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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,200 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.

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2001 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 132010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


2001 Honda Odyssey transmission failure at about 100,000 miles of routine driving on a vehicle that was held to a better than average maintenance schedule. Honda issued a recall, but did not inform me of its existence, despite the fact that I regularly visited a certified Honda dealer for service, and now the vehicle is out of the recalls time/mileage parameters.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #4

Aug 012010


  • 98,000 miles
Honda is not taking responsibility for transmission failure while driving in I-25 highway with my family the car was stopped and due to less traffic I was saved. I called up the Honda America on the next day and their support person told me that they don¿T have procedure in place to figure out transmission failure and they cannot help in terms of even goodwill repair. I have also told the nightmare of transmission failure and we all have been killed on highway. The people in Honda said--sorry to hear that but we won't help you neither we are supposed to give you any explanation. This is a great surprise to me that they have 100% failure in customer service and they lack really a transparent information system. I want really make Honda accountable for their manufacturing defect or they should give a reason of transmission failure. They cannot simply say they are not suppose to do this. This is my very frustrating experience with Honda America people--you can't even talk to somebody to help. This is not acceptable.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #3

Aug 212008


  • 93,000 miles
The "check engine" light came on (a $1,500 repair) for the catalytic converter replacement and the transmission had to be replaced (at 93K). Apparently these are both increasingly common problems in this model. It's hard to believe that my van carries the Honda name. Then I started googling and found many sites reporting the same horror stories here I realized that many of these vehicles were manufactured with faulty parts and may be a lemons as well? the prospect to paying $100 every time the check engine light turns on is not a pleasant one. Vehicles built today should not require transmissions & emission converter at a mere 93,000 miles. I have been very disappointed with the reliability of my Honda Odyssey. The brand is considered highly reputable and has a price premium (and supposedly a resale value) to match - but my experience with the Odyssey has been one of repeated mechanical break downs and poor performance as many owner have written and blogged. I feel helpless and know Honda is powerful corporation who will do nothing... we need your help to protect consumers of these practices. Thank you for your time.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #2

Jun 202003

(reported on)


  • miles
Problems with vehicle dome lights dimming briefly. The purge control solenoid cycled off and on repeatedly, the A/C blower motor speed decreased and various dash/dome lights dimmed for approximately 10 seconds then revert back to its high speed setting and original brightness. There was a grinding noise that had come from the transmission which was repaired.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 132001


  • miles
6.coolant system continued from ODI #760344. This left splash shield loose, vibrating & at risk of coming off, causing risk of accident/injury. Is it possible to require that Honda service personnel attend additional in service training on automobile coolant systems? so that consumers are not exposed to preventable hazards, examples being: Breathing coolant fumes, injuries from engine overheating, slippery surfaces & environmental dangers to underground water supplies from coolant run off. 7. right/left sliding doors-right/left sliding doors fail to open upon pulling of handles as designed. Three times our vehicle was returned to dealership for above complaint, after service bulletin 00-0091 was issued before repair was completed as per bulletin. I have spoken with a number of other Honda LX owners who stted they have same problem with being unable to open the sliding doors. When they took vehicles to dealership door seals were lubricated, but problem continues to exist. This is a safety issue as these vehicles are used to Transport children to & from school and because the sliding door won't open, children must enter area of traffic flow to enter vehicle, increasing risk of injury. Sliding doors can & will oen while vehicle is in motiion, due to inability to fully open/close sliding doors via handles as designed. 8.transmission-I complained of grinding noise when vehicle accelerates from 40to50mph. RPM's go up to 2000 upon acceleration, after reaching 50mph, RPM's drop to between1500 to 1700 and grinding is heard. Explained to dealership numerous times & test drove with service advisor, was told he heard nothing & vehicle was operating as designed. After final repair/vehicle defect notification inspection/repair was performed, vehicle continues to have grinding noise at 50mph & was returned to us with tranmission shifter inoperable in D3, 2nd & 1st drive gears. We are notifying you of what we feel are the dangerous conditions in which our vehicle is in.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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