Just bought an old 86 prelude 2.0SI for next to nothing. The reason it
was next to nothing was that this is Southern Louisiana and the A/C is
gone. The compressor is still there but I just got off the horn with
the mechanic and he says that when old honda a/c's went bad they fouled
up the whole system. He says a new compressor will only fail again as
it'll get gunked up with the crap from the first failed compressor. He
also says Honda used to put out a kit to do the repairs but that
all-told it was going to be around 2K to fix. That's 4 times what I
PAID for the car and so I'm wondering if anyone here knows of any other
Other than no a/c it's a lovely car and I like the hell out of it.
Well - you can:
1. Open the windows, and sunroof if you have one or
2. Move way north where it's cooler.
Seriously - I had an '89 Si I picked up used and the a/c was always flaky.
It eventually died. Places I took it too wanted lots of $$$ to fix,
althought it was not has high as 2k. It was a great car, and fun.
Don't think you'll really find a cheap way to fix it, unless you know a
friend or can do it yourself. Also used R12 back then which is more $$. If
you fix it, may as well look into converting it to R134. Of course you can
try other shops to get different estimates and opinions and see what they
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