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CarComplaints.com Notes: The entire 2nd generation Odyssey (1999-2004) is just one giant transmission problem waiting to happen.

2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,107 miles

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2002 Honda Odyssey electrical problems

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2002 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Jan 072016

Odyssey

  • 176,008 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Recently, while driving my car on the freeway my car decideds to shut off which is scary and has happended more than once and not having the speed of control of trying to get over when you are in the fast lane. This has happened numerous of times. My main concern is how many other people have this happened to before. This is very dangerous and a serious situation because you don't know if the car behind you will slow down. I always end up pressing my emergency light right away, hoping the other drivers are paying attention because I am driving with my children in the vehicle. Five kids I take to school everyday and my main concern is there saftey at all times.

- Woodbridge, CA, USA

problem #22

Aug 092015

Odyssey

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the air conditioning turned off and the engine lost power. All the warning indicators illuminated. The contact discovered that the alternator bracket was fractured. The failure occurred three other times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #21

Jul 282015

Odyssey

  • 99,600 miles
I purchased the Honda Odyssey 2002 on tues July 28th 930pm and was driving home. I lived 1 hour away from the Honda dealership. Upon driving for first 40 minutes of highway around 1020pm as I entered jersey city, NJ the van stalled at very 1st traffic into the city. It came up with 2 indicators: Tcs and malfunction indicator lamp. The engine indicator is still on. I tried to drive the van from traffic light and it wouldn't go over 20mph while RPM would move to 4-5. I pullled over and waited 5 minutes, turned off the van and restarted. I drove/made it home slowly with my heart pumping very fast. Please let me know what Honda is going to do to take care of these problems. The van had gone through multi point inspection and we were aware of known issues but these transmission issue was in the clear and happens on my drive home. And thank god it happen in the city while standing at the traffic light vs highway as well as the very same day vs a month later where I would of have been out of luck. But time will tell now who makes what effort to resolve my issue. Feel free to call me at 212-435-6625 or 347-899-6778.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #20

Jul 032015

Odyssey

  • 165,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. While driving at 50 mph, the key fell out of the ignition as the vehicle continued to move. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 165,000. Updated 09/21/15

- Newton , MA, USA

problem #19

Jul 082014

Odyssey

  • miles
For a few months now I have noticed that when I make left turns, whether from a stopped position or a speed of 0-5mph, the van jerks and slows to a almost stop. I am afraid that it will shut down and cause a very serious accident one day. I have called Honda a few times to inquire about it and nothing is being done. The breaks are only a year old and seems to work fine but there is a noise every time I push the brakes. Not the usual bad brakes sound but like a tapping sound. Also the 2 passenger sliding doors will not close or open at times as well as the back windows. The motors has been changed in the panel box, please what could it be and is there any help Honda should be doing as they have stated these problems aren't under warranty?

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #18

Aug 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 74,560 miles
When we are going uphill from full stopped it seems the transmission is not picking up and it sounds like slippage of the gear. Then the yellow check engine indicator lights up and when we got home I grabbed my code reader and says P0730 incorrect gear ratio and P0505 idle. There is no crash but almost because the car behind us are really fast going uphill and because im not pressing the brake so most likely he didn't see that were are not moving with the current flow of traffic plus it happened at night at around 11:05 pm after I dropped off my wife to work. My foot is in the gas pedal when I noticed we are not accelerating no matter how much you press the gas pedal. All you can hear is slippage of gear but idle is going up without power.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #17

Jul 222013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Passenger side sliding door came open about 10 inches while I was driving down the interstate. The power door quit latching and the door ajar light was on randomly. For the rest of the trip, we had to keep pressing the button to shut the door every time it came open. We also had to move the kids around so that no one was sitting in the seat closest to the door. This same thing happened with the driver-side sliding door two years ago. Very expensive fix, not to mention, young children riding in the van and having the door randomly pop open is dangerous and a liability issue. I see on the internet that this has been a very common problem with the Odyssey. It should be recalled. This could be very poor pr for Honda if someone's door comes open and a child falls out.

