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 1 of 3)

problem #51

Aug 182011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles


The air conditioner and all components stopped working suddenly - I have around 110,000 miles on the CRV. The dealer says the whole system needs to be replaced due to metal and contamination in the lines, cost is around $2200. I see this is a common problem with CRV's. why is there no recall? I think we should get it replaced for free.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #50

May 102010


  • 48,000 miles
Airconditioner stopped working after hearing a bang and hiss.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #49

Apr 082011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
My A/C compressor exploded at around 47,000 miles sending shards of metal throughout the entire cooling/heating system. I was told it would cost about $3000 to repair. That is not a case of normal wear and tear. The part is faulty. It exploded. Honda says it's not their fault, sometimes parts wear out.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #48

Jul 012010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Air condition compressor seized at 125K--this is the second one--new part is on order.

- Wyckoff, NJ, USA

problem #47

Jan 152011


  • 82,000 miles
Honda CRV 2004, ac defective, 82,000 miles just quit working.

- National City , CA, USA

problem #46

Sep 202007

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 75,265 miles
A/C unit started to make loud noises and would not cool.

- Estero, FL, USA

problem #45

Dec 222010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 100,100 miles


Air compressor failure at 100,000 miles on 12/22/10 after the total A/C unit was replaced on 9/24/07 including expansion valve, condensor, evaporator, cooling fan, and compressor at 75,265 miles. This is my second A/C unit that died.

- Estero, FL, USA

problem #44

Aug 152010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Air conditioning unit broke.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #43

Sep 242010

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While driving, car began making loud whining noise. Then a loud bang, and some big piece of metal fell off the car onto the road. Air conditioner stopped blowing cold. Took it to dealer and was told the part that fell off was the A/C compressor clutch assembly. Entire system must be replaced at great cost. We have not yet repaired the problem.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #42

Sep 072010


  • 82,919 miles
We purchased the vehicle as a Honda certified vehicle in Oct 2007, with 47,250 miles. On Sept 7, 2010, while driving on the freeway, my 19 year old daughter (who drives the vehicle at college) heard a loud bang and the then the air conditioner began blowing just hot air. Upon hearing the circumstances, I told my daughter to drive the vehicle home from college. We took the vehicle to our independent auto repair shop where he diagnose the problem as a blown A/C compressor. We had the repairs completed in one day at cost of $757 and my daughter was back at college the next day. The old part is available if needed but the mechanic will only hold it for one week.

- La Canada, CA, USA

problem #41

Sep 052010


  • 82,000 miles


Just pulled off freeway when I heard a whistling noise and then a loud kathunk. The air conditioner immediately stopped pumping cold air. Went to Honda dealership and was told that there had been a catastrophic failure of the air conditioning system. They admitted it was a known Honda problem but stated that Honda wasn't doing anything about it. Quoted me $1,200 and said I was lucky that it hadn't contaminated the entire system.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #40

Aug 142010


  • 135,000 miles
On my 2004 Honda CRV that I have meticulously cared for, started hearing clunking noises, then the A/C was not working. The airport Honda dealer (knoxville, tn) said I needed to replace 2 fans for $460 (using non-Honda parts) and I had to get a rental car for 3 days for another $131. Someone told me that A/C problems are common on crvs. My car is way past warranty. But I thought Honda were such good cars. I think if this is a common problem, then they should fix the problem for low or no cost.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #39

Jul 282010


  • 69,000 miles
The air conditioner clutch froze and nearly stopped engine. Now we have no air conditioning or window defrosting.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #38

Jul 312010


  • 103,000 miles
Hot air blowing from ac vents. Thought it must just be low on freon. Looked online and discovered thousands of people with the same vehicle are having the same problem. The compressor blows and causes hundreds if not thousands of $'s to be fixed. Currently the car is at a body shop who told me I got lucky and the repairs would only amount to $835 because the part alone is $550. Contacted Honda America and they basically laughed at me and said good luck. Very irritated, but after the report of so many Honda's being recalled in the paper yesterday I see why they haven't yet recalled them for this issue. Although I wasn't stranded like some people report engine locking down from this because when the compressor broke it broke their timing belt and radiators, it is still very frustrating and not safe to drive in extreme heat with no warning your air will be out and how much it costs to have it fixed.

- Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #37

Aug 042010


  • 60,500 miles
2004 CRV: After several hours of problem-free driving on freeway, we heard a loud popping noise and some clunking/rattling noises coming from beneath the car (sounded like we ran over something and it was bouncing around underneath but there was nothing in the road). Sound ceased for a few seconds and then a few more clunks/rattles before sound ceased again. Then we noticed that the air conditioner was no longer working. All indicators were on, fan was blowing, but air was not cooled. Something similar happened several years ago (approximately 2005-2006) while our car was still under warranty, although it was a more gradual failure, not quite as catastrophic as this event. Dealer mentioned something about metal shards getting blown into the air compressor and fixed it under warranty. We had no idea at the time this was a common problem or that it might re-occur. Car was just serviced and has ~60K on it. Given that there are hundreds of identical complaints about this problem, Honda should be held accountable before someone gets seriously hurt. This is unacceptable. We have reported to Honda of North America and are waiting to hear from the case manager. Dealer wants to charge us to inspect and evaluate car. If this happens to you, make Honda pay up! don't let the dealers intimidate you and make you think it's your responsibility.

- Albany, CA, USA

problem #36

Jul 082010


  • 80,000 miles
I bought two 2004 CRV's new in 12/2004. Air conditioner compressors is not blow cold air any more. The job cost $4470 for fixing only this problem. Sounds crazy price. Dealer -they would not admit to me that this has been a widespread problem usa nationwide. Honda should be investigated in my opinion. I think this problem should also handled by "NHTSA". vehicle had less than 80,000 miles. If Honda does not address the issue I would consider buying my next car from a different company. Never Honda car again in my life. Honda America headquarter company should issue recall on Honda CRV 2004 because many people have the same problem on the air conditioning compressor. I believe that the air conditioning compressor is defective products. Because they are many complaint on internet.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #35

Jul 012010


  • 113,000 miles
Experienced catastrophic failure of A/C in 2004 Honda CR-V LX that we purchased new. The compressor seized and also sent shrapnel into the system.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #34

Jun 182010


  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2010 Honda CRV the ac compressor failed at 60K and destroyed the entire ac system the estimated cost of repair is $2500. I live in atlanta and can not own a car without ac. I have been reading on line and this seems to be a common problem with the vehicle. The compressor belt is driven by the engine and if the compressor locks up the engine will stall. If this happen in traffic on the highway this will certainly cause an accident. Honda needs to recall their compressors and replace them with a re-designed unit. If you scan the web you will finds hundreds of similar stories regarding the Honda CRV compressors.

- Alpharetta , GA, USA

problem #33

Jun 072010


  • 93,000 miles
Air conditioning compressor failure on 2004 Honda CR-V ex. Dealership reported that if the compressor is run it can grenade and cause damage to the entire air conditioning system and other systems.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #32

Jun 082010


  • 98,000 miles
2004 cr V / ac broken for second time, first time I used my extension warranty in 2007, Honda West, las vegas replace complete system, now I have the same problem no ac and no warranty, I think is a bad design for the number of claims.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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