Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The entire 2nd generation Odyssey (1999-2004) is just one giant transmission problem waiting to happen.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,571 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.

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 282011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 174,000 miles


2002 Honda Odyssey took to dealership for recall on sbs system only to be told by dealer ship all of my engine mounts are broken and need to be replaced. I have had a problem with going into gear. After reading several a forums on Honda I see this is a national problem. Honda should be made to have a recall on motor mounts. It's truly amazing that the van would go into the shop for a unrelated recall and they knew to check mounts. Do they already know engine mounts are a huge problem with Honda?

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 072009


  • 100,000 miles
Driver side passenger electric sliding door will not completely close without forcing it from the outside with a heavy nudge.

- New Bern, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 282009


  • 96,000 miles
The sliding doors of our Honda Odyssey minivan don't (always) open when they are unlocked. They stick. This prevents passengers from getting out of the van in a timely manner in an emergency. In particular it prevents rescue workers from freeing anyone trapped inside in an accident.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #4

Mar 302009


  • 97,000 miles


Drivers side passenger door would not close, it would come very close to closing and then would retreat backwards as if something was in its way, though nothing was. I was able to manually close the door. The same day this occurred, my husband checked the car and tried taking out the fuses to see if we could reset the doors "memory'. the door would then close, no door light was lit on the dash, nor was there a beeping noise which indicates door is open. The door did appear slightly ajar though. My husband drove the car down the road, thankfully this time without my kids in the car, and the drivers side passenger door opened by itself on 3 occasions before returning home, only a couple of miles. We have an appt in the morning at a Honda dealer to fix the problem. After doing some research on line, other people report the same thing happening to their Honda Odyssey minivan as well.

- Campton, NH, USA

problem #3

Aug 102007


  • 75,000 miles
The manual sliding doors for the rear seats of our 2002 Honda Odyssey stopped closing securely so we had to take the car to the dealer for repair. The red lights on the panel and the inability to close the door tightly cause parents driving children quite a bit of anxiety. Internet chat rooms indicate that this is a common problem with this model.

- Groton, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012002

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When I first got my 2002 Honda Odyssey, brand new, we noticed that there was unusual static electric shock. Everytime me or my wife touch the vehicle after driving, we get shocked! when I brought the van in for a recall, I mentioned this problem to the service manager. After the recall was done, I asked about the static shock. He told me that it is normal. Normal? he won't give me a remedy. This is one complaint. Lately, I have noticed that my rear alloy rims have weird scratches. But they are not from driving and scraping onto something. It seems that the rims have veins emanating from the center out! my van only has 33,000 miles on it. I have been observing other Odyssey, some older than mine, and they don't have the wear that my rims have. I also don't hear them complaining about static shocks either. I only wished that dealers are as fervent when they are trying to sell vehicles as when their former customers have a complaint/S.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 222005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
High heat conditions causes the rear plastic caps of the luggage rack to weaken and blow off at highway speed. 2nd time the caps have blown off. Hazard for vehicle's behind.

- Athens, PA, USA

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