- Bellefonte, PA, USA

problem #16

Jan 012013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 173,000 miles
Vehicle lost power...would not shift into higher gear. Vehicle continues to have problems. I have been told needs new transmission. Have read many posts regarding issues with Honda Odyssey having transmission problems.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #15

Nov 162011

Odyssey

  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle lost power and stalled without warning. The contact merged to the shoulder and restarted the vehicle. The contact stated that all of the warning lights illuminated once the vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised the contact that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000 and the current mileage was 104,000. The VIN was not available.

- Riverview, MI, USA

problem #14

Jun 082012

Odyssey

  • 83,000 miles
While driving the vehicle normally, we noticed all of the dashboard "idiot lights" coming on intermittently when we would make a turn or decelerate. Finally they came on and stayed on and the air conditioning stopped working. We took the van to our trusted mechanic and he found a broken alternator bracket. He welded it and sent us on our way. Two weeks later, the same problem happened. He then installed a new alternator bracket. About 10 days later, the same problem occurred and he found the new bracket had also broken. He thought that perhaps the alternator was "dragging" on the belt and causing strain on the bracket, so he replaced the bracket and alternator. Car worked fine for another week and then the same problem occurred. He researched the issue and found that this is a design problem with Honda Odyssey, but that Honda is not fixing the problem. Also, because my van is a 2002, he said that Honda would not likely help me in any way. I called Honda and that was indeed the case. I am having a fourth bracket installed and we'll see how long this one lasts.

- Linwood, NJ, USA

problem #13

Dec 052011

Odyssey

  • 140,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver's side sliding door would not latch. Have had intermittent problems with it throughout the years. At those times, I manually close the door. Two times in the past week, I did this. Seemed to have latched since the light went out. Driving down the road with my 3 year old on that side, secured in a car seat and the door opened - even though I had the switch to manual. Had to try to get off the road, while at the same time putting the switch to automatic and holding down the close button. Very dangerous!!!!! after looking on the internet, I found that this is a huge problem. I would think it would be a severe liability for Honda. Currently have approximately 140,000 miles on the vehicle.

- Bellefonte, PA, USA

problem #12

Jul 072011

Odyssey

  • 54,783 miles
Transmission was not shifting correctly ---loud noises and the engine was revving and van was going nowhere---could only move if speed was kept under 20mph kept in first gear----------brought vehicle to my mechanic for diagnosis( he told me the tranny was bad and needed to be replaced ) only having mileage in the 54000-55000 range and knowing the vehicle was driven around town and the occasional vacation trip since we bought it new. I called Honda and was given a case number and they told me they would not honor my mechanics diagnosis and I needed to bring it to a Honda dealer. They agreed and told me the transmission needed to be replaced also and charged me $120 for my "diagnosis". they also informed me they could replace the transmission and computer for $7800. They told me both the computer and transmission needed to be replaced at the same time in order to have a "warranty" applied to the new transmission. I asked which item was bad the transmission or computer that told the tranny to shift at the correct RPM. They would not answer the question just that the home office has set this precedent ---both need to be replaced at the same time. Seems as though they don't have an idea what is going on or just covering themselves. My mechanic replaced the transmission and computer with genuine Honda parts for a little under $5000 and I have the "warranty" they offered as well. I am still waiting for Honda America to review and help me out with paying for repairs that I feel were very premature for the age and mileage of their outstanding and best selling minivan prior to the replacement the dealer offered me $750 for my fully loaded minivan ------great people these Honda dealers............. you decide-----me I can't wait to sell this piece of cra_.

