6th May 2008, 14:50

I own a 2002 Honda CR-V. I purchased the vehicle new in March 2002 it currently has 146,000 miles and it's been nothing but a problem for me.

April 2003 it rolled down a slight hill without the keys in the ignition and hit a truck (approx. 29,000 miles). It was in drive when I got to the vehicle. (August 2003 Honda Recall for this problem). A bit too late for me. After the car was fixed I could take the key out of the ignition without the car being in Park. It took 3 or 4 visits to the dealership for them to fix this problem (vehicle was out of PA Lemon Law rules).

Thereafter I've had nothing but problems. I've had 3 or 4 A/C condensers go bad. They told me that this model of CR-V does not have enough protection in front (by grate) and rocks and debris get stuck and put holes in the condensers. Last year my compressor went...I'm waiting for this years A/C problem. I've also had to replace the Catalytic Converter (it was just out of warranty, but Honda replaced it free), Rear Differentials and many other issues.

I would love to get rid of the car, but with 146,000 miles and it's paid off, what can I do other than to never buy a Honda again!

28th May 2008, 07:30

I too have just had this same problem with the A/C. I went to Honda and they too told me that due to me being a great customer, they were only going to charge me 1,200 dollars, and that I should be happy with the charge.

However, after reading all these comments, I called Honda America and they have opened a case for me. I will be picking up my car today with the repair, but I will not be leaving without letting them know that this is an issue that should have been dealt with prior to this happening. Especially since they claim that the compressor is the only thing that has gone bad, then why are they trying to charge me for the condenser, as well as other parts. I should only pay for what it broken; if that causes other parts to be damaged, then it should be covered by Honda.

29th May 2008, 20:58

They say "misery loves company". We have a 2003 CRV purchased in April 2003...in +/- August 2005, approx 32K miles, right as my wife and I, two very young kids and two very large dogs are getting ready to go on vacation, A/C goes out. Now I am the son of a mechanic and understand that mechanical things eventually break. Got it fixed under warranty. Didn't think much of it. Fast forward to this past Monday. Again, wife and I, two slightly older kids and 1 large dog are coming back from Memorial Day weekend jaunt to beach. 15 miles from home, unpleasant sound from under the hood, chronicled by many others here, all of a sudden, A/C blowing warm air. Vehicle has 62K miles...1400 big ones later... new compressor...we were fortunate... no other damage, that we know of...mechanic, not at Honda dealership, said it looked like an explosive went off in the compressor... wife is mad as a wet hen... going to start dogging Honda.

26th Jun 2008, 19:35

I have a 2002 CRV lost two compressors. I am just wondering why are the compressors failing! Looking at other Honda cars with the same compressor I don't see the failures. Is it liquid slugging, oil issue, or is it the compressor location? Honda really needs to step up, like many of you I most likely will NOT purchase another Honda!

Hot and Sweaty in Houston.

15th Jul 2008, 14:38

Wow, my CRV is a 2000 but only about 100K miles on it. A/C died and mechanic (non-Honda) says it's the compressor and will cost $1500 to fix. Called Honda America and am taking it to dealer tomorrow -- they will diagnose and then contact Honda America to determine if they will "help" with the repair costs.

Up until now, I had absolutely loved my CRV, but seeing all these stories, I will go with Toyota next time. Honda held the reliability title for a long time, but those days are clearly over.

19th Jul 2008, 19:08

Just wondering, has anyone looked into starting a class action lawsuit against Honda to get this problem out in the open??? Or has one been started already..

26th Jul 2008, 21:04

I have a 2002 CRV with 2 compressors already gone and towards the 3rd one, thanks to this website I'll try to contact Corporate Honda on the next Monday and see what kind of solution they have with us "the victims", I suppose they have to be positive regarding this serious problem if not...let's get together let's buy a Toyota and suit them. Daniel, Hartsdale NY.

28th Jul 2008, 08:36

I have a 2003 HONDA CR-V with just over 60K miles. I recently got the 60K maintenance done. My engine is getting too hot and I can't drive it anymore. Had to tow the vehicle to the dealer.

During the service, the dealer said that the coolant was brown, he didn't tell me why? But he replaced coolant anyway.

Does this seem like mistake by mechanic. I am going fight for the dealer/HONDA to pay-up for everything.


3rd Aug 2008, 09:28

I have a 2002 Honda CRV EX, which I bought new. I kept the car very well maintained with the dealer where I purchased the car. The extended warranty ended in January. It has 76k miles on it. It has been a great car up until last week.

Same problem as most of you, the air compressor blew and contaminated the entire air conditioning system with metal fragments. Luckily, before I took it to the dealer, I searched on-line and found lots of reports like these about this problem. So, at least I had a heads-up of what to expect, and sure enough, $2750 for repairs. I asked the dealer to contact Honda America, which they did. They got Honda America to agree to pay all but $1000 of the bill. I haven't had the repair made yet, they needed to order parts. I plan to contact Honda America to try and get them to cover the remaining $1000.

My dealer said the parts and labor for the repair would carry a 3-year/36k mile warranty. I will probably replace the car prior to that, and not with another Honda. I no longer have the high regard for Honda after this.

I'll keep searching on-line to see if I can find any info on a class action suit...

4th Aug 2008, 12:40

Add me to the list. Our 2002 CRV lost the first compressor (literally fell out along a major interstate) about 3 years ago. Honda dealership replaced because we had an extended warranty. The 2nd A/C "blew" up and shredded metal throughout in May 2008. I was offered 25% coverage by Honda America on a $2500 repair bill. I have not had the work done because I think they should pay for all of it - as they are selectively doing with some customers. Needless to say, my children & I are very limited on our summer driving because we live in Texas and are having record smashing heat wave this summer. Honda keeps saying they will call me, but no luck yet. I have heard rumblings of a class action...