in use, though. Signs on the forecourt pointed drivers in that direction, so along I went.

It’s at this point I have to say that things were better in the olden days. Well, for me, anyway. I lament the introduction of technology which teaches us to suck eggs at the best of times, but in this case I think I have a point.

You see, the filling nozzle on a typical truck pump is bigger than that of a car one. I know this, because the clever system the CR-V uses to stop me putting petrol in my diesel car also stopped me from putting diesel in my diesel car.

My nozzle was just too big for the hole.

So it turned out I had to limp my poor CR-V towards the next nearest filling station. Happily I was on my way up the A1 so it wasn’t too long, but I have to admit there was an element of “squeaky bum time” until I was parked safely beside a pump.

Anyway, it’s not all bad news. Since fuel prices have risen so sharply in recent years there has been a significant increase in the theft of fuel from cars too. It’s not rocket science to do, the crafty robbers only needing a small hose to carry out the crime in most situations. That’s not the case with my Honda though; the filler neck restriction also serves to prevent people stealing valuable diesel as well.

Since we’re on the subject of fuel, I’m still very impressed with the economy this car is returning. It made me wonder whether it would make a decent company car, since such drivers really value a long range. You’ll have to wait for the next update to find out.

Total mileage: 4,002

Fuel economy: 47.3mpg