- Blauvelt, NY, USA

problem #11

Oct 042005

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
About 20+ times, while driving and then applying the brakes at low speed, all of the dashboard/instruments panel lights flashes on briefly, then turns off. The Honda dealer could not fix this problem because they could not reproduce this intermittent problem. Then on 10/14/2011, the same thing occurred again but in addition to all of the dashboard/instruments panel lights flashing, the steering wheel locked up where it could not be turned and almost caused an accident (almost ran over a pedestrian). Luckily the brakes still worked. After turning off the engine, pulling out the key, and then restarting it, the problem went away. Many owners have reported the same problem on the Honda Odyssey owner's forum at: www.odyclub.com/forums/9-problems-concerns/1365-2002-dashboard-lights-flash.html this is a known Honda problem where they issued a technical service bulletin (tsb) #03-902, which can be seen at: www.tegger.com/hondafaq/tsb/Odyssey/X03-902E.pdf this tsb shows that replacing the alternator fixes this problem. My wife does not want to drive it anymore because she fears that this vehicle is unsafe to drive.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 132011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving 35 mph when the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the electronic cable wires and the transmission needed replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 600,000. Updated 07/26/11 updatted 07/29/11

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #9

Aug 052010

Odyssey

  • 115,000 miles
In may, 2010, SRS light came on. Dealer diagnosed air bag sensor in passenger seat failed and replaced under extended opds warranty. In Aug 2010, SRS light came on again. Dealer diagnosed SRS control unit failure and noted air bags would not deploy if there was an impact. Not covered under their extended warranty. This is a major safety issue and appears to be a common issue with Honda vehicles.

- Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 212010

Odyssey

  • 72,000 miles
I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey with 72,000 miles. Has many electrical problems and no transmission problem. I follow the oil changes and the maintenance. Please do something with the Honda. They sell [xxx] for gold. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #7

Aug 312006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Honda Odyssey. The contact called regarding recall # 04V176000. The vehicle was sent to dealer for repair on August 31, 2006. However, in February 2007, the contact discovered the recall repair was never performed. The service engine light began to illuminate sporadically. The dealer claimed only to have checked the oil dip stick and installed the oil jet kit. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on March 8, 2007 due to every light on the dashboard becoming illuminated. The contact discovered that a new transmission was needed. The failure mileage was 61,000. The dealer stated they would have to do diagnostic test on vehicle at consumers expense. The diagnostic test was performed. Dealer stated consumer needed new transmission perform at consumers expense. No repair has been made on vehicle, consumer is not paying for new transmission and a recall was made for the same problem. The window vent motor was not working properly. The window motor was replaced. The light behind the odometer was working. Update 4/23/07

- St. Angelo, TX, USA

problem #6

May 072004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Spouse was leaving house driving out the driveway when she stop the car due to smoke coming from center console. She turned the vehicle off and informed me of smoke and smell in vehicle. I got a fire extinguisher and ran to car. No visible fire present or smoke but just a burned electrical smell. Inspected wiring that was visible around center console and nothing discovered at that time. Vented car and restarted with no increase in burned smell or more smoke. Operationally checked vehicle and had no radio sound. No fuses blown in electrical system. Took car to dealer and was not able with any positive assurance after two hour of troubleshooting what the problem was. Wanted to start swapping parts to isolate failure. Thought the $1000 radio of the dvd entertainment system could be bad. Took car home and removed integrated radio and dismantled only to find a burned up power supply on one of the internal circuit boards. Sent radio out for repair for $200 instead of $1000 replacement cost. Poor troubleshooting by dealer could have led to future fire in electrical system.

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #5

Dec 012004

Odyssey

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer heard noises coming from the vehicle's transmission. The vehicle pulled to the right, the electronic equipment light would go on and off for no reason, the air bag light had come on, transmission failed, the gears would not shift easily, the RPM arrow would erratically swing from different levels while the transmission was struggling to shift gears, the tcs light was intermittent along with the engine light and the heater exhilarated a loud sound when in use.

- Watsonville, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 212003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Honda Odyssey has experienced problems with headlight equipment. Headlights go out intermittently causing driver to have poor visibility of the road. The headlights had gone out intermittently seven times in less than two years. This caused poor visibility. There were other electrical problems with the vehicle. (this document is an add to).

- Petal, MS, USA

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