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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
Feb 24, 2011 (3:48 pm)
Relax everyone, I retired in May after 14 years so I no longer have a "dog in the fight"
In other words, I really don't care.
Funny how our Service Dept had never heard of excessive A/C problems with CRV's. No greater failure than any other model.
We currently own two CRV's. A 2003 EX 4WD that we bought new and a 2011 SE 4WD.
The 2003 only has 54,000 miles and it has been flawless. Not one repair other than routine maintenance. Original tires still had good tread at 49,000 miles but I cut one on a piece of metal in the road and decided to just replace them all.
Rarely bother rotate them and as a hiker I take it on some rough roads. Never a wheel alignment and they wear even.
Original break pads with over 50% left. Checked last week and we have lots of traffic and hills here!
Yes, I did change my rear differential fluid at 30,000. A good thing to do.
No clunks, chirps, squeaks and the interior looks like new...well, it will once I vacuum it out again.
But, hey, if I was unhappy I woldn't buy another Honda either.
So, then what? Take a chance on something else, I suppose!
#1829 of 2155 Re: Yeah... [isellhondas]
Feb 24, 2011 (4:12 pm)
No issues here either
I have an '04 for 65K, my wife has an '05 with 52K and my sister-in-law has an '03 with 85K and no issues at all.
I do know a mechanic at a local Honda Dealership and he sees CRV's with the AC issue. So something's going on, but I don't think it's as widespread as it seems to be on this site..
#1830 of 2155 Re: Yeah... [chicagoish]
Feb 25, 2011 (4:34 pm)
Woe is me! After spending months looking for a smaller nimbler replacement for my great 1994 Montero (218,000 on it with no major problems) I decided on a 2004 CR-V - over a 2004 Forester. The Foresters had notorious head gasket leakage problems up until 05, and the repairs usually run $1,500 +- to fix the issue. The repair is, however, PERMANENT. I combed the web for negative issues with CR-Vs, but never found a single one - until I bought one! I never checked the AC before plunking down the 10 grand+ for the vehicle, never having heard that there even was one with these cars and never having had any measurable AC problems in any of the 50 some vehicles I've owned in my life.
So now I"ve discovered all the usual symptoms: Nothing at all from the AC, even though the light comes on and the blower works fine. No compressor engagement at all, and there is a very recent condenser in the car marked Sept 2010. I figure that the "usual" parts have been replaced and it has crapped out again.
My question is this: As a second owner on a car with 93,000 on it should I bother with the class action? Is there an acceptable compressor/condenser set available now that won't grenade in a year or two? Are the original OEM parts all junk?
Oh how I wish that I'd gone with my instincts and just rebuilt the Montero.
#1831 of 2155 Re: Yeah... [windgooroo]
Feb 25, 2011 (5:31 pm)
Sorry to hear you decided to buy a CRV, while a few on this blog haven't had any problems it looks like 99.9% have had issues. There are a large number of CRV owners in my city, I ask every owner I meet about their experience, 65% to 75% have had issues with a/c systems. One poor women I spoke to last week was on her third a/c system.
The law firm handling the a/c issue has just filed a new class action on the Civic tire situation. You can get their contact information at
www.honda-lawsuit.com . I was able to confirm I am on the settlement list however don't know when the court will approve the settlement.
Regards, Mac in a very hot car in Palm Springs
#1832 of 2155 Re: Yeah... [isellhondas]
Feb 26, 2011 (8:33 am)
Nice summary, isellhondas, of the experience of I'll bet most CR-V owners. My rear differential grumbled during slow turns early on. A change of fluid and gear "burnishing" seems to have settled the issue. Otherwise, the car is a gem.
Statistically, Hondas, including CR-Vs, rank very high in reliability. And the CR-V has been the highest selling SUV in its class for many years. Believe it or not, there must be more than a few happy owners for those rankings and sales to continue.
Of course, no car maker is perfect. And through the wonders of forums like these, owners with problems can congregate, share information, and start to think they represent more people than they do. Most car owners never to go near a forum on car problems.
I've little doubt that if my '07 CR-V's A/C went out just beyond warranty, I'd not be happy about it. I had that happen to the tranny on a Toyota once. Expensive. But I didn't condemn all Toyotas. I've owned too many others not to know of their general reliability.
Feb 27, 2011 (6:24 pm)
Bull, Bull, Bull to the Guy that said Honda CRV hasnt had any more problems than any one else, He is a true defender of Honda, apparently a Company he was in love with, The Honda CRV, I was picking up my Compresor at Oreillys And a mechanic was in there, He said I feel for you, I said why, he said you'll be doing it again. I hate em he said, I wont even service a CRV any more, But he was nice enough to give me the exact diagrams that the dealer shop uses
concerning everything on the HVAAC on my CRV., I have a mouth I ask around to, I have a buisness of my own and work for another company where I see a lot of people and the cars they drive, The numbers of CRV at around 64,000 to 90,000 miles is unreal how many AC are blowing up, locking up(going out). Apparently thisa guy as he said is retired and probably drives 40mph, and is cold in the middle of the summer. Well Im still in my prime so is my wife and she likes her AC.
What gets me the most this forum was about Honda and people are posting about Ford, or Chevy, hmm I see whats up, their Honda lovers trying to get attention away from the issue Honda. I have a F150 187,000 Changed the MAF sensor, cleaned my egr ports, new plugs. Brakes tires etc, Gas, But all this combined still hasnt costed me a one time at 80,000 miles 3,000 dollar problem, Hell you give 34,000 for a car you expect it to last awhile. my F150 wasnt but 18,800 something back in 98, I purchased a used Montero, its out doing this Honda. 6,500, My daughter used 96 camaro, 146,000 Still going, The energizer bunny $12.95 still going.
#1836 of 2155 Found a web site that sells complete AC kit
Feb 27, 2011 (6:42 pm)
495, for a kit with Compressor, Expansion Valve, Drying condensor with dryer, all oil rings
Oil, 495 free shipping, 1 year warranty, then they have a 8 part kit with lines, etc, it was 645. , http://www.onlineaccompressors.com/addtocart/2005_Honda/CRV/AC_Kit/60-80501.html- I just paid, 435, for just Compressor, expansion valve and new dryer bag repacking kit. I'm taking it back getting this kit.