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4.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,801 miles

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1998 Honda Odyssey electrical problems

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1998 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #13

Sep 102010

(reported on)

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1998 Honda Odyssey. Consumer states problem with ignition switch the consumer stated several years ago, a defect developed which allowed him to remove the key from the ignition without the vehicle being in park. The consumer stated a recall has since been issued for the problem and would like to have it rectified at no charge. Updated 01/05/11.

- Niskayuna, NY, USA

problem #12

Mar 312010

Odyssey

  • 141,223 miles
Ref: NHTSA campaign 02V120000 for 1998 Honda Odyssey. The ignition switch in my car was replaced in the recall of 2002. I was not having problems then. However, last fall (2009) and this winter (2010) I was experiencing sudden stalls and in some cases dangerous situations when accelerating at intersections, pulling out into traffic etc. My Honda dealer, in March 2010, could not id the problem. I took the car in the same month to an independent mechanic who first thought it was distributor related. They replaced that part. The problem continued. I returned it right away and they did the research to id the problem as the ignition switch. It is now May 12 and there have been no instances of sudden stalls. Problem fixed.

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #11

Oct 072007

Odyssey 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,346 miles
Vehicle stalls (dies out) while driving. Owner finds out about recall item as probable reason for vehicle stall. Owner contacts the vehicle manufacturer, which represents that recall item remedy was completed on a given date. Owner asks for information on who reported that the recall item was remedied. Vehicle manufacturer stated that information was not available. Owner disagrees that remedy on the recall item was completed, then checks with the local dealer (the only one in town). Dealer does not have any record of recall item being completed, though have confirmed through diagnostics that the problem is because of the recalled item. No evidence of center-punch found at engine compartment VIN to indicate that recalled item was remedied. Work must be done, and dealer will charge owner for work (parts and labor). Owner feels that manufacturer information is incorrect, and that manufacturer should honor its recall notice to have this problem remedied.

- Wailuku, HI, USA

problem #10

Oct 272003

Odyssey

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Just another owner wishing recall # 03V423000 applied to the 1998 Honda Odyssey in addition to the 1998 Honda Accord. Since at least a year before that recall we have been able to remove the key from the ignition of the Odyssey while the transmission was not in park. On occasion the car rolled forward or back until it bumped something or rolled part way into the street. When the Honda recall came out the dealer howdy Honda in austin said that it did not apply to the Odyssey, and Honda dealerships did not have an internal service bulletin to fix Odyssey if owners complained.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 202007

Odyssey 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The previous owner of this vehicle had a NHTSA recall performed at the local Honda dealer concerning the replacement of the electrical portion of the ignition switch. Ak now the vehicle can be turned off and the key can be removed while in any gear. I am very concerned that I may turn the vehicle off, exit the vehicle while it is still in drive and it will roll away and run over someone. This is the same recall NHTSA issued for 1998 Honda Accord as well as 1999 Honda Odyssey. I own an auto repair

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 262006

Odyssey 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,845 miles
- the contact stated that he could remove the key from the ignition of his 1998 Honda Odyssey while the transmission was not in park. The contact stated that during one incident the vehicle continued to move forward after inadvertently removing the key. The contact took the car to the dealer, but car was not covered under the recall # 03V43000. His current and failure mileage was 136,845. Updated 1/29/2007 -

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #7

Dec 132003

Odyssey

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The key will not come out of the ignition. I took it to palm harbor Honda, and they charged me about $100 just to look at it, after which they told me it would be $800 to fix it. See that there has been a safety recall for 1999 Odyssey minivans, and wonder if the ignition switch I have may pose a safety risk as well. In any case, I am very disapointed in this whole situation. This car is my 3rd Honda, and will likely be my last.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 152202

Odyssey

  • miles
The dealership refused to honor the recall for the ignition switch, the dealer stated they did not have the correct tools.

- Prairie Lea, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 042002

Odyssey

  • miles
No parts available::::::::::::the consumer receive a recall notice for the ignition switch the dealer name larry hopkins Honda service man gabriel 408 720 1888 please provide additional information dealer is aware of the problem.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012002

Odyssey

  • miles
Consumer recieved a recall letter for ignition. Dealer states the manufacture has not provided the dealerships with parts. Recall # 02 V 120 000.

- Ramsey, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 232002

(reported on)

Odyssey

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer received a recall notice regarding the replacement of the ignition switch. In order to have the recall work repaired, the vehicle alarm must be disconnected and reconnected at consumers expense because it is an after market product. Consumer feels the cost to disconnect and reconnect the alarm should be included or Honda's responsibility, in the replacement of the ignition switch.

- Valley Center, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 162002

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The dealership is charing consumer to re-attach the alarm and keyless entry system, due to a recall on the ignition switch. The consumer states that Honda will not allow them to re-attach both systems under the recall. Both were installed on the vehicle at the time of purchase. The keyless entry is factory equipment and is stated to be a Honda system. (NHTSA# 02V120000)

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 062002

Odyssey

  • miles
Consumer received a recall 02V120000 notice for ignition switch failure. Service manager mr wellman from leith Honda dealership. 4800 capital blvd raleigh nc #919 876 5432, stated there were no parts available.

- Clayton, NC, USA

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