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#1031 of 2218 2002 CR-V AC Compressor
Nov 21, 2008 (9:07 pm)
Our 2002 CR-V (LX 4WD, 94K, bought two weeks after model introduction in 2001; remember the seat belt buckle issue?) had the compressor fail catastrophically a few days ago. Dealer says whole A/C system must be replaced because metal shards have contaminated all parts of the system, American Honda will pay for all parts ($2800), we must pay $980 for labor. Resolution seems fair to me (I can afford the $980 and would like to keep the car for a few more years; college expenses looming). Service rep says replacement system will have 3-year 36K warranty. We own two CR-Vs (2002 and 2007) and regularly use this dealer for service; that may have helped. Repairs will take two to three days.
Service rep seemed aware of problem--when I said "terrible sound" and "no cold air," he knew exactly where to look.
#1032 of 2218 Re: 2005 CRV w/ 39,000 miles AC compressor imploded [crv78754]
Nov 25, 2008 (9:22 pm)
The district rep agreed to pay for 100% of the repair (about $2,200). The only requirement was that we had to let the dealer do a 40,000 mile maintenance check. We're glad that Honda is owning up to its design problem. Anyhow, they should have recalled the part.
#1033 of 2218 2004 AC Problems
Nov 28, 2008 (7:11 pm)
We lost the AC compressor, researched this forum, called Honda America, and they said they would work with us. We took our CR-V to the dealer where we purchased it, (Woodbridge, VA) and they said the damage would cost $3800.00 to repair. The compressor literally exploded, and it did some damage. We agreed to pay 1/4 of the cost, or $950.00. Now, the dealer is trying to get us to pay tax. I am more than a little PO'd. Their cost is $3800, so why should I pay tax on their cost, IOT jack up their gain on the problem that emanated from their faulty product? Any others with this type of experience?
#1034 of 2218 02 a/c ticking bomb
Dec 15, 2008 (5:29 pm)
There are thousands of these complaints about the CRV on this and other forums. I have an 02 with 80K miles and I feel like I'm driving a ticking bomb. I don't want to replace the compressor myself and have it go too as has been happening. Does anyone know if a later bug-free compressor is available? I would have it installed privately. Otherwise there's no option but to sell the car. Too bad because I like it just fine except for this major problem. If you Google "Honda CRV a/c problems" the 1st hit is a law firm mounting a class-action suit. I contacted them but of course they can't help until the damn thing blows!
#1035 of 2218 Re: 02 a/c ticking bomb [shima1]
Dec 16, 2008 (8:44 am)
I have an 03 automatic with 84K and too have been monitoring the A/C issue. I take mine to an independent shop that only works with Hondas and Acuras and he gets about 3 per summer in the shop. Most of his have been just the compressor and they did not 'explode'. Basically, from what I hear the problem is the design of the compressor, which cannot be changed. I asked him if it would be too proactive to go ahead and change it out, and he said that since the cost would be near 1,000.00 he would just wait.
#1036 of 2218 05 CRV with 68k miles, get it?
Dec 16, 2008 (9:18 pm)
I've been in the market for a preowned crv for a while and found this 05 CRV with 68k miles at a dealership just few days ago. I got very excited until I've come across this forum last night. I was shocked by seeing the number of cases here. I need to get some advise whether I should proceed to get or not. Are there any 05 or later crv owners out there who had the same a/c problem?
#1038 of 2218 Re: 05 CRV with 68k miles, get it? [jtkao]
Dec 17, 2008 (9:36 am)
"I've been in the market for a preowned crv for a while and found this 05 CRV with 68k miles at a dealership just few days ago. I got very excited until I've come across this forum last night. I was shocked by seeing the number of cases here. I need to get some advise whether I should proceed to get or not. Are there any 05 or later crv owners out there who had the same a/c problem? "
I personally don't recall any problems with 2005 or 2006. I suspect that they made a major change in either 2005 or 2006 to redesign the A/C systems. I realize others may have seen 2005 problems, but the latest I've noticed is 2004.
#1039 of 2218 RE: Honda a/c problems
Dec 17, 2008 (9:57 am)
To all the people with Honda CRV air conditioning problems, Everyone must call the National Traffic Highway Administration and Attorney Generals office to complain about American Honda. If you don't nothing will be done to recall this problem. I was told this by their representatives.
Complaints can be filed at the Nat'l Highway Traffic Safetywebsite:
#1040 of 2218 Re: 02 a/c ticking bomb [shima1]
Dec 18, 2008 (5:46 pm)
Otherwise there's no option but to sell the car.
Isn't that an overreaction? You have a 7 year old vehicle that has performed just fine yet you want to get rid of it because its AC compressor may go bad. There's a saying about borrowing trouble. If it happens then figure out what to do.
I understand that there is a flaw somewhere causing this issue but Honda seems to be taking care of the problem...you can't say the same about other automakers when they have similar issues.
And I still wonder when people feel it is ok for a part to go bad...7 years...10 years...never??