Stay Away from 2002-03 - A/C Nightmare
By Crescentan on
Vehicle2002 Honda CR-V LX AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewWe've had our 2002 CR-V for nearly six years and over 100,000 miles and have been quite satisfied with the car. It is incredibly roomy for such a small car, a decent road trip car and economical to operate. BUT Honda's a/c compressors for the CR-V and Element for 2002-03 were badly designed and fail catastrophically, requiring every bit of the a/c system to be replaced at a cost around $3,200. Our first such failure was under warranty at about 70,000 miles in September 2006 and the 2nd 18 months later. We paid $800+ plus labor this time since it's out of warranty. Doubtless, if we keep the car, we'll replace it again in 18 months or so.
Best FeaturesLarge amount of space, fold down seats. Cargo area can be very comparable to station wagon.
Worst FeaturesFix the bad compressor design for the a/c. Get rid of the crappy, lightweight tray table between the front seats.
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