Yes, the air conditioning unit will fail abruptly. Just my luck it blew out in mid-July in CA. I took it to the family mechanic who said this was the 4th CR-V he's seen recently with this exact problem. Bottom line-you can get a new compressor for $250-$800 (depending where you get it), but it's the WHOLE UNIT that needs to be repaired. After so many complaints, Honda still does not have a recall on it. I can go with mechanic who will charge me $1,300. Others that have gone to dealer pay about $3,000. I called my dealer and was told they'd try their best "to take care of it" for me with "no additional cost." We'll see after I take it in. Brakes have also been repaired a couple times.
Gas mileage! Are you kidding me? I can fill it up for $50 right now. I travel 60 miles every day, so would not have any other car. Great family of 4 car.
Just bummed about the A/C unit and Honda not recalling it/repairing it yet. Brakes need some improving.