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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
#2106 of 2155 Re: Settlement received!
Oct 02, 2012 (12:49 pm)
Yes; yesterday I also received $2007 for the settlement. I rushed to the bank and deposited it at 5:59 p.m. It's was a great day for me.
I fully recall the times - many years ago - when the a/c just simply stopped working, and then the man at the dealer acted like it was no big deal that a CRV with 59,000 miles would have a $3000 to $4000 a/c issue. I took it to another repair shop, and it costs over $3000 there, but I wasn't in the mood to let Honda do it.
Now, after these years, this Honda has over 250,000 miles. The a/c has gone out several times, but I've found much less expensive ways to have it repaired. And like the last (and the first) post, I'm considering a new CRV.
#2107 of 2155 Re: Settlement received! [vivianz]
Oct 02, 2012 (3:23 pm)
Well, do you have a good friend that you can call that might be able to talk you down off that ledge?
#2108 of 2155 Re: [drive62]
Oct 02, 2012 (7:12 pm)
I see you eventually shut up and stopped harassing people with this problem (probably when you learned of our lawsuits). Well, just in case you sign on I wanted to let you know that despite your arrogance and disrespect insulting me to no end for complaining about Honda's handling of the situation my lawsuit was successful.
Fortunately I didn't let you and the other Honda planted bullies affect my resolve. It took more than 4 years, but justice prevailed. Now I get to laugh while Honda pays millions extra they could have avoided by taking responsibility for their errors. I doubt they learned anything, but I hope they did.
#2109 of 2155 Help...Just bought and just imploded
Oct 05, 2012 (10:21 pm)
I just bought my CRV-EX from my neighbor 8 days ago. The AC imploded today. 92,000 miles on a 2002. The car is in beautiful shape except for this. I need a couple of questions answered if possible:
1. It looks like the lawsuit is over. Can I still call Honda and ask for reimbursement?
2. My mechanic is charging about $1800. He is working on it tomorrow and I don't know whether to have my mechanic do it or take it to a dealer.
3. I don't want to replace with another unit that will just implode. Can someone send a link to a good kit that won't implode after replacement?
4. Are there any safety issues with this? I read about one woman being stranded for hours. Does it affect other systems in this car when it self-destructs?
Anything else you think I should know, please advise. I'm speechless. Just paid a lot of money out of pocket only to have this happen. Thought I did all my research--even took it to a mechanic before buying. I am so bummed.
#2110 of 2155 Re: Help...Just bought and just imploded [kkoka1]
Oct 06, 2012 (12:48 am)
This may not help you much, but I'll give it a try.
1. No one would prevent you from calling Honda and asking for reimbursement. It's worth a try (but I wouldn't count on them helping). They are likely to tell you that 92,000 miles is a lot of mileage, and 2002 cars are ten years old. Good luck.
2. The last three times I've repaired the a/c in my 2003 CRV, I have paid less than the $1800 that you mention. However, the first time, I paid much more. Mechanics vary in their prices a lot. In most parts of the country, it probably isn't even possible to find a deal much less than $1800. If you take the car to a dealer, I'll bet they will want well over $3000. Find an independant mechanic that you trust. I've found that mechanics from Asia tend to have much better prices.
3. As far as I've been able to determine, there are no "kits" that will fix this problem. I 'look forward' to another a/c replacement in 50,000 mles (I just had it replaced recently, at 250,000 miles). It's just the price you pay, for owning an otherwise great vehicle.
4. I don't know of any safety issues, other than that when the a/c goes out in Texas in the summer, you'll fry until you fix the problem. Wait... It does happen to disable the dashboard defrost blower flow, which could be a problem in the winter. This defrost issue can be easily overcome, but you'll have to research how to do this on the Internet, because it'slightly too technical for me to explain here.
#2111 of 2155 Cabin stinks of anti-freeze
Oct 06, 2012 (4:00 am)
2000 CR-V: has anyone seen this?
When I put the temp control on 'cold' the cabin reeks of anti-freeze. When it's on 'heat', no odor at all.
