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#1160 of 2218 Honda CRV 2003 air conditioning
Jun 30, 2009 (4:39 am)
My air conditioner went out on my vacation three weeks ago. I have visited three Honda dealers and am now about to pay over $2000 to fix it. I will get a one year warranty for this outrageous price. I have 52000 miles on this car, and I will have to say it is the worst automobile I have owned since my 1979 Ford Mustang. That was the car that pushed me into the Japanese market. I have owned Toyotas since then, but was persuaded by Consumer Reports to buy a Honda. What a terrible mistake. In addition to the failed air conditioner, I had to buy a new oxygen sensor (500 dollars) and my door locks will not work. Ever try to replace the air filter on these turkeys? Good luck. Honda Customer Service is worthless and will only make you angrier. When I finally unload this junk, I will go back to Toyota.
#1161 of 2218 Re: Honda CRV 2003 air conditioning [jim333]
Jun 30, 2009 (5:47 am)
Toyota has a D3 attitude toward customers, but my experience is that their cars are better than the Honda's I've owned. However, both are noticeably cheapening to me, so perhaps Ford, Hyundai (and maybe GM) can catch up.
#1162 of 2218 Re: Honda CRV 2003 air conditioning [berri]
Jun 30, 2009 (7:35 am)
Yes. I agree that the quality is slipping on all Japanese cars. The Koreans are trying to make it big, and Ford is just trying to survive. Both have made good impressions on Consumer Reports lately. I will definitely shop both of those companies, Hyundai and Ford, as well as Toyota. I am still floored by my experience with Honda, though. You don't expect to get a Chrysler when you buy a Honda. I also find Honda owners a little more cultish than Toyota drivers. They probably don't fess up to all their problems in surveys, etc.
#1163 of 2218 Honda CR-V A/C failure-not just the compressor!
Jun 30, 2009 (7:48 am)
My biggest issue with Honda is not just that the compressor fails on these vehicles, but that it DESTROYS THE WHOLE A/C SYSTEM!! I have replaced my compressor twice and still don't have A/C because I can't afford to replace the whole system. How could Honda not know that the compressor is defective? They used the same one for at least 4 years. I have researched the problem and what happens is that the metal clutch rod inside the compressor disintegrates and spreads tiny pieces of metal throughout the whole A/C system. If Honda were a company that cares about their customers, they would have replaced the defective compressors before they failed and destroyed the whole A/C system.
#1164 of 2218 Re: Another 2003 Honda CR-V A/C meltdown [dwkinsey]
Jun 30, 2009 (8:27 am)
A/C is certainly not a luxury in central Florida! For the last month, the heat index has been 100-110 degrees F. Add to that I am disabled and I cannot tolerate extreme heat. So I either stay home, ride with someone else, or pray for rain.
Sorry to hear about your disability. However, I think the problem here is deeper than the failed A/C. If the local weather prevents you from leaving your home, why continue living in such environment? Does whatever comfort level you get of living in FL outweigh the possibility of worsening health issues possibly exasurbated by such weather?
I have asthma, and FL, no matter how nice it is in the winter is on the list of states I just can not live. I even moved away from the coastal North East/New England to get away from the humidity, which seems to make my asthma worse. I value my own health more than comfort level of having estblished networks, and connections.
Going from one air conditioned environment to another and not being able to enjoy the outdoors is worse than a prison sentensc, since you have not done anything wrong. Maybe it is time to reconsider FL and enjoy life in the environmnet that is more forgiving to your disability. Just a thought.
Besides, most of FL is below the sea level, with the rising seas, it will be under water in the next 10-15 years...
#1165 of 2218 Re: Honda CR-V A/C failure-not just the compressor! [dwkinsey]
Jun 30, 2009 (8:32 am)
That's an interesting point and one that could help people who have either not yet experienced this problem or have already bought a whole new ac system. If I had known the damage my compressor was going to cause to the whole system, I would have bought a discount compressor and had it installed by an independent mechanic. This could have been done for about $400 dollars instead of the 2k it costs to replace the entire system. Moral of the story: After about four years or 40 thousand miles replace your compressor, even if it is working properly. If you are on your second compressor, replace it after two or three additional years. It is a shame that you have to do this, but the cost of owning a "reliable" car is skyrocketing!
#1166 of 2218 Re: Another 2003 Honda CR-V A/C meltdown [nlv1]
Jun 30, 2009 (8:33 am)
Hey, blueidgod, I bet you can say "A/C is a luxury" from up there in Buffalo.
I believe air conditioning has not been invented until the mid-20th centruy. I guess all of the warm climate countries were not populated until then.
Yes, most homes here don't have A/C, and you can find cars on dealer's lots that has no A/C. I installed central air in my house, because it is still too warm for my liking. It is a luxury, not a god given right. If it were, then we would not have to pay for it.
If my A/C fails, I will call Honda and take whatever they offer, because after 3 years, 36,000 miles they are not liable for anything.
#1167 of 2218 Re: Another 2003 Honda CR-V A/C meltdown [berri]
Jun 30, 2009 (8:37 am)
This guy, excuse me blue eyed goddess, must work for Honda or one of their dealers.
No, it is Blue Eyed God, thank you. Not goddess, although if implying that I am a girl makes you feel better, knock your self out. At least all of my vehicles are manual. Man driving an automatic is the same as man wearing a dress or make up. Not that there is anything wrong with that. What ever floats your boat.
#1168 of 2218 Re: Another 2003 Honda CR-V A/C meltdown [blueiedgod]
Jun 30, 2009 (8:58 am)
Sorry, didn't mean it that way. Should have said "Adonis"!
#1169 of 2218 Re: Another 2003 Honda CR-V A/C meltdown [blueiedgod]
Jun 30, 2009 (10:06 am)
most of FL is below the sea level
Not exactly. The average elevation of Florida is 98.43 feet - above sea level.
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