If I was you I would find an A/C specialist and ask them to check to make sure it is the compressor and not just a small leak, and to quote you on the parts and labor.
All My Best,
〉 Answered on May 24th, 2007 by Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd
You are probably looking at at least $350 or more for the compressor, then it's about an hour of install time. Add to that the charge to evacuate and re-charge the system, which could be a half hour or so.
A friend recently had a compressor replaced on their Honda, the cost was over $800.
The other issue is if the compressor did any damage to any of the other parts of the a/c system, this could cost even more if you have to replace other parts.
Hope this helps.
〉 Answered on May 24th, 2007 by Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines