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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,070 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Honda Odyssey engine problems

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2003 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Feb 092005


  • miles


I have a 2003 Honda Odyssey which is experiencing numerous problems. The most severe is that it surges when idling (this occurs when the drivers foot is on the brake pedal). This has been occuring for numerous months and I have returned the van to the dealership on several occasions. If the van is in drive it surges forward, if in reverse it surges back. On 2/9/05 it surged backwards into a concrete pole and caused damage to the rear bumper. I have been attempting to resolve the surging issue with my local Honda dealership as well as Honda usa (and trying to get them to repair the bumper since the damage was caused through no fault of mine) - and as of this date have not had any resolution. I have researched this issue on the internet and have found numerous people with 02 and 03 Honda Odyssey having this same surging issue. I am also experiencing the following issues with this van and have returned it to the dealership for each: Preset radio stations return to factory default without human invention, passenger side sliding door will not close, front passenger airbag turns off when the seat belt is latched, drivers seat will not remain in position.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #4

Apr 112004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,321 miles
After leaving church, my daughter began to back out from a parking space in our 2003 Honda Odyssey. She turned to look back as she slowly pulled out of the space. Upon leaving the parking space she turned forward to shift into drive. At that point the van continued moving backward. I yelled to my daughter to brake to which she replied, "I am. I am!" but as she attempted to brake the engine revved and the van seemed to lunge backward on its own over a curbed grassy median and back down onto an adjacent parking lot and into another parked car. The distance travelled was approximately 110 feet. There is some confusion over whether or not my daughter was successful in shifting into drive. However, once the van came to a stop I leaned over to shift it into park, and at that moment it was in drive. Regardless. We both had the feeling that the vehicle was out of control. It was very strange!

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 232003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
While driving 45 mph, the driver depressed the brake pedal to slow the vehicle down. The vehicle continued to accelerate which caused a collision with two vehicles that were stopped ahead. The driver had to force the vehicle into park to get the vehicle to stop. The front air bags didn't deploy and the vehicle was declared totaled.

- Lincoln University, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 092003


  • miles
Complaint analyst wrote to determine any laws violated by manufacturer, as written by the consumer. As stated in a couple of accidents, the vehicle lurches forward when shifted into gear to reverse. The consumer made a U turn, stopped, placed the vehicle in reverse, when suddenly the van surged fast into concrete stairs of a house.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 092003

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
On February 11/2003 while exiting the school drive way, the vehicle began to accelerate on its own. The driver tapped the brake and the engine speed increase even more. On November 9/2003 once again the same sudden acceleration. As a result, the driver lost control of vehicle. The vehicle went airborne and landed on the neighborhood fence. There were no injures. The dealer inspected the vehicle several times but the problem had not been resolved.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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