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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,241 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Honda Odyssey electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 012015


  • 180,000 miles


98 Odyssey, engine can be turned off and key can be removed from ignition switch without putting car in park. Appears to be common problem...numerous other complaints on this problem. Am yet another owner wishing recall 03V423000 applied to 1998 Honda Odyssey in addition to the 1998 Honda Accord.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 012016

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles
1998 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to ignition switch replacement parts recall repairs. The consumer stated in 2002, the vehicle was subject to a recall regarding the electrical contacts being replaced on the ignition switch. The work was done, to prevent the vehicle from stalling. In 2008, the entire ignition switch had to be replaced because it would not release the key. Two weeks ago, the engine stalled repeatedly in traffic. Honda informed the consumer, they would not replace the contacts under warranty or recall, because the recall had already been done.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #6

Jul 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to electrical malfunction caused doors and windows mechanisms failure. The consumer wrote in on behalf of his mother. The electrical malfunction caused the door and windows mechanisms to fail, which ultimately led to a fire in all four doors.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #5

Mar 112013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


While at a stop or while driving the vehicle shuts off. The vehicle was diagnosed with a faulty ignition switch. Honda had a recall on the ignition switch in 2002 for the 1998 Odyssey. The switch was replaced on September 17, 2002. The replacement ignition switch is now having the exact same problem.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012013

Odyssey 4-cyl

  • 190,057 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Odyssey. The contacted stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the starter, battery, and the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V120000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 190,057.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #3

Oct 132010


  • 163,111 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Odyssey. The contact had the ignition replaced according to recall 02V120000 (electrical system:ignition:switch) in 2009. Recently, the contact had the vehicle in the drive gear and was able to pull the key out of the ignition. The dealer stated that they would have to look at the tumblers to find the cause for the failure. The current and failure mileages were 163,111.

- Lihue, HI, USA

problem #2

Mar 312010


  • 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 #1

Feb 272010


  • 205,535 miles
1998 Honda Odyssey van ignition switch failed factory ignition switch replaced in 2003, as per NHTSA recall subsequently, the switch has failed again the dealer is unwilling to replace it again as a warranty item.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

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