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#772 of 2155 2001 Honda CR-V Compressor Explodes
Jul 12, 2008 (6:14 pm)
I have bought a honda 2001 cr-v a week ago from Mears Mazda & Volvo in Lubbock, TX. The car was looking OK, they told me that I will need $200 to repair its wheel alignment and rotors. Well, it took $400 2 days ago..
And today, while running errands in a hot texas day, the A/C started to make noises, and blow warmer air. I began to use it sparingly, yet checking it from time to time. Then, at one point I turned it on, and "boom!", someting exploded in the engine compartment. I immediately pulled over, and saw large pieces of metal under the hood, with greenish liquid all over. I soon dicovered that HALF of the Compressor was gone! I am suspecting that it damaged some other parts, since that green liquid looked and smelled like coolant.. What else could this be?
I called the dealer, and they tried to hide behind "AS IS" document they had made me sign. I have not even received a new title and plates, so was hoping that being this new, the dealer may still help me. Would they? Is there any state or federal law you know of that may cover me in this situation?
I will call Honda, but this car is 2001 and has 102K miles on it, so I am not very optimistic.. Any additional advise will be appreciated. Thanks.
#773 of 2155 Re: 2004 CRV Compressor Blew Up! [fbitobe]
Jul 13, 2008 (9:51 pm)
So I called American Honda. The guy that I spoke with was not helpful at all. He heard me out, but insisted that there is no known issue with the Gen 2 CRV compressor. He also said that they would not offer any goodwill warranty. No matter what I said, he was trying to get me off the phone. I asked him for a case number 5 times to no avail. He would not give me his extension. He would only give me his first name. He mentioned at one point that he was noting my concerns, so I threw the ball back at him and said, "So if have been documenting this, then there must be some report or case number associated with it. I want that number." After some awkward silence, there was a sigh and then he gave me a case number.
I called the service manager at the dealership. He was very helpful and understanding. He said to bring it in for a free inspection. I mentioned about the numerous issues listed here. He agreed that there may be something wrong, but that sometimes the message boards get a little carried away. He said that his service team needs to see how bad it is, then they would plead my case to American Honda based on my loyalty to the brand, dealership, service center, etc. From our conversation, my faith was restored in Honda (for now). I'll update after my appointment.
#774 of 2155 Re: 2004 CRV Compressor Blew Up! [fbitobe]
Jul 14, 2008 (5:06 pm)
2004 CRV Hondas are having problems with the AC system. I own one myself and a little over a year and a half ago the AC system had to be completely replaced. Honda paid for the parts and the labor (around $4,000). Now a year and a half later the same thing happens. Honda only paid for the parts arguing that they have only paid for it out of "good faith". This is not true. The dealership told me that they are seeing the 2004 CRVs coming in with the same problem on a regular basis, so did my local mechanic (non-dealer). You all need to write to Honda and complain and demand to be reimbursed for the cost. Write to:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda Automobile Customer Service
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Mail Stop: 500 - 2N - 7D
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
Don't forget to include the VIN for reference
#775 of 2155 A/C compressor failure on 2003 CR-V (SHS vin)
Jul 15, 2008 (8:49 am)
Glad I found this site. Thanks for the help. Didn't know this was a wide-spread issue. I have a 2003 CR-V with about 121,000 miles. A/C seized up while my wife was driving last week. Loud whirring noise and then a loud pop! Luckily wasn't a safety issue but the A/C died. I took it in yesterday and they said the whole system had to be replaced for about $2,300! I almost agreed to it thinking I had no choice, but then balked. Can live a few weeks without it while I get other estimates. Luckily my wife found this blog before we fixed it. I will call Honda Corp and try to open a case. Worth a shot. Will let you know how it goes. It's unfortunate that the dealers aren't open with their customers. It's obviously a problem. The only reason we googled this problem online was because the sale person, upon my leaving, mentioned quietly that I should call Honda and ask about it to see what they could do. Obviously a common problem. Fortunately these blogs exist.
