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My 1996 Honda's A/C is gone--I've replaced the compressor (twice), the expansion valve, schrader valves, and I don't know what all else (the compressor died the day before Thanksgiving while I was driving to my sister's near Yorktown, Va. from Falls Church, and the Alexandria Exxon Car Care place had to redo the work in March when it failed again--and it hasn't been right since. The local Honda place claims it needs something in a rear suction something ($440), and the car mechanics recommended by another sister want to do something else ($730). Since I was doing a fair amount of traveling this summer, I ignored it, and am now worried that my defroster won't work properly without the A/C this winter, and then, what do I do when it gets hot next spring? Or do I just get a new car (this one has only 150,000 miles and I've always been told that it should last longer than this)--of course, it has been way better than the lemon Chrysler van that needed FOUR transmissions by 123,000 miles and seven years. I like this little old REAL-DOOR Odyssey, and nothing new compares, so what can I do?

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Locate and ASE Blue Seal service center or your authorized local Honda Dealership and have a certified repair center diagnose and solve the probem. Of course buying a new car is always fun depending on your budget and needs repair vs buy new is your decision! Go here to locate an ASE Blue Seal Repair service center: http://www.ase.com/bluesealsearch/locator.php

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