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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,394 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.

2003 Honda Odyssey accessories - exterior problems

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 032011


  • miles


While driving on a highway 65 mph with my kids in the car, the drivers side automatic sliding door opens all by itself. We had to find a place to pull over and shut the door. The door opens fine but will not latch on and close properly anymore. The interior call lights go on and everything starts beeping and dashboard starts flashing. It is not only very distracting but also very dangerous. The door just won't shut anymore.

- Hopewell Jct, NY, USA

problem #10

Nov 102009


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Odyssey which was purchased in August 2003. He stated that when he closed the driver's side rear sliding door, it would not close. He also stated while the vehicle was in motion at various speeds to include approximately 35 mph, the door would open without intent. The dealer stated that the electric motor assembly failed and needed to be replaced in order for the door to latch closed. The contact was concerned that there was not a manual override which allowed the door to latch closed. He was concerned about the risk including his small children potentially falling out of the vehicle while it was in motion. There were no recalls pertaining to the type of failure. Repairs were being made at the owner's expense. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 94,000.

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #9

Apr 182008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles
Driver-side passenger sliding door opened suddenly while driving on interstate. Adult family member had just switched seats with child, moving the child to the back seat. Emergency flashers were put on, carefully pulled over and tried all tricks we could think of to close and lock the door, all in vain. Finally, used cord/rope/strings contraption to pull the door shut and tied it to driver seat with another adult member holding/pushing the door with leg to keep it shut till we reached home that evening. Called dealer & had it fixed next day at 730am for $450. Official problem name: "latch broken. searched nhsta and surprisingly found many more people reporting this type of failure. I think it's just a matter of time before someone has a fatality given the sudden nature of this door failure flinging wide open when the vehicle is moving. I hope nhsta and Honda will look into this further. Thanks. //jm

- Hartland, WI, USA

problem #8

Apr 152008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,935 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The rear power door would automatically open next to where the contact's child was seated. The door began to push against the child's leg and would not stop. The child's leg was injured. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 48,935.

- Manchester, MO, USA

problem #7

Mar 192008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
2003 Honda Odyssey rear sliding door will not latch closed.

- Somerset, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 302007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Honda Odyssey power sliding doors frequently fail to close and latch. Especially on inclines. Problem has gotten progressively worse. Doors frequently can not be closed from the inside and must be forcibly closed from the outside.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 132007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My 2003 Honda Odyssey's automatic sliding door will not close completely. I have to bump it with my hip or close it manually. Then the van still thinks it's open and will beep and beep while I'm driving. It concerns me as my 5 month old baby is right next to that door and I'm concerned as to whether he's safe or not. I worry about the door staying closed.

- Riverton, UT, USA

problem #4

Sep 162003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,400 miles
Automatic doors were defective. The alarm went off. Consumer pulled off of the road, opened and shut the doors for the alarm to shut down. Vehicle was serviced previously for door defects.

- Elkview, WV, USA

problem #3

Jan 062004


  • 88,000 miles
It was hard for the consumer to close the passenger sliding door. Door sensor made a loud beeping noise until the door was closed.

- Vienna, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 282003


  • 7,000 miles
The automatic passenger sliding door opened while the child was entering inside the vehicle. The door closed on child's head, and child sustained head injuries. The mother drove him to the hospital. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer, but the problem could not be duplicated or solved.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #1

May 252003


  • miles
Consumer states sliding door closed on consumer's hand. Consumer states there's no sensor on the door. Dealer notified.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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