hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,670 miles

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problem #10

Jun 022011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 166,365 miles
Tomorrow I take my 2002 Honda CR-V in for it's fifth air conditioner compressor. If it wasn't for the concern about visibility to defrost/defog the windshield in certain weather conditions, would not be shelling out another $1600 plus tax on this reliability highly overrated vehicle. Currently has only 166,600 miles on it. This time failure is being attributed to the condenser fan needing replacement also. At least this is the first time the compressor didn't just completely fail. Buying it as a certified used vehicle only helped with the first replacement, so I guess it was worth it, but certainly didn't get the long term peace of mind expected for the extra cost. Honda knows they have a problem but appear to not care to help owners cope with the exorbitant cost of owning this over priced vehicle.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #9

Apr 212011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda CR-V with 84,000 miles on it. This vehicle has been well maintained & has had all manufacturer recommended services completed and I have the records to prove it. The A/C compressor exploded last week circulating metal filings into the vehicle's system. This is a safety hazard because the engine could seize as a result of the presence of metal filings therefore not having any power brakes, power steering, etc. Also, I cannot use the defrost which creates limited visibility in cooler temperatures which also creates a safety issue. This is a common, widely known problem often referred to as "Honda black death".

- Bennington, NE, USA

problem #8

Jul 152010


  • 97,500 miles
On July 15th, the engine of our CR-V all of a sudden had an extra load on it. We shut off the ac and the extra load went away. The next day, about 140 miles into a trip the ac stopped working. We took the vehicle to two separate mechanics. The non-Honda mechanic said that there wes a service bulletin on the ac stating that the complete ac system had to be replaced. The Honda mechanic stated only the compressor and the condenser had to be replaced. Either one is extreme money. This seems to be a design flaw with the ac compressor such that when it fails it distributes metal throughout the ac system. Honda will not acknowledge any fault.

- Carson City, NV, USA

problem #7

Jun 292009


  • 128,545 miles
Air conditioner failure four times on 2002 Honda CRV.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #6

May 242009


  • 102,000 miles
We have a 2002 Honda cr V with 102,000 miles on it. The air conditioner compressor exploded, contaminating the air conditioner system. I have learned that this is a regularly recurring problem with Honda, but they refuse to correct the problem and refuse to help the consumer.

- Lincoln, RI, USA

problem #5

Feb 102009


  • 109,505 miles
Ac compressor failed. Many complaints from others about this problem. Honda has defective parts.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 312008


  • 73,000 miles
Driving approx. 25 miles, 85 F. very loud noise from under the hood for about 15 seconds, loud pop, strange smell like something burning. A/C stopped working. Checked under the hood, no visible signs of problem. A/C no longer works.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 152008


  • 100,000 miles
I'm the owner of a 2002 Honda CR-V and have had problems with the A/C blowing hot air and now it's completely stopped. I'm reading hundreds of posts from other CR-V owners with the same problem and thousands of dollars in repairs. This is ridiculous. Honda needs to take responsibility. Not only is this consumer fraud, it is a safety issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 122008


  • 70,000 miles
My 2002 Honda CR-V with 70,000mi air conditioner clutch stopped working. This seems to be a trend with others Honda CR-V owners.

- Selma, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 122008


  • 75,780 miles
I own a 2002 Honda CR-V ex and its has 75,780 miles on it and today the air conditioner pump has failed. The pump has fragmented parts into the whole A/C system and will be a rather high repair rate from my local shop.

- Fostoria , OH, USA