#776 of 2155 HONDA CRV COMPRESSOR ISSUES
Jul 15, 2008 (12:36 pm)
My ac just went on 7/5/08, so I figured that the ac just needed to be charged, since it was just working and stoped working while I was driving my car. Tood my car to a shop right by my employment, and they had told me that its my ac compresser and they dont handle this, so I had a personal friend mechanic look at this and he had said that same thing. SO I called honda and they had said that it would 1200.00 to start. I thought this was crazy. My CRV VIN starts with SHSR and I have been having all the problems that Ive read on this site, the condeser went, had no idea what the rubbing noise was on my car, to come and find out when I did research that the rear differental fluid just needs to be changed. This is my third honda, first CRV, I loved hondas till this point, I've had two CIVICS till now, and still have one, but this is crazy, I cant afford to keep spening all this money on things that honda knows that going on but just wont put a recall out on it!! I never had any problems with my civics. I just emailed My local honda dealer, but i doubt i will get any reponse. I want to get this taking care of but I cant afford to pay 1200.00 PLUS!!
#777 of 2155 Re: HONDA CRV COMPRESSOR ISSUES [greencivicbaby]
Jul 15, 2008 (5:11 pm)
I totally agree with you, lucky for you it's only the 1st time it's happen to you, this is my 4th time in 6 years. Honda fixed it the first 2 times because it was under warranty and contributed towards the 3rd now they are telling me that they will pay 1/2 of the part and I would have to pay the remaining part and labor cost. The quoted me $956.00 and that's after their discount and they told me that this is their last time contributing because I need to be responsible for this problem for now on. This is my 5th Honda and my last. I will NEVER by a honda just because of the way they have treated me on this matter. Good luck.
Jul 17, 2008 (7:41 am)
Well, lucky me my compressor when out 3 days ago and I started the process rolling in getting honda to back me up on the $2500 estimate on the repair. This is IF the metal shavings did not get into the system. I was entering the freeway and I heard a loud noise coming from under the hood and I just thought it might be the compressor so I switched the air conditioning off and the noise when away. After checking here I took the CR-V into the dealer to confirm what I already knew. Then I contacted honda of America and started dealing with them. I got a case number very easily and got a call back in under 18 hours. Based on the mileage 90K they will cover 50% of the entire repair. I think this is fair based on the age and mileage. Can anyone suggest any other work on this car while they are in there working on the AC compressor. Anything related to the 110K main checkup ? that might save me money. Thanks and good luck they are coving this you just need to work on it.
#779 of 2155 Re: HONDA CRV COMPRESSOR ISSUES [momac2499]
Jul 17, 2008 (10:13 am)
I'm just curious what year your CRV is and what the millage is on it?
#780 of 2155 Re: HONDA CRV COMPRESSOR ISSUES [phisher]
Jul 17, 2008 (2:45 pm)
#781 of 2155 Another compressor bites the dust
Jul 17, 2008 (6:11 pm)
I am amazed at the number of posts discussing the Honda CRV compressor issues. We have a 2002 Honda CRV with 60,000 miles on it and the compressor locked up and contaminated the system on 7/1. After I got a quote for $3200 to put in a new AC system, I checked online and it wasn't difficult to find that this is an epidemic with Honda CRVs. The Honda dealership told me that Honda agreed to split the costs with me 50/50 and I told them that was insane. This is a defective part that Honda knows about and is getting everyone to pay thousands of dollars in repairs rather than recall the unit or fix the problem themselves. I've retained a lawyer, as there is nothing right about me paying anything to fix Honda's problem.
Has anyone else tried to use the legal system for their AC compressor repairs?
Also, has anyone heard of any initiative to start a class action lawsuit against honda for the defective AC compressor? I know they settled another class action lawsuit over faulty transmissions, I think in Acuras.
Just wanted to see what else people are doing out there about this. It is insane that Honda isn't paying for all of their defective parts!
Just my $0.02...