16th Oct 2007, 14:08

My 2002 CR-V also had the A/C compressor failure at about 60,000 miles. The local dealer, not the original dealer who was hundreds of miles away, said that there was nothing that could be done since the manufacturer's warranty had expired. I took his word for it, shopped for a price, and had it repaired. Has anyone had any success in getting reimbursed for a repair at a third-party repair shop. Apparently he did a good job since I have far more than double those miles now and have had no problems.


Gadsden, AL.

30th Oct 2007, 22:21

Well, add me to the list! I bought a 2002 CR-V two years ago with low miles and after about six months, the ac stopped working. Took it to a repair shop, they replaced the compressor and less than a year later, the compressor went out again. Now, thirteen months later, the compressor has failed again! That's three in two years. I had no idea until today that there was an issue with this vehicle and the compressor. To compound matters, today it wouldn't start. I've had 5 Hondas and this is the last one.

26th Nov 2007, 14:18

NOV 26TH,2007.

I too have this problem with my Honda Crv 2002. My air compressor went out in Sept. 2007 and I took it to a reliable shop and they replaced it. Now in Nov. it was making noise and I took it to a Honda Dealer cause it has a 100,000 warranty on the engine and transmission. They told me my former air compressor put metal shavings into my air conditioning system and I need to replace it. 3000.00 It has only 88,000 miles on it. I contacted Honda and they have made no determination on it yet. Thanks for these other comments. I'll sell it after it gets fixed.

13th Dec 2007, 09:49

I have a 2005 CRV with only 43000 miles on it. The first 3 months I owned it, the water pump went out. I had to fight with the service dept. because they kept telling me that awful noise was basically normal. Only after a call to Honda corporate did I get some results. Now, for the past 7 months there is an awful smell coming from my air-conditioner. Took it to Honda and the first time they said it was the filter and that it was covered with mold. Replacement cost, about 185 dollars. About two weeks later the smell came back. Back to Honda I went and was told there was a problem with some kind of drain and the tech put something in it for the odor. That lasted about a week and now smell is back. I am at my wits end about the odor. It is horrible. Whenever someone rides in my car they complain. I want to get rid of this car, but will lose money. Oh, woe is me.

13th Dec 2007, 18:51

I too have had the AC problem. Just this summer my AC started having a loud sound and then hot air, but I had 140k on it. I have drove Honda products for the pass 20 yrs. I'm very disappointed in our last purchase of 2003 crv. we didn't go back to the dealer because of the mileage. Just happen on to this site, wish I had known that the AC was this great of problem. I have noticed that the dealer ship locally doesn't have the same attitude as they once did. I have been forced to look in a different direction when it comes to buying honda products and this was a very hard decision for our family. Disappointed in Tennessee.

7th Feb 2008, 02:39

My 2003 Honda CRV compressor failed and locked up, stalling the engine while the vehicle was moving on road. We have filed against Honda in the consumer court. It's run just 22000km and Honda denies any design or manufacturing defects. But all the websites show huge listings of compressor failure and some stalling of the vehicle. Email details at rsarda@vsnl.com.

Kindly email me details and feedback of such Honda CRV failures with complete details.

24th Feb 2008, 11:32

I have a 2002 CR-V and my a.c. compressor went out Sept. 2007. I went and got a few estimates and it would pretty much cost me over $1500.00 to get it fixed, which I didn't have so I am now w/out air conditioning in FL. Until I read all of these comments about other CR-V owners compressors going bad I thought I just had bad luck. My CR-V was also low on mileage approx. 49,000 miles. This should have been handled as a recall on Honda's end, and like someone else commented, I too will be looking at other car brands other than Honda for any future car purchases. I'm disapointed in Honda from Corporate to the dealerships as well.

2nd Apr 2008, 14:44

I own a 2002 CR-V, and my air conditioner compressor blew up at 61,000 miles (within weeks just after having my 60k service done). I live in southern Louisiana, and having A/C is not an option... it is a MUST!

Monday I was getting Nordic air in the car, and the very next day, hot air. Thinking back, the day before the problem started, while sitting at a light, we heard a strange noise, but we were next to a large truck and just assumed it came from the truck, because when we pulled away from the light, no noise... when we stopped and idled later, no noise. Following that, I drove from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, with A/C cooling like the Nordic wind.

The next day, "hot air" and that afternoon, thinking/praying it was simply a fuse issue or a freon situation, I had the problem was diagnosed at a local repair shop (not a dealership). I was given a cost of $1600 for the repair; trusting Richard, the owner of the Car Tech Automotive shop (a former dealership experienced mechanic that believes in taking care of us little guys) I authorized the repair. I could tell he felt bad about having to break the news to me... and explained it cost that much, because they would have to clean out the entire system, because when the air compressor locked up (apparently due to little or no oil), it contaminated the entire air conditioning system with metal pieces, and they say everything needs to be replaced (except the Condenser). He said if he didn't clean out the entire system, I would have serious issues.

After getting over the initial shock of a $1600 quote, I called Team Honda to ask if they were aware of any issues, and of course, she said that they couldn't give me a quote without looking at the problem, but that she was aware of Honda assisting with the cost of the repair in some cases.

I then decided to research the problem on the Internet, and found out how common this problem is. I called the owner of the repair shop, and he said that he had not seen any recalls (because he checks for that first), but if Honda was willing to assist, he suggested I mail in my repair receipt, and he would be willing to assist in anyway that he could.

I now know how common the problem is, and about this website and http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f0d3fb5, where there are over 65 pages of comments about the problem.

I am financial caregiver of my mother, who gets my hand-me-down cars, so it is important that my cars are well maintained (she is currently driving my 1999 Honda CRV with 140k miles on it). I have my oil changed every 3000 miles and regular maintenance done according to the owner's manual. However, since I am told that an A/C system is sealed... and you don't know that you are out of oil or anything else until it is too late)... it's not something that I could have taken care of at maintenance points to prevent this issue.

As somebody in this thread said earlier, I think our leverage in getting Honda to pay is making them aware that you know your problem isn't unique, and that there are many other CR-V owners who have had this problem. It's cheaper to pay off a few who make a big fuss than to have to do a recall or be hit with a class action lawsuit.

I will be following up with Honda Corporate 1-800-999-1009 to see if I can get some type of "Goodwill Credit".

K Chauvin

Baton Rouge/Lafayette, LA.