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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
Feb 27, 2010 (7:32 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 2218 add my 2005 CR-V Ex to the list
Mar 19, 2010 (1:52 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 2218 Re: add my 2005 CR-V Ex to the list [bksansoo1]
Mar 20, 2010 (7:19 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 2218 what WOULD you buy, then?
Mar 20, 2010 (9:22 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).
#1386 of 2218 Re: what WOULD you buy, then? [berninicaco3]
Mar 21, 2010 (11:26 am)
Though the older CR-V's have had some major air conditioner issues, the newer ones (2007-Present) do not and the compressors have changed since the 2002 to 2006 models.
So please do not look upon this air conditioner compressor issues as an ongoing problem with the newer make over.
To verify, look at this forum to find any issues with the 2007-2010 models. I now have the 2010 CR-V, slightly more powerful, slightly quiter and a good all around SUV in my humble opinion. 6 months only, but enough time to make a firm opinion
#1387 of 2218 Re: add my 2005 CR-V Ex to the list [lzc]
Mar 22, 2010 (12:10 pm)
Well, I called American Honda and they did respond back to me rather quickly with a case number. My service record with my local Honda dealer will show that I have kept up the maintenance on the car (with a few oil changes done elsewhere). I won't hold my breath about a free replacement, but I am hopeful. Otherwise, I will be looking at a Ford Escape Hybrid for my next SUV.
#1388 of 2218 Re: what WOULD you buy, then? [sr146260211]
Mar 22, 2010 (3:30 pm)
I have a 2007 and I find the system to be weak. In SOCAL, it is quite hot in the summer. I have to keep it on recirculate to cool in summer. I hope the system lasts. It seems undersized.
#1389 of 2218 Re: what WOULD you buy, then? [berninicaco3]
Mar 23, 2010 (8:12 am)
This is my personal belief that if you are buying used, you don't know what you get. People don't usually just get rid of perfectly good cars. They hang on to them, and pass them on to other family members.
I would say that 90% of the vehicles offered for sale are up for sale because the owner knows something and does not want to deal with it.
So, baring that in mind, you stand a pretty good chance of getting a problem vehicle when you buy used. But, that is why you don't pay the full price when you buy used. If used vehicles were as reliable as new, then the prices would have reflected that.
No matter what the seller may tell you about the vehicle, how wonderful and reliable it is, there is an underlying reason why it is offered for sale. And more often than none it because the owner does not want to deal with an issue.
Look at all the postings here about the A/C issues, and everyone boasts how they will sell it or trade it or what not. Do you think they will disclose to the buyer that the reason they are getting rid of it is the A/C? Most likely not.
As the Romans said: "Caveat Emptor"
#1390 of 2218 Re: what WOULD you buy, then? [blueiedgod]
Mar 23, 2010 (9:36 am)
blueiedgod , I agreed with you 110%. I traded in my 2003 V and got the 2010 V. I knew I didn't want to spend another 1-2 K for an A/C. The 3rd Gen V is much more safer, powerful, comfortable, advanced, ... then the 2nd Gen V. Car manufacturers don't build cars like they used to anymore. 7-10 years of use/abuse is probably the best you can get out of it without major repairs.
#1391 of 2218 Reduction value of used 2005 CR-V?
Mar 29, 2010 (12:41 am)
I'm considering the purchase of a 2005 CR-V but am now wary after reading about the compressor issue. I get a general feeling of honesty from the seller about what issues he is aware of that the car has had (originally low rear diff fluid, but now he says it's full and good ...that it was filled to the level of the side, not top port originally but this did not cause any damage), but wonder if he's selling it before the weather gets warm because of A/C problems with this car or just his knowledge that it may be imminent (as opposed to the "growing family" reason given for sale). The car handles well, brakes well and straight. It's clean. I did notice more road noise than my '97 CR-V however. If I pursue the purchase of this car, how much should I pull off the table to deal with these issues?