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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,751 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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2002 Honda Odyssey brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 212005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,660 miles


ABS failed - unable to steer away from a vehicle that stopped suddenly - found blown fusible link for ABS motor - replaced and ABS/tec once again operational.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #6

Jul 142004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
When braking vehicle accelerated. Dealer could not find any defects.

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 162004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,600 miles
Consumer complained that on three separate occasions brake pedal went to the floor and caused extended stopping distance. Dealer was notified for an appointment.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 162003


  • miles


While traveling on the highway ABS braking light appeared on the dashboad.

- Omak, WA, USA

problem #3

Sep 072002


  • miles
After starting engine, instrument cluster indicated problems and brake pedal was inoperative. Shutting down engine and restarting restored normal condition. Reported condition to dealer and left vehicle for testing. It was returned to me after they could not find anything wrong. The same thing happened to me again 2 hours later, so I called the dealer and had them tow the van back to their lot. They kept it for a week, but still did not find the problem. They did tell me other customers had been reporting this problem with vehicles built in al (similar VIN) and they were investigating it. I was instructed to continue driving the vehicle unless I could "consisently reproduce the failure". the service tickets for both visits do not mention the brake failures I reported. They are calling it a "bulb check". I called the national Honda customer service line and they agreed with the dealer. I am very concerned about these vehicles because I believe this problem could cause the brakes to fail when the vehicle is in motion.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #2

May 152002

(reported on)


  • miles
The car pulls to the left when I apply the brakes. This is the second time I have taken it in to the dealer. They denied that there was a problem until I went out on a test drive with the technician.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #1

Apr 122002


  • miles
On 4/12/02 - {"normal, non-severe braking conditions"}: was not raining. Didn't drive through water, mud, or oil. Wasn't driving off-road, down mountains, or down any hill. Wasn't riding brake, or doing 1800 braking maneuvers. --- drove 1 mile, in town. Parked for about 20 minutes. Drove 1/10 mile, in town. --- applied brakes normally. {"other than return spring, with no resistance pedal went to floor with zero deceleration"}: {pedal was not hard, was not soft. It traveled with no resistance, no pressure, moved freely.} {pedal didn't go a little farther than normal. It went completely to floor.} {brakes did not lock, did not brake slowly. It was zero deceleration, no braking, no slowing.} --- released pedal. Braked hard to avoid hitting another vehicle. Came to quick stop. Has not reoccurred.

- West Covina, CA, USA

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