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#1558 of 2218 It happened to my 2002 CR-V
Jul 22, 2010 (1:08 pm)
Last Friday at 5:15 p.m. my CR-V made a funny noise and the a/c started blowing hot air. Great timing! The local shop I always use couldn't look at it will Tuesday and then I got the bad news.....the whole a/c system has to be replaced at a cost of $1,600.00. The car has 132,000 miles. I've been researching this issue and found this site. It looks like there are lots of people with this exact problem. I also found out that there is a class action law suit and I've sent an e-mail to the attorney's office. Has anyone received anything from Honda about this?
#1559 of 2218 I don't understand..
Jul 22, 2010 (1:11 pm)
Maybe you can help me.
Your CRV has 132,000 miles and it needs to have the air conditioning fixed?
Seriously, do you expect it to last forever?
"class action lawsuit" I don't think so!
#1560 of 2218 Re: I don't understand.. [isellhondas]
Jul 22, 2010 (1:17 pm)
No, I don't expect it to last forever. I have read posts on this forum and realize that most of the people with problems with the compressors have lower mileage cars than mine. I thought I had a legitimate question. Sorry if I bothered you!
#1561 of 2218 Re: I don't understand.. [okiezmom]
Jul 22, 2010 (4:10 pm)
You didn't "bother" me. I was just wondering if you expected every cmponent on your car to last forever!
Our 2003 CRV has 51,000 trouble free miles. If the A/C compressor failed tomorrow I wouldn't be happy and I would probably seek out some "goodwill" compensation.
After 132,000 miles I'm just surprised you are that upset.
#1562 of 2218 Re: Update on my CR-V A/C compressor problem [isellhondas]
Jul 23, 2010 (12:46 pm)
My local dealership--with the presidential service award--offered no $$ or goodwill to help defray the cost of A/C replacement. It was expected.
I'm not sure what my next step is besides filing a claim with American Honda. I am either going to sell the CR-V or trade it in. I have been looking at Elements. I won't buy it from my local Honda dealer, however. I have also been looking at BMW X3s. I have another BMW and have been quite happy with the car and the service.
Some days I just feel deflated.
#1563 of 2218 Re: Update on my CR-V A/C compressor problem [belacqua]
Jul 23, 2010 (1:00 pm)
It's not the dealership that makes the determination if they are going to "goodwill" something. It's Honda themselves.
A lot of it has to do with the kind of customer you have been. If the Service Manager can pull up extensive service records and show the Factory Rep that you have been a very loyal customer and have had all of your services done at the dealer instead of going to the Quickie Lube, you stand a better chance and rightfully so. I know that if I were the person making the call, those things could sway me.
I hope you didn't tell them that you planned to sell it and never buy another Honda. If you did that they would know they were only throwing those goodwill dollars away.
As a BMW owner I'm surprised you wojuldn't worry about frequency and cost of repairs which are MUCH higher than a Honda. Great cars but as they years and miles pile on they can be real money pits.
You may want to contact American Honda yourself. It couldn't hurt especially if you have been a loyal service customer.
#1564 of 2218 Re: Update on my CR-V A/C compressor problem [belacqua]
Jul 23, 2010 (1:50 pm)
Been there done that, American Honda cant make the part appear OR cut the cost, the part needs to be recalled and unless the people with the problems call the NHTSA and file a complaint, there will be no recall. Honda does not set the recalls. This is an ongoing issue w/the compressors.
I own a 2001 Accord with well over 200,000 on it and the AC works like a charm, In fact the car runs real well. So Not all Hondas have issues BUT the CR-V has had compressor issues for many years, I followed this thread back and there were complaints about 2001 CR-V's. CALL the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. and file a complaint let the engineers check into it and see if it needs to be recalled.
#1565 of 2218 Re: It happened to my 2002 CR-V [okiezmom]
Jul 23, 2010 (2:30 pm)
I also just had to replace the AC on my 02 CR-V at a cost of $1,800. My mileage is only 86,000. I called Honda and they are not offering anything to help defray costs of fixing AC on 02 models. I didn't know there's already a class action lawsuit. Can you please provide name of law firm so I can also email them?
#1566 of 2218 Re: CR-V: AC Compressor Issues 
Jul 23, 2010 (3:54 pm)
On Wed.afternoon while driving home from the beach, we heard a weird sound --sort of like running over rough rocks...Anyway, the A/C stopped blowing out cold air and started with the hot air....Promptly took it to my Honda dealership. Today, I was given a complete A/C compressor/clutch, etc...Honda dealeship said that the compressor broke in half..Don't know how much it would have cost me because I had the extended warranty......However, my husband's '03 Element has had nothing but problems with the A/C....After about 4 attempts to have it fixed, he just gave up....Not me, if I have anymore problems with this A/C, it's back in the shop for my CRV.....
#1567 of 2218 Re: It happened to my 2002 CR-V [mochar]
Jul 23, 2010 (3:57 pm)
My 'O2 mileage is about the same as yours--maybe a little less. My quote to get the A/C fixed was $2989, so you must have gotten a deal at $1800! Did you have to get the whole thing replaced (they call that kit C)?
About Honda and BMW service--I did not get the CR-V serviced at the dealership; I got it serviced at an independent Honda Service place. As for the BMW, it's also an '02, a Z3 with 40,000 miles. I have an independent master BMW/Mercedes mechanic who takes care of it for me.
I really like that little Element, though. I will NOT purchase it from the local dealer, and I will let them know about it. These guys miss business logic: invest a few goodwill bucks in me without stipulation, and I will spend big bucks at your place for a new car. Work it forwards.