hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,019 miles

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2004 Honda CR-V cooling system problems

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2004 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

Oct 012009


  • 84,000 miles


While driving to portland, or. From wa heard a loud squeal from the front of the engine. Turns out the A/C compressor is burned out at 84K miles. Honda said it was my problem and not a safety concern. The one serpentine belt drives the water pump, power steering pump, alternator and the A/C compressor at the bottom of the engine. The portland dealer would not advise me to drive it at all. If the belt burns off do to the A/C compressor seizure the power steering pump would stop possibly causing a serious accident.

- Hoodsport, WA, USA

problem #30

Sep 082009


  • 95,168 miles
After 5 years of problem free driving, my CRV started making a loud rattling sound after driving for about 10 minutes. I tried turning the blower fan off, then air conditioner off and realized it was the ac making the noise. I left the ac off from then on and took the car to the closest dealer the very next day. They told me the compressor had "seized" and that metal particles had been forced throughout the entire ac system. The repairs for this were quoted at $2650. I then saw on the internet where there were 678 posts of the same problem in different year CRV's and that Honda had reimbursed a few of them. I feel like this must be a very prevalent problem with CRV's and there should be some sort of reimbursement, because a car without ac is pretty much worthless.

- Frotnenac, KS, USA

problem #29

Aug 272009


  • 90,000 miles
The air conditioning compressor on my 2004 Honda CRV internally disintegrated causing damage to the complete system according to my local Honda dealer. The service department told me this is a wide spread problem with the CRV's.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #28

Jul 272006


  • 42,620 miles


9/20/06 42,620 miles; 7/16/08 67,743 miles; 8/07/09 81561 miles R & R compressor and condenser blew up.

- Lacombe, LA, USA

problem #27

Aug 222009


  • 118,000 miles
Air conditioning failure on 2004 Honda CRV. Working fine, suddenly stopped cooling. Told I had to replace compressor and other parts as it imploded was the word used. Metal, etc all in system. The service manager denied this was a common problem. The cost of the repair will be around $2400. It seems clear this is a well documented issue.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #26

Jul 222009


  • 81,500 miles
2004 Honda CRV air conditioning system suddenly stop working.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #25

Jul 212004


  • 78,000 miles


We have2004 Honda CR-V A/C compressor blew up today. Its known defect withthis make of Honda. Can help us.

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #24

Jun 232009


  • 36,635 miles
Defective coolant systems.

- Hackensack, NJ, USA

problem #23

May 182009


  • 51,000 miles
I own a 2004 Honda CR-V. it has just 51,000 miles on it. Air conditioner compressor started making rattling sound. I understand if it breaks apart as it normally does, it sometimes can stop the motor if you were going slow enough. If you were on snow, it could skid the tires or the belt could break or maybe slip. The serpentine belt is very strong so there are times when this very well could be a safety issue.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #22

Apr 082009


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda CRV. While driving 45 mph, the compressor blew out. In addition, the condensor is defective and there are extensive failures with the pipes, hoses, and clutch. The dealer stated that the entire cooling system must be replaced. The compressor has been repaired by a dealer. The equipment is all original. The failure mileage was 43,000 and current mileage was 45,000.

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #21

Apr 252009


  • 55,000 miles


Heard a very load noise under the car and metal debris flew all over the road while driving at 65mph, then the air conditioning stopped working on my Honda CRV ex (2004 model/50,000 mi). I was very concerned with my 5 month old baby in the backseat and had to slow down on the highway to see if something was wrong with the tire. I brought the car to the Honda dealer where we purchased the car and have taken it to service since we bought it. They quoted that the compressor had a hole and the metal pieces that shattered went through the entire A/C system requiring a complete replacement of the entire system (cost of $3500). When we complained that the cost was so high and poor quality for a car that was only a few years old, they replied "that's not our problem and you should have bought the extended warranty." After doing more research online, we discovered that thousands of Honda owners have had the same problem raising safety concerns and the need for Honda to take action. This is clearly a manufacturing or design defect that should be addressed by Honda.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #20

