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#1394 of 2218 5th time is no charm
Apr 17, 2010 (10:09 am)
I live in Las Vegas where A/C isn't a convenience, it's a necessity. I have had my A/C compressor fail every summer I've had this vehicle. It is an 04 CR-V. We bought it new in 2005. Within a couple of months the first compressor failed. They replaced the whole system at a dealer in SoCal as we were out visiting family.
It has susequently failed each summer since. The first two were under the factory warranty, and second two under the extended warranty. I wrote to American Honda Customer Service in Torrance, CA, but they don't seem to want to help.
It's obvious from the posts here that this is not an uncommon problem. Does anyone know if a recall has ever been filed? My dealer service department has as much as admitted that they know there's a problem with this compressor. They also suggested that it was resolved by 2005, but based on what I'm reading that's not the case.
I did fill out an information form for an attorney in NJ regarding A/C compressors with several Honda and Acura models. It came up as one of the first listings of a Google search for Honda CR-V compressor failures.
#1395 of 2218 Re: Reduction value of used 2005 CR-V? [blueiedgod]
Apr 17, 2010 (11:17 am)
It is my understanding that the AC issue was fixed for CR-Vs after 2005. Also, someone earlier indicated that the problems seem to be on vehicles that have serial numbers beginning with 'J'
#1396 of 2218 Serial Numbers with A/C problem
Apr 17, 2010 (8:31 pm)
FYI, my vehicle's (2003 CR-V) serial number begins with "S" and I experienced the same catastrophic failure of the A/C system as most everyone else on this forum.
#1397 of 2218 Re: 5th time is no charm [vkgarry]
Apr 17, 2010 (9:14 pm)
Unbelievable! And to Honda's eternal shame, no recall!
#1398 of 2218 2002...3rd time to replace air conditioner
Apr 22, 2010 (7:55 pm)
1st time happened late Summer of 2004 with my 2002 CRV which was covered under warranty. It pretty much shattered inside the car and killed my engine while driving. It was kind of scary at first seeing the steam come out of my car. 2nd time it happened was Summer of 2007. At that point, I called Honda America and someone worked with me immediately. I had already been through 2 gas caps, engine repairs, and computer failure. Honda came back to me after about a week and gave me a check for all the parts that had to be replaced on my car. They told me they could not reimburse me for the labor. I was happy to at least have 2k back in my pocket. Well the dealership is now telling me that I need a new air compressor for $1600.00. It currently makes metal rattling noise when it is running, so I thought I should get it check out before it goes bad. Does anyone know if there is a filter that can be replaced inside the compressor? The AC is still cooling but it's just making a horrible noise. At this point I'm tempted to just keep driving it until the whole AC blows. I will be calling Honda America again tomorrow. I have never gotten anywhere at the dealership. They just scratch their heads and say "really?" They have all my records because all work is done there..."sigh"
#1399 of 2218 Re: 2002...3rd time to replace air conditioner [jrb0579]
Apr 23, 2010 (5:15 am)
If the dealership had to replace the AC before, wouldn't they have replaced the compressor?
Might I suggest going to an independent, not another Honda dealership, for the second opinion? I sometimes stop people in my vehicle and discuss my baby, just to see if we have similar experiences. You may ask another Honda owner if they know a small shop that you can take your vehicle to.
When mine went out (twice) I was told it was the Honda parts for the AC that were defective. So the dealership may choose to work with you. OR not.
Does this link help you?
#1400 of 2218 Re: 2nd Time around [derrickyo]
May 02, 2010 (5:52 pm)
Anything come of this yet. The same thing has just happened to me so any help would be great. Thanks!
#1401 of 2218 Unlucky 2002 CR-V Owner
May 11, 2010 (12:43 pm)
I'm the unlucky one who Honda of America will NOT consider paying for my AC condenser replacement after 32,673 miles which seized a week ago. The H of A customer rep stated that my 3 years or 36,000 factory warranty had expired. So you lucky CR-V owners should feel really good that you had your AC replacement & repair cost covered 100% with higher mileage and years of ownership. Now I face a $2660. repair estimate ..............
#1402 of 2218 Re: Unlucky 2002 CR-V Owner [lokahi72]
May 11, 2010 (1:24 pm)
If you have a local mechanic you trust, get an estimate from them. You can probably save at least $1000. It cost me about $1700 to have the A/C system replaced on my 2003 CR-V by a local shop which gave me a 1-year warranty. I did not even consider giving Honda any extra money to fix a defect that should not have been there in the first place. I also wanted to increase the possibility that non-Honda parts would be used since the Honda parts may be defective.
#1403 of 2218 Re: Unlucky 2002 CR-V Owner [lokahi72]
May 11, 2010 (9:17 pm)
That certainly sounds excessive. I was playing with some numbers and, conservatively speaking, you used the air conditioner for approximately 1,000 hours. That's based on using it for half the year and driving at an average speed (highway and city) of 30 mph. I think you have a reasonable expectation that an air conditioner should last for more than 1,000 hours of usage.
Also, that works out to $2.66 for every hour that you used the air conditioner. You can cool an entire house full time for less than that. (10 kW $0.10/kWh)
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