A/C compressor exploded many years ago, was never replaced but the drive belt was cut off and the compressor is still there.
There's obviously a leak somewhere but it's very tiny. No liquid on the ground, no wetness in the cabin, no appreciable loss in the radiator.
#2112 of 2155 Re: Help...Just bought and just imploded [kkoka1]
Oct 06, 2012 (8:09 am)
I was stranded for hours. The first time my system went out, my car ran fine. I live in the south, it is hot and humid, I work in an office, and need air, so I had it fixed. It went out again within the month, took it back and repaired with another new unit. After warranty expired, went out again, and this time, apparently it locked up and the belt broke, which drives the whole schmear. Yours might not do that. If you have a very reputable mechanic do the work, much cheaper than the dealer.
#2113 of 2155 Re: claims deadline [crvowner2003]
Oct 06, 2012 (8:14 am)
I have had THREE on my car, and when I took it to Honda, the cost kept going up....they would come back to the waiting area every little bit, say it needed something else, and it was thousands everytime, and I just sat there looking at the person. I finally just told them I was not going to have it repaired to stop the insanity. Eventually, it would have cost me as much as a new car! I hold my breath every time I turn it on. It has made it since repaired after the hours long freeway fiasco last summer.
#2114 of 2155 Re: Help...Just bought and just imploded [kkoka1]
Oct 07, 2012 (7:49 pm)
Hmmmm. I suspect your neighbor knew something was up and maybe already did his research on the problem, thus the sale. I knew something was going on with mine for weeks before, but had no idea it was as bad as this. I actually thought maybe something was off with my transmission.
Anyway, don't take it to the dealer!!! Numerous dealers, including the one we bought from and used for servicing, tried to rip us off. The lowest price was $1900, the highest was $3100. Of course, none of them had heard of any problems with the A/C (sarcasm) until I showed them pages upon pages printed from this forum and other places. I think I also got a TSB for them. Uh oh. Mouths suddenly closed as heads nodded as I spoke and exhibited. Then I would get a service manager involved, which changed to another tune. They would tell us it was a maintenance issue and the warranty was over 42k miles on car. Oh, they could give us a 10% discount, but they've never been able to get their district manager or Honda to give more. And with almost no warranty offered, they couldn't guarantee it wouldn't happen again. If a rapport was established you would find out they knew and their hands were tied by their management, dealer ownership and Honda.
We went to our local trusty mechanic (they are pricey on small things but work hard for us on the big stuff). We paid $1700 and they threw in a few smaller items, like alignment, new cabin filter, oil change, etc. They also gave us a two year warranty! We have had to go back twice. I don't think they will want to do this again. The labor is what kills it on this. It is very time intensive. Good luck to you. We are in on the lawsuit, but they recently sent us a notice that they want a more detailed receipt of the parts used and what was done. The garage didn't put all that detail there, of course, so we have to go back. The most we hope we can recover is 30% and I guess they are going to make us crawl and grovel for even that. It is a safety issue, indeed. Over 100 degrees can give heatstroke, cause sleepiness, babies and young children can die and you can get severe burns from metal. Your groceries would unfreeze and spoilage would occur on meats and other things like potato salad. It can and will overheat your electronic devices. Yes, A/C is necessary. Don't sit in a moderate to cool climate and tell those in warm to hot climates there is no safety issue. Ever sat in 116 degree traffic jam with exhaust fumes making you literally ill. Heaven forbid you are pregnant or have an infant who cannot regulate their temperature.
#2115 of 2155 Re: Help...Just bought and just imploded [desappointed29]
Oct 08, 2012 (7:31 am)
YEP .. same story here .. 42k miles and 2 a/c blow ups / implosions within 60 days ... 2 months of haggling with Honda produced 1/2 reimbursement ... there will NEVER be another Honda product in my garage