2002 Honda CR-V EX from North America - Comments

26th May 2010, 11:01

This will be the FOURTH repair on the AC of my 2002 CRV. Entire AC system replaced between 40,000 and 55,000 miles. Now at 107K, and the cooling fans for the compressor and radiator need replacing.

26th May 2010, 15:21

Welcome to the "I should have bought a Ford" club. We experienced so many problems with our Honda Civic in the first 50,000 miles that it cost us more in repairs than any 10 domestics my family has ever owned combined. That's why there are two totally flawless Fords and one totally flawless GM in our garage (and driveway) now. I love to tinker with cars, but now that we own reliable cars, I've had to find a new hobby!!

10th Jul 2010, 21:39

I never had a problem with my 2002 CRV A/C. It now has 137000 miles and still blows cold air. You must be in a hotter area than New England Massachusetts.

11th Jul 2010, 15:57

I own a 2006 CR-V, and I also live in New England. My CR-V has 60,000 miles on it, and like you, I haven't had a single issue with A/C as well. I use the A/C a lot in the summer, more than previous cars I've owned, and this is the first car I've owned that's black with a black interior.

12th Jul 2010, 15:40

We have a 2004 CRV. The AC quit and we have been given a repair quote in the $3000 vicinity. I have been a Honda customer for over 20 years and have enthusiastically recommended them to friends and family. I will never buy or recommend another.

13th Jul 2010, 11:52

We feel the same way. After falling for all the ad hype, we tried Honda and found it to be an expensive, unreliable nightmare. Our Ford and GM vehicles have been far more reliable and are much better built.

23rd Jul 2010, 09:30

See my original post on 3rd Aug 2008, 09:28. Same compressor problem as most of you on my 2002 CR-V.

Almost 2 years later, I have had no further issues with the AC. The dealer that did the repair assures me that no one has brought their vehicle back for a second repair.

Other than that, the CR-V has been extremely reliable. I've had to fix a few minor things, mostly dealing with the remote door locks and the chime to warn if you left the lights on.

I have since purchased another Honda in March, a 2010 Civic. So far, I am happy with the vehicle.

Just thought I'd post some positive news. Knock on wood so my AC doesn't blow out tomorrow!

24th Jul 2010, 16:12

"I have since purchased another Honda in March, a 2010 Civic. So far, I am happy with the vehicle."

I always am very confused when I read of people who have problems with a brand of car, then go right out and buy yet another one!! Our Honda was such a horrible experience, we never even want to RIDE in another one!!

26th Jul 2010, 10:39

These people had ONE problem with their previous Honda. ONE problem wouldn't stop me from buying another vehicle from the same manufacturer unless the problem was serious.

As for me, I had many serious problems with my domestic vehicles and bought more of those, because each time I got talked into believing they had improved. I've since given up on that one, and now would only purchase a Japanese or Korean vehicle (Hyundai has really stepped it up).

27th Jul 2010, 12:09

I bought another Honda, because, like I said, other than the A/C problem, it has been a very dependable car. My car prior to the CR-V was a Ford Contour. It was in the shop for recalls and check-engine light problems and other issues way too often.

3rd Aug 2010, 09:45

I have two 2002 Honda CR-Vs.

The first one I bought in 2005 was a "certified Honda" that has had brakes all the way around replaced within months of it being "certified", and had to have the transmission replace, (which after fighting with the dealer they replaced for free).

Every year we replace brakes. I spoke to the original owner, he had problems with the brakes since day one.

Both cars only have around 70,000 miles.

My other CR-V has had 'minor' repairs - the motor to the power locks went, brakes have been replaced, a few hundred $$ here and there, and now the A/C compressor is frozen at the rate of $1754.00!

After researching the internet I see this is a common problem. I am thinking it is time to buy a Nissan.

1st Oct 2010, 17:41

Just found out the 3rd air conditioner on my 2002 Honda CRV is locked up and needs to be replaced, but at 144,000 miles and in AZ, can't really complain. First 2 were paid under warranty, #4 is going to be on my nickel. Not too many other problems, been a relatively trouble free car.

1st Nov 2010, 15:21

Well, I wish I'd done my research before purchasing my 2002 Honda CR-V. My air has gone out again. When I got this car, it only had 75,000 miles on it, and the sales guy told me that he didn't know why the owners traded it. Now I know.

It is so unbelievable that Honda continues to sell this car, knowing the problems that continue to happen. The air compressor on a 2002 CR-V is made of plastic. I just found that out a few days ago after what is about to be my fifth freaking air conditioning systems repair. First two were under warranty. Last 3 are on me. I use to respect Honda cars because I drove the one my brother drove in high school, and now my cousin is driving it. I will never purchase another Honda in my life. EVER!!!

Thanks for ruining my trust in the Honda Corporation.

2nd Nov 2010, 04:57

Sorry to hear that about your Honda.

I, as well, used to be a big Honda fan in the 1990's, and owned 2 Preludes and a Civic. I was very disappointed in my 2003 Accord, which was nothing but problems, and of lesser general build quality. Their infamous quality has gone downhill, especially in the drivetrain department. I have switched back to GMC products; they cost less and have much more reliable drivetrains.

15th Nov 2010, 18:22

I currently own a 2002 CRV (black/black), which just hit 137,000 miles and have never had a single A/C problem.

Just last week the "Check Engine" light came on, and the code points to the catalytic converter going bad, which the dealer verified. After 137,000 miles, I think that's great.

I also have a flashy red 2001 Prelude, which I love, and that has had absolutely no problems.

20th Apr 2011, 16:47

I have had numerous problems with my Honda CRV 2002.

My air compressor in the air conditioning went out. I have had to replace the headlights numerous times and now my key does not unlock my driver's or passenger sides. The only place my lock is working is the trunk. However, the key does work in the ignition.

Whenever I take my car to the dealer there is more problems that are wrong with my car which cost more money.

9th Jun 2011, 09:42

FYI - I just had similar problems with my key. Turns out the "valet" key (gray key) that came with your car is the culprit. Had to replace my ignition (locksmith) and get new keys re-cut.