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Honda CR-V, Heating / Cooling, SUV
Aug 02, 2008 (10:55 am)
Just picked up my REPAIRED 2003 CRV with 75,000 miles - VIN starts with the letter J. THANK YOU FOR THIS FORUM!!! I don't know what made me think to check the internet when my air conditioner blew up last weekend - but fortunately I did - and I believe because I had information posted here, Honda agreed to pick up 75% of parts and labor after 4-5 days of telephone tag. They also honored a 10% discount card I have for an additional $45.00 deduction off the total bill. In total - my cost for the repair was $440.00 for what was originally quoted as a $2,300.00 estimate.
In the last 15 years we have purchased 4 new Hondas and one used - bringing it to a total of 17 between me and my sisters immediate families. This is the first to have an air conditioner compressor fail with a "hole in the side of the casing". While I believe it was a defective part and never should have happened - and that Honda should have notified all CRV owners, I realize they could have and probably would have ignored individual owner's request for reimbursement on the repairs if it weren't for postings from so many CRV owners. This and other posts prove there is something to be said about the power of the internet.
I plan on sending an email to everyone I know telling them to pass this information along in a chain email to everyone they know. Hopefully some other unlucky CRV owners that didn't think to check this site will be saved the $2,000-$3,000 bill.
As a side note - about five years ago when the outside mirror on my 2000 Accord was damaged in an minor snow related accident and needed to be replaced - the cost of the mirror was $200 more just because the VIN # started with J - which means it was made in Japan - and not here in the U.S.
#871 of 2155 Another A/C compressor bites the dust
Aug 03, 2008 (1:31 am)
I have owned my 2004 CR-V (41k miles) for less than 1 week and less than 300 miles. I was innocently driving along with my a/c on, when I hear a grumble, a clank, and a sound like something was being dragged behind the car. Suddenly, my a/c was blowing air the same temp as the vent setting. Argh! I bought my car from a BMW dealer here in Sacramento. It came with a 3,000 mile/3 month warranty. Not sure if this piddly warranty will cover the a/c or if I should contact Honda for help. Any thoughts?
#872 of 2155 a/c problem second time
Aug 03, 2008 (6:03 am)
I have a 2002 CR-V. The a/c went out the third year. My dealer told me the cost and then said to hang tight while they went and called Honda NA to see what they could do. She came back and said they would pay for all of it. I had taken my laptop with me that day (thinking I probably needed a freon charge or something nominal) and quickly started searching on the net while she was on the phone for a/c problems with that model and saw that it was an issue with a lot of folks. I was relieved that they fixed it at no cost to me. I have been a Honda purchaser since the mid-seventies and always let them know that. I also use my dealer for almost all of the service. I did think that helped that day.
Now my new problem. The a/c went out Friday night. Just like before. No explosion as some have described here -- just a subtle power decrease and then no more super cool air and no blowing on my feet no matter what setting I put it on. I have a service appointment tomorrow at 8:00 AM. The time interval is almost exactly the same -- three years. What is the deal????
This may be the wrong subject area in the forums, so tell me and I'll take it to the proper venue -- but as I was already thinking about getting a new CR-V, do you think I should go ahead and have it fixed and wait until October when the new models come out or trade it in and let them repair it?
I've been reading posts here about what people are paying for 2008 CR-Vs currently. Do you think the price will go down as we get closer to the 2009s coming out? Any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks
#873 of 2155 Re: Another A/C compressor bites the dust [horchata]
Aug 04, 2008 (4:23 pm)
"Not sure if this piddly warranty will cover the a/c or if I should contact Honda for help. Any thoughts? "
Take it back to the BMW dealer and tell them the A/C doesn't work. See what they do.
#874 of 2155 Re: '01 models [stevedebi]
Aug 05, 2008 (5:27 am)
"I have also read every post. OK, so now I have seen two Gen 1s, although I didn't see your earlier post (or don't remember it).
I think my point is still valid, this appears to be an issue with some of the A/C compressors shipped with Gen 2 CR-Vs from 2002-2004. Gen 1s failures are rare, and we must remember that any A/C compressor can fail and not necessarily be part of a larger problem with all A/C compressors."
I think the reasoning for the apparent lack of seeing the 2001's on here isn't due to it not being a problem but other circumstances: less sold, older cars people assume it is due to age, but whatever it is, it is not due to there not being problems.
I stumbled upon this site and after reading some recounts of some other owners' problems with their AC Compressors, it sounded like exactly happened to me this past Sunday. Air was blowing great, had a slight surge of power then the air started blowing hot, and then it sounded like somebody threw a fork into my engine which rattled around for about 3 seconds.
Add one more 2001 to your list. I'm calling Honda when they open to see what can be done. I've got 63,500 on my CRV purchased in late 2001, we'll see what happens.
#875 of 2155 CR-V AC Compressor Issues
Aug 05, 2008 (12:51 pm)
If you read my posts you would see that my CR-V was a 2005. So what generation does that make mine?
Just remember to talk really sweet to the people at Honda.
It is easier to catch more flies with honey than with vinegar!
#876 of 2155 Re: '01 models [brasho]
Aug 05, 2008 (1:07 pm)
"I think the reasoning for the apparent lack of seeing the 2001's on here isn't due to it not being a problem but other circumstances: less sold, older cars people assume it is due to age, but whatever it is, it is not due to there not being problems. "
Well, you could very well be right. Hopefully any Gen 1 owners will speak up. Yours was a late 2001 purchase, my father-in-law's was a mid 2001 purchase (right before the gen 2). So if there was a compressor issue, these could be the same compressor as used in the Gen 2.
I think the other failure was a model year 2000, which was WAY before the current problems.
#877 of 2155 Class Action Suit
Aug 05, 2008 (4:01 pm)
I emailed the attorney that handled the Honda Odometer class action suit and gave him a link to this forum and asked if he thought there was any merit in a class action suit. Here is his response:
"Perhaps. It really depends on the nature of the problem. The only really viable class action is the one stemming from a uniform defect. In our odometer case, for example, every instrument did exactly the same thing for exactly the same reason. These compressors could be failing for any of a number of reasons -- some of which could be totally unrelated to whatever defect caused your failure. These variations make a class action very difficult.
What we really need is for someone to reveal the root cause of all these failures. Then we can evaluate the case."
I have no clue how we could figure out the root cause of the compressor failure.
#878 of 2155 Re: Class Action Suit [sgp]
Aug 05, 2008 (6:17 pm)
On behalf of all of us who have had a/c compressor failures (some of us more than once w/the same CR-V), thanks for contacting the Odometer class action suit attorney. It was good of him to reply even though he doesn't have a definitive answer for us. Perhaps someone who knows how to figure out the root cause of the compressor failure will read your post and advise us.
In any case, thanks for taking the time to try to help all of us.
#879 of 2155 Re: Class Action Suit [sgp]
Aug 06, 2008 (8:53 am)
Yes, THANK YOU for looking into this. I'm sure it is very much appreciated by all.
Root cause huh?? How about "defective a/c compressors"? I still think we've got a case....
Seriously though, I've noticed a lot of people have stated that it was "really hot" outside when their compressor went out. Not only was it extremely hot when mine went out, but we were in bumper-to-bumper traffic and had been driving for about 2 hours. Maybe this has something to do with it? Someone else has suggested it could be an electric problem with the compressors. Any other ideas?