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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,072 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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2004 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #17

Apr 042015


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V344000 (air bags), 15V320000 (air bags), and 15V045000 (air bags). The parts for the recall repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. While attempting to reverse the vehicle into the garage, it began to accelerate independently. The vehicle crashed into the garage and the air bags deployed. The contact received injuries to the hands, eyes, and face from the air bag debris. Medical attention was needed. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed and taken to the dealer. The diagnostic results were unknown. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #16

May 082016


  • 181,000 miles
I was turning right into a parking spot and had my foot on the brake the whole time. When I was more than halfway in the spot, the engine revved and the car plunged forward going over the concrete barrier and into a pole. The airbags did not deploy and thankfully everyone was ok. The officer investigating the crash insisted that my foot must have slipped off the brake pedal but I am positively sure that my foot was on the brake the whole time as it was still on the brake when the car came to a stop after hitting the pole. Witnesses to the crash confirmed that I was traveling very slow as I pulled in the parking spot and that they heard the engine rev and the car accelerated very fast over the barrier and into the pole.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #15

Apr 042015


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. While backing into the driveway, the vehicle made an abnormal noise and accelerated backwards. The contact shifted into drive and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact attempted to engage the brakes; however, the brakes failed and the vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle. The air bags deployed and caught fire. The contact suffered injuries to the hands and eyes, which required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not repaired. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Fortworth, TX, USA

problem #14

Oct 012014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. While shifting the vehicle in reverse, it made an abnormal nose and began to accelerate backwards. The contact shifted gears to drive and the vehicle continued to accelerate forward. The contact was able to stop the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but the diagnostic results were unknown. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Fortworth, TX, USA

problem #13

Aug 062014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. While reversing, the vehicle independently accelerated while the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The air bags deployed causing the contact to sustain burns on both hands that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #12

Jan 012015


  • miles
Was driving normal then car stalled and started reving very loud and jerking when pushing on gas while the D for drive was lashing even when put ino park the D still flashed blue was reading about problem and it sounds like transmission failure

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 162013

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • miles


2004 Honda Odyssey. Consumer writes in regards to unintended acceleration on two separate occasions. The consumer stated both instances occurred, while attempting to park. The vehicle impacted a building wall. The consumer stated his foot was on the brake and he recalled the engine roaring and unable to stop.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #10

Apr 292014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 108,872 miles
The vehicle was in park and started moving in the back and tried to put brakes and started accelerating more.

- South Riding, VA, USA

problem #9

Jan 092014

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 173,195 miles
Driving on the freeway and the internal brake system light come on indicating that was any back brake lights, then while driving the vehicle stop going forward light the transmission went into neutral and then the tcs indicator and the engine light come on and then the 2004 Odyssey stopped moving without any indication at all as I was driving in high traffic on a California freeway at approximately 7:30am on my way to work. I am told that there was a recall on these models and that I would cost me over $3,200 out of picket to fix and then, (I was told to take the vehicle to Honda for recall repairs, because it is still under the recall static and Honda has never fixed this problem. At the time I bought this vehicle from the dealer I wasn't told that there was a recall on these Odyssey's and there wasn't any defeats reported on the vehicle fix sheets.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 172012


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving 35 mph when she applied the accelerator pedal. The accelerator pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard and was unresponsive. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The contact was informed that the throttle cable was fractured with no signs of wear. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 140,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #7

Oct 012010


  • 82,000 miles


I was driving my Honda '04 Odyssey mini-van on the taconic parkway, NY with my 3 young children when the transmission began to buck, then race then shut down. I slowly hit brakes to a stop, turned the engine off then let the car rest with hazards on for about 5 mins. I then restarted the car, it ran well for a few miles till a hill. Then it bucked, raced again and I pulled off the highway. I was lucky that I was near home and was able to slowly get it to a Honda dealer shop. This is the only time that this has ever happened to the car. They looked it over the next day and I was told I needed a new transmission which would cost about $4,000. I have had my car serviced religiously according to Honda guide lines and recommendations by only Honda dealers, first where I bought it in tarry town, then brewster, then finally in yorktown heights, NY. The car has 82,000 miles on it. The extended warranty is for 75K miles and 7 years. I am over by 7K miles. I just had the mounts replaced, new serpentine belt, tires and breaks. I understand that this is an ongoing issue with this model and year and felt I should report it.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 012009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Honda Odyssey van ls. While turning into a driveway at speeds of less than 10 mph, there was a sudden increase in engine rpms. The vehicle momentarily began to accelerate without driver intent. The vehicle was placed in neutral as he depressed the brakes before bringing the vehicle to a stop. The dealer advised removing the driver's side floor mats. The contact removed the floor mats, however the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer a second time and was advised by the dealer there was nothing to be concerned about and was due to driver error. The failure mileage was 29,000 and the current was 30,494. Updated 4/26/10 updated 05/06/10

- Portlamnd, OR, USA

problem #5

Jan 082006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger air bag is turning off frequently. There is always a strong crack when you press the brake. There is a decoloring passenger air bag place. It eats gas if you turn on the back air conditioner. The passenger console had a big vibration. The Odyssey has gone to the dealer more than four times for the same reason but it's never fixed. They said those claims are normal for a model 2004.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 162004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
When driving around 60 mph on the highway our 2004 Honda Odyssey began to accelerate on its own like someone pushed the accelerator all the way to the floor and held it to the floor. This constant acceleration almost caused an accident as we were forced to weave around in traffic until we could pull over to the side of the road where the acceleration continued and we fought the van with the brakes on until we could shut the engine off. When restarting the engine in park, the engine continued to rev at redline levels. Turned the engine off and on again a couple of times as it continued to be revving at red line levels. Eventually after slamming on the accelerator several times, the engine idled at normal levels. This was a very frightening experience in a light traffic and could have been disastrous in moderate or heavy traffic - especially since we have 4 kids.

- Washington, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 292004


  • miles
The consumer was not informed of recall 04V-176 until after he was almost in an accident. The vehicle continued to accelerated while the brake pedal was pressed.

- Long Island City, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 252004


  • 200 miles
While idling in the driveway vehicle accelerated backwards. As a result, the vehicle collided into the garage with children aboard. No injuries reported. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #1

May 242004

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,950 miles
On four separate occasions, first in January 2004, and most recently on May 24, 2004, my 2004 Honda Odyssey LX lurched violently, causing driver and passengers to be thrown forward. Driver was able to maintain control of the car on all occasions. On each occasion, the car was traveling approx. 40 mph. Despite two visits to two different Honda dealers, nothing is being done to fix this problem. American Honda Corp. Also refuses help. Driver of the vehicle fears that a serious accident could result if the car is traveling on the highway when this lurching occurs.

- Reinholds, PA, USA

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