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Honda CR-V AC Compressor Problems



  • amwjramwjr Posts: 4
    Thought I had read about this problem before, but can now speak from personal experience. Wife's '02 CR-V EX has been meticulously maintained, but went from excellent cooling yesterday to not functioning at all this morning. Unfortunately we were on vacation in Panama City, FL, and had a 5+ hour trip home today, with temps upwards of 98 degrees F. We have ~72K miles on the car. Will be calling our dealer tomorrow morning, looking for assistance. Daughter has a new '09 CR-V, and we've bought a couple of Accords, so we're going to play the loyalty card. Will post dealer response and estimated costs when available.
  • sailnmansailnman Posts: 1
    I just checked the VIN on my CRV and find it begins with a "J". I might add that I have owned 8 Hondas and this is the only one we've had serious a/c problems with.
  • amwjramwjr Posts: 4
    Mine also begins with the 'J.' (Reference #1139)
  • s_cs_c Posts: 1
    The same happened to me. I have a 2004 CRV. My dealer contacted Honda for me and got the price down from $5000 to $2900. The stupid car only worth about $8000 - $9000 now and I have to spend $2900 to fix it.

    This is really a common issue with CRV, the dealer diagnosed my car said they see this happen very often. In fact they just negotiated a deal for a customer the day before, and there's another case on the same day I took my car in.

    My family owns 3 Honda (civic, accord and my CRV). Very bad experience this time, guess I'll go with Toyota next time.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    guess I'll go with Toyota next time.

    And they have engine sludge issue...

    I guess, that leaves you with Buick then...
  • pamybpamyb Posts: 1
    I took my car to a Honda dealership to have my oil changed and the service professional told me that it was time to have my AC and Transmission serviced. :sick: I did not have the time or the money so I said that I would bring it back.

    Well a week later the AC stopped blowing cold air. :surprise:

    I took my car to my mechanic today and found out that the compressor (and something else) needs to be replaced and it would cost about $1400.00 :mad:

    I guess I should have had the AC serviced when Honda suggested it in order to avoid this expensive hicup :cry:
  • jpettibonejpettibone Posts: 51
    No matter than Blueyedgod says, it would not have helped. It's unrelated.
  • tombs31tombs31 Posts: 4
    I stand corrected. I must say though that it has been years since they stepped up to the plate.
  • dwkinseydwkinsey Posts: 11
    I bought my 2003 CR-V EX new in May 2003 and my VIN begins with S. I just moved to central Florida and my A/C stopped working without warning in February. I think I had about 65,000 miles on it at the time. I didn't know about this problem and apparently Honda has not issued any TSB about it either. I took it to my son who is a mechanic with his own shop, but he is about 1.5 hours away. He replaced the compressor, which took about 5 hours because of having to disassemble much of the engine to get to it. It lasted about 2 months and it stopped working again. I took it back to my son and found the compressor had a hole blown in it. He installed another new one, but it immediately got hot and nothing was going through the system, so he disconnected it and told me I have to replace the entire system, which I have not been able to do. I bought a Honda because it was supposed to be a reliable vehicle. I am very angry that a company like Honda would put a junk part like this in one of their vehicles and not recall it. What makes it so bad is not just the compressor failure, but that the compressor fails in such a way that it destroys the entire A/C system. There's no excuse for Honda's refusal to care for their customers.
  • early2early2 Posts: 1
    I have 2 Hondas, a 2004 Pilot and 2002 crv. Both are dealer maintained and in great condition. Last week the crv ac went 'pop' and the engine stalled. Took car (110,000 miles) to dealer and was qoted $3400 to 'replace the entire system, except the electrical.' I told them this was rediculous. They said because I was a regular and good customer they would contact Honda America to get some help on the price. Honda America wanted to reduce price by $1000. I said goodbye.
    Will be taking car to an ac shop where I was quoted $1400 to replace some components and flush out others (hoses, etc).
    I've owned many, many cars in my lifetime and never had a compressor explode like a "grenade" which is the way Honda service rep explained it.
    Will probably go Korean next time to get the 10yr, 100,000 mile warranty.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Will probably go Korean next time to get the 10yr, 100,000 mile warranty.

    A) you would be outside of the Korean's warranty as well with 110,000 miles

    B) 10 year / 100,000 mile warranty does not cover A/C.

    Good luck.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I bought a Honda because it was supposed to be a reliable vehicle. I am very angry that a company like Honda would put a junk part like this in one of their vehicles and not recall it.

