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#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.
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#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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#1404 of 2218 HONDA AV problems
May 26, 2010 (6:37 am)
I have a 2003 Honda CR-V with 81000 miles. The AC went out at 61000 miles and Honda said they will not replace it. I have read all the posts and think we all should contact our TV stations for help along with newspapers. With everything going on at Toyota you would think someone would listen. Honda makes a great car so why not back it. There should be a class action lawsuit. I spoke to one person on line who said she sent 50 pages to Honda or to your dealer. They finally fixed hers with 100,000 miles on her CRV. My dealer sucked big time.and they Let's all do it! I live in Ohio and would never recomment Voss Honda in Tipp City. I bought my car new and used the air probably 30 times before it exploded. They called a rep in Ca and they still said NO.
#1405 of 2218 Re: HONDA AV problems [carol4011]
May 26, 2010 (7:29 am)
"I bought my car new and used the air probably 30 times before it exploded. "
What? You went 61000 miles and only used the defroster 30 times? In Ohio? The A/C compressor comes on when defrost is turned on...
The A/C is not a safety issue, so I doubt there would be much interest by the press or Government. I'm sorry yours blew out, but Honda met the obligations in their warranty agreement.
#1406 of 2218 Honda CRV A/C
May 26, 2010 (11:58 am)
The A/C compressor went out on my 2003 CRV. I am frustrated and disgusted with Honda knowing this is a consistent problem and could care less about their customers! This economy has been tough on everyone and for them to sit on their throne and count their money makes me sick! My family and I will have to suffer with no air this summer and every summer after that until the car falls apart! I will NEVER EVER buy another Honda again!!!
#1407 of 2218 Re: HONDA AV problems [stevedebi]
May 26, 2010 (1:37 pm)
The A/C is not a safety issue but I believe the defroster IS a safety issue since there is no good way to clear the windshield if it gets condensation on it, such as in a rainstorm or snowstorm. I now live in central Florida and use the defroster less than I did when I lived in Maryland, which is fortunate since I went a year without the A/C system. Still there were occasions when it was hard to see through the windshield because of condensation that I could not clear. For safety reasons, Honda should have designed the defroster as a separate system, independent of the A/C system.