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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
#1056 of 2155 2003 with a bad A/C Compressor
Mar 31, 2009 (4:04 pm)
Well my conclusion is that if you get a A/C compressor for a 2002 to a 2006 CR-V you are just wasting your money. You would be getting a compressor that would have a predisposition for failure. You would make a lot of money for Honda but probably be very unsatisfied with the results.
There was one person who put in a compressor from a 2007 CR-V into a 2003. It fits perfectly and it has a hi pressure relief valve near the HP outlet otherwise the compressor is the same.. Hoses have to be made that would interconnect the 07 compressor to the earlier CR-Vs but it sounds like the only solution unless Honda decides to admit that it is making faulty air conditioner compressors on their 02-06 Cr-vs.. They don't seem likely to be doing this.
#1057 of 2155 2003 CRV with bad compressor
Apr 10, 2009 (4:23 pm)
After contacting Honda about our bad ac compressor we were told for them to participate in the repair, we would need the vehicle inspected by Honda. We did this and it cost us $132.00 to find out we had a bad ac compressor. Then Honda said they wouldn't pay anything because of the 83k mileage and we were the 2nd owners. I feel they should have told us this before asking us to pay Honda the $132.00. They did have the information on the mileage and the 2nd ownership. So I complained and then got a call from Honda and now they agreed to pay $200,00 out of their $1,200.00 estimate to replace the ac compressor.
So I bought a new compressor on ebay for about $295.00 and it has a two year warranty. I think that will give me enough time to sell the CRV. I think all the ac compressors are junk. I'm going for a Toyota.
#1058 of 2155 Did Honda Fix the problem?
Apr 20, 2009 (11:58 am)
There have been fewer and fewer complaints about the 2003-2005 CR-V compressor failures. This makes me wonder if Honda did finally fixed the design problem, and used the updated compressors in the repairs.
That, or they had some bad batches of compressors from their vendor, and the "bad" ones have all failed by now...
#1059 of 2155 2004 CRV Compressor failure at 55k miles
Apr 27, 2009 (5:14 pm)
My car lasted a bit longer than most on this board, but the A/C compressor on our 2004 CRV finally blew up this weekend.
After taking the car to the dealer, I was informed that there is a hole in the compressor and the entire A/C system needs to be replaced. The repair costs are $3500!!! Although I am the original owner of the vehicle and have done all my maintenance at the dealer( West Broad Honda in Richmond,VA), they are refusing to pay for any of the repairs and told me that it is not their problem.
I opened a case with the Honda corporate office and am waiting for their response, but based on the other posts on this board, it looks like I will have to spend the next few weeks complaining to them.
This is my fourth Honda vehicle and I've convinced at least five family members and co-workers to purchase Honda vehicles. I am extremely disappointed and frustrated by the way the dealer is handling this manufacturing defect and not taking any ownership in the products that they sell. I was planning on buying another car this year, but after this incident Honda is definitely off my list.
File a complaint at the National Highway Traffic Safety website. Unless we all file complaints, Honda will not issue a recall:
Also, this law firm is collecting information for a class action lawsuit. It looks legit and I provided them with my information:
#1060 of 2155 A/C failure @ 82k miles
Apr 27, 2009 (10:39 pm)
Turned the AC on last friday for the first time this season in my '04 CR-V EX 4wd and it's dead. I'd found this thread over the winter and actually considered trading it in before it blew, but then I thought, why ask for trouble? Instead, trouble found me. I'm taking it in to the dealer tomorrow, but I'm prepared to argue for help from honda. We're original owners, and I don't think the mileage is too out of line for the age of the car. After having to replace the tires 50k, plus having a transmission sensor go bad last summer, this car is starting to get rather expensive.
#1061 of 2155 Well, I just HAD to make that post...
Apr 28, 2009 (9:47 am)
Saying that we hadn't seen too many complaints lately. I guess I was tempting fate, because here come two new ones!
I still wonder if they haven't fixed the issue with the replacement compressors.
Good luck to everyone who has posted...
#1062 of 2155 Re: A/C failure @ 82k miles [jpettibone]
Apr 28, 2009 (9:47 am)
Turned the AC on last friday for the first time this season in my '04 CR-V EX 4wd and it's dead.
As per Owner's Manual, A/C system should be run for at least 10 minutes once a week in the winter months to circulate lubricant through the system.
After having to replace the tires 50k,
If those were original tires, consider your self very lucky. OEM Bridgestones bareley lasted 15,000 on my CR-V. But, the cost of tires should not be considered an out of the ordinary expense. Those are wear and tear items, like brakes, hoses, fluids, ect. that need to be replaced on a regular basis aka maintenance items.
#1063 of 2155 Re: A/C failure @ 82k miles [blueiedgod]
Apr 28, 2009 (1:55 pm)
I was just trying to make a point- we've had the A/C on from time to time in the Winter, but let's be serious here- who makes it a point to turn on their AC for 10 min a week in the dead of winter? And could you really blame this problem on that?
#1064 of 2155 Re: A/C failure @ 82k miles [jpettibone]
Apr 28, 2009 (1:57 pm)
Just called the dealer- we had the full implosion, destroying the AC system. Dealer wants $3500 for the repair, and is unwilling to cover any of the cost. I've asked them to call Honda to see if they'll help. I'm not holding my breath. If they won't cover any of the cost, I'll never buy another Honda again.
#1065 of 2155 Re: A/C failure @ 82k miles [blueiedgod]
by steve_ HOST
Apr 28, 2009 (4:38 pm)
As per Owner's Manual, A/C system should be run for at least 10 minutes
It's a little hard to search, but I don't see anything in the 2004 CR-V owner's manual about running the AC during the winter (page 99 and following).
Maybe this is something new? Or something that only applies to Civics?
I've always heard that A/C compressors come on (at least above 32°F) to dehumidify the air when you run the defroster so the oil gets circulated that way. If your winters are below zero for months, then running the A/C could help lube and condition the seals and hoses.