Cherohala Skyway

Cherohala Skyway

Monday, July 09, 2012

Truck Shopping

Wesley Chapel, Florida

It’s hot here in Florida and we’re dreaming of heading up to Oregon or Canada…..of course we’re just dreaming.  We’re not going anywhere too far from Tampa for a while.

We went over to visit Mom on Saturday and on the way home the a/c in our Honda CRV started making a loud noise, and then quit blowing cold air.  Al thinks the compressor is shot.  

After checking around on the internet, I found this is a known problem with this vehicle.  Apparently, metal shavings get into the entire system and the evaporator and dryer all have to be replaced as well as the compressor.

Any input from others who have had this same issue, will be appreciated.

Boy, I wish we had sold the Honda before this happened. 

Now, we have started to re-think our vehicle situation.  The Honda is just our “around town” car when we are in Tampa.  It’s been nice on occasion to have two vehicles.  We leave it here when we leave and that presents problems though.  We have a Nissan truck that is our toad, but we can’t take passengers in it.

We prefer a truck  for our toad.   It works best for us for our wet kayak and scuba gear.  Hauling trash bags in the truck is better than trying to put it inside our car.

Al has been wanting a new truck for a while now, and  now I’m starting to agree.  Nothing like a car repair to make you want a new vehicle!  Our Nissan truck has 140,000 miles and we don’t need any expensive repair on it.

So…yesterday was spent checking out new trucks.  We’ve about narrowed it down to a Nissan Frontier Crew cab with a long bed.  We didn’t know before yesterday, that they even made the long bed with the crew cab.  This truck has the extended crew cab where two adults can actually sit in the back seat.  That would solve our problems of being able to take passengers with us.

We’re trying to find a less expensive and reliable place to repair the a/c on the Honda.  You can’t sell a car here without air.

So……that’s what we’ve been up to.  

Stay tuned.

11 comments:

  1. Very interested in what you find out about the Honda CRV. We have a 2011.

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    1. It's out there on there on the internet. Just Google it. Our friends had a 2006 and it happened to them. Ours is 2001 with only 70k miles. We got an estimate to replace compressor for $1000....

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  2. We too would like to get a truck for a toad. We currently use our Tahoe which we can't tow. We call it our garage. Like the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab... We'll be following your research.

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  3. Boy I'd sure be disappointed in Honda if this was a known problem on their popular CRV. I have been a total loyal Honda customer since the early 80's and have found them to be absolutely reliable. We had one that had over 320K miles on it before we let it go. But my newest one 2002 is the one with the check engine and SRS lights on now and has had more little irritating things wrong than any of my previous ones so I'm rethinking keeping it as well. But gas mileage is totally important to me in a toad so I'll be watching your truck shopping too.

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    1. We've been fans of Honda too. I was disappointed to hear of this problem. It only has 70k miles on it.

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  4. we too have a 2011 CRV - no problems here yet!

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  5. We have a 2005 Nissan Frontier Crew cab and love it.

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    1. We've been very happy with several of our Frontier King Cabs too.

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  6. Yep, 140,000 miles on the truck, sounds like time for a new one to me. Good luck with the Honda and truck hunt.

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  7. It is always something! The AC was acting up in our CRV a couple of days ago. We had been "ideling" in it for a few minutes but after I began driving again the AC problem went away. Thanks for the heads up about the CRV AC problem. Good luck with the truck search.

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  8. oh, brother, good and bad to hear about the CR-V...ours is a 2009. Good to hear about the problem in case it happens, bad to know it's common!

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