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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
#1376 of 2155 Re: 2004 crv "black death" [mailelei]
Dec 21, 2009 (11:11 am)
Yes, I paid $1,700 two months ago to replace AC compressor and the replacement compressor just blew out again last week. I had to take it in again, it was a real inconvenience and fortunately, I had a one year warranty from the auto repair place so they did not charge me. So it just means the replacement parts Honda is providing are junk too.
If the place where you got your A/C "fixed" only replaced the compressor, that would explain why it was cheaper, and why it failed again, and will fail again and again and again. The proper repair involves replacement of all the downflow component which are contaminated with the particles from the old compressor.
#1377 of 2155 Re: 2004 crv "black death" [blueiedgod]
Dec 21, 2009 (11:50 am)
The unfortunate thing is that the garage doesn't get reimbursed on their labor costs; the place where I take my car had to fix, then the compressor went out again about a year later, and THAT replacement went out the next week. Not an all-day job for the last two, but still...
#1378 of 2155 Update Honda Payments Today
Dec 27, 2009 (1:16 pm)
From my message #255, Sept. 2006. Still driving my 2002 Honda CRV, 108,000 miles now and Honda's 100% paid replacement air system still working fine after three years.
My dealer told me the best Honda Corp. will do now is a 50% match on the cost since the cars are so old with higher miles, and then only for the very best customers, ones that have since purchased and drive another Honda auto along with the defective ones. It is getting to the end when Honda Corp. will simply say "too old" or these cars are off the road. Honda's take, cheaper to have paid some all costs or part than to recall and pay to replace all systems.
Good luck to all on any class action.
#1379 of 2155 Honda CRV A/C aka Black death
Dec 29, 2009 (9:54 am)
I had bought used 2003 CRV w/ 88k miles in April 2007. My a/c went out after 2 months. My mechanic was going to charge me about $600 to fix. Fortunately, when he went to order compressor it was on back order. The local Charleston Honda dealer was going to charge me $1200 to repair. I checked on Edmunds website and found out about black death. My CRV was bought new from another local Charleston dealer and after some calls I found that the 03 CRV had a new compressor installed in June 2005. So after that I got dealer to replace a/c for $374. Thank God and Edmunds, because I'm still driving the CRV w/ 154k miles and alls well so far. Need I say more!
#1380 of 2155 Re: Update Honda Payments Today [tjx]
Jan 04, 2010 (3:07 am)
We bought a new Accord from the dealer we had our CR-V serviced at and they still would not offer us any relief. I'm done with Honda and that dealer. We bought a Highlander to replace the CR-V instead of another honda. If Honda had paid 50%, they would have gotten that money and more when we bought a new CR-V or pilot to replace the old one a year or two down the road (since I know these repairs fail and there's no point in holding on to a late model CR-V).
#1381 of 2155 Re: 2004 crv "black death" [mailelei]
Jan 04, 2010 (12:40 pm)
Hello, My 2001 Honda CR-V compressor has gone out on me twice as well. It went out on me in 2005 and last year. However, I recently lost my job so I can not afford to get it replaced again at this time. I will not be buying another Honda CR-V again. Take care, Lorray
Feb 27, 2010 (8:32 am)
2005 crv, 66,600 miles, a/c crashed last week. On advice from here, opened case with Honda of America. Dealer evaluated at $3400., area rep reduced to $2400., spoke with Honda of Amer. rep and he reduced it to $1500. Repair completed yesterday. Replaced entire system. 12 month 12000m warranty in writing. Service rep stated that it was an eight hour job. No beef with the dealer, or reps from HoA, very professional. Still think HoA should cover all based on premature failure.
Out of 2 other issues I had on the car, they repaired 1, rear differential "groan". They would not fix drift or pull to the right issue, though I showed them their service bulletin dated 4/2005, that showed a problem from the factory with the front damper.
#1383 of 2155 add my 2005 CR-V Ex to the list
Mar 19, 2010 (2:52 pm)
well, just brought my 2005 Crv to a mechanic, and sure enough, my compressor and everything that goes with it has to be replaced. If it ends up being as much as everyone posted, I'll trade in the car for something more reliable. Don't feel like shelling out upwards of $1500 every couple of years for this thing. Will call my local dealer and see what they say...
#1384 of 2155 Re: add my 2005 CR-V Ex to the list [bksansoo1]
Mar 20, 2010 (8:19 am)
Good luck. Depending on the car's mileage and your service record at a Honda dealer, Honda should offer to pay at least 50% of the cost. Some people with cars with miles not too far beyond the warranty and a good service record, and maybe good negotiating skills, have been able to get Honda to pay for most, even all, of the cost.
#1385 of 2155 what WOULD you buy, then?
Mar 20, 2010 (10:22 pm)
Just got out of a volvo station wagon (the transmissions are all lemons... it's a $2000 replacement with a salvage, or $3500 for a rebuild). I'm looking for something more reliable! Thought I'd turn to Honda; even considering Toyota's troubles the Japanese really do have a reputation for low-maintenance vehicles you can drive into the ground.
I'm very disappointed to have read this thread! Or glad to have read about this problem, in advance of buying one. I hear that Subarus mostly encounter headgasket issues, and that Ford Focus wagons tend to need the powertrains rebuilt after 100k miles or so. BMW and Mercedes are just expensive all around. I need something low maintenance.
So those of you going for something more reliable, what would you buy in stead? In the world of station wagons or other mini-suvs, because I do insist on 25mpg highway.
...or I can also buy a CRV anyway, and look for recent A/C replacement, or expect it to die and just drive in a hot car (at least it drives, unlike the volvos with a toasted transmission).