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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
#1572 of 2218 Re: I don't understand.. [zgreat1]
Jul 24, 2010 (12:41 pm)
I am new to this site, new to posting anything online. But I am MAD. I have a 2002 Honda CRV and at the moment I will have to replace the compressor for the 2ND time. The first time it went out was while we were on vacation in 2005, and I had 3,900 miles on it, the thing literally fell apart at the dealership. I forgot I had purchase the extended warranty (this is the first vehicle I have done that for) so we paid the $2,200.00. Come to find out I bought the extended warranty for the 7 year or 100,000 miles. I did get reimbursed by that company but here we are 5 years later and it went out again. I have 94,000 miles on it. I have contacted Honda and they say there's nothing they can do, and yes I was cordial. This is just a piece of crap part that should be recalled. Not for safety reasons, but for being a piece of crap. If I could even remotely afford a car payment I would be done with it, but for now I cannot. I don't know how to get the word out so other consumers don't buy this vehicle. I've had an Accord previously and it never had issues, but I guess with all the corners that car manufacturers are taking, it's a risk with whatever purchase you make. I just hope buyers will do research and realize that the CRV has this great risk, and more likely than not the A/C compressor will go out.
#1573 of 2218 Re: I don't understand.. [zgreat1]
Jul 24, 2010 (12:45 pm)
I forgot to add that I agree with you, that even though Honda is ignorant enough to say it isn't a safety issue, it is. Right now I can't even drive unless it's early in the morning or late at night, it's 107 degrees on average. So I'm risking my health and my children's when I do have to make a trip somewhere...
#1574 of 2218 Re: I don't understand.. [zgreat1]
Jul 24, 2010 (7:52 pm)
zgreat: I agree with all you've said, and in fact was going to address the safety issue with Honda. I do live in 100plus in Arizona and have young children, plus have suffered from heat exhaustion in the past, making me more susceptible. I have printed many, many posts on the web to show Honda the vast number of CRV customers with this problem. I fully agree with you. We should NOT have to pay for ANY of this. This argument about "Well, you got xxx years out of this, so for that you should be grateful" is so out of line. The quoted repair costs are 1/4 the price of the CRV! On top of that, I have to buy and have installed new engine mounts; now I find that that is a common problem. Believe me, you will have more than enough who would sign a petition or whatever it takes to make them do something. However, I am not able to spend the money to fix this, if it does cost me the outrageous amount, nor can I drive my children in this heat. I've tried - we suffered badly on the 20 mile drive home after the grim reaper hit our A/C.
By the way, "Balls" can be pushed aside for "intestinal fortitude" or just plain "guts".
#1575 of 2218 Re: I don't understand.. [zgreat1]
Jul 25, 2010 (7:05 pm)
I would support you on this. Please have it include Canadian customers as the affected cars know no border boundaries.
#1576 of 2218 Re: I don't understand.. [isellhondas]
Jul 25, 2010 (7:19 pm)
You know what? I certainly 'get' why that poster might still have concerns over a component that in a different car could easily last more than 132k mi and eve nin that other vehicle, when a component fails, shouldn't automatically take out the entire A/C system. That is not unlike if you had an engine failure and when the engine blew it took out the exhaust system, tranny, front motor mount area, suspension attachment areas etc etc.
It is a KNOWN issue with faulty part/design and has failed as early as 15k mi and everywhere in between these higher mileage owners. I have read numerous posts when it failed conveniently just outside of wty. It is a design flaw and your post was sort of like putting salt in a wound in that it had a sympathy factor of zero.
#1577 of 2218 Re: I don't understand.. [gimmestdtranny]
Jul 26, 2010 (7:04 am)
Didn't mean it that way.
Whan ANY A/C compressor fails it can contaminate ANY system with metal particles.
It sounds like some shops want to replace everything while other places take a chance that the metal particles didn't go all over.
Cars don't last forever. If a A/C compressor fails at 100,000 plus miles, it's to be expected.
#1578 of 2218 AC repaired on 2007 CRV
Jul 26, 2010 (11:06 am)
BTW ( isellhondas) thanks for verifying that the compressors are back-ordered at Honda, not sure why something that isn't "failing" would be so hard to acquire.We even checked the nationwide salvage network and found none available.
Anyway it is what it is. We finally found a compressor at discountacparts.com and had it installed. I hope it goes more than 48 K. I have no association with the supplier, but I will say they were excellent to work with and the total cost for a compressor and dryer was 435.00 shipped.
Living in AZ, the AC is on a lot. We were returning from Bullhead City when the AC crapped out, very unpleasant 5 hour drive thru the 115 degree desert. I would not be surprised to find out that my premature AC failure is followed by many more failures. Hopefully Honda will start stocking compressors and taking care of the customers.
I will be looking at vehicles with 100K warranties(either included or sold optionally) after reading a lot of these posts.
#1579 of 2218 Re: AC repaired on 2007 CRV [jim442]
Jul 26, 2010 (11:21 am)
Most 100,000 warranties only cover the powertrain.
A lot of the "experts" reccommend against buying extended warranties that cover everything and I can certainly argue both sides.
Still, one big event and it can more than pay for itself. Besides, the peace of mind is worth a lot too.
Again, I asked our head parts guy who looked up the history in the computer and to date, they had sold ZERO compressors for 2007 CRV's and none under warranty. The parts guys stock what sells and AC compressors just don't fail that often. They certainly can as people here will attest.
I was wondering the other day, how did people in hot climates ever survive in the days before car (and house) A/C was available?
I know I couldn't live in Arizona with or without A/C!
Jul 26, 2010 (11:50 am)
Those people were tougher than us. A lot of military bases around here that train our warriors for middle east conditions.
I worked at a private electric utility company that would buy work trucks without AC ( or remove the belt on AC vehicles) to discourage workers from hanging out in their vehicles. Glad that policy was changed in the mid 90's.
I can understand the dealership not stocking a part, it is surprising that the part is not stocked anywhere by Honda. This model is going into it's fourth year, parts should be readily available A six week delay means either there has been a run on them or someone in the corporate inventory area isn't doing their job.
#1581 of 2218 Re: Hot in AZ [jim442]
Jul 26, 2010 (1:20 pm)
I agree. Normally when we don't have a part it's available in a day or two from the HUGE warehouse in Portland OR.
Honda is usually good about this so it could be a supplier problem.
Nope, I'm not that tough. I can't stand the heat and I love it when people say...
" It's only three or four months out of the year" - BULL ! Or...
" It's a dry heat so it's different" - Nope, so is our microwave!