It's really not as bad as you might think after Aims has been through and posted. He's just giving you worst case scenario I think. (Hope) I know back in 05 or 06 I replaced the compressor on mine and it was time consuming, but nothing overly difficult. Main problem I had was getting the fittings off the accumulator. Of course, we were at an advantage since we had an evacuator machine to put the vacuum on the lines for us. In the end, I think I was out about $300.00 with new compressor, oil, and refrigerant. Much much better than the $1450.00 that the shop here in town quoted me- Entrance to the birth of the second family gearhead after that quote!