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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,280 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Honda Odyssey electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 232011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,400 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that after driving the vehicle into a driveway and turning the ignition off it continued to roll backwards hitting another vehicle. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired due to a pending investigation. The failure mileage was approximately 144,400. Updated 5/24/11 the consumer stated after his wife exited the vehicle, she turned and saw the vehicle rolling down the driveway toward a ditch. In an effort to stop the vehicle, his wife was able to open the driver's side door, only to be knocked to the ground. The door then hit another vehicle. Once the vehicle came to a stop, she discovered that even though she was able to remove the key from the ignition, the gear selector was in the drive position. Updated 06/20/11

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 262010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated thought that the vehicle was in park as the key was taken out of the ignition. The vehicle was actually in drive when the key was taken out and rolled 600 feet into a neighbor's yard causing major damage. The current and failure mileages were approximately 165,000. Updated 01/12/11 the dealer replaced the lock cylinder which failed. The consumer stated other models that were recalled had the same ignition lock as her vehicle. Updated 04/15/11

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #3

May 102010


  • 106,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2003 Honda Odyssey. I have been having trouble with the ignition switch. I am able to remove the key without the van being placed in park. I do not have to struggle the least amount to get the key to come out; it slips right out of the ignition whether the van is in park or in gear without hesitation. This has occurred accidentally on a few occasions only to be realized when I return to my vehicle. After the first incident, I tried to duplicate it with knowledge and sure enough, the key came right out while the van was still in driving gear.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 152009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while the vehicle was not in park when it began to roll backward as the contact was exiting. A passenger was still in the vehicle when the failure occurred. The contact was able to jump back into the vehicle and stop the vehicle from rolling. The contact stated he had experienced the failure at least six times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnosis of the failure. In addition, the key would intermittently become stuck in the ignition. The contact was able to call a locksmith and remove the key from the ignition. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000 and the current mileage was 110,000. Updated 12/01/10. The consumer stated the passenger had barely exited the vehicle when it rolled backwards. The vehicle hit a fence and caused minor scratches. Updated 12/14/10

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 102010


  • miles
Ignition lock failure. In 2007, our driver's side door lock ceased working, but we've worked around it. Now the ignition lock stopped working. "wear and tear" according to the dealer. This is the second incident like this on NHTSA's site.

- Media, PA, USA

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