pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
107,629 miles
Total Complaints:
39 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace air conditioner (27 reports)
  2. not sure (9 reports)
  3. traded in vehicle (2 reports)
  4. replace ac fans (1 reports)
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problem #39

Sep 232017

CR-V 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,702 miles

This is a really common problem on these cars, and it is not good. This is abnormal.

- , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

problem #38

Jun 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I no longer have this car but I LOVED it- outside of this issue. Purchased in 2005. The A/C problems started around the 100000 mile mark, year 2008 but my dates/miles may be off by a bit. I got if fixed for around 800.00 (from what I was told it was a very LABOR intensive fix due to position). It then stopped working again in 2014. I went on the last couple of years without it because I didn't see the value in getting it done again. Good thing that I didn't because the car has now gone to car heaven (aka junkyard) due to an accident. I had 13 years with this car and would recommend it again.

- , Rochester, NY, US

problem #37

Apr 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

I bought my car in the winter and when the weather started to get hot, I realized that the AC did not work! Sad day...

- , Happy Valley, OR, USA

problem #36

Jun 202016

CR-V LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

I bought a 2002 Honda CRV in 2004 with 40,000 miles on it. Within a year, the air conditioning quit blowing cold air. I took it back to Honda and it was covered under my warranty. In 2015, the ac started blowing out hot air after I head a loud noise like I had run over something. I looked on the internet to see if any similar problems since this was the 2nd repair for the ac. It appears that there was a design problem that caused the ac compressor to overheat and need to replaced. Now the 3rd time. Today I was driving home and heard a noise that sounded like I had run over something, and then my ac began to blow out hot air. Now I am dealing with the 3rd repair since I have owned this car. Honda knows this was a design problem that caused the compressor to overheat and yet owners continue to have to pay over and over to get the ac compressor replaced. Shame on them. There are so many of these CRV's on the road and I'm sure they are experiencing the same problems as the previous comments show. My next car whatever it is, I will thoroughly research to make sure I am not up against a continuous repair problem at the fault of the design of the car.

- , Concord, NC, USA

problem #35

Jun 032013

CR-V 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,600 miles

I haven't had air conditioning for years in my CRV - I am upset that this isn't just a random problem, but seems to be a design issue by Honda - and you aren't fixing it. We have been a faithful Honda owner for many years - this is the fifth Honda we have purchased. We won't buy another because of this... that is a problem for Honda, don't you think?

I think Honda should be fixing all the air conditioner problems - since you obviously didn't design this right. We have never had a vehicle with a AC problem like this - (and we have owned other cars) - Honda should FIX this. They screwed up.

- , Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #34

Aug 012014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

Bought certified used 2002 Honda CR-V in 2004 with about 18000 miles on it. Now has 149000 miles and AC just died on a hot day and started blowing hot air. Honda said compressor seized up and blew debris throughout system. Whole system MUST be replaced and can't be flushed. Will cost $4500!!

I was told if I turn on the AC or defrost, the compressor clutch may engage and put tension on the serpentine belt and beak the serpentine belt and cause additional problems. I've taped plastic covers over all dials to prevent people from touching the buttons, but can't afford this fix! I planned to drive this car till it was past 300000 miles, and now the fix costs more than the car probably does! Honda is criminal for knowing these compressors are faulty and not fixing them for free. Absolutely criminal. This was my second and now LAST Honda.

- , Spokane, WA, USA

problem #33

Mar 052008

CR-V LX 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

The AC was not working on the day I heard a sparking noise on the way home. This was after a trip to SC, and I don't know if it was due to hot weather. The AC no longer worked afterward. I later found a lot of people complaining about the same, even some who had it fixed and it broke again. I decided not to have it fixed and have it cost me over $1000. Later there were even more problems with the car.

- , Glenn Burnie, MD, USA

problem #32

Sep 212008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

This summer I had to replace the compressor for the 5th time. That is why it was 6,000. + all together. I am so upset. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it. The last compressor was accompanied by an electrical check (250.00 more) The tech found a loose wire that ran to the fan. Now I am even more upset because the almost 2,000. more should have put me on the road, however my tensioner belt is now loose. The quote is 450.00. My frustration is causing me to want to tell everyone not to but a CRV no matter what year. I am a loyal Honda owner who is about to give up.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #31

Jun 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

A/C stopped working on hottest day of summer (I'm betting). Had to have rebuilt a/c put in - couldn't afford the price of new a/c - something like $6000.00.

- , Davis, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 112012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,954 miles

The air conditioner will only blow warm air.Fortunately we only get a few weeks of fairly hot weather.

- , Kenora, Ontario, Canada

problem #29

Aug 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

Honda of America covered $1,000 of the repair, but the fix was still $2,000 out of pocket. There are apparently 3 different repair kits for this issue from Honda depending on the severity of the problem, but from what I've read online the fact that the A/C is a closed system always results in a total replacement of the entire system, kit C, when the compressor implodes. You will hear a sound that makes you think you've run something over then warm air will blow instead of conditioned air. This is when you know you're F-ed.

- , Carrboro, NC, USA

problem #28

Sep 142012


  • 71,000 miles

This is a known Honda problem for which Honda has issued service bulletin 09-076. Bottom line - the Keihin copressors are junk and should NOT be tolerated. . .but Keihin is a Honda company. Honda should be ASHAMED of itself!