    A/C is a luxury. I bet you that your Honda still starts and run every day, just as it is intended to do.

    Would you rather have a functional A/C and wheels that fall off when cornering? Engines that sieze? Transmissions that lock up? Electrical ghosts? Windshield wiper motors that catch on fire?.....
  • nlv1nlv1 Posts: 28
    Hey, blueidgod, I bet you can say "A/C is a luxury" from up there in Buffalo.

    You just can't grasp the fact that most of the compressors in question literally exploded and owners (especially of 5-6 yr old cars with average or below average miles) are only questioning the quality (or location) of the compressor.

    I have a 15 yr old Accord with more than 100k miles that has an A/C that still works like it did on day 1. Will it one day lose performance and even stop working altogether? Of course. Will I fault Honda? Of course not, because I believe that Honda put in a quality compressor in this case based on the age and the mileage of the car. But I don't expect the compressor to explode and have a hole and scatter "shrapnel" all over the engine bay.

    I just hope you don't experience the same thing with your 2005. I think 2003/2004 AC compressors have the same part number as 2005's. But then, you can afford not to have A/C up there.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    A/C is a luxury.

    That's certainly not true in Phoenix, Arizona or Blythe, California. :)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • dwkinseydwkinsey Posts: 11
    A/C is certainly not a luxury in central Florida! For the last month, the heat index has been 100-110 degrees F. Add to that I am disabled and I cannot tolerate extreme heat. So I either stay home, ride with someone else, or pray for rain. Had I known about this problem, I would not have bought a CR-V. Unfortunately Honda does not even document the problem anywhere. Most known vehicle problems are documented in Alldata, but not this problem. My mechanic son uses Alldata and it was not there. It showed how to replace the compressor but that's all. I saw it myself.
  • jpettibonejpettibone Posts: 51
    Look, I'm going to say this once and quit, and I understand that this is essentially a flame at this point. Blueiedgod, we all understand your viewpoint by now. Please stop agitating people who are justifiably upset with your judgmental and biased views. Unless you have something new to add, let your argument stand based on your previous posts and move on. No one who searches this topic can fail to find your viewpoint. I, for one, am sick and tired of your "tis only a flesh wound" approach to this. It is possible for Honda to produced a flawed product. By all objective standards, the 2002-2005 Honda CR-V has a handful of flaws- some significant, some minor. Let's let people continue to post their issues without talking down to them or acting like it's their fault.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,141
    This guy, excuse me blue eyed goddess, must work for Honda or one of their dealers. What a cop out to avoid admitting that Honda has engineering and quality problems like everyone else. A/C on CRV is a major problem and shouldn't be happening on 5 or 6 year old cars with less than 100K PERIOD! Honda has also had a lot of apparent transaxle issues. Evidently Honda used to step up to the plate on these matters but is now becoming more like D3. So much for differentiating their company from the competition! If Hyundai keeps its customer focus and continues to improve quality as well, I can see Japan joining Detroit in the future.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Let's avoid making each other the topic and focus on compressor issues instead.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • tabanowatabanowa Posts: 7
    I agree that A/C on CRV is a MAJOR problem and should NOT be happening on 5 or 6 year old cars with less than 100K!!! And it DOES appear that back in 2006 and 2007 they were often covering this problem 100%, but now they are not. In my case, they have agreed to cover 75%, but that's still leaving with me with a $750 repair, which I can't afford!! I'm probably going to have to go into debt over it because A/C is essential in the climate where I live. arghhhhhhh...
    maybe this really is cause for a class action lawsuit??
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,788
    "I agree that A/C on CRV is a MAJOR problem and should NOT be happening on 5 or 6 year old cars with less than 100K!!! And it DOES appear that back in 2006 and 2007 they were often covering this problem 100%, but now they are not. "

    I don't work for Honda, but I did own a 2003 EX for several years. My A/C did not fail while I owned the car.

    In 2006 and 2007, the problem cars were only 2-3 years old, so I'm not surprised that they covered more of them.

    I still suspect that owners got a LOT more response than they would have received from one of the big three in such a situation.

    I think that most people expect better quality from Honda - I concur that 100K is just not right for what appears to be a large scale problem (as opposed to an isolated incident with a few cars).

    RE: Lawsuit. The vehicles are out of warranty, I don't see a claim here... there is no written or implied warranty on the A/C lasting longer than 3 years / 36K miles, unless you bought an extended warranty, in which case the mileage/time would be whatever was purchased.
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