Should I fix the A/C in my 2004 Honda?
July 25, 2013 10:00 AM Subscribe
I have a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid. The clutch in the A/C compressor is bad, as diagnosed by a well-respected mechanic. He doesn't want to do the repair, recommended the dealer. Dealer price for compressor replacement is US1165(ouch). Without A/C, trips of any length are pretty miserable. The noise from an open window at 70 mph is not pleasant, and I assume it affects the mileage. I can manage short trips up to an hour or so. It's been an especially humid summer in Maine so far. The Honda has 110,000 miles, and is in good condition. I question putting so much money into a car this old(Bluebook @ 6,200), though I expect to keep driving the car for the next several years.
posted by Mom to Travel & Transportation (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Is a compressor replacement something a skilled mechanic can do at lower cost, or should I have it done by the dealer? Dealer may be able to find non-Honda parts, but couldn't give me a price. They don't install used parts. thanks.