By the time we realized the compressor was failing, the vanes had ground themselves into fragments that circulated throughout the entire system, requiring replacement of the entire AC system - compressor, condenser/dryer, suction and discharge hoses, expansion valve and evaporator. This is a $2000.00+ repair at a Honda dealer, so save yourself a lot of money and angst by purchasing a complete aftermarket repair kit on ebay and finding a local mechanic to install it. We purchased our kit for 499.00 with free shipping from A/C Compressors (http://stores.ebay.com/A-C-Compressors?_trksid=p2047675.l2563) and paid 210 for labor.

Honda dealers bear a large part of responsibility for this debacle as well. Many charge $4000, $5000 or more for the repair. According to the Honda SB, labor is 5.8 hours and the parts are less that $2000 retail; a ridiculous price for a known defect but a far cry from $5000! There is plenty of shame to go around for this mess but it's the loyal Honda customer who pays the price.

- , Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #27

Jul 252012


  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles

This is the second time in the past several years that the entire A/C system went out. The first time, the Honda dealer was able to get Honda to pick up the tab. This time, Honda wants to charge us $4-5k to replace the A/C system. There is definitely a problem with Honda's A/C system that should be subject to a recall. I have seen many others complain of similar problems with their A/C systems.

- , Reston, VA, USA

problem #26

Jun 142012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

Same as others --- AC went (compressor/entire system). Honda dealership wants $1100 to fix. Husband will sweat this summer and we will look for better vehicle next season. Boo Honda. Hope our Odyssey lasts......

- , University Heights, OH, USA

problem #25

May 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 236,000 miles

car was making a lot of noise with a/c and losing power with a/c on for several years. took it to 3 different honda dealers and all said it was nothing. last spring had a/c on heard a loud scraping like noise and a/c and heating went. no one can tell me for sure what is wrong. all i get is "well, it could be this or it could be that or it might be".

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #24

Oct 222011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

I too was stupid enough to buy a 2002 CRV. The AC has a defect in it which when it goes out it explodes and metals flies everywhere destroying the entire ac unit. I took to my dealer for an estimate and they quoted me $4,000 to fix. They contact American Honda for some "good will money" but I was declined because I had 125,000 miles on my car. This isn't a simply a/c unit going .......the damn thing exploded!!!! I'm in the process of buying another car.....oh by the way there is a class action suit against Honda for this problem. Don't know if it would be worth your time, but I know they did just settle a class action suit on their bad brakes. If you could get any of your money back that would be worth. More so than that, they would have to stand accountable for this defect which after all these complaints, they must know it is a defect!!! After 7 Hondas this little gal will never buy another one. If I have stopped one person from making the same mistake, it will make my day. Therefore, if I have changed your mind, please let me know...that would bring me some satisfaction!

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #23

Aug 092011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

AC started blowing hot air and AC compressor was cycling wildly. Took it to a local AC shop, they had to replace BOTH fans of the AC compressor which had burned out.

- , Portland, OR, US

problem #22

Jun 102011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

This is the third time we've had to replace the air conditioner on my 02 CRV, at $600, 800, & 800 a pop, and with different mechanics. There have been so many complaints by other CRV owners about this problem that Honda definitely knows about CRV A/C but will not act responsibly about it. At this added cost the Honda seems a bad investment. Honda's attitude reveals a greedy corporate character that I do not want to deal with. I will no longer buy new from Honda, though I may buy used models with a good track record. . The older Accords, for example, seem to have a much better reliability record than the newer ones. For new, there seem to be other corporations with better attitudes out there. Back to Consumer Reports!

- , El Paso, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 222011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,459 miles

Apparently this is an issue with the 2002 Honday CRV. Had I known this I would have never purchased this vehicle. This is by far the most expensive vehicle repair I have ever had. In researching problems with this particular 2002 the AC/heater problem is by far the biggest. I am thinking that the company must have known about this defect in the system and failed to address it. I have always heard good things about the Honda company, but am having doubts now. I don't think I will ever own another Honda.

- , Villisca, IA, USA

problem #20

Dec 312010

CR-V EX 2.4L 4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 112,000 miles

It seems like everyone has problems with honda's crv ac system.

On new years, last night, i heard that familiar groaning and pause in the engine as the ac compressor was seizing up. mind you, this will be the 3RD TIME THE AC HAS BLOWN. the first was 2 yrs ago when at under 90k mileage, the ac (according to my mechanic) imploded and "fragmented" metal throughout the system.

replaced that to the tune of $2000. went away for a year on assignment and didn't drive car at all. until summer 2010. when, ac stopped again! and it had just been replaced. so mechanic "covered" parts, but still cost me another $400.

so god only knows now if im in for another $2000 repair i cant afford and unwarranteed.

HONDA HAS AN ISSUE HERE, AND REALLY NEEDS TO ADDRESS IT. or believe me, it will be my last honda purchase. or honda recommendation. ive been buying hondas for years. never kept one this long, however. and cant get any satisfaction on this issue.

PLUS, this thanksgiving the HEATER CORE went, leaking transmission fluid on my front carpet at the feet level...but that is another issue to report

- , Shaker Hts, OH, USA

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