I've got a 2001 Odyssey EX with almost 41k miles on it (only 15 months old). Yesterday morning, the air conditioning decided to go out on my way to work. I could crank it down to "60" and it was still warm & muggy air. Anyway, I took it to the dealer's service center near my office (Irvine, CA), and they found that something had punctured a hole in the A/C condenser that is
just behind the front grill. The long and the short of it is that they need to replace the condenser (>$300), the evaporator (due to contamination), evacuate the system (after replacement of said parts), and refill.. This is going to cost me ~$630 (parts+labor).. The bad part is that the van is OUT of warranty..
I asked the guy at the shop if this was a common problem, and he says that they see if every once in a while.. I just wanted to mention it here just in case anyone else runs across this problem.. Perhaps I should put a holy Kevlar vest on the front of the Condenser to keep rocks and other debris from penetrating it.. With the amount of miles that I put on this van, this *may* happen again.. (I drive ~50 miles each way to work & back, 5
days a week)
By the way, if anyone knows of such a product (to protect the condenser), please let me know about it!