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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
129,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Honda Odyssey engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 262014


  • 169,000 miles


Was in my daughters driveway in nesconset NY, I turned the key put in drive, the car revved, took off at full speed finally hitting a tree. Multiple injuries, taken to stony brook medical center. Nine weeks hospital and rehab.

- Woodbury, CT, USA

problem #2

Feb 152000


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated while driving 20 mph, he saw flames underneath the hood. The contact immediately exit the vehicle and the entire vehicle engulfed in flames. A police and fire report filed stated that there was a crack in the fuel line and it leaked on the catalytic converter. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.the VIN was unavailable.

- North Easton, MA, USA

problem #1

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

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