Mar 092009


  • 59,100 miles
Air conditioning compressor failed in my 2004 Honda CRV. Dealership wants $1900 plus tax to replace system. There seem to be thousands of complaints about this issue in online forums. The failure causes the entire air conditioning system to have to be replaced. This is everything except the knobs. The dealership stated that the compressor was too small and that this one reason for failure. The dealership stated that the 2003 and 2004 crvs have major problems with air compressors. Honda usa is only willing to reduce the replacement cost from $3039 plus tax to $2537 plus tax. The dealership was willing to reduce it down to $1900.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

problem #19

Nov 152008


  • 100,000 miles
Have a 2004 CRV. Compressor locked up and broke off clutch from compressor. The compressor imploded damaging the overall ac unit. The hole system has to be replaced. I contacted Honda dealer in daytona. Estimated repair charges will be $3,000. I surprise since there has been so many complaints on your web site why the NHTSA has not force Honda into a recall.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #18

Jul 262008


  • 71,500 miles
A buzzing noise suddenly started in the engine compartment while driving and the air conditioner stopped cooling. Took the car to Honda and problem was diagnosed as a failed A/C compressor which contaminated the entire system. Estimated cost of repair was $3600+. car had been driven 71,000+ miles. Honda rep agreed to pay 50% of the repair costs as part of their "goodwill warranty". since this is occurring on so many 2001 - 2004 CR-V's, there should be 100% coverage on repairs if not a recall. This edmunds link indicates the extent of the problem: townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.F0D3fb5/808!keywords=allin%3amsgtext%20honda%20crv#808 not being a safety issue, they will probably not recall. Being so wide-spread, there should be more consistency in Honda's response (all owners that encounter this issue should get 100% coverage of repair costs). This is a common complaint.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #17

Aug 152008


  • miles
2004 Honda CRV air conditioner unit crystallized into pieces. Thank god I had extended warranty! if I would not have it would have cost me over $5000I am not a happy camper about this because a call back should have been done because the mechanic at the Honda place at baker Honda in houma, la. Told my husband alot of these vehicles have come back with this same problem.

- Thibodaux, LA, USA

problem #16

Jul 152008


  • 58,000 miles
Driving on local highway with my wife, two year old and three year old in the back when loud rattling noise was heard, followed by air conditioner compressor blowing out, causing heavy metallic pieces to go rolling down the highway at high speeds. Thankfully, no other cars were in the immediate area. Whole A/C unit needed to be replaced due to exploding parts and, after much complaining, was only given partial credit to cover costs. Honda knows about problem and knows all A/C compressors made with during certain years will fail but is handling on a case by case basis and is not upfront in telling consumer about problem. Please check site listed below to note how common this problem is. www.topix.com/forum/autos/Honda-CR-V/tu0okfjgv9V3F3fgl.

- Berkeley Heights, NJ, USA

problem #15

Aug 132008


  • 68,540 miles
Air compressor "exploded" on 2004 Honda CR-V. car bought new. 68,500 miles. Taken to dealership last year A/C problems. Problem not uncommon with CR-V. Honda response inconsistent. Some customers reimbursed 100%,some 0%. my car to be repaired Thursday(if parts in). Cost to me $1400 +.recall needed.

- Grantsville, MD, USA

problem #14

Jul 172008


  • 85,000 miles
A/C condenser on 2004 Honda CRV imploded while driving on interstate. Service station told me that I was very lucky B/C there was nothing holding on a certain belt other than tension. If the belt had come off, I would have lost power steering and alternator would have died. Found this is a widespread problem on this model vehicle and Honda should be held accountable and issue recall. Besides it being a very expensive repair, there are obvious safety issues here.

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jul 032007


  • 60,000 miles
Air conditioner began to rattle, then ruptured and fell off while driving down highway, sending debris out on the road in the path of oncoming traffic.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #12

Jul 222008


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda CR-V. while driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard a loud revving noise that did not stop until the engine was turned off. The following day, the contact activated the air conditioner and heard a loud rattling noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. The air conditioning system eventually failed. Prior to the failure, the contact did not notice any warning lights illuminated on the instrument control panel. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the clutch on the air compressor failed. The repair would cost $1,500. The contact is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. He called the manufacturer and is waiting for a response. The failure and current mileages were 41,000.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

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